Torpedo Magazine

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Torpedos and scientific probes are stored in an ultra-secure area adjacent to the launcher in what is commonly called the torpedo magazine. The magazine itself comprises several parts:

  • A warehouse, where the torpedo casings are stored
  • A torpedo-probe fabrication/modification room, which houses several Industrial Replicators
  • A monitoring room, where Tactical personnel oversee all aspects of torpedo operations

Moving torpedos about involves the use of an automated conveyor and elevator system. When torpedo/probe casings are brought aboard, they are placed on an anti-grav transfer pallet. The pallets are specially designed to cradle the casing and offer protection in the rare event of an impact. Pallets are assigned a specific location within the warehouse and are held in place by an protective buffering field. The system can pull torpedo casings from their racks with blinding speed, with the exact speed and number of casings that can be loaded per second dependent on the type of launcher. For example, in the Akira class' Pulse-fire torpedo launcher the magazine can load four torpedos every three seconds. Tele-robotics handle all the pre-launch operations as the torpedos are being conveyed to the launcher. A Level 4 diagnostic is also completed to ensure all systems on the weapon are a go.

When ships or stations are unable to replenish on a regular basis, they can replicate more torpedos. The process is slow and utilizes a lot of replicator power, however, and thus the decision to fabricate more cannot be taken lightly.

Note: Casings are NOT stored with reactants or warheads in place. Only when the weapons are sent to the Torpedo Launch Bay are they armed.

Ships with a dedicated probe launcher, such as the Luna class, have separate magazines for torpedos and probes.