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STARSHIP CLASS
Intrepid-class
Ship image
Affiliation: Federation, Starfleet
Type: Long-range exploratory light cruiser
Service period: 25th century
Dimensions
Length: 342.5 meters
Width: 144.84 meters
Height: 67.5 meters
Mass: 700,000 metric tonnes
Specifications
Decks: 15 (habitable)
Crew: 141 (standard crew complement)
500+ (standard evacuation capacity)
Speed: Warp 9.9+
Impulse speeds
Armaments: Phasers
Photon torpedoes
Quantum torpedoes
Spatial charges
Transphasic torpedoes (some models)
Defences: Deflector shields
Ablative armor (some models)
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The Intrepid class is a technologically advanced type of starship utilised by Starfleet during the 25th century.

Intrepid class vessels are usually assigned the following roles: exploration, limited diplomacy, science, and frontline defence.

History[]

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Technical data[]

Design[]

From stem to stern, the Intrepid-class is one of the most advanced type of starships in Starfleet. The class employs a new warp core, variable geometry warp nacelles, and was the first to field both bio-neural gel packs and the Mark I EMH holographic system.

Vessels of this class featured a 61” elliptical saucer section integrated with an engineering hull, variable geometry pylons and nacelles, and a large ejectable bridge module to augment the standard lifeboats. No saucer separation capability was included.

Nearly three-hundred-fifty meters long, nearly 150 meters in width, and nearly 70 meters tall, the class was built sleek and long, sporting the fastest top speed on record for a Starfleet vessel with the exception of the Curiosity class, B'Elanna class and Sovereign class. The tilting, wing-like nacelles can shift microns in their positions, emitting minutely adjustable warp fields that are more efficient and safer when travelling in subspace. This modification combined with its new warp drive was intended to give the ship a better warp factor-to-reactant usage ratio and also had the fortunate effect of preventing damage to subspace.

Hull[]

Intrepid class starships' hull consists of multiple layers. The outermost layer of the hull is comprised of non-regenerative yet armoured duranium plating and this "skin" also applied a low-level electromagnetic field to distribute or dampen the effects of spatial radiations and energy-related phenomena. The EM power also increased the exterior durability and could modulate itself to scramble incoming tractor beams.

Mission objectives[]

Fast, agile, and well-armed, these science ships are among the more capable multi-role platforms when faced with combat situations. The class serves multiple functions based on its load-out, as well as size. An Intrepid could be seen on patrol or escort duty as easily as long-range exploration or survey. It is a premier ship of the line for Starfleet’s scientific endeavours.

Energy generation[]

Ships of this class are powered by a class 9 antimatter x matter warp core which generated enormous quantities of electricity through controlled explosive collisions releasing pure light (energy) which is then harnessed directly into FTL as well as several other major systems. This is specifically accomplished via the annihilation of equal parts matter and antimatter using a combination of deuterium (a hydrogen atom containing a proton and a neutron in its nucleus) and anti-deuterium (essentially a deuterium atom, whose atomic properties are exactly reversed from those of a normal deuterium atom). It is regulated through a matrix of magnets and Dilithium which uses a re-crystallization process in the form of a theta-matrix compositor to extend the structural integrity by injecting high-energy photons and gamma radiation.

It uses a transkinetic chamber and radiometric converters, among other things: The residual anti-matter from the warp core is then processed in the transkinetic chamber, where it's broken down on the subatomic level. The theta radiation is absorbed by a series of radiometric converters allowing the recycling of energy in order to use it to power the majority of systems ranging from life support to replicators and illumination while also eliminating all waste making it virtually 100% efficient.

Furthermore, these vessels also utilise a series of impulse cores comprised of a network of multiple spherical fusion reactors that are fuelled by Deuterium and make use of a nuclear fusion process to generate energised plasma that is then distributed along a plasma conduit managed EPS grid. These powered the impulse drive as well as several other major systems and could also be routed to shields or weapons for a boost.

Tactical[]

  • Tractor beam: The class also features multiple tractor beam emitters: a total of six, which project an attenuated beam of gravity outward toward a target that allows the manipulation of said object's trajectory, either to attract or repel.

Miscellaneous[]

The multi-room department of ship security is located in a restricted area on deck 14 requiring level 5 and/or above clearance. Within it are the entrances to the phaser range, the brig, the auxiliary weapon control room and the ship's Armory, as well as the office of the chief of security. The brig has four double occupancy cells, which contain beds, a retractable table and chairs, a water dispenser, and sanitary facilities secured behind a level-10 forcefield built into each doorway.

Controlled from either the bridge or from the security office on deck 14, forcefields can be activated throughout the ship, effectively sealing off sections of the hallway from the remainder of the vessel.

Intrepid-class vessels possess a well-equipped armoury. This room is located in a restricted area on Deck 14 and is under constant guard. The room is sealed with a level 10 forcefield and can only be accessed by personnel with Level 5 or above security clearance granted by the command staff or chief of security. However, during times of emergency, level 4 clearance is granted access. Inside the armoury is a work area for maintenance and repair of phasers as well as multiple sealed weapon lockers requiring fingerprint scans. It carries enough type-I and type-II phasers to arm the entire crew and while type-III phaser rifles and the compression phaser rifles are available as well, they were only in enough numbers to arm approximately 1/3 of the crew.

Weapon systems[]

Vessels of this class boast a "huge" arsenal. In fact, it was considered a "match" for Borg scout ships in terms of firepower and could even duel with larger Borg vessels such as Spheres and occasionally Cubes though was severely outmatched by the later.

Phasers[]

The dorsal saucer section is covered by four phaser emitter strip arrays; two of which extend from the aft curvature, along the length of the saucer and stop 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 bottom of the ship is protected by two similar arrays as on the dorsal saucer section, extending to the rear of the saucer and following the curve to the aux deflector incision.

Each of them fired pulsed orange-red beams of directed rapid-nadion particle discharge at a target and the maximum effective tactical range is 300,000 kilometres.

Torpedoes[]

Intrepid-class ships are equipped with four standard torpedo launchers; two fore, and two aft. Torpedo tubes one and two (fore), are located over the main deflector dish in the stardrive section. Aft coverage is handled by a third and fourth torpedo launcher facing the rear of the ship in the upper engineering hull near where it meets the saucer section.

The ship's complement is 85 photon torpedoes and 5 quantum torpedoes. The photon stores are replenishable through replicating the components and casing before simply loading in the payload fuel, however, a ship of this class cannot replace its quantum torpedoes without the aid of a starbase.

In addition, the ship also carried spatial charges, which could also be used as sub spatial charges to cause mild subspace disturbance.

Defensive systems[]

Shields[]

There are 14 external shield emitters on the Intrepid-class and each one generates 157.35 megawatts, resulting in total shield strength of 2,202.09 MW, however, the typical shield configuration is 8 emitters with an output of 1,258.8 MW. The other six emitters are kept charged as a reserve. The power for the shields is taken directly from the warp engines and impulse fusion generators.

When raised, they maintain an average range of 30 meters away from the hull and project a multi-layered translucent bubble-like screen comprised of energetic EM distortion containing a high concentration of graviton particles. Thanks to their metaphasic and multi-spectrum design, the shields can protect against approximately 42% of the total EM spectrum. The shields allowed the ship to survive near a binary pulsar for a few minutes and even a planetary explosion at a relatively short range.

Multi-phase graviton polarity flux technology incorporated into the shields allows it to better deal with more powerful weapons and sophisticated weaponry including that of the Dominion's phased polaron weapons, Breen energy dampeners, and Borg systems.

Computer systems[]

The Intrepid class' main computer processor was capable of simultaneous access to 47 million data channels, transluminal processing at 575 trillion calculations per nanosecond, and having operational temperature margins from 10 ° to 1790 ° Kelvin.

It specifically has two cores: one primary and one reserve. The structure of the computer is similar to that of most other supercomputing systems in use by Federation vessels with stack segments extending through the ship forming trillions of trillions of connections through the processing and storage abilities of modern isolinear chips. Cooling of the isolinear loop is accomplished by a regenerative liquid helium loop.

The bio-neural gel packs are a relatively new innovation in shipboard data processing and routing. Mounted at strategic locations along the ODN pathways, each BNG consists of an artificial bio-fluid (a blue gelatinous organic medium) with metal interfaces on both ends and allows transmission of neural signals. The heart of the BNG is a packet of neural clusters, grown copies of strands similar to those found in the brains of sentient beings. These clusters give the ship’s computer ‘instinctive’ data processing and routing ability as well as allowing the ship’s computer to utilize ‘fuzzy logic’ to speed up probability calculations much as a living, breathing entity would.

Sensors[]

  • Passive: These sensors usually require very little power and collect data automatically when the sensors are accessed, relying on the natural intensity of spatial phenomena to compile data. One example of this is the Deuterium-Aperture Mass Counter, which is used in gravimetric interferometry to allow for safer warp travel. Via the minute observed effects of far away gravitic fields on the single deuterium particle in the aperture, the ship can make accurate guesses as to the scale, relative bearing and speed of stellar bodies.
  • Active: To detect infrared radiation; the sensor palette contains a device coated with Indium antimonide which interacts with infrared waves and sends the data to an aperture, display or computer. For detecting the entire EM spectrum (radio waves, microwaves, gamma waves), particle detection such as muons or neutrinos, anti-matter, gravitational waves. Active scanners used high-resolution multispectral sensors, the same as the Galaxy-class, that allowed them to effectively scan 10 light-years in 12 hours (or one sector per day) and produce extremely detailed readings.
  • Astrometric: These astrometric sensors used Borg-technology and were calibrated for a scanning radius of at least 2,500 light-years and could measure the radiative flux of up to three billion stars simultaneously, and the computer would then calculate Voyager's position relative to the centre of the galaxy, making the stellar mapping technology greater than ten times more accurate than what USS Voyager had been using previously. The scanning range of the astrometric sensors may be in fact larger as it were able to scan and analyze a volume of more than 4,100 cubic light years in six seconds.

Crew support systems[]

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Propulsion[]

FTL[]

Warp[]

Vessels of this design are equipped with a class 9 warp drive. This new core features a number of non-standard innovations including a tricyclic input manifold, improved warp field coils made from verterium cortenide (polysilicate verterium and monocrystal cortenum), a dilithium swirl chamber and was designed to operate continuously for three years before needing to refuel while providing a maximum power output of four thousand teradynes per second.

The warp drive worked by generating subspace fields to form a bubble of selective space-time displacement that enveloped the exterior of the starship, distorting the local spacetime continuum and allowing it to "ride" on said distortion at velocities that could greatly exceed the speed of light as determined by the theory of relativity.

The bubble carries the ship along with it. This also had the physical effect of reducing the inertial mass of any object encompassed by the warp field. Because the ship isn't moving relative to spacetime in its own frame of reference (the inside of the bubble), the light-speed limit doesn't apply. Nevertheless, the speed of the drive was measured in "factors" with the maximum sustainable speed being factor 9.975 which is 5,126.06 times the speed of light and 0.58 light-years per 1 hour. Intrepid-class cruising speed is factor 7.5 which is 825.79 times the speed of light and 0.09 light-years per hour or 6.207 times slower than its top warp factor.

Sub-light[]

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Unique characteristics[]

During the years in the Delta Quadrant, one Intrepid-class ship was augmented with custom, non-spec upgrades and modifications, some of which are modified from the technology of other cultures. This included the acquisition of enhancements from aliens in the Void that massively increased replicator efficiency by 300% allowing the USS Voyager to feed 500 people per day using far less energy than before. The Enarans advanced energy conservation technology was also installed on Voyager.

Following Captain Janeway's brief alliance with the Borg in 2373-74, Voyager gained access to a large amount of Borg technology. They upgraded the shield array and weapons with "borg garbage" and were subsequently removed following the alliance's termination. The modifications the Borg made to the power relays on Deck 8 however were allowed to remain intact after B'Elanna Torres noted that they worked better with the Borg improvements. Additionally, an astrometric lab was constructed with Borg-enhanced sensors by the former drone, Seven of Nine, and Ensign Harry Kim.

Thanks to future technology, USS Voyager became equipped with nearly impenetrable ablative armour that was generated by a series of emitters on the exterior hull that acted as a massive replicator system which materialised the layered armour structure. It could withstand massive and sustained attacks from numerous Borg cubes at once and was naturally immune to sensors as well as tractor beams. Furthermore, it also possessed a stockpile of experimental Transphasic torpedoes.

Trivia[]

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