FEDERATION OF PLANETS: STARFLEET DIVISION
Technical Specifications for the Nova-Class Production Vehicle
| Accommodation: 80
(15 Officers, 65 Enlisted Crew)
for Nova Class Development Project Provided by: Advanced
Starship Design Bureau, United Federation of Planets Defense Council
Project Started: 2363
Start Date: 2367
End Date: Still in
Status: In Service
of Nova-Class Construction:
Production Facility, Rigel II
Francisco Fleet Yards, Earth
Starship Identification and Registration Numbers:
Exploration Directives 1016.8 & 901.12, Federation Diplomatic
66.105.b, 66.105.c & 200.2.2, and Federation Security Council
the following objectives have been established for a Nova
platform for extended scientific survey and scouting missions.
for system and planetary survey missions.
autonomous capability for full execution of Federation defensive,
cultural, scientific, and explorative policy in deep space or border
frontline support vehicle during emergencies and a platform for the
extension of Federation diplomacy and policy.
non-critical functions such as transport of personnel and cargo when
necessary, extended aid, and short-range patrol.
1.2 DESIGN STATISTICS
Width: 43 meters
Height: 34 meters
Weight: 276,948 metric tons
Cargo capacity: 11,750
of Decks: 8
1.3 GENERAL OVERVIEW
History written by Kurt Goring - based on
information found in
Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek Technical
Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Manual, and Star Trek: The Magazine. The style of the history is based
histories presented in the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology
Goldstein, Fred Goldstein, and Rick Sternbach. Please keep in
mind that this is
a history developed based on canon information presented in various
filled in with logical conjecture.
described as the
little sister in the new family of Starfleet vessels, the Nova
Survey Frigate is part of the new breed of starships in service.
small ship and its lack of amenities manage to surpass one’s
first impression of
its diminutive size. Known for its durability, the Nova Class
loss its status as a ‘little ship’ and is slowly
gaining acclaim for their
usefulness in making for more accurate missions to new areas of space,
back teraquads of data on individual systems that is disseminated
weaponry for its size, and its scientific capabilities more than make
up for its
reduction in speed when compared to its larger
‘cousins’. Double deflector
dishes also provide added security when far from a starbase or suitable
facility, in that a single malfunctioning or damaged deflector will not
the ship from going to warp.
and computer systems makes it the perfect tool to send into scarcely
territory and many discoveries have been made by Nova Classes
things larger Explorer-type ships such as the Galaxy
Class left behind.
few and far
between on a Nova, but its work is important and
crews that work on these small
ships know their worth and protect their reputations fiercely. Much
favored Oberth, the Nova is
sure to hold a place in Starfleet lore for a long
time to come.
Starfleet Corps of
Engineers with the help of the Advanced Starship Design Bureau can do
amazing things when it comes to the construction of Starships. Many of
designs have outlived their expectations by years, and sometimes,
that time, the Oberth
has proven itself but the SCE and ASDB were sanctioned to replace it
a century of service in Starfleet.
be a new vessel built to gradually
phase out the Oberth Classes as the primary ship of
the line in Survey and
Extended Study missions. This ship would have to be larger, and not
same limitations in speed and longevity that the Oberth
was famous, if not
infamous, for. And like all of the new breed of ships, it would be
defend itself, unlike the Oberth.
engineers at the ASDB
facility sat down to design this new Surveyor and rejected design after
that paid homage to the Oberth. Nostalgia was
overwhelming, when faced with the
concept of replacing a ship that had served for well over a century.
more designs were proposed and rejected, until finally someone stumbled
graveyard of other, rejected designs.
been originally designed as a weapon with nacelles, but had been
favor of a more groundbreaking approach to tactical design. Unbuilt,
team resurrected the files and preliminary stress sketches and set to
modifying the Defiant-Pathfinder and shrinking it toward a more usable
torpedo launchers were removed from the design, and replaced with a
appropriate sensor package. It lost over fifty meters in length and its
proportions were reduced by the same percentage.
the ship was coming
to shape and final approval was given to begin assembly on a test
new hull was small and smooth, easily designed and came together
she was dubbed NX-72359 and began her internal construction.
of the engineers
salvaged more than just the designs, taking a name intended for another
ships but never used. Name in hand, the new Nova Class
came into slow creation. Its initial tests came off without a
hitch, but it was
discovered that the ship could only carry a small warp core, and in
with its small nacelles would only be able to achieve a maximum speed
Warp 8. The administration approved the ship anyway and field tests
proved to be a reliable
ship, with very few design errors. The limitations in speed were hardly
when it carried out test survey missions inside Sol System, but the
crew were mindful of its lack of facilities for long missions. At best,
could operate totally independently for 12 months without visiting a
for a major resupply. At worse, excessive use would force it to return
in design, its hull
shape was all but completely retained from its original
incarnation. The tactically sound sunken bridge was left in, losing the
to be changed out with ease, but gaining added protection that was
the ship was faced by just about anything that outgunned it.
a thing was difficult,
however, as the Nova Class came very well armed due
considerations that were evident in its original form. No fewer than
arrays dotted the ship’s hull, and its long, low profile
added to security. Its
shields were neither the strongest nor its engines the most powerful or
maneuverable, but the ship passed in every criterion that mattered and
approved for mass production.
to their size, many
Nova Class starships could be built, however the need is not
there and the
Novas are kept at reasonable rate of approximately 20 new ships a year.
Production was temporarily halted during the Dominion War, as the Nova
was unsuitable for warfare. However, production has resumed since the
of the War and more new Novas are being constructed.
their missions are
frequently routine, one Nova Class has already
gained some infamous
notoriety. The USS Equinox, NCC-72381 was lost some
time ago. Third-hand
reports suggest it will never be found.
2.1 MAIN BRIDGE
Primary operational control of the Nova Class is
provided by the Main
Bridge, located in a recessed area just under the topmost area of the
supervises all primary mission operations and coordinates all
Bridge is not
an ejectable module.
Due to the
missions the Nova Class typically undertakes, the
bridge aboard this
class of ship is designed for free range and ‘think
tank’ style management. Much
of what the ship does is interrelated to a significant amount, and
ship’s top officers to interact freely in a work environment
helps the missions
to operate at peak efficiency as a opposed to ships that operate
ship’s commanding and
executive officers have chairs at the very center of the circular
bridge in a
submerged location. In this manner, the bridge helps the idea that
‘work’ being done and the command staff are an
integral part of it, rather than
captain’s chair is
starboard side, and the executive officer’s is on the
portside. Between them is
a console built into the structure that provides a place for
dissemination, as well as operational command of the starship. On
either side of
the command and executive officer’s chairs, are smooth
benches, an architectural
element that can be used when necessary by extra officers on the
bridge, as well
as visitors and other personnel by the permission of the command staff.
ahead of the
command area and down into a further sunken area, is the Conn. This
console is just forward of the viewscreen and houses enough space to be
the traditional Conn/Operations arrangement where necessary. Under most
conditions, the entire console is used for Helm/Navigation and
managed by one of the other stations.
sides of the command area are the doors on the upper level. The
lead to turbolifts and the Captain’s Ready Room, with the
making way to an additional turbolift, as well as access to the crew
is a large array of multi-use consoles that can be configured to run
operation on the starship. Depending on mission condition, the majority
consoles will be set to a scientific function. However, other mission
require a different approach.
is usually assigned to the forward, portside console just right of the
viewscreen. Though it is not necessary for a tactical officer to see a
image of its target, they have traditionally been provided with
they can assess the situation both by instrumentation, and their own
Tactical console configuration usage is extremely limited; only Beta-2
clearance personnel can use it, and the user must input special codes
get access to the massive amounts of computer links that give tactical
limitless information at the Nova Class’
disposal. For full access, the
console's security subsystem can run a battery of scans on the user,
thermal, biological, retinal, and vocal tests. If all of these are
access to the ship's offensive and defensive systems is made available.
opposite side is
where Operations is most often handled. Portside, the operations
under the command of the Operations Manager, who oversees such
elements of the ship as supply and outfitting, communications and power
captain and first officer’s chairs is the Master Systems
Display. This dedicated
area allows any officer to get an abstract picture of the ship and any
that may arise. Its attached console allows certain situations to be
right in front of the MSD without further intervention.
side of the
Master Systems Display lie the Science consoles. Typically, the Chief
Officer mans the portside console, and the Assistant Science Officer
opposite console. From the science consoles, the officers have priority
to all sensor input coming into the ship. The science consoles can be
any personnel and have access to all science, navigational, sensor, and
console nearest the entrance doors lies the engineering bridge console.
at all times, this console provides an engineer or technician access to
coming from the ship’s internal monitoring systems as well as
necessary) to repair and adjust various systems throughout the ship.
opposite on the
starboard side is the controls for the ship’s biological
systems including life
support and environmental control. Additional controls can include
samples brought aboard, and managing biological tests being performed
aboard the Nova Class starship.
connected to the bridge. Pods are located on all decks below Deck 2.
can support two people for 72 hours in space, and has a maximum speed
impulse. Two pods are reserved for the top four officers in the chain
on the ship because they are the last four to leave the ship. These are
on Deck 2. As the number of experienced Captains dwindles in Starfleet,
notion of a Captain going down with his ship has been abolished. If the
abandoned, the top four officers in the chain of command will wait
everyone else is off the ship, opt to arm the auto-Destruct (not always
necessary, but there if needed), and then leave in the two escape pods.
2.2 MAIN ENGINEERING
7 on a Nova
starship is home to Main Engineering – the heart of the
vessel. Main Engineering
contains equipment to manage and maintain nearly every system aboard
Staffed by technicians and engineers, Main Engineering is the second
essential area of a Nova.
with blast doors for internal and external security reasons, Main
home to literally dozens of consoles and control points for the
equipment. The engineering room aboard a Nova is a very compact but
large environment. Strategically placed consoles provide more than
area for monitoring the ship as well as the vessel’s warp
Deck 7, opens into a small corridor with banks of consoles on either
side of the
‘hall’ for technicians to keep tabs on anything
from environmental controls to
replicator repairs. This corridor opens into a larger, almost square
with more consoles.
square is the ship’s warpcore. The Ceries F-Type
Assembly (M/ARA) covers three decks in height with emergency ejection
located at the top to loose the warpcore that is then ejected from the
engineering section of the ship in an emergency. Like all modern
rooms, the Nova’s Engineering Room is equipped with breathing
masks and fire
suppression equipment in case of accidents. Additional measures include
centimeter-thick door that can be extended to the ceiling to the floor
of a coolant leak inside Main Engineering. Due to the caustic nature of
coolant, it must be fully vented before the computer will allow the
doors to be
top of the
M/ARA is provided by a set of catwalks and doors that open on to Deck 6
further engineering systems are housed, including Deflector Control.
accesses include access ladders and Jeffries tubes spread around Main
Engineering, and additional corridors that extend further into the
starship, Main Engineering is under the supervision of the
Engineer who has an office to the rear of Main Engineering.
in Main Engineering consists of three engineers and seven technicians
grades. During Red or Yellow Alert, that number is increased.
department is located in a restricted area on Deck 4. Within it are the
entrances to the phaser range, the auxiliary weapon control room and to
Ship's Armory, as well as the office of the Chief of Security.
The Chief of Security’s office is decorated to the officer's
contains a work area, a personal viewscreen, a computer display, and a
Located on Deck 4, the Brig is a restricted access area whose only
from within the Security department. The Nova Class
vessel has one double
occupancy cell, which contains beds, a retractable table and chairs, a
dispenser, and sanitary facilities. The cell is secured with a level-10
forcefield emitter built into each doorway.
Controlled from the bridge or from the Security office on Deck 4,
can be activated throughout the ship, effectively sealing off sections
hallway from the remainder of the vessel.
Used to monitor the internal security of the ship. They can identify
location of specific crewmembers that are wearing their commbadge. They
used to determine the general location of any person on board the ship,
the entry of specific variables by the Tactical officer.
This room is located in a restricted area on Deck 4 and is under
The room is sealed with a level 10 forcefield and can only be accessed
personnel with Level-4 or above security clearance granted by the
or Chief of Security. Inside the armory is a work area for maintenance
repair of phasers as well as multiple sealed weapon lockers. The Nova
Class carries enough type-I and type-II phasers to arm
the entire crew. Type-III
phaser rifle and the new compression phaser rifles are available as
only in enough numbers to arm approximately 1/3 of the crew. Heavy
available in limited numbers.
30 Type-I Phasers
60 Type-II Phaser pistols
25 Type-III Phaser rifles
10 Type-IIIc Compression Phaser rifles
Personnel Phasers range in power settings from 1 (Light Stun) to 16
Torpedo/Probe Magazine: These
restricted areas on Deck 4 are
for storing unarmed photon torpedoes and warheads, and science probes I
(VII - IX if mission dictates). Also stored here are the components for
manufacturing new photon torpedo as well as the equipment to put it all
together. These rooms are also accessed by the loading mechanism for
Arrangement: Dorsal saucer section is covered by four phaser
strips; two of
which extend from the aft curvature, along the length of the saucer and
short of the auxiliary deflector incision. The aft firing arc is
covered by two
smaller arrays angled on the rear of the saucer section. The relative
the ship is protected by two similar arrays as on the Dorsal, extending
rear of the saucer and following the curve to the aux deflector
Additional protection is provided by a single array that extends
across the ventral engineering hull just fore of the warpcore ejection
aft strips placed laterally on either side of the main shuttlebay on
engineering hull cover the rearmost firing arc for a total of nine
Phaser Array Type:
Even though the Nova Class is
a small vessel, it
still utilizes the Type-IX array system. The six arrays are all
Type-IX, the new
standard emitter. Each array fires a steady beam of phaser energy, and
forced-focus emitters discharge the phasers at speeds approaching .986c
works out to about 182,520 miles per second - nearly warp one). The
automatically rotates phaser frequency and attempts to lock onto the
and phase of a threat vehicle's shields for shield penetration.
Each phaser array takes its energy directly from the impulse drive and
fusion generators. Individually, each Type-IX emitter can only
approximately 6.0 MW (megawatts). However, several emitters (usually
at once in the array during standard firing procedures, resulting in a
approximately 12 MW.
Maximum effective range is 300,000 kilometers.
3.2 TORPEDO LAUNCHERS
Three standard torpedo launchers. Two fore, and one aft. Torpedo tubes
two (fore), are located on either side of the auxiliary deflector just
of the incision. The tubes are recessed into the
‘prongs’ and can fire as many
as two torpedoes per forward salvo, making a total forward salvo of
torpedoes per firing. Aft coverage is handled by a third torpedo
the rear of the ship in the upper engineering hull near where it meets
Mark-XXV photon torpedo, capable of pattern firing (sierra, etc.) as
independent launch. Independent targeting once launched from the ship,
detonation on contact unless otherwise directed by the ship.
The Nova Class can carry a maximum of 55 torpedo
casings with at least 15
of them geared as probe casings at any one time.
Maximum effective range is 3,500,000 kilometers.
3.3 DEFLECTOR SHIELDS
peristaltic subspace graviton field. This type of shield is similar to
most other Starships, but rated higher than most vessels of equivalent
size as a
defensive measure due to it’s role in hosting conferences and
Other than incorporating the now mandatory nutational shift in
shields alter their graviton polarity to better deal with more powerful
and sophisticated weaponry (including Dominion, Breen, and Borg
combat, the shield
sends data on what type of weapon is being used on it, and what
phase the weapon uses. Once the tactical officer analyzes this, the
be configured to have the same frequency as the incoming weapon - but
nutation. This tactic dramatically increases shield efficiency.
shield grids on the Nova Class and each one
generates 145.5 MW, resulting
in total shield strength of 1,595 MW. The power for the shields is
directly from the warp engines and impulse fusion generators. If
shields can be augmented by power from the impulse power plants. The
protect against approximately 42% of the total EM spectrum (whereas a
Class Starship's shields can only protect against about 23%), made
the multi-phase graviton polarity flux technology incorporated into the
The shields, when raised maintain an average range is 30 meters away
Defense from hazardous radiation and space-borne particulates.
Defense from enemy threat forces
4.1 COMPUTER CORE
cores: One. The primary computer core is accessed in the
control room on
Deck 2. It covers three decks and extends from Deck 2 to Deck 4. It is
two sets of redundant EPS conduits as well as primary power.
Type: The V-109
primary computer assembly is built specifically for the Nova
starship by Viscosity Computing on Argos-IV. The
structure of the
computer is similar to that of most other supercomputing systems in use
Federation vessels with stack segments extending through the ship
trillions of trillions of connections through the processing and
abilities of modern isolinear chips.
Cooling of the isolinear loop is accomplished by a regenerative liquid
loop, which has been refit to allow a delayed-venting heat storage unit
"Silent Running.” For missions, requirements on the computer
core rarely exceed
45-50% of total core processing and storage capacity. The rest of the
utilized for various scientific, tactical, or intelligence gathering
or to backup data in the event of a damaged core.
for Library Computer Access
and Retrieval System,
the common user interface of 24th century computer systems, based on
graphically enhanced keyboard/display input and output. The graphical
adapts to the task, which is supposed to be performed, allowing for
ease-of-use. The Nova Class operates on LCARS build
version 4 to account
for increases in processor speed and power, limitations discovered in
in earlier versions, and increased security.
to all Starfleet data
is highly regulated. A standard set of access levels have been
programmed into the computer cores of all ships in order to stop any
undesired access to confidential data.
levels are also variable, and task-specific. Certain areas of the ship
are restricted to unauthorized personnel, regardless of security level.
Security levels can also be raised, lowered, or revoked by Command
levels in use aboard the Nova Class are:
10 – Captain and Above
9 – First Officer
8 - Commander
7 – Lt. Commander
6 – Lieutenant
5 – Lt. Junior Grade
4 - Ensign
3 – Non-Commissioned Crew
2 – Civilian Personnel
1 – Open Access (Read Only)
Security Levels beyond current rank can and are bestowed where, when
and to whom
they are necessary.
main computer grants access based on a battery of checks to the
including face and voice recognition in conjunction with a vocal code
added level of security.
Starfleet vessels make
use of a computer program called a Universal Translator that is
communication among persons who speak different languages. It performs
analysis of an unknown language based on a variety of criteria to
translation matrix. The translator is built in the Starfleet badge and
receivers are implanted in the ear canal.
matrix aboard Nova Class starships consists of well
languages and increases with every new encounter.
5.1 WARP PROPULSION SYSTEM
F-Type Standard Matter/Anti-Matter Reaction Drive, developed by Ceries
Industries. Information on this Warp Drive can be found in any
pursuant to Warp Limitations, as a cause of subspace pollution: Warp 6.3
Warp 8 for 12 hours
Note: Vessels equipped with the Ceries F-Type M/ARA
System no longer have
the maximum cruising speed limit of Warp 6.3, thanks to innovations
and utilized in the M/ARA Warp Drive outfitted in the new Intrepid
Starship. Pursuant to Starfleet Command Directive 12856.A, all
receive upgrades to their Warp Drive system to prevent further
5.2 IMPULSE PROPULSION
Outfitted with a single T2-16 fusion powered impulse engine, the Nova
carries more than enough thrust to maneuver at her fully laden weight.
Tallier Propulsion, the T2-16 is lauded for its reliability under
as well as its fuel efficiency.
impulse engine can propel the Nova Class at speeds
just under .25c, at
“Full Impulse” and an upper ceiling of .75c at
three quarters the speed of
light. Generally, Starfleet Vessels are restricted to .25c speeds to
more dramatic time dilation effects of higher relativistic speeds.
restrictions can be overridden at the behest of the ship’s
5.3 REACTION CONTROL
Standard Version 3 magneto-hydrodynamic gas-fusion thrusters.
thruster quad can produce 3.9 million Newtons of exhaust.
6.1 NAVIGATION DEFLECTOR
standard Nova Class main deflector dish is located
in the engineering
hull, and is located just forward of the primary engineering spaces.
molybdenum/duranium mesh panels over a tritanium framework (beneath the Duranium-Tritanium hull), the
be manually moved twelve degrees in any direction off the ship's
main deflector dish's shield and sensor power comes from two graviton
generators located on Deck 6, each capable of generating 128 MW, which
fed into two 480 millicochrane subspace field distortion generators.
6.2 TRACTOR BEAM
subspace graviton beam, used for direct manipulation of objects from a
to a macroscopic level at any relative bearing to the ship. Each
directly mounted to the primary members of the ship's framework, to
effects of isopiestic subspace shearing, inertial potential imbalance,
tractor beam emitter is built around three multiphase 15 MW graviton
sources, each feeding two 475-millicochrane subspace field amplifiers.
accuracy is within 1.3 arc-seconds per microsecond, which gives
interference pattern control. Each emitter can gain extra power from
the SIF by
means of molybdenum-jacketed wave-guides. The subspace fields generated
the beam (when the beam is used) can envelop objects up to 920 meters,
the local gravitational constant of the universe for the region inside
and making the object much easier to manipulate.
tractor beam range varies with payload mass and desired delta-v (change
relative velocity). Assuming a nominal 15 m/sec-squared delta-v, the
tractor emitters can be used with a payload approaching 116,380,000,000
tons at less than 2,000 meters. Conversely, the same delta-v can be
an object massing about one metric ton at ranges approaching 30,000
Towing or manipulation of objects
6.3 TRANSPORTER SYSTEMS
of Systems: 5
- Max Payload
Mass: 900kg (1,763 lbs)
- Max Range:
- Max Beam
Up/Out Rate: Approx. 100 persons per hour per Transporter
- Max Payload
Mass: 800 metric tons. Standard operation is molecular resolution
- Set for
quantum (Lifeform) resolution: 1 metric ton
- Max Beam
Up/Out Rate (Quantum Setting): Approx. 100 persons per hour per
- 6.4 COMMUNICATIONS
Range: 30,000 – 90,000 kilometers
Standard Data Transmission Speed: 18.5 kiloquads per second
Subspace Communications Speed: Warp 9.9997
SCIENCE AND REMOTE
7.1 SENSOR SYSTEMS
range and navigation sensors are located behind the main deflector
avoid sensor "ghosts" and other detrimental effects consistent with
deflector dish millicochrane static field output. Lateral sensor
located around the rim of the entire Starship, providing full coverage
standard scientific fields, but with emphasis in the following areas:
subspace field stress
(a scan to search for cloaked ships)
sensor pallet (11 in all) can be interchanged and re-calibrated with
pallet on the ship. Warp Current sensor: This is an independent
graviton field-current scanner, allowing the ship to track ships at
high warp by
locking onto the eddy currents from the threat ship's warp field, then
the currents by using multi-model image mapping.
The Nova Class starship is equipped with two
high-power science sensor
pallets in the forward saucer section, ventral side. The pallets are
for ease of upgrade and repair, as well as enhancing sensor acuity.
7.2 TACTICAL SENSORS
are 10 independent tactical sensors on the <Ship
Name>. Each sensor
automatically tracks and locks onto incoming hostile vessels and
bearing, aspect, distance, and vulnerability percentage to the tactical
on the main bridge. Each tactical sensor is approximately 90% efficient
ECM, and can operate fairly well in particle flux nebulae (which has
7.3 STELLAR CARTOGRAPHY
Stellar Cartography Bay is located on Deck 5, with direct EPS power
Engineering. All information is directed to the bridge and can be
any console or the main viewscreen. When under warp or staffed by
Stellar Cartography Bay is manned by on supervising officer and as many
7.4 SCIENCE LABS
are 16 science labs on the Nova Class starship,
four of which are
non-specific labs that can be easily modified for various scientific
including Bio/Chem, and Physics tests and/or experiments –
crews rotate often
among these laboratories. Located mostly on Deck 4 with small
other areas of the ship where appropriate, the Nova Class’
are well equipped due to the nature of their mission profile. More
specialized laboratories include Atmospheric Physics, as well as the
dangerous High-Energy Physics (note: additional SIF Field Generators
installed in the bulkheads around this lab).
include a Botany
experiments and studies are done on the various phylum found on the
planets being surveyed, as well as development of better, more robust
terraforming flora for use in colonization. The Geology Laboratories
major areas, Planetary and Astronomical. Though a good portion of the
time is spent in-system, other missions may include studying
phenomena and these laboratories are provided for that purpose. Other
laboratories study genetics and Xenobiology.
Spending a year at a
time away, the Nova Class’
computer core is one of
the few that uses a significant part of its processing and storage
data collected is usually offloaded at a starbase where it can be
distributed among the fleets.
probe is a device that
contains a number of general purpose or mission specific sensors and
launched from a starship for closer examination of objects in space.
are nine different classes of probes, which vary in sensor types,
performance ratings. The spacecraft frame of a probe consists of molded
duranium-tritanium and pressure-bonded lufium boronate, with sensor
triple layered transparent aluminum. With a warhead attached, a probe
photon torpedo. The standard equipment of all nine types of probes are
instruments to detect and analyze all normal EM and subspace bands,
inorganic chemical compounds, atmospheric constituents, and mechanical
properties. All nine types are capable of surviving a powered
but only three are special designed for aerial maneuvering and soft
These ones can also be used for spatial burying. Many probes can be
controlled and piloted from a starship to investigate an environment
hostile or otherwise inaccessible for an away-team.
nine standard classes are:
- 7.5.1 Class
I Sensor Probe:
Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion
EM/Subspace and interstellar chemistry pallet for in-space applications.
12,500 channels at 12 megawatts.
- 7.5.2 Class
II Sensor Probe:
Range: 4 x 10^5 kilometers
Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion, extended deuterium fuel
instrumentation as Class I with addition of enhanced long-range
particle and field detectors and imaging system
15,650 channels at 20 megawatts.
- 7.5.3 Class
III Planetary Probe:
Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion
Terrestrial and gas giant sensor pallet with material sample and return
capability; onboard chemical analysis submodule
13,250 channels at ~15 megawatts.
data: Limited SIF hull reinforcement. Full range of terrestrial soft
landing to subsurface penetration missions; gas giant atmosphere
missions survivable to 450 bar pressure. Limited terrestrial loiter
- 7.5.4 Class
IV Stellar Encounter Probe:
Vectored deuterium microfusion propulsion supplemented with continuum
driver coil and extended deuterium supply
Triply redundant stellar fields and particle detectors, stellar
atmosphere analysis suite.
9,780 channels at 65 megawatts.
data: Six ejectable/survivable radiation flux subprobes. Deployable for
nonstellar energy phenomena
- 7.5.5 Class V
Medium-Range Reconnaissance Probe:
limit: Warp 2
Dual-mode matter/antimatter engine; extended duration sublight plus
limited duration at warp
Extended passive data-gathering and recording systems; full autonomous
mission execution and return system
6,320 channels at 2.5 megawatts.
data: Planetary atmosphere entry and soft landing capability. Low
observatory coatings and hull materials. Can be modified for tactical
applications with addition of custom sensor countermeasure package.
- 7.5.6 Class
VI Comm Relay/Emergency Beacon:
Microfusion engine with high-output MHD power tap
9,270 channel RF and subspace transceiver operating at 350 megawatts
peak radiated power. 360 degree omni antenna coverage, 0.0001
arc-second high-gain antenna pointing resolution.
data: Extended deuterium supply for transceiver power generation and
planetary orbit plane changes
VII Remote Culture Study Probe:
limit: Warp 1.5
Dual-mode matter/antimatter engine
Passive data gathering system plus subspace transceiver
1,050 channels at 0.5 megawatts.
data: Applicable to civilizations up to technology level III. Low
observability coatings and hull materials. Maximum loiter time: 3.5
months. Low-impact molecular destruct package tied to antitamper
- 7.5.8 Class
VIII Medium-Range Multimission Warp Probe:
limit: Warp 9
Matter/antimatter warp field sustainer engine; duration of 6.5 hours at
warp 9; MHD power supply tap for sensors and subspace transceiver
Standard pallet plus mission-specific modules
4,550 channels at 300 megawatts.
data: Applications vary from galactic particles and fields research to
early-warning reconnaissance missions
- 7.5.9 Class
IX Long-Range Multimission Warp Probe:
limit: Warp 9
Matter/antimatter warp field sustainer engine; duration of 12 hours at
warp 9; extended fuel supply for warp 8 maximum flight duration of 14
Standard pallet plus mission-specific modules
6,500 channels at 230 megawatts.
data: Limited payload capacity; isolinear memory storage of 3,400
kiloquads; fifty-channel transponder echo. Typical application is
emergency-log/message capsule on homing trajectory to nearest starbase
or known Starfleet vessel position
8.1 MEDICAL SYSTEMS
There is an adequate sickbay facility located on Deck 3, equipped with
Biohazard Support, a Radiation Treatment Wards that doubles as a
a ward for Null-Gravity Treatment and Isolation Suites There
is also a Morgue,
and dental care is handled in the main ward. The Chief
office is attached to Sickbay, and the main ward contains a
load-out of four
standard biobeds, with ten more in the main treatment ward, and a small
complement of emergency cots. Pursuant to new Medical Protocols, all
Facilities are equipped with holo-emitters for the emergency usage of
Emergency Medical Hologram System.
The Counselor’s office is also located on
Deck 3 to assure a more
efficient medical treatment environment. Though small, the office is
decorated and comfortable for the patient. There are no visual sensors
office and audio recordings are done only with the voice code of the
standard furnishings (decorated to the Counselors preference), a
viewscreen, a computer display, a replicator, and a washroom/head. It
individual therapy room furnished with chairs and couch for one-on-one
of a crewmember suffering a psychotic episode, and needing to be
the crew, the ill crewman is kept in sickbay, in the isolation unit, or
intensive care units, as determined by bed availability.
8.2 CREW QUARTERS SYSTEMS
Due to the small size of the Nova Class, and its
internal arrangement of
systems and laboratories, crew accommodations are distributed through
of the ship
assigned to a Nova Class for periods over six months
are permitted to reconfigure their
quarters within hardware, volume, and mass limits. Individuals assigned
shorter periods are generally restricted to standard quarters
are provided for both Starfleet and non-commissioned crew. Aboard a Nova
Class, bringing families aboard is usually discouraged due to
their living quarters be combined to create a single larger dwelling.
Starfleet personnel from the rank of Ensign up to Lieutenant Commander
one set of quarters to themselves (cohabitation is not required).
typically include a small bathroom, a bedroom (with standard bed), a
area, a food replicator, an ultrasonic shower, personal holographic
provisions for pets.
their living quarters be combined to form one large dwelling.
The Captain and Executive Officer of the Nova Class both
much larger quarters.
quarters are much
more luxurious than any others on the ship, with the exception of the
quarters. Both the Executive Officer's and the Captain's quarters are
than standard Officers Quarters, and this space generally has the
accommodations: a bedroom (with a nice, fluffy bed), living/work area,
food replicator, ultrasonic shower, old-fashioned water shower,
holographic viewer, and even provisions for pets.
VIP/Diplomatic Guest Quarters: Though not
ideally suited for
diplomacy, the Nova Class (like all Starfleet
accommodations for special guests and visiting personnel aboard the
not as well appointed as on most vessels, the Nova’s VIP
quarters are more than
located on Deck 6. These quarters include a bedroom, spacious
personal viewscreen, ultrasonic shower, bathtub/water shower, and
pets, a food replicator, and a null-grav sleeping chamber. These
quarters can be
immediately converted to class H, K, L, N, and N2 environments.
8.3 RECREATIONAL SYSTEMS
Small ships tend not to be as well equipped as larger vessels in
Though all are well attired, smaller vessels do not come with all the
benefits of a large ship, such as a Galaxy or Ambassador Class. The Nova
Class is such a small ship, and what recreational
capabilities it does have
are taken advantage of on long missions of up to a year.
There are two holodecks aboard the Nova Class.
Located on Deck 3, these
Holodecks are proprietary Federation Technology and can comfortably
to 10 people at a time.
Test of skill is an important form of recreation in many cultures, and
Nova Class provides a facility especially for such pursuits.
sports self-healing polymer absorptive targets for a variety of
bladed weapons firing and/or tossing. In the rear of the Target Range
is a locked area protected by forcefield in which phased weapons firing
range is also
used by security to train ship's personnel in marksmanship. During
holo-emitters in the phaser range are activated, creating a holographic
similar to what a holodeck does. Personnel are "turned loose;" either
independently or in an Away Team formation to explore the setting
them, and the security officer in charge will take notes on the
each person as they take cover, return fire, protect each other, and
variety of different scenarios. All personnel on a Nova Class
every six months in phaser marksmanship.
Some degree of physical fitness is a requirement for Starfleet Officers
starships provide some sort of facilities to maintain that aboard. Due
small size of the Nova Class, those facilities are
not as spacious as
other vessels. Perhaps a dozen multi-use machines dot the workout area,
as mats and a special area for physical training.
is located in an easily visible location near the door to the Gym.
double duty aboard the Nova Class because of its
small size. Located in
the forward section of Deck 2, the Mess is equipped with a two mass-use
replicators with an extensive recipe listing from over two hundred
Eating accommodations are provided by a slew of tables with a small row
molded couches and chairs that follow the forward curve of the mess
face the large viewports on either side of the hall.
battery of recreational games and assorted "stuff.” 3-D
billiards tables, and a storage center with more eclectic games such as
can be found in the mess hall.
Located in the aft dorsal portion of the engineering section, the Main
Shuttlebay is the primary port for entrance and egress, as well as
the Nova Class’ auxiliary craft and
shuttles. The Main Shuttlebay is
managed by a team of Helmsmen/Pilots, Engineers and Technicians, and
personnel that are based on the Flight Operations office
supervision of the Flight Control Officer.
Main Shuttlebay is equipped with:
- Two Type-9
Medium Long-Range Shuttlecraft
Just forward and up from the Main Shuttlebay is the Nova Class
Shuttlebay. Smaller in size and scope, the Auxiliary Shuttlebay houses
cold-storage facilities for its auxiliary craft, as well as additional
maintenance areas. When not in use, the Auxiliary Shuttlebay is kept
only opened for regular maintenance checks.
Nova Class Auxiliary Shuttlebay is equipped with:
TYPE-9 PERSONNEL SHUTTLE
Medium long-range warp shuttle.
Accommodation: Two flight
crew, two passengers.
Power Plant: One 400 cochrane
warp engine, two 800 millicochrane impulse
engines, four RCS thrusters.
Dimensions: Length, 8.5 m;
beam, 4.61 m; height 2.67 m.
Mass: 2.61 metric tones.
Performance: Warp 6.
Armament: Two Type-VI phaser
Shuttle is a long-range craft capable of traveling at high warp for
periods of time due to new advances in variable geometry warp
its debut just before the launch of the Intrepid-class, this shuttle
ideal for scouting and recon missions, but is well suited to perform
multi-mission tasks. Equipped with powerful Type-VI phaser
shuttle is designed to hold its own ground for a longer period of
Comfortable seating for four and moderate cargo space is still achieved
sacrificing speed and maneuverability. As is standard by the
shuttle is equipped with a medium-range transporter and is capable of
through a planet’s atmosphere. With its ability to
travel at high-warp speeds,
the Type-9 has been equipped with a more pronounced deflector dish that
compact long-range sensor that further helps it in its role as a
Type-9 is now being deployed throughout the fleet and is especially
deep-space exploratory ships with its impressive abilities.
Medium short-range sublight shuttle.
Accommodation: Two; pilot and
Power Plant: Two 750
millicochrane impulse driver engines, four RCS
thrusters, four sarium krellide storage cells.
Dimensions: Length, 4.8 m;
beam, 2.4 m; height 1.6 m.
Mass: 1.25 metric tones.
Performance: Maximum delta-v,
Armament: Two Type-IV phaser
Type-16 Shuttlepod is a two person craft primarily used for
transportations of personnel and cargo, as well as for extravehicular
inspections of Federation starships, stations and associated
Lacking the ability to obtain warp speeds, the Type-16 is a poor
even interplanetary travel, and is traditionally used as a means of
between objects only a few kilometers apart. The craft is
atmospheric flight, allowing for routine flights between orbiting craft
stations and planetside facilities, and its cargo capacity is slightly
then that of the Type-15. Ships of this type are stationed
starship classes and stations, both spaceborne and planetside.
Accommodation: One operator.
Power Plant: One microfusion
reactor, four RCS thrusters.
Dimensions: Length, 4.11 m;
beam, 1.92 m; height 1.90 m.
Mass: 1.68 metric tones.
Performance: Maximum delta-v,
capable stand-alone craft used for inspection of spaceborne hardware,
assembly, and other activates requiring remote manipulators.
pressurized craft has changed little in design during the past 150
although periodic updates to the internal systems are done
fuel cells and microfusion generators can keep the craft operational
hours, and the life-support systems can provide breathable air,
and cooling for the pilot for as long as fifteen hours. If
the pilot is wearing
a pressure suit or SEWG, the craft allows for the operator to exit
conducting operations. Entrance and exit is provided by the
which lifts vertically to allow the pilot to come and go.
manipulator arms is folded beneath the main housing, and allows for
work to be
done through pilot-operated controls. In addition, the Work
Bee is capable of
handling a cargo attachment that makes it ideal for transferring cargo
large Starbase and spaceborne construction facilities. The
features additional microfusion engines for supporting the increased
Nova Class WaveRider Craft
Accommodation: 3 flight crew,
Power Plant: 3 Magnodynamic
thrusters (Aft), fusion core, maneuvering
Dimensions: Length: 16.8m;
Width: 14.5m; Height: 3.1m
Performance: Impulse: .25c,
Armament: 2 Type-IV Phaser
Nova Class Survey Vessels, the WaveRider-Type atmospheric
designed to facilitate close quarters examination and survey of
by science personnel aboard the ship.
At just over 20 meters in length, the vessel is small enough to be
the Nova Class but large enough to be useful.
Intended to work in
atmosphere, the small craft is high fuel efficient at Mach-5 and above,
use of the conventional propulsion with back up impulse and RCS
maneuvering in space.
Unlike ordinary shuttlecraft, the WaveRider does not enter the
ship’s Main and
Auxiliary Shuttlebays; instead, it inserts itself into a recessed port
ventral part of the saucer just forward of the main sensor dome. Access
WaveRider is provided by a hatchway inside the ship and a
It is not warp capable.
Nova Class starship fall under one of three categories:
Primary Mission Operations, or Secondary Mission Operations.
are all operations that relate directly to the function of the starship
which include power generation, starship upkeep, environmental systems,
other system that is maintained and used to keep the vessel space
all tasks assigned and directed from the Main Bridge, and typically
control and discretion over ship navigation and ship's resources.
those operations that are not under the direct control of the Main
do not impact Primary Mission Operations. Some examples of secondary
operations include long-range cultural, diplomatic, or scientific
by independent or semi-autonomous groups aboard the starship.
10.1 MISSION TYPES
and new civilizations is central to all that Starfleet stands for. The Nova
Class Survey Vessel facilitates this, outfitted for
over planets and systems, cataloging and monitoring anything and
interest inside a designated area.
for a Nova
Class starship may fall into one of the following categories,
in order of
her strongest capable mission parameter to her weakest mission
Scientific Investigation: A Nova
Class starship is equipped with
scientific laboratories and a wide variety of sensor probes and sensor
arrays, as well as the state-of-the-art dorsal subspace sensor
assembly; giving her the ability to perform a wide variety of ongoing
- Contact with
Alien Lifeforms: Pursuant to
Starfleet Policy regarding the discovery of new life, facilities aboard
the Nova Class include a variety of exobiology and
xenobiological suites, and a small cultural anthropology staff,
allowing for limited deep-space life form study and interaction.
Policy and Diplomacy: A Nova
Class starship’s secondary role is the performance
of diplomatic operations on behalf of Starfleet and the United
Federation of Planets. These missions may include transport of
Delegates, hosting of negotiations or conferences aboard in the
vessel’s Conference Hall, courier for important people and/or
items, and first contact scenarios.
Operations: Though not
designed primarily for battle, the Nova Class
–like all Starfleet vessels– is designed to be
resilient and ably armed.
- Emergency/Search and
Missions include answering standard Federation emergency beacons,
extraction of Federation or Non-Federation citizens in distress,
retrieval of Federation or Non-Federation spacecraft in distress.
Planetary evacuation is not feasible.
10.2 OPERATING MODES
mission operations of the Nova Class starship are
conducted in accordance
with a variety of Starfleet standard operating rules, determined by the
operational state of the starship. These operational states are
the Commanding Officer, although in certain specific cases, the
automatically adjust to a higher alert status.
- Cruise Mode - The normal
operating condition of the ship.
- Yellow Alert - Designates a
ship wide state of increased preparedness for possible crisis
- Red Alert - Designates
an actual state of emergency in which the ship or crew is endangered,
immediately impending emergencies, or combat situations.
- Blue Alert
aboard ships with planet fall capability when landing mode is
reduced activity that exists when a ship is docked at a starbase or
other support facility.
protocol is invoked in case of a major failure in spacecraft power
generation, in case of critical fuel shortage, or in the event that a
tactical situation requires severe curtailment of onboard power
Cruise Mode, the
ship’s operations are run on three 8-hour shifts designated
Alpha, Beta, and
Gamma. Should a crisis develop, it may revert to a four-shift system of
hours to keep crew fatigue down.
Shift command is as follows:
Shift – Captain (CO)
Beta Shift – Executive Officer (XO)
Gamma Shift – Rotated amongst Senior Officers
10.3 LANDING MODE
vessels are capable of atmospheric entry and egress with equipment
the physical design of the starship. Each Nova Class
vessel is equipped
with anti-gravity generators as well as impulse and RCS lifters
placed at the mass and stress points on the bottom portion of the
Nova Class lowers the projection sphere of the deflector
shields and assumes
an angle of attack perpendicular to the angular rotation of the
if it has an atmosphere. This allows the vessel’s shape to
work as a lifting
body with air traveling under the broad and flat saucer and under the
nacelle struts. Once in the atmosphere, navigation is controlled with
thrusters and use of the aft impulse engines.
to lower the landing gear at approximately 2500m above the Landing Zone
surface, regardless of LZ altitude. This minimizes the drag on the
prepared for landing, Aft impulse engines are shut down and four vents
ventral hull are opened.
ventral impulse thrust plates. Impulse engines in miniature, the thrust
serve only to provide lift to the Nova Class as
generators effectively reduce its weight. The RCS thrusters provide
or equipment can be transported to the surface from the vessel, or use
ship’s turbolift system that connects to channels inside the
themselves, and open out near the ‘feet’.
of a modern
starship’s systems are automated, they do require regular
upgrade. Maintenance is typically the purview of the Engineering, but
from certain divisions that are more familiar with them can also
Maintenance of onboard systems is almost constant, and varies in
Everything from fixing a stubborn replicator, to realigning the
is handled by technicians and engineers on a regular basis. Not all
checked centrally by Main Engineering; to do so would occupy too much
time by routing every single process to one location. To alleviate
are compartmentalized by deck and location for checking. Department
expected to run regular diagnostics of their own equipment and report
to Engineering to be fixed.
systems and subsystems aboard the ship have a
number of preprogrammed
diagnostic software and procedures for use when actual or potential
are experienced. These various diagnostic protocols are generally
into five different levels, each offering a different degree of crew
verification of automated tests. Which type of diagnostic is used in a
situation will generally depend upon the criticality of a situation,
the amount of time available for the test procedures.
Level 1 Diagnostic - This refers to the
most comprehensive type of system
diagnostic, which is normally conducted on ship's systems. Extensive
diagnostic routines are performed, but a Level 1 diagnostic requires a
crew members to physically verify operation of system mechanisms and to
readings, rather than depending on the automated programs, thereby
against possible malfunctions in self-testing hardware and software.
diagnostics on major systems can take several hours, and in many cases,
subject system must be taken off-line for all tests to be performed.
Level 2 Diagnostic - This refers to a
comprehensive system diagnostic
protocol, which, like a Level 1, involves extensive automated routines,
requires crew verification of fewer operational elements. This yields a
less reliable system analysis, but is a procedure that can be conducted
than half the time of the more complex tests.
Level 3 Diagnostic - This protocol is
similar to Level 1 and 2
diagnostics but involves crew verification of only key mechanics and
readings. Level 3 diagnostics are intended to be performed in ten
Level 4 Diagnostic - This automated
procedure is intended for use
whenever trouble is suspected with a given system. This protocol is
Level 5, but involves more sophisticated batteries of automated
most systems, Level 4 diagnostics can be performed in less than 30
Level 5 Diagnostic - This automated
procedure is intended for routine use
to verify system performance. Level 5 diagnostics, which usually
than 2.5 seconds, are typically performed on most systems on at least a
basis, and are also performed during crisis situations when time and
resources are carefully managed.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL OPERATIONS
General Policy and Starfleet Medical Emergency Operations, at least 25%
officers and crew of the Nova Class are
cross-trained to serve as
Emergency Medical Technicians, to serve as triage specialists, medics,
emergency medical functions along with non-medical emergency operations
engineering or tactical departments. This set of policies was
established due to
the wide variety of emergencies, both medical and otherwise, that a
Starship could respond to on any given mission.
cargo bays and
some of the science labs (biological sciences) can be easily converted
emergency treatment wards. Cargo Bays 1 and 2 also provide additional
emergency triage centers and recovery overflow. Portable field emitters
erected for contagion management.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL HOLOGRAM
Protocols, all Medical Facilities are equipped with holo-emitters for
emergency usage of the Emergency Medical Hologram System. Starships
of this type carry
the EMH Mark-I, with options to upgrade to new versions as they become
located on decks
below Deck 1. Each pod can support a total of eighty-six person-days
one person can last eighty-six days, two can last for forty-three,
pods are reserved for the top four officers in the chain of command on
because they are the last four to leave the ship. These are located on
As the number of experienced Captains dwindles in Starfleet, the notion
Captain going down with his ship has been abolished. If the ship is
the top four officers in the chain of command will wait until everyone
off the ship, opt to arm the auto-Destruct (not always necessary, but
needed), and then leave in the two escape pods. The current lifepods
ASRVs, or autonomous survival and recovery vehicles. The first group of
were delivered in 2337 to the last Renaissance class starship, the USS
base vessel is not near a habitable system, up to four ASRVs may be
together in a chain at junction ports to share and extend resources.
RESCUE AND EVACUATION
Operations for a Nova Class starship will fall into
one of two categories
- abandoning the starship, or rescue and evacuation from a planetary
for rescue and evacuation to a Nova Class starship
- The ability
to transport 200 persons per hour to the ship via personnel
availability of the 2 Type-9 shuttlecraft to be on hot standby for
immediate launch, with all additional shuttlecraft available for launch
in an hours notice. Total transport capabilities of these
craft vary due to differing classifications but an average load of 50
persons can be offloaded per hour from a standard orbit to an M Class
- Capacity to
support up to 325 evacuees with conversion of the shuttlebay and cargo
bays to emergency living quarters.
- Ability to
convert the Mess Hall to an emergency triage and medical center.
- Ability to
temporarily convert Cargo Bay 1 to type H, K, or L environments,
intended for non-humanoid casualties.
abandon-ship scenarios from a Nova Class starship
- The ability
to transport 300 persons per hour from the ship via personnel and
availability of the 2 Type-9 shuttlecraft to be on hot standby for
immediate launch, with all additional craft available for launch in an
hours notice. Total transport capabilities of these craft
vary due to differing classifications but an average load of 75 persons
can be offloaded per hour from a standard orbit to an M Class planetary
also include the use of Lifeboats. Each Nova Class
vessel carries 24 of the 6-person variants, which measures 5.6 meters
tall and 6.2 meters along the edge of the rectangle. Each Lifeboat can
survive longer if they connect together in "Gaggle Mode.”
- Environmental Suits are
available for evacuation directly into a
vacuum. In such a scenario, personnel can evacuate via airlocks, the
flight bay, or through exterior turbolift couplings. Environmental
suits are available at all exterior egress points, along with survival
lockers spaced throughout the habitable portions of the starship.
Standard air supply in an EV suit is 4 hours.
occasionally face the horrible concept of a warp core breech. As the
power source for a starship, the explosive power of a warpcore far
superstructure and structural integrity field strengths and most often
the complete destruction of the starship and anything within a 20km
been equipped for this possibility and have the capability to eject
warpcore. The Nova Class has an ejection port on
the forward side of the
ventral engineering hull. Magnetic rails inside the channel accelerate
once disengaged from the ship and ‘fires’ it as far
as 2000 meters away from the
ship. The ship then moves away from the core as fast as possible under
core not go
critical, the Nova Class can recover its warpcore
by use of tractor beams
and careful manipulation.
A - VARIANT
Light Fast Frigate
B - BASIC TECHNICAL
and Crew: 80
Evacuation Limit: 225
Length: 180 meters
Draft: 43 meters
Overall Beam: 34 meters
Cruise Speed: Warp 6
Maximum Velocity Warp 8 (12 hours maximum)
Type X phasers, 2 forward
photon torpedo launchers, 1 aft torpedo launcher
- DECK LAYOUT
(P/S) – Port/Starboard
Ex: (2 - 1 P/S) – “Two <object>, 1
Port and 1 Starboard”
Ready Room, Conference Room, Senior Officer’s
Quarters, and Escape Pods
Executive Officer’s Office, Junior Officers
Quarters, Observation Lounge,
Mess Hall, Transporter Room, Holodecks 1&2, Aft Ventral Cargo
Bay, Storage (5),
Main Computer Core, Escape Pods, Primary Impulse Engine (Amidships),
Engine Deuterium Surge Tanks
Sickbay Support Systems (ICU, Biohazard Support, Surgical Ward,
Null-Gravity Treatment, Isolation Suites, etc.), Chief
Office, Counselor’s Office, Security
Office/Brig, Armory, Crew
Quarters, Transporter Room 2, Auxiliary Shuttlebay, Escape Pods,
Deflector Control, Torpedo Launching Systems (P/S) Photon Torpedo
Photon Torpedo Loading Mechanism
Geology Lab (Planetary), Geology Lab (Astronomical), Planetary
Development Lab, Chief Science Officer’s Office,
Crew Quarters, EPS Node Monitoring, SIF
Systems, Dorsal Main Phaser Emitters (P/S), Aft Saucer Phaser Emitters
Aft Ship Phaser Emitters (P/S), Ventral Main Phaser Emitters (P/S),
Sensor Dome, and WaveRider Shuttlecraft Docking Port
Flight Control, Storage (8), Crew Quarters, Astrophysics Lab,
Cartography, Photon Torpedo Magazine, and Photon Torpedo Loading
Control, Operations Office, Crew Quarters, Repair
Bay, Deuterium Fuel
Storage, and Multi-Purpose Laboratories (3), Cargo Bays (3)
Engineering, Dilithium Reaction Chamber, Engineering Lab, Chief
Office, Cargo Transporters, Landing Systems Control, and
Anti-Matter Storage Pods, Warp Core Ejection Systems, and Anti-Matter
Ejection Systems, Phaser Emitter, and Tractor Beam Systems. Landing
Struts (2 –
D - AUTHOR'S NOTES
guest stars in Star Trek: Voyager was the USS Equinox under the command
Captain Ransom. This small ship, first seen in the Deep Space Nine
Manual as the Defiant-Pathfinder, a concept for what later became the
Defiant, was recreated to play the role of a small science vessel taken
Alpha Quadrant around the same time as Voyager.
seemed quite capable. Its one obvious drawback was its speed, at only
the majority of Starfleet ships we see are considerably faster than it.
fine I guess. When your job is to stop and smell the roses, a high
isn’t an important consideration.
she’s tiny! Hardly
bigger than its obvious predecessor; the Oberth Class, the Nova is
designed for her job. She’s a survey ship and pretty much
spends most of its
time getting into the detail of a planet or system or nebula or
of dedicated professionals doing a thankless job.
is a little older than the Intrepid and the Intrepid, supposedly, is
one of the
first ships to field this new system. So… no
need to hop down to the surface?
Well they can beam down, silly! Or they can use shuttlecraft. But like
apparent sister ship, the Intrepid, the Nova Class
can land. That isn’t
apparent in the show I don’t believe, but you can see the
landing strut hatches
on the hull pretty clearly. Plus she’s a fairly small ship
and shouldn’t have
too much trouble landing.
take a long time, even in Trek. They just can’t take one
swipe with the sensors
and know all there is to know about a world, and even more study must
be done on
best handled by a survey ship rather than one of the larger science
(though of course they can do the same things.).
Chances are, there’s a couple of hundred in service, with
maybe a hundred or
less put out every year. But space is a big place, and if Starfleet is
catalog it all, they need a lot of ships to cover it. The Nova is best
for this job.
It’s very cute.
Nova-Class Variant Specs?
the Nova-Class Variant Specs are the same as the Nova-Class specs, we
didn't feel it was necessary to rehash those specs into another page.
Instead, you can find an article on the Nova-Class Variant here.
Many thanks to Mike Yan for writing the article.
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