science Branch

Exploration is one of the primary reasons for the ISDC's existence, and the Science Branch provides the expertise necessary to analyse and document deep-space discoveries. The Science Branch encompasses a number of scientific disciplines necessary for the exploration of deep space including astrophysics, astronomy and planetary sciences such as geology, exobiology and climatology for the exploration of new planets.

The Science Branch is responsible for using the vessel's array of sensor equipment to analyse stellar phenomenon and planetary discoveries remotely, as well as making direct observations and gathering samples from planets. 

Featured science Roles

Lieutenant Amelia Chen is an astrophysics specialist, and is a member of the science branch.
Warrant Officer (WWOF) Leandro Hogan is a Geophysics Specialist and is a member of the science branch.

science Specialisations


Involves the observation and interpretation of stellar phenomenon, including guided practice in the making of those observations. Astronomy is central to the navigation of interstellar vessels.


Deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties of celestial objects, as well as their interactions and behavior. A broad discipline, astrophysics encompasses mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and atomic and molecular physics. This discipline is central to the scientific theories underpinning much of the technology used in the engineering of interstellar vessels.

Planetary Sciences

The planetary sciences include disciplines necessary for analysing new planetary discoveries. This specialisation has a number of sub-specialisations:

  • geophysics
  • exobiology (the study of life in extra-terrestrial environments)