The Venusian Campus

Starfleet Academy also maintains a small training facility on Venus, the second planet in the Sol system. Venus is a Class K world with a thick, poisonous atmosphere and a high surface temperature. The planet's atmosphere is extremely dynamic, one of the reasons Starfleet Academy trains cadets here.

The Venusian campus was built near the Federation Terraforming Station on Venus. The campus consists of a small collection of pressure domes partially buried in the Venusian rock to protect them from the harsh environment. The campus maintains facilities for shuttlecraft as well as transporter systems - the latter being by far the safer means of reaching the surface of Venus. The domes provide Class M environmental conditions, including gravity. The campus' small staff rotates out on a regular basis.

Cadets attend the Venusian campus for three purposes: to train in the difficult atmospheric conditions of Venus, to learn planetary survival in one of the harshest surface environments in the Sol system, and to study terraforming with the scientists at the Federation terraforming station.

The Venus Flight Range

Venus' thick atmosphere - composed of carbon dioxide and sulfur - traps radiant heat from the sun, giving the planet a surface temperature of 447 degrees and a pressure of more than 90 atmospheres. Powerful winds whip the surface, while electrical discharges from the clouds blanket the planet. This creates a challenging environment for atmospheric piloting, allowing Starfleet cadets to test their skills. The Venusian campus offers advanced shuttle and atmospheric piloting courses. Cadets begin by piloting through simulations of the planet's atmosphere, then graduate to actual test flights. The campus and the Venusian orbital station maintain a transporter lock on shuttle crews to beam them to safety in case of accidents.

The Venusian Survival Course

Venus represents one of the harshest environments to humanoid life. Even desolate Class D and H worlds do not present the challenges of intense pressure, heat, corrosive atmosphere, and dangerous storms found on Venus. Advanced students in planetary survival practice their skills on the surface of Venus, using Starfleet pressure suits reinforced with structural integrity fields to resist the atmospheric pressure. Cadets start on simulations of the Venusian terrain, the progress to actual missions on the planet's surface. A survival course exam involves a two-hour trek across the Venusian landscape in progress to actual missions on the planet's surface. A survival course exam involves a two-hour trek across the Venusian landscape in pressure suits to retrieve parts from a simulated crash site. Transporter systems at the campus facility maintain a lock on cadets to beam them to safety in the event of an accident.

Venusian Terraforming Internship

Starfleet cadets with studies in planetary and terraforming sciences may choose to apply for an internship to study at the Federation Terraforming Station on Venus. The planet's environment and atmosphere present a challenge even to the Federation's most skilled terraformers. Cadets can learn a great deal about the development and progress of a terraforming project from studying at the station. Students work with scientists and technicians on a variety of projects, and must prepare a presentation on terraforming for their faculty advisor.