Propulsion Engineering (PRE)

Chairman: Gossella Prim
Professors: Robert Beymer, Bryce Nakagawa, Janos Van Milner

Propulsion Engineering is one of the most popular departments at the Academy. Cadets explore this field through classroom discussion, holographic simulations, visits to nearby starship construction facilities, and the latest technical journals from across the Federation.

PRE 104. Impulse Systems

A survey of modern impulse drive systems using fusion power and helium plasma. Students study the development of impulse technology and its use over the centuries, as well as modern impulse drives and their use aboard Federation starships. Simulations provide students with direct experience in operating and maintaining impulse drive systems, including emergency operations. A paper on the development of impulse in Federation history is required.

PRE 301. Warp Propulsion Theory

The study of warp drive theory and development, from Zefram Cochrane to modern transwarp theories. Students study the design of warp drives, the formation of warp fields, and the potential effects of warp technology on normal space and subspace. Students experience developments in warp technology through a variety of simulations, including the original flight of the Phoenix and early Federation warp systems. A paper on the evolution and development of warp technology is required.

PRE 303. Advanced Warp Systems

An in-depth study of warp drive technology and theory, including the structure of subspace, the formation of warp fields, subspace distortions and how they affect warp drive, and transwarp theories. Students study the operation, maintenance, and construction of warp drive systems using both simulation and hands-on experience. The class visits the Utopia Planitia Yards on Mars to examine the latest developments in warp technology. Students are expected to write a term paper on new developments in warp technology and to pass simulations on warp system operations, including safety procedures during a warp core breech.

PRE 457. Transwarp Theories

A survey of the theoretical limits of warp propulsion and various theories for the achievement of transwarp, or warp factor 10. A vessel in transwarp would theoretically have infinite velocity and therefore occupy all points in space simultaneously. Students examine theories on the achievement of transwarp velocity, from the Excelsior experiments in 2284 to modern transwarp development projects at the Utopia Planitia Yards.