This article seeks to describe those technologies the Horizon Fleet community defines as "Voyager tech".
The autonomous self-sustaining mobile holo-emitter (more commonly referred to as the mobile emitter) is an advanced technology of the twenty-ninth century designed to remotely power and enable a single holographic instance away from more permanent holoemitters. Constructed of a poly-deutonic allow unknown to twenty-fourth century science, the mobile emitter was approximately the size of a Human palm. The crew of the USS Voyager was allowed to retain the mobile emitter they had appropriated from twentieth-century businessman Henry Starling after being returned to the twenty-fourth century by Captain Braxton.
The mobile emitter is a wholly self-contained holographic projector capable of generating the photons and forcefields necessary to allow a hologram to physically interact with its environment. Experience would seem to indicate the mobile emitter is compatible with most forms of twenty-fourth century technology as its capabilities can be readily transferred from one holographic program to another or even employed as an emergency power source. The emitter may be placed either on the exterior of the hologram or completely enveloped by the program, thus hiding it from view. Despite the entirety of the emitter had been mapped on a molecular level by 2381, Starfleet lacked the means to fully replicate the technology.
Quantum Slipstream Drive
The quantum slipstream drive (QSD) is an advanced form of interstellar propulsion technology first encountered by the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. Similar in principle to the transwarp technology utilized by the Borg, it has the capability of exceeding a starship's maximum warp factor by an unprecidented degree. It was first encountered in 2374 when the crew of the USS Voyager acquired the technology from Species 116. A later test of the drive in 2375 nearly led to the destruction of Voyager, prompting the crew to set aside the technology until such time as a more thorough assessment of its usability could be conducted.
Quantum slipstream drive operates by routing energy through the vessel's main deflector which then focuses a quantum field that allows the vessel to penetrate the quantum barrier. Generating slipstream corridors requires more power than forming warp fields as it is more directly related to the frontal geometry of a vessel rather than the overall geometry of the ship as a whole. The Voyager crew sought to overcome some of these issues by incorporating techniques used by Borg spheres while traveling through transwarp conduits as well as employing less common benamite crystals rather than the standard dilithium crystals. In order to maintain the slipstream, however, the phase variance of the quantum field must constantly be adjusted. Failure to do so will result in the collapse of the slipstream and the violent expulsion of the ship back into normal space.
Perhaps the most notable "Voyager Technologies" are those which were introduced to the crew of the USS Voyager in 2378 by Admiral Kathryn Janeway, a future version of Captain Kathryn Janeway from the early twenty-fifth century. Admiral Janeway had embarked on an illegal mission to change history by traveling back in time through a temporal rift with the intention of securing Voyager's safe return to the Alpha Quadrant sixteen years earlier than had occured in her own timeline. She arrived in 2378 aboard the shuttlecraft SC-4 along with several advanced technologies from the year 2404. While many of the technologies proved incompatable with Voyager's current systems, Admiral Janeway was able to assist the Voyager crew in manufacturing transphasic torpedos and ablative generators which were then installed aboard the ship. These technologies later proved extremely effective against Borg attacks while attempting to access a Borg transwarp hub.
The transphasic torpedo is an advanced technology developed as an anti-Borg weapon by Captain Kathryn Janeway sometime after the USS Voyager encountered a Borg transwarp hub inside a nebula in 2378 in an alternate timeline where they chose not to investigate further. It was used to defend Voyager against the Borg on several occassions throughout the remaining sixteen years it took for Voyager to reach Earth.
Transphasic torpedoes achieve their immense, destructive power by delivering a subspace compression pulse existing in an asymmetric superposition of phase states similar to the operation of a phased cloak. If one subcomponent of the pulse is blocked by shielding, enough others will still succeed in penetrating to the target to ensure the majority of the pulse is still delivered. This permits the warhead to bypass defensive systems such as those employed by the Borg Collective with relative ease. Each torpedo's transphasic configuration is different, randomly generated by a dissonant feedback effect, making it nearly impossible for enemies like the Borg to predict the configuration of its phase states or to shield against them.
Ablative Generators are an advanced technology developed as an anti-Borg defense by Captain Kathryn Janeway sometime after the USS Voyager encountered a Borg transwarp hub inside a nebula in 2378 in an alternate timeline where they chose not to investigate further. It was used to defend Voyager against the Borg on several occassions throughout the remaining sixteen years it took for Voyager to reach Earth.
The ablative generator relies on replicator technology to create a layer of highly advanced ablative armor which can be deployed or withdrawn at will. This armor has been known to withstand sustained assault from Borg weapons normally capable of devastating most shielding systems within seconds. The need to cover the entirety of the ship's hull with the armor, however, prevents phasers or torpedoes from operating without the use of specialized apertures.
Regarding Temporal Continuity
Not long after the USS Voyager returned to Earth, Starfleet established a strict framework for analyzing the myriad of technological and informational resources that had been gathered over the course of seven years in the Delta Quadrant. Members of Voyager's crew worked alongside scientists, engineers, and specialists from a variety of fields including individuals such as then-Commander Arthur Richardson, PhD and Dr. Eldred Skyler, PhD as they sifted through numerous gigaquads of data. Despite the already strict operating procedures which goverend these work teams, concerns over potential violations of the Temporal Prime Directive led the Department of Temporal Investigations to confiscate several of the advanced technologies as well as all records of their research. Among the confiscated technologies were the advanced weapons and armor provided by the alternate Admiral Janeway.
It is unknown at this time what the Department of Temporal Investigations has done with the confiscated technologies. While some believe the materials were destroyed to prevent further contamination of the timeline, others believe they were not destroyed and that the Whalesong Exception to the Temporal Prime Directive would permit the Department of Temporal Investigations to release the technology in the face of an existential threat to the Federation.
Regarding Political Stability
A second major concern to members of Starfleet Command and the Federation Government was the potential for such advanced technology to create greater discord amongst an already increasingly divided region. Were Starfleet to begin openly pursuing the development and possession of advanced technologies like transphasic torpedos or ablative generators, it might very well have prompted other major powers to seek ways of matching or exceeding them. This would, in turn, have lead to a quadrant-wide arms race the likes of which had not been witnessed since before the signing of the Khitomer Accords.
"Voyager Tech" & the Horizon Fleet Community (OOC)
There are many reasons why the Horizon Fleet community chooses not to allow the use of so-called "Voyager tech" aboard their member simulations. It all boils down to what we as a community feel is the best interpretation of Gene Roddenberry's vision for our members. One of the major concerns by many who must consider the incorporation of such advanced technologies is that they were often acquired by the crew of the USS Voyager were obtained through a violation of the Temporal Prime Directive. Furthermore, Star Trek canon does not give us much basis for what happened to Voyager and its advanced technologies when the ship finally returned home. While it is assumed the vessel was thoroughly examined and analyzed from stem to stern by the members of several divisions within Starfleet, we have no way of knowing whether the advanced technologies were impounded pending further investigation or destroyed to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Add to this the fact none of these advanced technologies appeared in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis and it was decided that "Voyager tech" would not feature as part of the Horizon Fleet community.
Potential Future Use
Now this does not mean there will never be a place for "Voyager tech" in Horizon Fleet. Should there be a new canon series of Star Trek produced in the post-Nemesis timeline that features this technology, this decision would certainly be reevaluated. The Department of Research & Development also makes an effort to keep in mind the realistic development of Starfleet technology as our community moves further and further away in time from canon Trek. There may come a time when, canon television series or not, some elements of "Voyager tech" begin making appearances around the community simply because it seems most plausible to do so.
To that end...so-called "Voyager tech" and anything deemed similar is not permitted at this time. If you have any questions about an idea you have for your simulation, be sure to contact your Task Force Commanding Officer or the Director of Research & Development and they will be more than happy to help you work through it.