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Lt. Etter Personal Log, USS Singing
Star Date: 42578.7

There are some really cool things happening in engineering. We passed Getty Station, which is a record, for not only this class of starship, but also Star Fleet in general. Getty Station isn't all that interesting, so that probably explains why we were the first.

Everything after this is technically frontier. Not for long, mind you. But we're the first, and that's what matters. I'm extremely proud of my fellow crew members. But that's really not the most important thing.

Here's what I'm getting at. Technically, USS Singing is just a research vessel. We've been sent to this part of space to gather data on the warp rifts phenomenon originally discovered in the Hekaras Corridor.

I'm no economist. But I'm interested in the topic. Living during post-scarcity, I've been worried about innovation being limited. I know this is counter to the dogma from the best Federation minds, but any scarcity, even if it's artificial, promotes innovation.

There are some doubts about the Hekaras rifts being a real, wide-spread concern for warp capable civilizations. Getty Station represents an opportunity to investigate the null hypothesis in action.

We're going to see if the effects observed in the Hekaras Corridor will be supported. This area of space is considered to be the least exposed to warp fields in all of the quadrant. Our engineers have created a new subspace scan protocol that should determine if there's ever been a warp field exposed to a particular area of space. If it can get positive results, it will support the conjecture. This will imply that the limits are justified.

Either way, it'll be great because our observations will support the Hekaras rift conjecture or it will undermine it. That's science. Personally, I'm hoping that our findings support the conjecture. We need innovation. It may as well come from this.

Even now, there's just a tremendous amount of innovation to prove or disprove the conjecture, right here on-ship. The engineers here are interested in finding the truth. The work they're doing to get to the bottom of the investigation is inspiring. They're not interested in lifting the warp speed-limit by their findings. They know if there really is damage to subspace from warp fields, it must be mitigated. But if subspace isn't being damaged, we don't want to inject our own ideas into the data.

So even though I think an artificial limit would be helpful overall, I'm not going to let that affect my findings. I trust the folks who believe the opposite to do the same. We're scientists. We're looking for the truth.


Internal Engineering Holophoto, Do Not Distribute

Yep, I took a holophoto of the panel. Don't judge. At least I held the imager in the right orientation this time. Anyway, you can clearly see that, so far, this geometry supports the conjecture. But the engineers think there might be something we're missing.

Update: There is something going on. It's an out-of-band effect that's never been observed before. We don't even know what to call it! So cool.

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this is quiet impressive

Excellent piece of micro-fiction in the Star Trek universe. Hopefully there's follow-ups, because now I'm genuinely curious to hear Lt. Etter explain the out-of-band effect.

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