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Excelsior Class (alt.)

Design by Jetfreak

Affiliation: Starfleet (alternate universe)
Type: Explorer and battleship
First commissioned: 2265
Length: 950m
Complement: 80 officers + 1024 crew, evacuation limit: 3500
Speed: Warp 6 (cruise), Warp 8.75 (max.), Warp 8.9 (max. emergency)
Armament: Phaser banks and photon torpedoes
Defense: Deflector shields, ECM and basic hull armor
Embarked craft: Shuttlecraft, Work Bees, Tigon Fighter/Scout (optional)

Designed as a larger counterpart to the already capable Constitution, the Excelsior Class is an advanced and versatile starship, capable of almost any role. While some of details of the vessel are known, most of it is still classified by Starfleet. The Excelsior is currently under the jurisdiction and control of "Project Arrowhead". Which is supposedly conducting research on advanced propulsion technologies. Speculation is centered that the Excelsior may be utilized as a testbed for new technologies. She is currently docked at Earth Spacedock as of 2265. Undergoing a major overhaul of the engineering section.

The AR Excelsior sports a "hot rod" and streamlined forward facing look akin to the AR Constitution, creating a relation between the two designs.

The nacelle design has undergone several tweaks and the struts have been completely redesigned to match the Enterprise's forward swept versions. Furthermore, I wanted to retain the nacelle cap aesthetic since she had been launched at an earlier date. The nacelle "wings" raise up at warp like her smaller sibling and the grilles also glow blue at warp. It gives the nacelles more functionality and movement.

Comparing it with side views of the original, my new design takes some cues from the original and mixes some stylized elements from the new Enterprise. Showing that the two are related in terms of technicalities and aesthetics, just like the originals.

As seen here, she is scaled at exactly 950 meters at length, keeping in line with the "official" ILM figures. (The Enterprise was 725m long). Also provided in the finalized view are the Tigon and the new Shuttlecraft, to give a further sense of scale.

Thanks to Gus, whose work on the prime Excelsior served as the basis for this illustration.


Giacchino Class

Design by Robert Heckadon

Affiliation: Starfleet (alternate universe)
Type: Deep survey cruiser
First commissioned: 2259
Length: 261m
Width: 151m
Height: 72m
Decks: 24
Displacement: 1100000t
Complement: 40 officers + 310 crew, evacuation limit: 1000
Speed: Warp 7.5 (cruise), Warp 8 (max.), Warp 8.5 (max. emergency)
Sublight speed: 0.25c (max.)
Armament: 2 dual bank, 120 megawatt PHASed Energy Rectified particle canons (AKA phasers); 4 dual bank 80 megawatt, 120 megavolt phased modulated electron particle discharge pulse canons (AKA laser pulse canons)
Defense: Magnetic flux consolidation force shields; polarized hull plating
Embarked craft: 4 standard shuttlecrafts

“Giving someone else equal rights does not infringe or take away right from you. It just makes it illegal to enforce your prejudice and hate. It's that simple.” – Stephen Bryce, 2012

With the vastness of space, it would take a single Starfleet vessel more than 12,000 years to explore every single solar system in the Milky Way galaxy alone if the ship stayed in the solar system for only 1 second and instantly travelled to the next solar system. To maximize resources, Starfleet commissioned the Giacchino class deep survey cruiser.

The Giacchino class is designed to travel through space and scans the cosmos at different vantage points with incredible detail with the use of its long range astronomical sensors, and send its findings to Starfleet Command and Earth Space Probe who then sends a ship for a more detailed analysis. The heavy survey cruiser’s course takes it to the major stars that make up the greater constellations in Earth’s sky. These include Betelgeuse, Bellatrix and Rigel in the constellation of Orion.

The Giacchino class is recognized by its quad-nacelle design, upper engineering hull, and lower shuttle hull. Despite conventional wisdom, the warp capability of a ship is not dependent on the number of nacelles the ship has, but the frequency oscillation of the negative energy within the warp coils. This means that despite fact that the Giacchino class has 4 nacelles, it is no faster than a Constitution class starship which only has 2 nacelles, or an Einstein class* with a single nacelle. The use of the quad nacelle design is for what is referred to as warp field handoff. This allows the ship to transfer the warp field from one pair of nacelles to another and give time to run a level 3 diagnostic on the first set of warp engines, to recycle the excess thermal energy and to recharge without having to drop out of warp.

During the warp field handoff, power to the deflector dish increases by 25%. When the warp field catastrophically collapses the space in front of the ship, it ionizes the interstellar gases and dust that allows a focused magnetic beam from the deflector to passively clear a path of these ionized obstacles with a 900 megavolt “antiproton” particle beam to clear the path of meteors greater than 1kg. But during warp field handoff, there is a brief disruption in the magnetic beam that could allow some space dust to punch a hole in the hull the size of an average adult fist. And thus the disruption is compensated by the increase in power.

The Giacchino class is armed with 2 offensive phaser canons and 4 defensive laser pulse canons. Many tacticians were upset when the port laser canons were fed by one transformer and the starboard laser canons were fed by another. In the event one laser transformers overloads, the entire laser assembly on the one side shuts down. The cruiser normally does not carry photon torpedoes, however depending on the mission the fore and aft probe launchers are capable of launching photon torpedoes and many of the class 8 and 9 probes that are carried on the Giacchino class can be fitted with dicobalt warheads.

Since many energy weapons are plasma based, ion based or have some form of electrical charge to them, the Giacchino class uses a magnetic flux consolidation force shield that with the use of a subspace amplifier, consolidates the magnetic flux lines to repel the particle weapons. And since the shields generate a virtual solid barrier, it is enough to detonate most projectile weapons that are programmed to detonate on impact. And despite conventional wisdom, nuclear weapons have very little effect on a spaceborne target since the real damage comes from the shockwave of the blast rather than the blast itself unless it’s heavy plasma based or dicobalt based weapon, or the nuclear blast accelerates projectiles from the detonation.

The designers had hoped that the shuttle hull would incorporate a thru-deck shuttle bay with fore and aft doors. But the idea was abandoned because of the need for a simple design for the warp power conduits to the lower warp drive and for the turbolifts. Critics have asked why not place the shuttle hull on the top where there would be room for a thru-deck shuttle bay concept? The umbilical connection port on the top of the ship would still get in the way of the concept.

To ensure room for 2 warp cores and antimatter supply in the engineering hull, the primary deuterium fuel supply is located in the saucer section and the ship’s primary thermoelectric generators are placed in the warp nacelle pylons to serve the dual purpose of recycling the engine thermal waste and the ship’s general thermal energy buildup, and venting excess heat.

Though a combat effective ship, the Giacchino class is deemed a non-military vessel and thereby no MACOs are stationed on board. However after the destruction of Vulcan, they mysterious ship crashing into San Francisco and the murder of Admiral Pike by the terrorist only known as John Harrison, there are rumours flying that the Giacchino may soon have MACOs on board and being armed with photon torpedoes. But no one is ready to comment.

*The accepted class of the USS Kelvin.
**The ship does not conform to “official” ILM figures.


Gilgamesh Class

Design by Robert Heckadon

Affiliation: Starfleet (alternate universe)
Type: Dreadnought
First commissioned: 2258
Length: 309m
Width: 157m
Height: 87m
Decks: 30
Displacement: 1700000t
Complement: 72 officers + 428 crew, evacuation limit: 1000
Speed: Warp 6 (cruise), Warp 8 (max.), Warp 9.4 (max. emergency)
Sublight speed: 0.15c (max.)
Armament: 16 phasers, 4 photon torpedo launchers
Defense: Cast rodinium shields, polarized hull plating
Embarked craft: MACO hoppers

“If we die, then we were born to die this day.” – Kahless the Unforgettable

In 2233 while escorting 600 colonists through the neutral zone en route to Tarsus 4, the USS Kelvin was attacked and subsequently destroyed by an unknown starship, of incredible size and formidable weapons, that emerged from what could only be described as a lightning storm in space that the Kelvin was investigating.

An analysis of the Kelvin’s sensor logs and records that were downloaded to the escape shuttles indicates that the attackers were Romulan. This was based upon evidence such as the ship’s warp signature, reverse linguacode translation, and traces of a molecular decay detonator on the hull of medical shuttle 37. The discovery of the Romulans altered Starfleet’s priorities which subsequently lead to a decade long delay of the Constitution class exploration cruiser in favour of the development of the Gilgamesh class dreadnought.

Often being called a Constitution class on Venus drugs**, the Gilgamesh class dreadnought was designed to respond to any aggression against the Federation. However since the mysterious Romulan ship that attacked the Kelvin has neither been seen nor heard in over 3 years, construction of the dreadnought didn’t begin until 2258 following the destruction of the Vulcan. And even after the mysterious ship was reportedly destroyed the USS Enterprise under the command of the ship’s acting captain, Lt. James T. Kirk, Starfleet didn’t want a repeat of the Vulcan incident.

The Gilgamesh is armed with 16 phasers, 2 banks each, 4 photon torpedo launchers, dicobalt ordinance and what is simply referred to as “special ordinance.” The ship’s maximum warp speed is about 15% greater than the Constitution class’s maximum rated speed. The phasers are also designed to fire in steady stream or pulse beams, but only have a kill setting. The ship is capable of transporting nearly 1000 MACOs to a planet requiring their services.

Though the Gilgamesh class is a Starfleet vessel, which is a branch of the armed forces like the MACOs, the dreadnought and other designated tactical vessels (DT-XXXX)*** are not under the command of the Earth Space Probe, the Bureau of Colonization, nor any other non-military organization and takes orders directly from Starfleet and the Federation Defence Directorate, which stirred up significant controversy of making a Starfleet vessel a pure military ship.

Originally, the dreadnought was designed to have a tertiary nacelle on top of the saucer section in an effort to give the ship a maximum speed of warp factor 10. However practicality and tactical reasons placed a tertiary hull on top of the saucer instead. This section contains the ship’s secondary warp core and its own antimatter fuel which is used to power the ship’s weapons, shields and tactical systems. This then allows the ship’s primary warp core in the secondary hull to concentrate its power for warp drive and primary systems. As well in the event of primary warp core failure, the ship can still remain an effective combat ship. Due to the robust nature of the dreadnought, the power of the 2 warp cores do not cross connect.

The tertiary hull also contains the fore and aft photon torpedo launchers. In extreme circumstances the tertiary hull can separate and be used as a missile and detonate its warp core and remaining ordinance at the enemy. In the event of emergency hull separation, the ramscoop on the tertiary hull collects high energy plasma from a nearby star to augment the saucer’s energy reserves until a rescue ship can arrive.

Critics have often called the tertiary hull as the ship’s power top. This term originated in the early 22nd century when skyscrapers use to carry wind turbines on the top 5-10 floors to generate power within its open structure. However a few corporations have placed executive offices and suites over the turbine floors to somehow symbolically be atop unlimited power.

It was considered to channel power directly from the secondary warp core into the ship’s phaser banks. Unfortunately the charge from the secondary warp core is too high for the phasers to safely harness directly. As a result, 8 high energy sarium fuel cells are used power the phasers directly, and the warp power is used to rapidly recycle the spent sarium reactants in a high output recharging coil. This also gives an added tactical advantage by giving nearly 1 minute of full phaser power should the secondary warp core be rendered unavailable.

Due to the amount of bulk added to the ship, 2 impulse engine units were designed to draw power directly from the secondary warp core at a matter/antimatter ratio of 40:1 to maintain pace with the Constitution class.

The dreadnought has had its fair share of rumours. Many of these include:

Though many rumours were easily dismissible, 2 rumours have been troublesome for not only conspiracy theorists, but for debunkers as well.

What made it more troublesome is that the investigation to simply debunk such claims was halted by Starfleet charter - article 14, section 31.

* Based upon Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda
** "Mudd’s Women"
Does not conform to “official” ILM figures.


Hurricane Class

Design by Jetfreak

Affiliation: Starfleet (alternate universe)
Type: Destroyer
First commissioned: 2260
Length: 530m
Speed: Warp 6 (cruise), Warp 9 (max.)
Armament: Phasers, photon torpedoes
Defense: Deflector shields, ECM and basic hull armor

The Hurricane-class destroyer was created in response to a Starfleet requirement for a modern and adaptable destroyer sized vessel. The project was created due a recent combat evaluation of existing types in current service. Most were apparently aging and were largely outdated designs which needed replacement as soon as possible. The success of the Constitution-class project assisted in the development of the Hurricane. The new design incorporated many design elements from the latter in many ways. Which includes the streamlining of the hull, the powerful propulsion system and advanced weaponry. As such, both classes complement each other rather well, due to many similarities in operating systems and internal hardware commonality. 

With outstanding results in tests and trial runs, the future of the Hurricane class sounds promising. Starfleet has already commissioned Utopia Planitia to begin immediate construction of the type to bolster the destroyer fleet. Over fifty are planned for the first batch alone and the first six LRIP vessels have already entered service. The Hurricane, Bagabaldo, Typhoon, Cobalt, Foxhound and Alcyone. The Foxhound herself is currently attached to the Cobra Destroyer Wing of the Federation First Fleet, which provides constant area defense for the Sol Sector.

Illustrated above is an alternate reality destroyer that I've been developing for quite a while now. Called the Hurricane Class, this one is represented by the USS Foxhound NCC-2015.

She may be quite smaller than the Constitution, but she packs a powerful punch as well. As seen here, her hull configuration takes some very obvious cues from the NX Class. Which served as the basis for much of the general appearance.

In terms of design aspects, the Hurricane is pretty much the Constitution’s smaller sibling. Both in aesthetics and technicalities The shape of the nacelles, the hull coloring and overall general appearance are indeed inspired by the latter. It also creates a much needed relation between the two designs, adding to Hurricane’s believability.

Another point of interest is the design’s own uniqueness in itself. One of the goals in this project is to not create another kitbash using Constitution parts. The Hurricane utilizes unique parts and components of its own but her relation to the Constitution is still recognizable nonetheless. She is also a very rugged vessel, hence the apparent thickness of the nacelle struts and compact nacelles.

Using the bridge module, (based on the AR Enterprise) as a basis for the vessel's scale, she would be roughly 530 meters in length using the ILM figures.


Shr'Ki Class

Design by Robert Heckadon

Affiliation: Vulcan (alternate universe)
Type: Space port/ore refinery
First commissioned: 2237
Length: 1572m
Width: 1572m
Height: 360m
Decks: 127
Displacement: 117000000t
Complement: 220 officers + 1820 crew, evacuation limit: 6500
Sublight speed: 0.001c (max.)
Armament: 8 - 72 megawatt, 88 megavolt phase modulated electron particle beam discharge canons (AKA lasers); 8 - 38 megawatt phase modulated energy discharge canons (AKA phase canons).
Defense: 50 megawatt magnetic force shields
Embarked craft: 100 personal shuttle, 45 cargo shuttles, 50 fighters

“Emotions run deep within our race, in many ways more deeply than in humans. Logic offers us serenity humans seldom experience. The control of feelings, so they do not control you.” – Ambassador Sarek, 2242*

Called the Watcher, the planet T’Khut is a menacing site in the Vulcan sky. Nicknamed Charis in 2067, and later Delta Vega in 2249, T’Khut and Vulcan orbit each other with a common centre point in the 40 Eridani star system. And in this centre point is the Shr’Ki space port.

Commissioned in the Earth year of 2237, the Shr-Ki space station is a combination of a trading outpost and an ore refinery. The upper saucer measuring over 1200 metres in diameter is the habitat section that houses more than 2000 Vulcans and other humanoid life forms. The lower saucer is the refinery and storage for the ore mined from Delta Vega, which includes boridium, rubindium, and trillium.

The bottom of the upper saucer and the top of the lower saucer contains the station’s 16 shuttle bays, cooling systems, and 32 docking facilities for the standard Federation transport containers. The 2 saucers are connected on the outer parts of the station by 4 docking arm complexes. Each arm carries 14 docking ports with observation galleries and 4 airlocks for the station’s maintenance bots.

The centre of the space port that separates the 2 saucers is simply referred to as the core. The core is simply the command and control section of the space station, which also includes diplomatic conference rooms for visiting ambassadors within the Federation. Above the core is the station’s fabrication and non-organic recycling systems, and below are the station’s power generators. During the last year of construction and first year of operation, rumours circulated that the core was an experimental power generator that used a type of folded-space transport, later to be known as the Elway Theorem, to dimensionally shifting the raw solar energy from 40 Eridani A into the station’s dilithium chamber. That rumour was proven to be false since the station is powered by neutronic fuel.

Located at the 115 position on the periodic table, neutronic fuel is a stable isotope that when it is bombarded by high energy protons, the isotope transforms into element 116, which is highly unstable. 2 neutrons in each atom of neutronic fuel undergo a type of beta decay, releasing a positron transforming the 2 neutrons into antiprotons. The newly formed antiprotons then react with 2 protons within the isotope in an annihilation reaction, with secondary energy released through fission for when the neutronic fuel atoms disintegrate.

Due to the enormous size of the space station, the station’s thrusters are fusion thrust engines similar to the impulse engines used on starships, but fuelled by helium-3/deuterium reaction. If the station used the thruster systems found on starships, by venting the plasma from impulse fusion reactors to the thrusters via EPS power grid, it would cause both an unsafe drop in the station's power usage and the power load in the power grid would reach dangerous levels.

The standard duty uniforms are grey/blue, beige or white duty tunics with colour matching trousers, belt, boots, a black undershirt, and the rank located on the shoulders. ***

Since Shr’Ki is not a military outpost, it does not contain military grade weapons and defences. The station is armed with 8 weapon ports. Each port is armed with a 72 megawatt laser canon as the primary weapon with a 38 megawatt phase canon to supplement the lasers, especially during the laser’s recharging cycle. The station is defended by a 50 megawatt magnetic force shield that, with the use of a subspace amplifier, consolidates the magnetic flux lines into a "solid" barrier.

Critics have asked since the station is a vital trading outpost and ore refinery, why doesn’t the station have more sophisticated weapons? The logic behind this decision is based upon the facts that Shr-Ki is a civilian station and deep within Federation territory, calculating the probability of a successful assault on the space station at 98,451 to 1.

Rather than using a vast network of air ducts to transfer carbon dioxide and oxygen between the station and its life support systems, which requires its own emergency bulkheads, the station uses an experimental “circulatory system” to transfer the gases to and from the airtight compartments.

Each airtight compartment uses traditional ductwork to circulate the atmosphere within it, and for the atmosphere to pass through an atmospheric processor. The processor begins by collecting carbon dioxide in an aqueous calcium carbonate solution, using a dichromate additive to allow the limestone to be soluble in water, and transfers the newly formed calcium bicarbonate solution under pressure to the station’s hydroponic gardens and chemosynthetic bioprocessors.

Oxygen is delivered to the processors using a liquid oxygen compound simply known as oxygen-17. Oxygen-17 is generated in life support using verteron radiation, and is reverted back to O2 with phase modulated gamma rays generated in the atmosphere processor.

This system allows the station to be more rigid and safer in the event of a catastrophic atmospheric pressure loss, requiring only simple gate valves rather than full scale bulkheads. Though the carbon dioxide removal system has become standard, the equipment to generate oxygen-17 is deemed too bulky and fragile on starships and space stations below a certain size class and requires conventional oxygen supply ducting and air vents.

Engineers from Earth have asked why there is no condensing coil in the atmospheric processor to collect water vapour from respiration and linked to the sanitary recovery lines? Aside from Vulcan lung structure being similar to Earth avians, they also have glands to retain water during respiration, allowing them to go without water for days.

In 2258, Shr’Ki was given the most important duty of its entire existence when it became the temporary refuge of the 10000 Vulcan survivors when their planet was destroyed by a mysterious Romulan force. A few days later, a mysterious elder Vulcan calling himself Selek** found a suitable planet to establish a Vulcan colony for the survivors.

* Based upon Jacob Kogan’s age of 12 prior to March 27th, 2008 when principle photography of Star Trek (2009) wrapped up, and according to , Spock was born in 2230.
** From the animated series episode “Yesteryear.”
*** Similar to the Motion Picture uniforms, only less dorky.


Tigon Class

Design by Jetfreak

Affiliation: Starfleet (alternate universe)
Type: Multirole fighter and scout vessel
First commissioned: 2260
Length: 21m
Width: 16.58m
Height: 3.45m
Complement: 1 officer
Speed: Warp 3 (cruise), Warp 4.5 (max.), Warp 4.8 (max. emergency)
Armament: Phaser cannons and photon missiles
Defense: Deflector shield and ECM suite

A Starfleet fighter craft and scout vessel, the Tigon Class was developed around the same time as the Constitution Class. As such, both vessels share several design elements such as nacelle design, control interfaces, hull plating and weapon systems.

Though initially designed to be carried aboard starbases, an average starship can also be modified to carry several Tigons for general and tactical support purposes. Tigons are organized as fighter squadrons of up to twelve fighters and are tasked with a variety of roles such as scouting and combat support. Pilots wear a special flight suit with a built in life support system and distress beacon.

Armament includes two phaser cannons mounted on both sides of the main fuselage and twelve long range photon missiles stored in a weapon bay. Defense includes a single layer deflector shield system and a short range jamming suite.

The type has no Prime Universe counterpart. Apparently, the Kelvin incident of 2233 pushed Starfleet to give fighter designs more support. The ineffectiveness of traditional shuttles in the tactical support and scouting role was apparent.


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