Cheyenne Class

With new technologies and classes being brought about by the other local powers, such as the Klingons, Romulans, and especially the Cardassians, Starfleet wanted to completely modernize it’s fleet with ships that could handle nearly any task from scientific to combat to exploration or even diplomatic missions. The Admiralty contracted a team of experienced scientists and engineers to develop a new family of ship classes, which would trace their roots back to the Constitution class. Since the Constitution had long been retired, and the almost century-old Miranda and the aging Constellation would soon be obsolete, Starfleet set the project in motion.

The program was created to construct a new era of starships, but the technology was fairly new and unknown, so Starfleet didn’t want to risk contracting too many new classes, in case the designs didn’t work. After the great success and unpredicted effectiveness of the Galaxy and Nebula, Starfleet began production of yet another class, the Cheyenne, which would take on the role of the Constellation, being a small ship with a high power-output, designed for long duration or highly power demanding work.

Starfleet had no trouble finding a team of engineers to begin developement of the Cheyenne-Class project, since there were many Constellation CO’s and experts which were still living, and the engineers from the Galaxy project had just become available. Starfleet assembled a team that began work immediately, and in 2359, just two years after the Galaxy had been launched, work on the Cheyenne began.

Production moved along quickly, with the two totally different groups of engineers working together exceptionally. Since the technologies from the Cheyenne’s larger siblings was already tested and proved effective, the Cheyenne project was used to capitalize on the efficiency of already existing systems and technology, rather than inventing new ones, an approach that had proved effective with the Constellation. The most noticeable and unique trait of the Cheyenne is its unique nacelle design, which arose from the demand for a more effective successor of the Constellation. The four nacelles were designed to increase the power output of the ship rather than raise its top warp speed. Because the Galaxy-style warp nacelles weren’t designed to handle the added stress of heavy duty work from such a small ship a new nacelle was created, which most noticeably had a flat front and less rounded edges, but internally the nacelle was designed to more effectively handle the power-flow from the warp core. The new design worked and satisfied all of the requests from Starfleet, but was not used in later classes because its design wasn’t meant to exceed warp 9.2.

After a relatively short amount of production time, just 8 months including testing programs and correcting design flaws, the USS Cheyenne was launched. It was an instant success in its duties, and Starfleet could safely retire the Constellation class, although many were still kept to work as tugs or in war games.


CategoryLight Cruiser
Duration110 years
Resupply2 years
Refit5 years
Cruising SpeedWarp 6.2
Maximum SpeedWarp 8.4
Emergency SpeedWarp 9.5 (for 12 hours)
Auxiliary Craft
FightersRazor Interceptor: 6
RunaboutsDelta Flyer Runabout: 1
ShuttlesType 10 Shuttle: 1
Type 11 Shuttle: 2
Type 6 Shuttle: 1
Type 9 Shuttle: 2
TransportsWyvern Hopper: 3
WorkpodsBrunel Workpod: 2
Defensive SystemsAblative Armour
ShieldingAuto-Modulating Shields
Metaphasic Shielding
PhasersType IX Array: 5
Type X Array: 4
TorpedosBurst-Fire Torpedo Launcher: 2
- Photon Torpedoes: 190
- Quantum Torpedoes: 72
- Polaron Torpedo: 13
Tri-Cobalt Devices: 10

Deck Listing

1Dorsal Tractor Emitter, Warp Core Jettison Hatch, Communications Array
2Shuttle Maintenance, Aft Torpedo Launcher, Torpedo Storage, Aft Dorsal Phaser Arrays
3Shuttle Bay 1, Engineering Lab 1, Docking Port
4Deuterium Storage, Auxiliary Engineering, Cargo Bays 1 & 2
5Environmental Controls, Lateral Sensor Array, Hydroponics
6Stellar Cartography, Maintenance Bay 1, Gymnasium
7Bridge, Captain's Ready Room, Observation Lounge, Matter Reactant Injectors
8Captain's Quarters, XO's Quarters, XO's Office, Senior Officers' Quarters, Main Computer Core (Level 1)
9Lounge, Reception Hall, Junior Officers' Quarters, Primary Sensor Array, VIP Quarters, Holodeck 1, Transporter Room 1, Main Computer Core (Level 2)
10Fusion Reactor 1, Impulse Assembly (Upper), Upper Engineering, Main Sickbay, Holodeck 2, Civilian Quarters, Power Distribution Centre, Transporter Room 2, Main Computer Core (Level 3)
11Fusion Reactor 2, Impulse Assembly (Lower), Main Engineering, Ambassadorial Quarters, Holodecks 3 & 4, Cargo Bays 3 & 4
12Crew Quarters, Civilian Quarters, Auxiliary Deflector Controls, Diplomatic Chambers 1-3, SIF Generators, Transporter Room 3
13Crew Quarters, Civilian Quarters, Mess Hall, Security Office, Brig
14Captain's Yacht, Anti-matter Reactant Injectors, Marine HQ, Maintenance Bay 2
15Science Labs 1-3, Chief Science Officer's Office
16Main Deflector Array, Engineering Lab 2, Cargo Bay 5
17Anti-matter Storage, Secondary Sensor Array, Docking Port
18Shuttle Bay 2, Forward Torpedo Launcher, Torpedo Storage, Docking Port
19Shuttle Maintenance, Aft Ventral Phaser Arrays
20Ventral Tractor Emitter, Waste Management

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Categories: Starship Specs
Last Modified: October 8, 2017 8:36 pm