Security Level 2 - Confidential
TO Commander Jekk
FROM Commander Levesley
SUBJ Azedi Monitoring proposal
As you are aware I have been, over the past few considerable months, undertaking the design of projects to aid in the monitoring and perhaps provide a small amount of advanced warning in regards to Azedi actions.
There are two proposals I am putting forwards, I shall give you a brief rundown in this message and attach a full report containing risk/success ratios and other analysis:
A means of tracking and identifying Azedi vessels.
Adapting existing methods of remote tracking people this would be adapted for Azedi ships. We would paint the hostile ships with Viridium isotope. As you know the unique signature of Viridium is utilised in the tracking of assets across large distances (approximately two sectors). This would allow us to identify and track Azedi vessels with a large amount of accurracy.
Project limitations: As you know Viridium is difficult to create and cannot be directly replicated so it must be created in a lab setting.
We do not know if the Azedi will detect the Viridium (as it is an artificially created isotope it may be they have no knowledge of it so will not be scanning for it).
Delivery method would have to occur either during direct conflict (not ideal and causing a high risk/cost ratio that is unacceptable) or via a covert infiltration of Azedi space and by a cloaked vessel. That could pull along side and "paint" the target.
Deployment of a net of sensor stations along the Azedi border.
Working with fellow members of the Intelligence department we have utilised technologies from existing reconnaissance projects such as Class V and VII probes as well as materials used for Starfleet vessels to reduce their signature on sensors. We have designed a small deployable satellite equipped with high powered long range sensors that is extremely difficult to detect on sensors.
With a net deployed we would not be relying on Stafleet vessels to be patrolling the border in order for us to know what is going on. As the existing border is approximately 60ly across and our ships simply cannot cover that amount of space constantly.
These lookout satellites will give us a long range sensor net that will give us knowledge of 17Ly into Azedi space. As well as this these satellites would combine well with Project Spotlight.
To detect something at a range of 17ly requires a sensor pulse to be transmitted at warp 9.9997. This means at that range a signal will take 45 minutes to reach its destination and 45 minutes to get back. Unfortunately the limitations of the speed at which the sensor pulse can be transmitted is the limiting factor. Meaning that intelligence from the extreme range will be approximately 1hr 30mins out of date upon us receiving it.
However this will provide us with a detection net and sensor range not currently possessed by the fleet without deploying a large number of assets permanently along the border. This may also benefit anti piracy operations.
I hope this brief rundown has caught your interest in order to look over the project proposals in full.
Commander William Levesley
Intelligence Officer, Deep Space 13