Vesta Class

When the long-delayed and highly experimental Quantum Slipstream Drive was finally ready for testing beyond the lab, it quickly became obvious that the new drive brought with it some very specific spaceframe and warp geometry requirements. The Sovereign was considered briefly, as it came the closest to meeting the requirements, but it would be an imperfect solution at best. In the end Starfleet made the unusual decision to design an entirely new class of vessel for the Quantum Slipstream Drive, thereby allowing engineers to create the ideal platform to get the most out of this new propulsion system.

Taking cues from the existing and quite successful Sovereign and Excalibur classes, starship designers took full advantage of the opportunity they had been given. The Vesta class was designed to be cutting edge in every way, from ship-wide holoemitters to a completely redesigned sensor array and self-modulating Type XIII phasers. Other experimental technologies to be found on the Vesta class include:

  • Quantum Field Focus Controller – Allows the Vesta class to retain shields and communications during slipstream travel.
  • Multidimensional Wave Function Analysis Module – Can detect interdimensional rifts in subspace and temporal distortions in normal space up to 15 light years away
  • AC-20 Bioneural Super-Series Computer Core – A significant upgrade to the AC-16 model currently in use on the Sovereign class.
  • Redundant Symmetrical Subspace Graviton Field – A still experimental regenerative shielding system designed specifically for QSD-based starships.

In the beginning the Vesta class operated largely within Federation space due to its highly experimental nature. However since that time the starship has proven itself to be a powerful and viable addition to the fleet. For that reason Starfleet has begun sending the Vesta on many more long range exploration and patrol missions, including the now legendary First Contact mission with the Pasha’Mak people of the planet Gilean in the Gamma quadrant.

Note: It is strongly recommended that the Vesta class be limited to one per Task Force for the time being, due to its highly experimental nature.

Specifications

CategoryDeep Range Explorer / Test Vehicle
Duration100 years
Resupply7 years
Refit5 years
Personnel
Officers170
Crew480
Marines128
Passengers75
Speed
Cruising SpeedWarp 8
Maximum SpeedWarp 9.9
Emergency SpeedWarp 9.99 (for 36 hours)
Quantum Slipstream10 hours maximum, 6 hours cool down
Dimmensions
Length672m
Width195m
Height90m
Decks24
Auxiliary Craft
Shuttlebays1
ShuttlesHunley Shuttle: 1
Type 11 Shuttle: 2
Type 8 Shuttle: 2
Type 9 Shuttle: 2
RunaboutsDelta Flyer Runabout: 1
Volga Runabout: 3
Taon Scout: 1
TransportsArgo Transport: 1
WorkpodsBrunel Workpod: 2
Armament
Defensive SystemsAblative Armour
External Defensive SystemsPoint Defense Batteries: 12
ShieldingQuantum Focus Field Controller
Redundant Symmetrical Subspace Graviton Field (Regenerative Shielding)
Auto-Modulating Shields
Metaphasic Shielding
Regenerative Shielding
PhasersType XIII Array: 15
TorpedosBurst-Fire Torpedo Launcher: 8
- Photon Torpedoes: 450
- Quantum Torpedoes: 280
- Polaron Torpedo: 40
Rapid-Fire Quantum Torpedo Turret
- Quantum Torpedoes: 250
Tri-Cobalt Devices: 30

Deck Listing

To be constructed…

Ships of the Line

  • TBD

Categories: Starship Specs
Last Modified: October 8, 2017 8:45 pm

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