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Auriga Class

Design by Robert Heckadon

Affiliation: Starfleet (alternate universe)
Type: Experimental galactic exploration cruiser
First commissioned: 2263
Length: 274m
Width: 150m
Height: 68m
Decks: 16
Displacement: 210000t
Complement: 45 officers + 255 crew, evacuation limit: 500
Speed: Warp 5 (cruise), Warp 7 (max.), Warp 7.5 (max. emergency)
Sublight speed: 0.25c (max.)
Armament: 4 phaser banks, 1 forward torpedo launcher
Defense: Cast rodinium defence shields
Embarked craft: 2 warp shuttles, 4 impulse shuttle pods

"One of the best things about leading the Aries expedition is that all you need to do is look up at the constellation and you'll always see us and our ship." – Captain Baysan Nejem, USS Hathaway, 2263.

Called the Charioteer, the Auriga class is an experimental galaxy survey ship that is recognized by its 3 experimental time dilation warp engines. Like her sister class, the Giacchino class, each of the Auriga class is assigned one of the 88 main constellations from Earth's skies and travels to the stars of those constellations. Once in that star system, the ship scans the cosmos from those vantage points and transmits their findings to the Earth Space Probe and Starfleet to coordinate with exploration cruisers for a more detailed investigation.

On the bottom of the saucer just above the lower high resolution sensor array are a series of long range scanners. They scan the cosmos for both radio and subspace radio waves, planets in the goldilocks zone, water, and valuable resources such as dilithium crystals.

The Auriga class uses an experimental time dilation warp drive. By conducting tachyons in the warp coils instead of negative energy, a time dilation effect takes place at warp where time slows like how time slows down on a ship approaching the speed of light using impulse engines. And the higher the warp speeds, the greater the time dilation effect.

At warp factor 1 (1c), the passage of time between the ship and the universe is equal. At Warp 2 (10c) for every second that passes in the ship, 8 seconds pass in the universe. At Warp 3 (39c), 27 seconds in the universe. Warp 4 (102c), 64 seconds, and so forth. This means a trip from Earth to where Vulcan use to be 16 light years away at Warp 5 would still take 27 days to get there, but only 5 hours would pass for the ship and crew.

Critics have said that because the passage of time moves slower on the ship, the power to sustain warp factor 5 would be 125 times greater on the ship just to maintain speed. In reality it's the opposite that's true. Though it appears the ship within the effect is traveling at Warp 14.34, it only needs Warp 5 power to maintain inside the dilation effect, thereby using only 0.8% of the fuel needed for the voyage.

Critics also claim that if the ship were to become trapped at high warp speeds within the time dilation effect, then the crew would be trapped decades if not centuries in the future with no means of returning. In reality starships that can attain Warp 9 cannot maintain that speed for more than 12 hours before overheat and warp field instabilities drops the ship back to impulse. And even then the most into the future the ship would travel to is only one year.

Though real time communications is impossible and other risks with interstellar debris have been addressed, numerous advantages with the new drive include ship fuel and supplies, perishables life expectancy and crew psychology.

One other effect of the time dilation drive is that it seems to disrupt the Lindelof effect. The Lindelof effect is the effect that allows starships to fire phasers at warp when the pursuit ship matches warp velocities with the target ship and is within what is often regarded as suicidal range, typically 50,000km depending on the warp factor.

Starship warp engines generates a subspace displacement field that catastrophically expands space behind the ship's warp field at faster than light speeds that results in the space in front of the ship's warp field to catastrophically collapse at faster than light speeds. The collapsed space then warps around the ship’s warp field filling the gap from the expanded space behind the ship which causes the ship’s position to shift forward at faster than light speed without inertia.

Using a heavily publicized incident that happened in 2259 to help explain the Lindelof effect, as the USS Enterprise's warp field catastrophically expands the space behind it, the USS Vengeance's warp field catastrophically collapses that same space the Enterprise had just expanded. This then causes the space being collapsed by the Enterprise's warp drive to move past its warp field and handed off to the Vengeance's warp field. The result is a pocket of normal space being formed in between the 2 warp fields and being carried at warp speeds with the 2 ships. And it is within this pocket that allows starships to fire phasers at warp.

Many have mistakenly believed the effect as the collapse and the expansion between the 2 warp fields canceling each other out forming the pocket of normal space.

During a test flight of the time dilation drive to see how the ship would react to pursuit and attack with phasers at 1/100th power, the particle beams began to break up the instant they left the warp field. Though never tested at full power, readings indicated that a full phaser strike would rebound back into the warp field collapsing the field of the attacking ship. But this also renders the time dilation ship's weapons useless.

To compensate for the interstellar debris risk, the Auriga class is equipped with 2 deflector dishes. The saucer mounted dish is a standard navigational deflector while the upper pylon dish is an enhanced tachyon sonar to give the crew in the time dilation effect more time to focus the deflector dish or to make a minute course correction.

The Auriga is armed with 4 phaser and a forward probe launcher that can fire class 8 and 9 probes that have their modular sensor and science equipment packages replaced with cobalt fusion warheads and have their drive systems set to overload and detonate on impact. The shields however are military grade cast rodinium shields.

In each of the dorsal sections and in the quarter aft saucer, the Auriga class has diagonal full ceiling height Jefferies tubes. Deemed an engineering challenge, the graviton wind emitters for artificial gravity are angled with the Jefferies tubes to give the sense of down perpendicular to the tube's deck plate. One side of the tubes has the utility trunks while the other has deck access that can be sealed off in the event of a hull rupture. Even with ease of maintenance and access, the transition from standard decks to the diagonal tubes and back have often described as disorienting.

Rumours have been circulating that the time dilation drive is going to be installed on other exploration cruisers and starships under the Earth Space Probe Program. Though Starfleet hasn't acknowledged this, they did confirm that more Auriga class starships will be constructed with the time dilation drive at the recently commissioned Utopia Planitia shipyard on Mars, to take advantage of the lower gravity, and they will be sent to explore the constellations of Earth.

1 - Does not conform to ILM’s official figures
2 - The TNG warp scale is used for Warp 1-9 while the “All Good Things...” warp scale is used for speeds above Warp 9. The TOS warp scale is used for the time dilation effect.


Hammerhead Class

Design by Paul Lloyd

Affiliation: Klingon
Type: science vessel
First commissioned: 2287
Length: 105m
Width: 70m
Height: 30m
Decks: 4
Displacement: t
Complement: 5 officers + 40 crew
Speed: Warp 4 (cruise), Warp 6 (max.), Warp 8 (max. emergency)
Sublight speed: 0.5c (max.)

Following the Genesis Bomb incident the Klingon High Council became concerned that the Federation's interest in "pure" science was given them a technological edge. The Hammerhead class of science vessels - lightly armed, poorly armored, but equipped with a suite of state-of-the art sensor arrays and scientific equipment - was their response. However it proved extremely difficult to find anyone willing to crew them.

Thanks to Koopshet for the excellent metal texture


Mångsysslare Class

Design by Larry

Type: Modular cruiser
First commissioned: 2367
Length: 566m
Width: 270m
Height: 49m
Decks: 20
Displacement: 1087500t
Complement: officers + 246 crew
Speed: Warp 8 (cruise), Warp 9.4 (max.), Warp 9.8 (max. emergency)
Armament: 6x Type X phaser arrays, total output 25,000 terawatts / + 4,166 per phaser, 6x Type 3 burst fire photon torpedo tubes
Defense: Auto modulated shield system, total capacity 2,362,500 terajoules

This configuration is non-standard. The design is intended to always have a module or container attached. A bare minimum would be a recon cruiser configuration. Normally a battle, carrier, or explorer configuration is ideal. The containers seek to improve the usefulness without the expense of numerous custom designs. The same ship could be used to transport diplomats, the change containers to fulfill a colonization roll. Then change containers again to transport mass bulk or liquid supplies. The variations are customizable to suit as many rolls as possible.

Variants available: Bare, bare-fast, battle, battle-fast, carrier, carrier-fast, carrier-heavy, carrier-super, recon, explorer, explorer-fast, transport, transport-fast, transport-heavy, strike, strike fast, strike-light, scout, colony, colony-heavy, and colony-light.

Modules must be balanced. Single center line or matched on wings. Battle, Carrier, Explorer, and Scout modules cannot be placed in wings. Single Engines nor Scout and Weapon wing modules cannot be placed on centerline connector. A Light Carrier variant could be 3 Hangar-S modules, one centerline and one on each wing.

Thanks to all those who put their ideas on the web for kit-bashing.


Sheridan Class

Design by Robert Heckadon

Affiliation: Starfleet (alternate universe)
Type: deep space outpost
First commissioned: 2262
Length: 1256m
Width: 1256m
Height: 457m
Decks: 155
Displacement: 109000000t
Complement: 190 officers + 2100 crew, evacuation limit: 6200
Sublight speed: 0.001c (max.)
Armament: 32 – 110 MW phased energy rectified particle canons (AKA phasers); 16 – 90 MW, 200 MV phase modulated electron particle beam point defence particle canons; 4 photon torpedo launchers with various warheads.
Defense: 200 MW cast rodinium defence shields; SIF enhanced hull plating and defence fields.
Embarked craft: 110 personal shuttle craft, 40 cargo shuttles, 100 Tigon class fighters

"There will always be those who mean to do us harm. To stop them, we risk awakening the same evil within ourselves." – Captain James T. Kirk, 2260

Despite the growing tensions between the Federation and the Klingons in 2259, many in Starfleet were adamant in the Earth Space Probe program and that they wanted to start it as early as 2260 to begin a 5 year mission to explore uncharted space. Even after the bombing in London, the attack on Starfleet headquarters and the devastation in San Francisco, the program began with the rechristened USS Enterprise as the first ship to begin the program. And with other ships soon to venture into unexplored territory, a command base would be needed thus introducing the Sheridan class starbase.

Basing their design loosely off of the now abandoned Vulcan space station, Shr'Ki, the Sheridan class is recognized by the upper and lower saucer design with 16 conservatory structures and central park dome on the upper saucer and the 16 helium-3 and deuterium fuel bins on the lower saucer.

The station is equipped with 16 shuttle bays and can support and repair eight starships at once with the docking support facilities on the underside of the upper saucer. The lower saucer's docking ports are mostly dedicated for cargo and transport containers, fuel transports including antimatter and raw material transports.

The operations centre and executive docking ports are located in the central core above the engineering compartment.

Though its mission is peaceful, the Sheridan class is armed with 32 high yield phaser turrets, 16 point defense laser canons, and 4 photon torpedo launchers that can also fire various warheads including dicobalt warheads.

The station is defended by a high output cast rodinium shields. It was considered giving the station plasma armour as a backup to the cast rodinium shields. Plasma armour is an obsolete defense barrier that was in common use by many non-terrestrial species first encountered by the NX-01 Enterprise in the mid 22nd century.

It involves bringing magnetic field sources from radiation shields and navigational deflectors to full power. A series of subspace amplifiers then consolidates the flux lines of the magnetic fields into a magnet barrier a few millimeters thick. Plasma that's phase synchronized with the consolidated magnetic field via subspace amplifiers is then injected into the field and conducts the flux lines forming a solid yet invisible barrier. The barrier would then break up particle weapons and prematurely detonate torpedoes so the station would withstand them better.

Several drawbacks to the plasma armour prohibited it as a secondary defense:

This eventually lead to polarized hull plating being a more viable secondary defense with new developments in SIF generators and energy absorption matrices. The term “plasma armour” was derived from the 20th century space opera Galaxy Quest which historians believed inspired Captain WM Jefferies when constructing the NX-01 Enterprise.

The space station is powered by 12 helium-3 cold fusion reactors. A dilithium crystal at the centre of each reactor reduces the ignition temperature of helium-3 and deuterium from 400 million Kelvin to less than a quarter million Kelvin. Due to the low ignition temperature and the plasma focusing nature of dilithium, each reactor can process enough fuel to release the power equivalent of an antimatter reactor at great fuel costs. Specifically when compared to a 3 year antimatter fuel supply, an equal mass of helium-3 would be exhausted in approximately 12 hours at same power generation rates.

The station's 16 fuel bins on the lower saucer have 10 are filled with slush cryogenic deuterium and 6 are filled with slush cryogenic helium-3. Since the station only requires an average of 1kg of helium-3 fuel a day, the rest is dedicated to civilian and short range warp ships that also use helium-3 and dilithium for their warp drive. Antimatter and neutronic fuel are stored in external transport containers docked with the station so they can undocked and blasted away from the station in the event of a catastrophic emergency.

The station's hydroponic gardens and parks uses porous bio-nutrient aerogel which us also used on starships. This forms a soil layer allowing roots to grow unimpeded while giving a solid surface to walk on. Holes in the aerogel allow nutrient enriched water recycled from the sanitary recovery systems to reach the plant's roots. This also allows for the plants to remain in their position in the event of IDF failure, gravity orientation being knocked off axis (1), or total gravitational axis/orientation control loss (2). Many of the gardens, orchards and tissue engineered meats are used as a base pattern for protein resequencers on starships, while also like on starships using chemosynthetic bioprocessors for the biomass material.

One of the more complicated and expensive part of the station are the station's 17 domes. Each transparent aluminum dome has a coating of neo-reflectors that passively angles sunlight down into the parks regardless of the angle the light is coming in barring obstacles such as station and planetary bodies.

The station carries transporter based industrial replicator units for starship repair and maintenance.

Starships larger than a scout class uses fabricators that are comparable to 3D printers of the 21st century. A series of phase ionization processors delivers the materials for both alloy generation and printing. These can range from steel and plastic pipes, tritanium hull plates, even duotronic circuit board plates.

Whereas starship fabricators can take as much as 20 minutes to print the carbon nanotubes and tri-silicate aerogel in a corrugated pattern for a single hull plate, the replicators on the station can make the same hull plating in a matter of seconds.

Though requiring 15% less energy, the power of the replicator units would overload many circuits on even Constitution class starships. As well the replicator pattern buffer is nearly 30 metres in diameter and very fragile making them currently unfeasible to install on starships at this time.

Neither fabricator nor replicator is capable of generating organic material outside of rubber and plastic material.

Despite the peaceful mission, there are still those in Starfleet who agree with the late Alexander Marcus with Starfleet needing to take a more military stance and wish the Sheridan class to reflect that. Despite the claims the space station's armament rating and defensive capabilities, as well as strategic locations were already set up in the event of hostile forces coming from the unknown like the Xindi incident over a century ago.

In 2262, the first Sheridan class was commissioned and designated Deep Space Four with 2 more under construction.

(1) As seen from the first attack on the Enterprise on the Doomsday Machine, and the Reliant's first attack in the Enterprise in The Wrath Of Khan.
(2) As seen on Star Trek Into Darkness.

Does not conform to official ILM figures.


 Last modified: 12.06.16