AAR: Gain Entry to Unknown Alien Craft recovered by USS Cassini

Filed By:
CAPT Zarath, T.

LOCATION Federation-Tholian border, lower Ba’aja Sector

MISSION Investigate unknown vessel recovered from subspace following previous mission AAR: Patrol of Tholian Border

OUTCOME ONGOING Entrance gained to recovered vessel and partial power restored.


  • CAPT Zarath, T.
  • CMDR Odom, A.
  • LT Vehl, N.
  • ENS Felenn, R.
  • LT tr’Vastam, S.
  • ENS Sadaann
  • CDT/1 Vemok


The exterior of the recovered vessel
The Cassini crew resumed the investigation of the recovered alien vessel at Beta shift, joined by a specialist from the Romulan Republic, as well as additional support from other Starfleet crews.

The vessel is about the same size as a modern day Starfleet Runabout, and had suffered extensive damage, likely caused by its capture within the anti-proton lattice surrounding the gateway and subsequent removal from it. From a distance, the vessel shares a remarkable similarity with known Iconian design vessels, but upon closer inspection, these similarities are minor.

Earlier efforts to scan the interior of the vessel had failed, presumably due to the unique alloy used in the vessels construction, however due to the aforementioned damage, scans of the interior were made possible through a damaged section of the craft’s hull which Commander Odom had been able to widen through the use of a modified Type 8 shuttle tractor beam emitter and hydraulic spreader.

So far, all signs to the interior show that this vessel was used primarily for the purpose of transportation of personnel, likely a bipedal race based on the layout and size of the interior and visible seating arrangements. Further sensor scans revealed no signs of life of any kind. The interior had been sterile for many years prior to our breach of the inner hull.

As the only entryway so far was a 30cm hole surrounded by razor sharp neutronium, Commander Odom began to investigate a primary method of entry to the vessel. There was no visible door or hatch on either side of the vessel, however on the underside a number of panels which shared remarkable similarity to a transporter scanner or emitter were located.

Ensign Felenn’s observations pointed to the simple fact that the vessel shared enough similarity to Iconian design that the technology within may be similar, and it would be intentioned that the vessel might be entered through the use of a gateway type device. I also suggested to look into gravity manipulation, another known Iconian method which Federation technically is at a close enough level so far to emulate.

The interior of the aft section of the recovered vessel

Ensign Felenn with the assistance of other crew was able to set up a small gravitational inductive system using a tricorder, and, using his skills and knowledge of computer systems, was able to rig up a trinary based carrier wave through which we could send simple instructions to the vessel systems, supplying power via an inductive loop.

Our initial experiment in gaining entrance was met with an overwhelming success as the previously noted panels were ejected from the vessel, at quite a violent speed. While no injuries occurred, this did lead to an impact dent in the deck plating of the Cassini’s hangar deck.

Lieutenant Shea, our subject matter expert on temporary loan from the RRF boarded the craft and made initial examination. Once the craft was deemed safe to enter, we began a visual inspection of the interior in detail not yet seen.

The vessel’s interior appeared to have originally been a Starfleet Galileo-type Class F Shuttlecraft, circa 2290s-2330s, extensively modified and co-opted by technology which now resembled more closely with other Iconian influences. Towards the front of the vessel is a door segmenting the passenger area from what we assume will be the cockpit. We have so far been unable to open this door, however investigations will continue.

Ensign Felenn and Sadaann were able to refine their earlier attempts and using a larger inductive coil, with a lower frequency were able to restore partial power to the vessel, allowing lights and other minor electrical systems to restore.

Further investigations will resume once sufficient power has been restored.

RECOMMENDATION Cassini will continue to investigate the recovered vessel and begin further examinations of the structure located within subspace.

RECOGNITION All crew performed as expected to their duties.

OOC Thank you all for attending this event, spread across many weeks and formats!

Filed By:
ENS Felenn, Renaah

LOCATION Federation-Tholian border, lower Ba’aja Sector.

MISSION A follow up on the initial report about gaining access to the interior of the found shuttle-like vessel.

OUTCOME Gained fully entry to the vessel and began the investigation of its systems. Found corporeal remains of one occupant. Also inspecting the calcium carbonate substance found in the vessel.


  • CAPT Zarath, Tellara, Commanding Officer
  • LCDR Filoramo, Ferrante, Chief Engineer
  • ENS Felenn, Renaah, Operations Office (reporting officer)
  • Cadet, 1st Class, Vemok

NARRATIVE Aforementioned officers gathered in the Cassini’s shuttle bay to continue the investigations on the shuttle-like vessel that was saved in the previous instance. Captain Zarath re-summarized the basic findings, namely that shuttle, by is interior design, seemed to be close to Starfleet shuttles of 2200s and early 2300s period. However, technological cross-section of the vessel did not unravel a primary question: whether the newer, Iconian-like technologies were built around the existing Starfleet auxiliary vessel or the vessel mimicked the original designs.

Prior to the event reported here, and after some studies of Iconian software templates, I ran several simulations on signal modulation via Iconian carrier waves. Simulations were suggesting that if we digitized the carrier wave in small packages encoded via Iconian’s native trinary system, the computer of the vessel in question might recognize as “friendly” signal. Thus we would avoid another console or bulkhead blow out as in previous instance of this investigation.

With the assistance of Cadet Vemok, we were able to modulate the signal and emit it again in the lower frequency band. I am happy to report that this simple solution happened to work and we gained access into the vessel.

Upon our entrance, we noticed the earlier spotted calcium carbonate powder trail which lead us to a humanoid body, which was partially fused with the console upon which the corpse was leaning on.

As of this writing, however, we still have not found the link between the powder and the unfortunate occupant of the vessel. Calcium carbonate, from biological point of view, is present in eggshells and dark green vegetables across various ecosystems. We also know it is produced by mollusc (e.g. snails) and arthropod (e.g. centipedes, insects…) creatures across various faunas.

Given the trail was in more or less straight line, one could wonder if the there was another creature present along with the occupant or if the occupant’s biology perhaps contained calcium carbonate in the blood.

RECOMMENDATION It is imperative to include exobiology experts in order to determine the link between this powder and the occupant’s remains. Meanwhile, Engineering should develop a module which would serve as a cross-link/firewall between shuttle’s and Cassini’s systems, in order to get access to the former’s computer systems.

RECOGNITION I want to praise Cadet Vemok’s assistance on the two previous occasions in the investigation of this vessel.


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