United Space Confederation
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Fenrir Industries expanded into the heavy mining industry in the 26th century, bringing innovation with them. Some of these advancements include a unique gravity well harvester, radiation shielding for high energy laser drills, and specialized cargo holds able to pre-heat and soften harvested material enabling faster refinement. Fenrir even experimented with ship building in the late 27th, 28th, and 29th centuries, engineering a few versatile single-seater ships which saw fairly good success considering a competitive market. Fenrir Industries was more well known for designing four different capital class ships: Halcyon, Orion, Spartan, and Daedalus, as well as their behemoth 3.5km Prosperity class long transport ship. All ships saw limited distribution, but were extensively used in Fenrir’s corporate fleets and later the United Space Confederation Navy.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering handles all of the United Space Confederation’s mining operations. This is an essential part of the USC economic structure, as it not only brings in valuable resources to be refined and used for projects like ship construction, it also adds to the economy’s GDP through exporting the goods onto the market. While the sale and trade of these raw materials are handled by the Interstellar Commerce Department, it is the job of the DAE to make those resources available.
DAE’s ship engineers are essential for the multi-crew ships in the USC fleet. Larger star ships need to have highly trained and knowledgeable crew to operate at peak performance, or sometimes even operate at all. The Department of Aerospace Engineering manages the appropriate training and crew assignment to larger ships in the United Space Confederation fleet.
These on-board engineers are tasked with operating various stations on the ship’s bridge, general ship maintenance, controlling any guns or turrets the ship may have in combat scenarios, repairing any battle damage, and assisting with the search and rescue of stranded pilots when operating aboard capital ships.
Fleet Research and Tuning
While the United Space Confederation has a respectable and capable fleet, things can always operate better. This is where the scientists and engineers working in ship research and development help to give USC fleets an edge over any would be hostile forces. It is their job to find ways of squeezing the most performance out of a piece of equipment, while still maintaining solid reliability. This is no easy task, and the United Space Confederation employs some of the galaxy’s most intelligent minds to understand the fundamental engineering of a system, and then improve it from the ground up. While it may seem like a small, unimportant task, these small advantages make a big difference to the USC combat personnel winning engagements in the field.