|The USS Voyager at Renaissance Academy, Lehi|
Test subjects are used when proving a simulator. It's dangerous work. One wrong mechanical setting. One bug in the software. One failsafe device failing. One short circuit in the warp core. All of these things and many more could fail a test crew. Six to ten promising young people lost in a flash of such magnitude a new sun would momentarily be seen in the sky.
We salute our test subjects willing to put life and limb on the line to advance humanity's exploration of space.
The test subjects getting their proving instructions from the Get Er Done team's very own Isaac. They look calm and unconcerned. This was taken before the liability and Next of Kin paperwork was distributed.
Alex Debirk and Isaac O. working in the Voyager's Control Room. Alex was concerned about an unusual reading coming from one of the primary circuits controlling the CO2 scrubbers. It was about to fail. "Typical," he mumbled. "Did we get our scrubbers from the same place the Space Center got there's?"
Isaac monitored the Flint mixer system. One incorrect setting could result in permanent hearing loss.
The pressure got too much for Alex. Nolan stepped in as a substitute (it was more a knock on the Brig's outside door. Alex's wife had his dinner). Nolan's face was permanently set in cringe mode; too many close calls on the bridge.
Last Saturday's test mission by Alex, Brent, and Isaac went well. Monday's second proving was also a success. I'm happy to report the Voyager has so far proven well enough to keep us on schedule. The rest of this week will be spent writing papers and adding content to our tactical library.
By Mark Daymont
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016