OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
- Intent: New type of power generator suitable for capital ships and installations
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- Canon Link: N/A
- Permissions: N/A
- Primary Source: N/A
- Manufacturer: New Star League Remnant
- Affiliation: NSLR, UGF
- Market Status: Closed-Market
- Model: Q-1
- Modularity: No
- Production: Mass-Produced
- Material: Durasteel, shielding and reactor components
- Custom containment structure
- Provides clean renewable power at room temperature
- Very vulnerable to physical damage to reactor module
The result of several concurrent breakthroughs in physics research, the NSLR's search for a practical application was born in the R-1 prototype. Though the danger inherent in manipulating such large contained energies is severe, the experiments succeeded in proving the working prototype could be effective. Much refinement went into the design process of what would be the Remnants' first foray into technological creation.
The reactor itself retains the Alulan cultural imperative toward efficiency, being both smaller, lighter, cleaner, and less demanding on support systems than comparable reactors. The process contains a gravitic stream within six magnetic fields, creating what amounts to a nanoscopic singularity, tightly controlled and balanced. The energy output is suitably enormous, without generating an erg of waste heat, and thus not requiring coolant systems.
Engineering the production model took some time, as the design team continuously revamped the plans, always aiming for more efficiency. This took the humble R-1 to the R-75 before it was deemed satisfactory and produced as the Q-1. The end product is therefore reliable, easy to operate, and simple to maintain as well as being quite straightforward to produce with basic industrial tools. Though this Alulan style design process is expensive and can be quite time consuming, it leads to economic efficiencies at the production end.
Competitive with other reactors of similar scope, the Q-Reactor is far smaller and more efficient, though not especially super powerful. It is however far smaller in size, and requires much less infrastructure for coolant. The unit is housed in a self contained assembly with almost no moving parts, which saves on maintenance, and is simple to operate. Where a competing reactor might need to be the size of a warehouse to say nothing of the required support systems and coolant logistics, a Q-Reactor is the size of a room. This makes it suitable for starships and bases but unsuitable for speeders or fighters.