Core Systems Specialist

Senior Crewman (SCR) Carl Franklin is a Core Systems Specialist with the ISDC, and is a member of the engineering branch. Crewman Franklin’s previous experience with the Royal Canadian Navy allowed for direct entry to the ISDC.


Core Systems Specialists are responsible for overseeing the vessel’s most fundamental computer operations and data distribution. Though Crewman Franklin’s duties do not extend to critical systems such as environmental controls, propulsion, or navigational control, he is responsible for the communication and sensor systems crucial to ISDC’s exploratory mission.

Franklin has particular interest in near-range sensor systems. When he assumes duties aboard, he will work closely with the vessel’s Navigation Officer to track and anticipate spatial and planetary phenomena, enhancing the vessel’s ability to navigate through such phenomena. The vessel’s sensor systems are divided into EM telescope-powered long-range sensors, and near-range sensors which track the vessel’s immediate environment. Franklin does most of his work with the latter.

Having served in the Royal Canadian Navy, Franklin also brings his tactical expertise to the vessel’s core systems. Like the main sensor systems, the vessel’s tactical sensors are divided into two main categories. Active sensors allow fast, reliable gathering of tactical data, but can expose the vessel to detection due to the radiation these sensors emit. Passive sensors negate this vulnerability, but processing and identifying tactically significant data is far more difficult. Franklin has been working closely with the tactical team to help tune data analysis protocols for improved detection results.


A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Crewman Franklin studied computer science at the Polytechnique Montreal from where he began a career in aeronautics with a major Canadian aircraft manufacturer. Franklin’s intuitive approach to technology issues saw his advance rapidly within the organisation, becoming a Director within the company’s technology division.

Franklin resigned after blaming the systems he had help design for the crash of one of the company’s aircraft used by a US regional airline. After a lengthy period of leave he decided to commit himself to public service and joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a sailor. After basic training he was stationed at CFB Esquimalt near Victoria, British Colombia. Franklin was not with the organisation long before his penchant for adapting new technologies caught the attention of RCN officers working with the ISDC.

Still considering himself an engineer above all else, Franklin’s computer acumen and intuitive understanding of new technologies has proven crucial in ensuring the compatibility of new and unknown computer systems with existing technologies. His role with the ISDC has provided an outlet for his remarkable talents that could not hope to be matched by a career with a conventional navy.

Franklin can expect rapid promotion to Petty Officer as a result of his work and a place aboard at launch.

Becoming a Core Systems Specialist

Interested in Carl’s role as a Core Systems Specialist?

To take on a similar role yourself, you'll need to sign up as crew. On completion of common training, you'll be promoted to able crewman and you'll be able to apply for the engineering branch.

All engineering specialists undertake basic cross-system training, to ensure they understand the interaction between major ship systems and to help inform their choice of advanced specialisation. Once this training has been completed you'll be awarded a basic rating in engineering.

Depending on interest and aptitude, you'll then be able to apply for the core systems specialisation and begin training towards your advanced rating.

If you want to serve aboard in deep space, you'll also need to complete your qualification aboard. This is a course of training and supervised practical experience gained during training cruises, completed in parallel with your specialist engineering training.