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Apogee Class

Design by Michael Zurek

Type: Explorer
First commissioned: 2432
Length: 338.7m
Width: 130m
Height: 63m
Decks: 14
Displacement: 650000t
Complement: 24 officers + 108 crew
Speed: Warp 9 (cruise), Warp 9.90 (max.), Warp 9.923 (max. emergency)
Sublight speed: 0.65c (max.)
Armament: 12 type x-5 collimated quantum phaser arrays, 4 mk-100 direct fire quantum torpedo tubes (2 forward, 2 aft)
Defense: fs md-12 regenerative mult-layer shields, cx-01 ablative armor grid, ac-4 adaptive camouflage grid
Embarked craft: 4 shuttlecraft, 2 workpods, 1 aeroshuttle

In the early 25 century Starfleet began designing a replacement for the aging Intrepid class ship. After years of studying the sensor logs brought back from the Delta Quadrant a design was excepted. Designated the Apogee class the first shakedown run in 2428 proved very successful, boasting high warp capabilities. With Borg influenced sensors and improved planetfall systems, the first vessel went into service in 2432. The U.S.S.Apogee NX-82710 paved the way for nine more vessels of this class to be built: U.S.S.Valor NCC-82720, U.S.S.Akron NCC-82730, U.S.S. Shelby NCC-82740, U.S.S.Solaris NCC-82750, U.S.S.Pinnacle NCC-82760, U.S.S. La Grange NCC-82770, U.S.S. Providence NCC-82780, U.S.S. Sheridan NCC-82790.


Auto-Regeneration Probe

Design by Robert Heckadon

“Okay, let's see here... Shatner, Shatner... no, doesn't look like he's in this one; we're safe.” Tom Servo – Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie

In the early days of the development of the Yutaka Akino class peacekeeper, it was considered giving the ship a Borg inspired self-regeneration system by linking the site-to-site transporter circuits to a replicator pattern buffer. This would then partially dematerialize the damaged portions of the hull and space frame, reprocesses them in the pattern buffer, and rematerialize in fully restored hull plating and space frame without leaving a real gap in the hull during the repair cycle. However this concept only had a maximum range of only 30 metres and required line-of-site transport resulting in the concept unusable.

But this lead the designers to develop the auto-regeneration probe.

In simplest terms, the auto-regeneration probe is a flying industrial replicator pattern buffer with site-to-site transporter circuits. One side of the probe carries the phase transition coil while the other side of the probe carries the matter stream emitter/receiver assembly both attached to fixed pylons.

The probe is driven by thrusters fueled by quaratum. Quaratum, or Hydrogen-4 fuel, is an ion fission fuel where 4 electrons from hydrogen atoms are fused together with phase-4 verteron radiation forming a synthetic strong nuclear force which stores the energy equivalent of ¼ of a deuterium-deuterium nuclear reaction. Heavy X-ray radiation exposure from lasers releases the energy from the strong nuclear force separating the electrons from each other.

After inspecting the damage and pre-regeneration planning and programming, the damaged section is evacuated of personnel and atmosphere where force fields are used to reinforce the hull and structural integrity during the repair cycle. The probe, which is stored in a shuttlecraft hanger bay, is launched from the shuttle bay and moves within 20 meters of the damaged section. The probe then introduces new hull material at the same time as it dematerializes the damaged hull to prevent any further compromising of the hull or space frame as much as possible. Much of the raw material for the repairs comes from both storage and beaming debris that came from combat.

Due to the amount of energy required to regenerate the hull, the probe is too small to carry a strong enough power source. To combat this problem, the probe uses a particle energy converter that uses phaser beams from the ship at an energy level of 244 TeV, a frequency of 33 GHz and a power setting of 84 megawatts. To prevent the probe from being a burden on the ship’s energy sources, the ship enters into a relatively close orbit around a star and uses the ramscoops to collect the high energy particles from the star and channels that energy to the phasers.

After regeneration, the colour of the repaired hull will always be off from the original hull plating because the element concentrations are never exact. As well the regenerated hull will have “bumps” on the hull, often no more than 2 millimetres, where the regeneration does not conform exactly to the ship’s hull. These discrepancies are often referred to as scars or battle scars. The ship’s transparent aluminum windows are often sacrificed for restoring hull integrity. The auto-regeneration probe is not capable of regenerating the integrity of the ship if the overall damage exceeds 20% and the damaged sections exceed 65%.

Critics have said that the probe would dampen the damage control team’s skills in repairs. This is dismissed since not only the limitations of the probe, but the probe cannot repair more complex components including ODN lines, plasma conduit and doors.

Proponents have asked why not build the ship’s space frame using a site-to-site replicator instead of traditional construction methods? In fact the space frame and hull of many shuttle crafts, workbees and other auxiliary space craft after 2377 have been replicated in whole using large scale industrial replicators, and are now looking into constructing runabout modules in a similar manner. This was credited to improvements to replicator technology and new energy sources.

Even after only 3 months after being commissioned, the designers are already working on a new regeneration probe that is simply a transporter relay unit and scanner that allows the ship to use its already existing transporter and replicator systems to reduce the overall complexity of the regeneration of the ship. Proponents are hoping within 20 years even this new probe will be rendered obsolete.


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.


King George V Class

Design by Charles Hill

Type: Tactical cruiser
First commissioned: 2357
Length: 353m
Width: 180m
Height: 86m
Decks: 11
Displacement: 1.8t
Complement: 50 officers + 300 crew
Speed: Warp 7 (cruise), Warp 9.5 (max.), Warp 9.95 (max. emergency)
Sublight speed: 0.7c (max.)
Armament: 7-type X 5.1MW collimated phased energy emitter arrays; 12-type X+ 10.2MW collimated phased energy emitter cannons (6 fwd/6 aft); Mk 95 Mod 2 quantum torpedo launch system (2 fwd/2 aft)
Defense: FSQ-3 primary force field and deflector control system with “RIF” multi-frequency modulation

The idea for a Federation Tactical Cruiser was first put forward by Stefan Leujar at Fleet Operations in 2348. Shifting political associations within the Alpha Quadrant and the UFP sphere of influence were already pushing existing Starfleet resources thin. New dreams of military conquest were stirring within the Cardassian Union; rumors of civil war circulating within the Klingon Empire; Maquis terrorism against Cardassian interests in the Bajoran sector; and the pervasive placidness emanating from the Romulan Star Empire. To add to this list of concerns was the state of the fleet. Aging Excelsior class (NCC-2000) and variants as well as Ambassador class (NCC-10521) were still on the active list performing exploration and first contact duties with the former exceeding spaceframe design limitations. Both classes were due to be replaced by the Nebula class (NCC-61795) and the Galaxy class (NCC-70637), respectively. With the lead ship of both classes off of the drawing board and on the stocks there remained the question about the 80+ year old Miranda class (NCC-1833) still performing front line duties. Thus, there remained a hole in strategic planning because of the age of the Miranda class vessels and its variants (i.e. Ticonderoga, Soyuz, Vol-sulaki and others). 

Design history Starfleet Command approached the Advanced Starship Design Bureau (ASDB) with a request for a feasibility study for a potential heavy cruiser design similar to Miranda. After careful consideration of existing technologies and fabrication methods gained from the Nebula and Galaxy projects already in production at Utopia Planitia Yards, ASDB reviewed the Avenger Design and REfit (ADREFT) proposal first mentioned in a publication of Starship Design (USS Menagha: Can This Ship and Her Sisters Fulfil the Battle Cruiser Role?, March 2280). By late 2349 the first blueprints of the Mk XXV Tactical Cruiser project were introduced. Based upon possible scenarios envisioned by Starfleet Operations, the new Mk XXV has a number of criteria which must be met:

1. Survivability in close combat with up to three vessels of comparable size until reinforcements can arrive. This equates to a more powerful and durable deflector grid with the addition of ablative armor over critical areas of the hull. The new deflector technology utilized on both Galaxy and Nebula projects, along with the standard shield generators as primary power will be backed up by a non-propulsive warp nacelle for secondary power. This will enable the Mk XXV with incredible staying power.
2. Exceptional maneuverability at both sub-light and warp speeds provided by improvements in structural integrity field technology and knowledge of warp field geometry.
3. Punching power, in order that item 1 is met the Mk XXV must be able to outgun its opponent. This will be accomplished with improved phaser technology which is currently be utilized on the Nebula and Galaxy lead ships.
4. This class of vessel will be required to operate autonomously for extended periods of time at the extreme edges of Federation space against both known and unknown threat vectors.

Due to its more combat specific role, the Mk XXV will have limited science and research capabilities that are normally associated with exploration and first contact missions, as it was not designed to compete with Nebula and Galaxy in this respect. Passengers (i.e. family members) are not to be carried as on Galaxy and Nebula which frees up valuable space for additional mission essential resources and, Starfleet Marine personnel and their associated equipment.

It is COMSTARFLT’s desire as vessels of the Mk XXV class become operational to pull Miranda and Soyuz class ships off the active roster and place into reserve status. The drawback to initial funding and a major point of concern was the radical design of the warp nacelle support pylons which reveal a subtle Klingon influence and gives the vessel a formidable appearance which can be of definite deterrent value. The intention of the new arrangement is to give the Mk XXV increased warp maneuverability and a very much smaller turning radius than a vessel of comparable size. This will be an invaluable asset in ship to ship combat against all threats. The shear forces at critical stress points where the pylons attach to the hull will be negligible due to the nacelle support pylons being fabricated as one piece. It would do to mention that the shear forces at speeds approaching maximum velocity will put minimal strain on the flexible matter/anti-matter power transfer conduits which feed the port and starboard warp nacelle. Exhaustive testing by the Starfleet Warp Dynamics Lab and structural testing of the latching mechanisms has determined that there is a .01% chance of catastrophic failure at critical stress points during performance of radical maneuvers, in other words there is a greater chance of a warp core breach.

Both pylons are attached to the ventral hull by a series of twelve docking latches which provide the necessary physical connections to the load bearing members of the pylon (figure 1). The active side of the latches is located on the ventral hull the passive apertures of the mechanism are located in the pylon support saddle structure. Each active latch segment consists of two spreading grab plates driven by four redundant sets of electrofluidic pistons. The grab plates measure 4.5 x 5.0 m and are constructed of diffusion bonded tritanium carbide, similar to the main load bearing spaceframe members. These are designed to accept and transfer energy from the structural integrity field generators locking the nacelle support structure to the main hull. The ventral surfaces of the grab plates are layered with standard ablative hull coatings for exposure to the general space environment and warp flight stresses. The latching system has been designed to accept a failure rate of 1.5 latch pairs per emergency separation.

Each electrofluidic piston consists of a main fluid reservoir, magnetic valve controller block, piston computer controller, attach brackets, pressure manifolds, and redundant sensor assemblies. Piston operations is maintained under computer control to assure smooth activation of all latches simultaneously, though under emergency conditions a manual latching option is available.

Quick disconnect umbilicals set into the vehicle/pylon saddle interface, which normally allow unbroken energy flow through the flexible intermix waveguide conduits, computer information, and other data channels, are isolated once the separation sequence is initiated.

In the event of catastrophic damage to one or both nacelles, or should it become necessary to dump the warp core, the computer will initiate the procedure necessary to eject the pylon saddle. This will be necessary to prevent cataclysmic damage and possible loss of the vessel to an imbalanced warp field. The computer activates all interface terminations and interconnects to seal off the main hull and a 60 second countdown proceeds. Once initiated the process cannot be stopped. With the addition of the non-propulsive center line nacelle all weapons and defensive systems remain active and online as well as all critical environmental systems.

Another issue encountered early in the design stages was the location of the main navigational deflector. With the proposed design, the forward part of the primary hull was the only logical location. This location accomplishes the task of deflecting microscopic objects which may be in the vessels direction of movement. 

Defensive weaponry for the proposed class of vessels includes:

After careful of the design schematics submitted to by the ASDB to meet the desired specifications and demands upon the Mk XXV class by Starfleet Command, COMSTARFLT requested funding for the proposed NX-63164 Tactical Cruiser Project from the Federation Appropriations Committee. Initial funding for the class allowed for the construction of the lead vessel and six others with the goal of stationing these ships at potential hotspots within the Federation. Though originally put forward as a tactical cruiser design, the press quickly grasped on to the terminology of battle cruiser of which they have never been called within official circles. Starfleet Command started calling the NX 63164 design a tactical cruiser and that became its official designation.

The initial contract for the prototype U.S.S. King George V was awarded to Vicker’s Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited’s Barrow Shipbuilding Works. The construction of the spaceframe began on 6 March 2353 when the first frame members were gamma welded at the Imperial Yards orbiting Europa (Sol Vf) only three years from the design stage and five years behind the Nebula and Galaxy projects. Many of the technologies and experiences gathered from the early work on Nebula and Galaxy enabled the NX 63164 project to move forward rapidly by then construction standards. Three years after construction began the lead ship of the class was launched and after fitting out and trials was commissioned and accepted by Starfleet a year and a half later. By the time of acceptance, three other ships of the class were in various stages of fabrication and construction. The ship is considerably smaller than a Galaxy or a Sovereign, but also costs about a third of the Galaxy to maintain. The shape of the King George V was influenced by her LF-63 warp drive and uses an angular-curvilinear hull shape, which presents a sharply reduced Z axis frontal area. The simplified cross sections make construction quicker and cheaper and the hull and spaceframe is expected to require less rebuilding over the operational life of the ship.

As noted above, Leeding Technologies completed development and testing of their LF-63 variable geometry warp drive system at about the time Mk XXV class was being developed. The LF-63 is optimized for continuous high warp operation on vessels displacing less than 2.5 million metric tons and boasts a 30% greater fuel efficiency than the earlier LF-41 design at speeds in excess of warp 8. The nacelles adjust themselves as needed to maximize the warp field balance. The LF-63 also does away with the harmful effects on local space fabric that has been of increasing concern through certain space lanes.

Performance history All seven ships initially funded were complete and in service prior to the engagement of the Borg at Wolf 359 in 2367. During this encounter, two of the class were destroyed, Collingwood NCC-63165 and Von der Tann NCC-63166 along with many other ships sacrificed during this incursion. King George V was in the Gamma Hydrae sector at the time patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone and arrived only after the Federation had suffered bitter losses. Derfflinger NCC-63167, Hipper NCC-63168, Agincourt NCC-63169 and Repulse NCC-63170 were all present at Sector 001 when the Borg cube attacked Federation defenses to assimilate Earth ("Star Trek: First Contact"). Based upon the ships performance in combat, which far exceeded design specifications, ten more vessels of the class were immediately ordered. By 2369, Starfleet had shipalt’d the initial surviving vessels with regenerative shielding and quantum torpedo modifications. The new shielding technology came to be called colloquially as “Resistance is Futile” (RIF) shields and had not been placed under combat stress with the Borg prior to the outbreak of hostilities with the Dominion.

When armed conflict with the Dominion came in August 2373, eight of ten ships were in service with the fleet. The ambitious design specifications were placed under stress and proved extremely successful. All active vessels saw varying degrees of combat and all were damaged to some extreme, but four were lost, Hipper, Agincourt, Roma NCC-63173, and Musashi NCC-63175.

At the beginning of the conflict, King George V was initially stationed at Starbase 10 in the Bolarus Sector under the command of CAPT Francis Jebediah LaHood patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone. Though the Romulan Star Empire had signed a non-aggression pact with the Dominion and Cardassian forces, Starfleet did not expect for the Romulans to sit idly by, they were at this time allowing Dominion forces free access through their space. This latent threat to the Federation flank kept valuable resources tied down, which is what the Dominion planned. Numerous border incursions were discovered using the tachyon detection grid first implemented by Enterprise NCC-1701-D against the Romulans in 2368. As combat losses in the war grew heavier, King George V was transferred from Starbase 10 to Seventh Fleet. She arrived in time to participate in the attempt to prevent Dominion forces from occupying the Tyra System in early 2374. During that massacre, 98 of 112 ships were lost or beyond repair, King George V with her impressive armament and incredible staying power was personally credited with destruction of 5 Jem’Haddar cruisers and one Cardassian Galor type vessel. This earned King George V her first Federation Battle Star. Later that same year, after conducting repairs, King George V was again engaged with enemy forces at Sybaron. During the first year of the war King George V was dispatched on a diplomatic mission to ferry Ambassador Spock to a meeting in Romulan space to persuade the Praetor to join the alliance against the Dominion. Ultimately, this method of diplomacy failed and resulted in CAPT Sisko of Deep Space 9 to coerce the Romulans to join the conflict through subterfuge.

As the war progressed through late 2374, Tirpitz NCC-63174 provided heavy fire support in the successful mission to prevent breaching of the Bajoran wormhole and the subsequent recapture of DS9 by Cardassian forces. King George V again saw combat with her sisters Dunkerque NCC-63171 and Kongo NCC-63172 against Cardassian and Dominion forces in the Kalandra sector. All three ships suffered damage during the withdrawal of Federation forces from the area which consequently allowed the Dominion to threaten the Federation Core worlds. During this action to prevent the loss of Betazed, Hipper was lost with all hands as did several other vessels falling victim to the Breen energy dampening weapon. Hipper alone was not the only ship of this class to be outmatched by the Breen, Agincourt and Roma were lost with over three hundred other vessels at the Second Battle of Chin’toka in early 2374.

Besides combat duties there were the inevitable convoy escort missions against Ferengi traders conducting illicit commerce with Cardassian and Dominion forces, pirates, and the ever present marauders within the war zone. These patrols, though necessary, provided a needed respite to an exhausted crew. In April 2375, a new offensive was launched to retake the Kalandra sector and King George V, Dunkerque, Shilo NCC-63176, and Antietam NCC-63177 were assigned to Seventh Fleet to participate. The last engagement of the war was the Battle of Cardassia Prime and it was during this assault that Musashi became the last vessel of the class to be lost to action with an enemy.

During the Dominion War, and amongst the vast areas in which it was waged, vessels of the King George V class were always in great demand. No other ship within Starfleet could provide such devastating fire; the six phaser cannons alone could knock down the shields of many vessels on the first volley. The power provided by the center line warp engine dedicated to weapons and shields, ensured a minimal recharge time for both systems. The class validated the foresight envisioned in their construction and fabrication and solidified their positions in the future of Starfleet operations. As construction progressed through various stages the heredity of the design can easily be traced back to the Miranda class. It seems only fitting that a class of ship, which can easily be argued as one of the most successful designs in Starfleet history, should live on.


Konovalov Class

Design by Majestic

Type: Scout cruiser
First commissioned: 2155
Length: 134.5m
Width: 67m
Height: 32m
Decks: 5
Complement: 8 officers + 50 crew, evacuation limit: 200
Speed: Warp 3 (cruise), Warp 5 (max.), Warp 5.5 (max. emergency)
Armament: 2 torpedo launchers and 6 phase cannons
Defense: Polarized hull plating
Embarked craft: 2 shuttlepods

A scrapped design from the NX Project, the Konovalov class was deemed too small be be a successful deep space exploration vessel. However as the Neptune (Intrepid type) was starting to show its age, the Konovalov design was revisited as a potential replacement. After the prototype was built, it was discovered to be too expensive a replacement with gains (apart from speed) over the Neptune who had also recently been given a refit which was deemed a much cheaper alternative. 

After the outbreak of the Earth-Romulan War, the Konovalov made its usefulness known. Equipped with the same engine as the NX class, the Konovalov proved to be an excellent long range scouting and low end combat vessel and also was able to keep up with larger more modern designs in fleet deployments, something the older Pioneer and Neptune classes couldn't. A new contract was issued pushing the Konovalov into construction to help with the war effort, many new Konovalov vessels participated in some of the major conflicts in the war. After the war, no further vessels were commissioned, however many remained in service until their decommissioning in 2193.

Design, model and textures by Majestic. Thanks to Jetfreak for help with the high end in-game images. Also thanks goes out to the MSFC Community for their support and suggestions in improving my own work.


Mars Station Beta

Design by Robert Heckadon

Type: Orbital space station
First commissioned: 2070
Length: 147m
Width: 168m
Height: 139m
Decks: 20
Displacement: 400000t
Complement: 30 officers + 270 crew
Sublight speed: 0.001c (max.)
Armament: none
Defense: magnetic radiation shield
Embarked craft: 2 DC-12 class atomic ion shuttles

“Tide's up. Time to stay alive.” – Ice Cube; Ghosts of Mars

Built in the midst of the post atomic horror, Mars Station Beta was one of most ambitious projects that spawned from First Contact. It serves as a complex and sophisticated research outpost, and a space port beyond what Mars Station Alpha is capable of handling, especially with hopes of colonisation by the beginning of the 22nd century.

The space station components were launched from Earth with the Prometheus 6 space craft, which was a larger and more powerful version to the electodynamic tether ship Prometheus 2 that launched the Ares 4 in 2032.

The space station generates gravity by rotation the habitat section while the docking section remains in zero gravity. Each of the 2 shuttle bays is capable of handling 2 DC-12 class ion space shuttles, while typically storing 1 at any real given time. Similar in size to the DC-X from the mid 1990's, the DC-12 class is powered by 4 hafnium-178 atomic engines that emit gamma rays to, with a nadion catalyst, heavily ionize xenon gas for ion fuel. The electromagnetic accelerator is powered by gamma ray converters.

Mars Station Beta went through many design revisions that included a 600 metre long solar array, but in the end the space station is powered by 6 hafnium-178 reactors located in the station's core.

The rotation section and shuttle section are not directly connected to each other; rather they are suspended via electromagnetic shives. The only real connection is an internal travel pod that either connects to the habitat section or the docking section when transferring cargo or personnel between the 2 sections. The habitat section has its own zero-G airlock for more direct cargo transfer. The 6 habitat pods contain their own hydroponic gardens, water recycling, science labs and accommodations.

Mars Station Beta was replaced with Mars Station Gamma in 2132 which used “graviton wind” gravity push generators, which was then upgraded to the now standard gravity pull generators in 2141.


Orion Class

Design by Nixon's Head

Type: Surveyor
First commissioned: 2331
Length: 190m
Width: 125m
Height: 36m
Decks: 12
Complement: 20 officers + 90 crew
Speed: Warp 5.0 (cruise), Warp 8.2 (max.), Warp 8.6 (max. emergency)
Armament: 5x phaser strips, 1x photon torpedo launcher

The Orion-class starships were introduced in the early 2330s to meet the need for an updated long-range surveyor. This mission had previously been carried out by the Vega-, Soyuz- and then Constellation-classes, but by the mid-2320s it was felt that starship technology had advanced sufficiently that a new class was justified. Distinct from (and perhaps less glamorous than) the detailed scientific investigation or long-range exploration missions undertaken by ships of the Oberth, Excelsior and Ambassador classes, the primary task of the Orion was to provide detailed navigational charts of Federation space in support of interplanetary commerce, the safety of civilian traffic, and defence planning. Survey missions supported Federation commerce by providing the information needed by ship’s masters in plotting the fastest courses, whilst avoiding potentially hazardous natural phenomena. They also gave Starfleet valuable data on spatial terrain for use in planning peacekeeping or humanitarian operations, identifying blind-spots or favourable fleet movement routes along the borders with potentially hostile forces.

From its formal start in 2321, the Orion-class starship development project lasted for ten years, with the lead ship launching in mid-2331. The design was to incorporate several recent technological advances, including an isolinear-based computer core and multiplex pattern buffers to improve transporter safety.

The class also included some of the first phaser-strips, based on units developed under the Ambassador-class project. The Orion mounted three phaser arrays on the primary hull, with two more placed on the nacelle support struts covering the aft firing arc. A single forward-facing torpedo tube was mounted at on the secondary hull, giving the ship a modest defensive capability in line with its expected duties.

The warp drive system of the Orion was to prove controversial in some circles. In an effort to improve engine cruising efficiency and endurance at low to mid-warp factors, the leading warp field lobe was pushed forward relative to the hull to obtain a more even balance of mass between the forward and aft lobes. Part of this concept involved placing the warp nacelles further forward and much closer to the primary hull than had been the case on most previous starship designs with similar power levels, giving rise to fears in the general press and Starfleet Command that crewmembers would be exposed to dangerous levels of subspace radiation. ASDB engineers insisted that subspace field differential levels, although elevated, would remain within safe limits at all speeds, but concern amongst the public and some Starfleet personnel remained. To placate this, additional duranium shielding was added to key areas of the aft primary hull, and crew quarters were located to the fore and ventral, away from the nacelles. This succeeded in allaying the fears of the crews asked to serve on Orion-class ships, and eventual operational experience vindicated the views of the designers. No adverse effects were observed from the placement of the nacelles, and this eased the way for similar designs to be employed on the later New Orleans and Saber-classes. Much of the additional shielding was removed as unnecessary in a series of refits starting with USS Peary in 2340, which also saw the replacement of the ships’ original lifeboats with the new standardised ASRVs.

Ships of the Orion-class have served with distinction for almost sixty years. A total of 55 ships were constructed between 2331 and 2348, primarily at the Cochrane Fleet Yards of Alpha Centauri and the Deneb IV Starship Integration Facility. Notable achievements include the first charting of a safe passage through the Briar Patch by USS Clemenceau in 2344; USS Galileo’s characterisation of the movement of protomatter concentrations in the Mutara Sector in 2353; and USS Sirius’ detailed mapping of new routes between Earth and Bajor that resulted in significant reductions in round-trip times in the early 2370s. Perhaps their greatest success was the instrumental role Orion-class ships played in finding new, low-impact routes for civilian traffic following the discovery of the damage caused to subspace by warp travel in 2370. This stalwart work in identifying the areas of subspace at the highest risk of degradation enabled the vital new environmental protection regulations to be imposed with only a minor impact on interstellar trade. The Orion-class USS Paxton also served as a testbed vessel for the warp drive upgrades which eventually allowed older ships to be refitted to completely eliminate subspace degradation effects, a role with some irony given the earlier concerns over the safety Orion’s own warp drive.

In addition to their valuable peacetime service, ships of the Orion-class also supported Starfleet in front-line roles in a number of conflicts. This included hunting for enemy supply dumps in the Cardassian Wars of 2348-2366; clearing gravitic mines from commercial spacelanes during the Talarian Conflict; and most recently performing daring advanced-scouting missions that were instrumental in characterising Dominion defences during the 2375 invasion of the Cardassian Union.

With the introduction the Intrepid-class, the Orion-class began a gradual phase-out from Starfleet duty starting in 2379. Starfleet expects to have removed the last Orion-class vessel from its lists by 2390, with most being transferred to the local security fleets of various Federation and allied governments.


Tachyon catapult

Design by Robert Heckadon

Type: Jump gate
First commissioned: 2384
Length: 214m
Width: 229m
Height: 47m
Decks: 1
Displacement: 57000t
Complement: 1 officers + 4 crew
Sublight speed: 0.001c (max.)
Armament: none
Defense: none
Embarked craft: 1 Danube class runabout control ship (crew complement and decks)

“I would rather hurt others with a painful truth than to live a lie,” – John Harrison, 2257

In 2376, the USS Voyager encountered a man by the name of Tash who used the remains of the Caretaker’s array to create the Graviton Catapult that transported the Voyager across 30 sectors of space, cutting 3 years off of their journey. In 2384, Starfleet Corp of Engineers began to use the readouts the Voyager brought back to build the Tachyon catapult.

The tachyon catapult captures a tachyon particle that pulls normal space towards it through null space like a slingshot to retain its faster-than-light properties forming a long range space warp. As the ship passes into the space warp, the catapult then releases the tachyon particle that “snaps” space back to where it was and taking the ship with it.

The range of the catapults is currently 7.72 lightyears, which is roughly 3800 AU’s shorter than the distance between Earth and Wolf 359. At least 2 catapults are needed to ensure a stable flight, but the number of catapults does not affect the range of the catapults. However an array of captured tachyons has shown to substantially increase the distance, but is as yet unstable beyond a certain amount. The aperture of the space warp is limited to only about 500 metres across. This means that large explorations cruisers like the Galaxy class and Sovereign class are too big for the catapult, but smaller ships like the Luna class and the Intrepid class can. Since mass is not a factor, ships as heavy as the Nebula class can use the catapult.

It has been heavily debated as to what powers the catapults that ranged from broadcast power from a massive solar array to 25km long power tethers orbiting Neptune. It was then decided to use conventional antimatter that can be upgraded to using the Elway theorem to collect solar energy from a nearby star. It takes 15 hours to fully recharge the catapult after every use.

Because of the amount of neutron radiation being generated by the catapult, the catapults are controlled by a Danube class runabout where the replaceable modules are the catapult’s controls and transceiver assembly. Holo-emitters are placed all over the catapult so another runabout with a small holodeck can come in to perform more extensive maintenance and repairs with the use of holographic avatars generated from the runabout.

Starfleet has high hopes that soon the catapults range can be increased to at least 500 lightyears once the stability issues over an array of tachyons. This then, with the help of a positronic based AI for maintenance, can allow a catapult to be sent to another star system and be used to send another and another to allow ships to travel to uncharted parts of the galaxy without requiring years worth of travel time even with the development of quantum slipstream that is found on the Vesta class starship.


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