Isqua Istari

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Starship Log: 022

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Thursday July 20, 2017 at 14:57

Nerved out on exterior duty today. Something about EP-61, the dark all around, and the weightlessness triggered my dive-abort reflex. Came out of it in a few seconds, but had to call it in and get help gathering all the tools I scattered. Good news is there’s no coronal scarring on the vac-side power nodes, so the in-flight tweak seems to have worked.

Cathy gave me a check-over after, says it happens to the flight crew during training too. Might be just trying to make me feel better. Appreciated all the same; Earl is going to make sure I remember. I was never this jumpy before. I wonder if the nerve re-balance has anything to do with it.

Starship Log: 021

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Monday October 10, 2011 at 10:02

I’m giving the heat dumps a day to settle in before characterization. Back to more normal work today. Did some rounds on the mech deck. Everything normal, just like it should be.

Ran out a formal report to the engineering on that surprisingly useful “improved 0-Gee wrench”. Basically I said that it’s useful for making temporary crimps with “permanent” fittings. Threw a bunch of slang and extra info on top, should be a pain to read. Pretty fun to just ramble.

Starship Log: 020

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 17:23

Had a good day re-installing everything. There’s nothing like a clean system working smoothly. Of course, the heat dumps are still deactivated, pending diagnostics. Most tasks have acceptable time frames for completion, but diagnostics are renown for their unreliability. It may take days for the diagnostics to come out just right, if I play it correctly.

Data from the probes is coming back. Now that we have current high resolution images there is an “Explorers Privilege” naming contest. We’re all submitting names of the major weather systems. Of course, the A-Tors are going to make the final picks, but it’s a nice gesture. I’ve come up with a few good ones myself.

Not saying which though. Wouldn’t want to skew your vote Dirk.

Starship Log: 01B

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Friday August 5, 2011 at 09:14

Worked late today finishing the particle scrubs. When I got back to quarters (just a little bit ago), there was a message waiting for me. Apparently three departments love the idea of cleaning all of the air-handling equipment before we make an insertion on Planet Four. I notified Dirk that we can’t possibly have all of that done, with our normal duties besides, before we reach planetary orbit in a couple of weeks. We’ll see what they decide.

With any luck I’ll be tagged for full time duct scrub duty. Fantastic.

Starship Log: 01A

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Monday July 25, 2011 at 11:58

Heard a couple of engineers complaining about the temperature in their quarters. Apparently they are propping their doors open at night. Almost makes all the hassle worth it. Spent most of today finishing the disassembly. Tomorrow is scheduled doing the in-place particle scrubs.

The heat plates slide into static baffles, which the air has to flow over. The particle scrubbers have reach into the convolutions in order to pass the particle count tests. If the plates were integral with the baffles then everything would come out at once. I asked the engineers about it during lunch today. They said it had something to do with manufacturability, fluid efficiency, and mass savings. Whatever it is, they’re the ones suffering, not me.

Had a scare today in life support. There was a pure oxygen leak. Had to evacuate two sectors for a purge and scrub. No detonation, thankfully. I think the oxygen levels for the whole ship rose above 0.3% before it was contained. It’s easy to forget that just one major failure could kill us all. EP-61-4 is looking more inviting by the hour.

Starship Log: 019

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Monday July 11, 2011 at 11:19

Got pulled from the cushy landing vessel maintenance to work on that thermal dump unit shut-down. Apparently Dirk really sold that request at the A-tor meet. Maybe he saw the irony? Anyway, today I was swimming in thermal paste and pump plates. How do you design such a complicated heat transfer unit? Looks like Earl may be right after all, I’m dreading re-assembly. Plus I’ve got to do a particle scrub on the baffles while I’m at it. I hope those engineers really suffer this week. I know I’m going to.

Scheduled lunch in PA-A as soon as I got pulled from SSF duty. Very relaxing today. No one around.

Starship Log: 018

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Friday July 8, 2011 at 09:29

We’ve started decanting and initial preventative maintenance on the landing vessels. Very dense to work on; Mostly just checking brand new systems for corrosion and double lubing everything. Kick can sometimes disturb internals, so flight crew is doing SSF testing. It’s time consuming, but mostly involves sitting around waiting for the test suite to give the ‘all clear’. I wanted to help set up the stimulators, but we don’t have the equipment on board to repair them, and flight crew is tight on procedure. They said the SSF suite costs as much as all the food on board. Crazy.

Speaking of food, had lunch in the hangar today. Those flight crew have it easy. Delivered meals, expensive equipment, unlimited rec access. Of course, they’re pretty much at the mercy of every system and department on board. I think every A-tor has ruined flight crew’s day at one point or another. At the end of the day, I’m glad to be maintenance. (Yeah, that was for you Dirk. Guess which part!)

Starship Log: 017

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Wednesday June 15, 2011 at 10:43

The mission is going forward! The whole maintenance team spent the day re-tuning the drive nodes for orbital insertion. I had a bit of trouble with the doors; It seems they recognized my crew ID and went into high-security mode. I had to get Dirk to clear me for access. Not sure why security is such an issue; I’d feel safer if everything was unlocked.

Lunch in the arbor was pleasant. Cathy and Don spent most of it talking about possible alien pathogens and how they could be counteracted. As far as I can tell Cathy prefers inoculation while Don supports designed counter-predators. I’m just hoping that there aren’t any bugs to begin with.

As I was writing this log, the service fee came in for having lunch served in a non-standard public area. Figures there’s a reason no-one else is doing it. It’s not prohibitive though, and the arbors are really pretty. It reminds me of my mom’s garden back on Shohs. Still though, I can visit after hours without incurring fees. Why are there fees anyhow? It’s not like the bots are doing anything in their free time.

Starship Log: 016

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Thursday May 5, 2011 at 11:14

Back to work today. Made the rounds on preventative maintenance that was neglected during the cleanup. A-tor meeting today to go over the initial observations of the system. Soon we’ll know if the mission is going ahead. Very exciting! The data coming back seems promising. Hydrogen atmosphere, standard trace gasses, same as the probes picked up, but everything is check and double-check around here. I’d be surprised if we turned around now, but there’s always that possibility.

I was in a sociable mood today, so I talked to Cathy again during lunch. Somehow I let slip that I had tried to eat in one of the arbors. Now she wants to come too. Couldn’t really get out of it nicely so we set up for delivery in peripheral arbor A tomorrow. I invited Don later as well, maybe he can tell us a bit more about the life support ecosystem.

Starship Log: 015

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Friday April 29, 2011 at 11:34

The kick was really strange. Our schedules were synched so we’d be asleep when the kick drive ran. It took about three hours for a ship this size to go all the way to EP-61. There’s a very audible mid range tremble that seems to come from everywhere at once, the kick-tone. Something to do with quantum syncrhonization. It has overtones that just keep going up and up, like a hard wave. I think that what woke most people up. After listening to that for a few minutes I got a sensation like the first day of 0-Gee, when everything felt like falling. The kick was like that, only more confused. Like I was headed multiple directions at once. Made me feel sick, but a dose of 0-Gee meds helped.

Couldn’t sleep though, so I went wandering. It was hard to navigate during the kick, but you can feel your way alright. Probably half the crew were up and congregated in the common areas. The kick-tone made it hard to talk, so it was mostly groggy silence. Kind of unreal, waking up, drifting in the disorienting ringing. I went exploring for a bit, poked around storage. Comforting to see all those containers packed and organized. Went back to my quarters after a bit, finally got back to sleep.

Dirk says that a good portion of the crew couldn’t sleep at all during the kick. Everyone wants to look from the observation room anyhow. He’s logging today as “extended recovery” since we were on cleanup duty for so long. I mostly talked to Earl. He saw the request for the thermal dump deactivation. Mentioned that those things are a bear to put back together. I’ve never worked with them myself; Somehow I doubt it.

Passed the second half of the day playing “pass-take” with an impromptu group from astrogation. They got the time off to celebrate the sucessful kick. Didn’t talk shop much, mostly about back home. These guys have all served in the military. Had some pretty impressive stories!

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