Location: USS Independence
"Captain," Lieutenant Lance called out from the tactical console on the bridge of the Independence, "I am detecting a spacial anomaly a little over three hundred thousand kilometers off our port bow."
"Let's see it lieutenant," Mystery said
Ensign Takach, the officer at the science console, displayed a patch of empty space on the bridge's viewscreen. "The anomaly is expelling some low level radiation but nothing in the visible spectrum," she announced.
"I detected the anomaly when we arrived but diagnostics suggested that there was a faulty sensor array," Kevin continued, "Engineering verified the fault and fixed it, but the anomaly remains. Ensign Miles aboard the Olympia confirms that he is detecting the anomaly as well."
"What do you make of it and what does the Olympia report on it?" Mystery asked "Trace the location of it."
“I am not certain what it is, Captain,” replied Ensign Takach, “There is not enough data from our sensors. Olympia is feeding their readings to us but their sensors aren’t very good. Perhaps if we launched a probe?”
"I agree, launch a probe," Mystery said "I want to know what is going on and what is up with that freighter."
“Aye, Ma’am,” Kevin responded. He tasked the Torpedo Team to load a class-1 probe for launch while Ensign Takach programmed the sensor commands to be downloaded into the probe prior to launch. In more time than Kevin would have liked, the Torpedo Team reported ready-up. Kevin looked over at the science officer, who nodded that the download was complete.
“Probe away,” Kevin announced as he entered the launch command into the tactical console.
The probe shot out of the ship’s torpedo launcher in a streak of light visible on the bridge’s viewscreen. Once the protective casing dropped away the probes warp impeller took over and navigated towards the anomaly, covering a quarter-million kilometer distance in a matter of seconds.
Kevin watched the data streamed from the probe and wondered what the Captain would make of it.