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Main engineering serves as a master control for ship's warp propulsion system, as well as the impulse propulsion system and other engineering systems. Main Engineering also serves as a backup control center in the event of failure of the Main Bridge and the Battle Bridge. Workstations at this location can be reconfigured to emulate Conn, Ops, Tactical, and other command operations.
Engineering is a desirable site for such functions because of its protected location within the Engineering section and its proximity to key warp propulsion system components. ODN hardlines provide protected backup communications to other major systems.