The power relay station is the
junction box for all systems of the spacecraft. The power relay station
enables ad hoc repairs to damaged systems. Power distribution can be
configured to reroute power from working systems to systems that are
not working. Less important systems can be sacrificed in favor of
systems necessary for survival of the ship and crew. Using the power
relay station, a skilled engineer can revive an otherwise derelict
ship so it can limp back to port for repairs.
Improper use of the power relay station can result in catastrophic
total destruction of the spacecraft.
Power is needed by the systems
of a spacecraft. The following diagram
graphically depicts the flow of power from the power plant to the
gravity drive. Like the
gravity drive in this example, all systems consume
power according to this process.
The power plant converts hydrogen fuel
into electrical energy. Electricity produced by the power plant is
stored in the capacitor. Each power plant unit adds to the total energy
storage capacity of the capacitor.
The capacitor acts as a ready
supply of electrical energy for the systems of the spacecraft. Unlike a
battery, which releases energy slowly, the capacitor responds instantly
to large sudden demands for power. The amount of energy that can be
stored by the capacitor is determined by the number of power plant
units in the design.
Each system has a power converter.
The power converter directs power from the capacitor to the system
equipment through a power relay junction. The power converter for each
system is designed to handle the energy load demanded by its system.
gravity drive power converter often routes a lot of power because a
large number of gravity drive units is typical in a spacecraft design.
A power relay
connects a power converter to system equipment. Normally, every power
converter has one single power relay junction connecting to its
corresponding system equipment. The figure depicts the gravity drive
power converter connected to the gravity drive equipment, which is the
equipment is the final
consumer of the electrical power produced by the power plant. System
equipment performs the specific function of the system. The gravity
drive provides propulsion through space and creates an artificial
gravity environment inside the spacecraft.
is damaged, the damage
affects the power converter for the system, not the equipment of the
system. This is crucial
to understanding the role of the power
relay station. Damage to a system reduces the output of that system's
power converter. The full potential of the system equipment can be
restored by connecting other working power converters to the system's
equipment. Using the power relay station, multiple power converters can
connected to the equipment of a single system.
The display screen is divided
into two sections by red lines. The small upper
section displays the power plant shunts. The
large lower section displays the power relay junctions.
Controls are activated by
clicking on the
console using the hand cursor. Controls also have corresponding
keyboard equivalents. Help about using the hand cursor and a table
showing the key commands for this station can be found on the Keyboard and Mouse
The power relay junction section
displays power converters in a row across the top. System equipment is
displayed in a row across the bottom. Power junctions are displayed as
thick gold traces connecting power converters at the top to system
equipment at the bottom.
There may be multiples of some
systems, such as weapon bays, turrets,
transporter rooms and sick bays. Each instance of those systems will be
represented by its own power converter and system equipment. Each
different system is assigned a number for identification.
Power Converter for Gravity Drive
vertical bar at the left
shows the health of the system. This bar corresponds to the damage
percentage shown on the Damage Report (F6) window.
The thick vertical bar at the right shows power level. The power level
will match the health level unless the system is overclocked.
The gold line protruding from the bottom center is the power relay
junction connecting the converter to a
system, the Gravity Drive in this case.
Power Converter for Life Support
health bar at the left
indicates a power converter that is heavily damaged.
The thick vertical bar at the right shows power level. Damaged power
converters provide less power than undamaged power converters. This
power converter has been overclocked to restore some of its
lost performance. Refer to the Overclocking section
for more details.
tint indicates the system equipment is not receiving power.
not function when it is not powered.
Absense of a thick vertical bar at the right shows power level at zero.
This example is zero because no power converter is connected to it.
Support System with Multiple Connections
gold power relay junction lines show that the power
converters for a turret and a surgery unit have been connected to the
life support system to augment the
of the damaged life support power converter.
Even with additional power converters attached, the combined
to the life support system is less than the maximum that it could be.
Systems will suffer a reduction in overall performance that is
proportional to the power supplied. A system that is powered at 50%
will operate at 50% of its capability.
Access to every system's power
relay junction is possible, even though only eight junctions can be
displayed at once.
The power converter
any position is changed by clicking on
blue arrows on the system type image. Click on the right arrow to
the next system's power converter in the ship's internal list of
systems. Click on the left arrow to switch to the previous
system's power converter. In this manner, each power converter position
on the panel can be "scrolled" to show a different power converter
among those available.
The system equipment displayed
at any position is changed by clicking
the blue arrows on the system type image. Click on the right arrow to
to the next system's equipment in the ship's internal list of systems.
Click on the
left arrow to switch to the previous system's equipment. In this manner, each system
equipment position on the panel can be "scrolled" to show a different
system among those available.
Note that the power
converters shown at the top row do not have to correspond to the system
equipment shown at the bottom row.
When one end of a power relay
junction is not visible on the display,
the gold junction line is drawn from the visible end to one side of
the display screen.
Click on the connector at the
power converter end of a gold junction line to disconnect the
system. Power converters
are shown across the top of the power relay
The last power converter that is clicked becomes the current
converter when making a junction to the next equipment connection that
Click on the connector above a
system equipment image to create a
junction to the last converter that was clicked. System equipment is
shown across the
bottom of the power relay section.
Smaller power converters may not
supply all of the
power needed by equipment of larger systems.
Multiple power converters can be connected to the same system equipment.
is a way of restoring lost performance to a damaged system. The
degraded performance level of a damaged system can be doubled by
overclocking, up to its undamaged design performance.
A system cannot be overclocked beyond its original designed performance.
Click on the power
level bar next to a power converter to overclock
it, resulting in a possible increase in performance of that
Overclocked systems will
incur damage due to stress
time. This can result in
catastrophic system failure and total
destruction of the spacecraft.
The upper section of the
power relay station displays power plant output and power plant shunts.
shunts appear in a
row across the bottom. Eight different shunts enable risky
overrides inside the power plant.
Each shunt that is activated restores 1/8th of the power plant's
undamaged output. Shunts will restore power plant output lost
damage, up to 100%; they will not enable the power plant to exceed
Active shunts will damage the power plant
time. This can result in catastrophic failure of the power plant and
total destruction of the spacecraft.
The output of the power
plant is shown as a horizontal bar across the top. When no shunts are
enabled, this bar
corresponds to the power plant damage
percentage shown on the Damage Report (F6) window. Active shunts will
raise the output of the power plant beyond the health level of the