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Nova Class Starfleet Starship
Category: Science Vessel
Expected Duration: 120 years
Time Between Resupply: 1 years
Time Between Refit: 2 years
Enlisted Crew: 62
Maximum (Evacuation) Capacity: 100
Cruising Velocity: Warp 6.0
Maximum Velocity: Warp 7.0
Emergency Velocity: Warp 8.0 (for 20 hours)
Length: 180 metres
Width: 43 metres
Height: 34 metres
Type 9 Shuttle: 2
Type 15 Pod: 2
Waverider Atmospheric Captain's Yacht: 1
Type 10 Phaser Array: 9
Pulse Fire Torpedo Launcher: 2
Photon Torpedoes: 40
Single Fire Torpedo Launcher
Photon Torpedoes: 15
The Nova class is a science speciality vessel and unable to perform most non-scientific assignments.
The Nova class science vessel was designed as a replacement for the old Oberth class, which was due to be retired in the 2350s, when the Cardassian war required Starfleet to focus on combat-oriented vessels only. The Oberth class was pressed to continue in service for twenty more years.
This gave the designers of the Nova project the time to think things through thoroughly. While the Oberth was designed as a surveyor only her tactical and defensive systems had been sorely neglected, several Oberth class ships were lost to hostile forces, both regular military and irregular combatants. With the Nova class this was about to change.
Starfleet designed the Nova class vessel to be sufficiently protected and armed to be able to defend itself against light opponents. The Nova class is not intended to serve as an explorer, instead she is meant to serve as a surveyor and science vessel in territories already explored but not yet studied in-depth. The opponents it is likely to face range from small enemy scout vessels to pirate ships hoping to get a piece of sophisticated hardware.
Thus, the Nova class is surprisingly well armed for a science vessel. It has eleven short type IX phaser arrays which give her a phaser fire power equivalent to that of an upgraded Miranda class, however there are only two torpedo launchers and a stock limited to thirty photon torpedoes. If pressed into fleet engagements during emergencies, the Nova class can at best serve in the role of anti-fighter defence, her tactical systems are insufficient to do serious damage to a capital ship.
The first batch of Nova class ships were launched in 2370, however construction of the class was soon suspended when tensions with the Dominion rose and Starfleet started preparing for war. Class production resumed in 2378 and continues today. Nova class ships have proven highly successful in service and are popular assignments for science officer, many prefer a ship that will look at things in detail rather than one that explores space, finds interesting things and then calls for a science vessel for an in-depth study.
||Bridge, Captain’s Ready Room, Conference Room, Senior Officer’s Quarters, and Escape Pods
||VIP Quarters, 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), and Impulse Engine Deuterium Surge Tanks
||Sickbay, Primary Sickbay Support Systems (ICU, Biohazard Support, Surgical Ward, Critical Care, Null-Gravity Treatment, Isolation Suites, etc.), Chief Medical Officer’s Office, Counselor’s Office, Security Office/Brig, Armory, Crew Quarters, Transporter Room 2, Auxiliary Shuttlebay, Escape Pods, Auxiliary Deflector Control, Torpedo Launching Systems (P/S) Photon Torpedo Magazine, and Photon Torpedo Loading Mechanism
|| Arboretum, Botany Lab, 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 (P/S), Aft Ship Phaser Emitters (P/S), Ventral Main Phaser Emitters (P/S), Ventral Sensor Dome, and WaveRider Shuttlecraft Docking Port
||Main Shuttlebay, Flight Control, Storage (8), Crew Quarters, Astrophysics Lab, Stellar Cartography, Photon Torpedo Magazine, and Photon Torpedo Loading Mechanism
||Main Deflector Control, Operations Office, Crew Quarters, Repair Bay, Deuterium Fuel Storage, and Multi-Purpose Laboratories (3), Cargo Bays (3)
||Crew Quarters, Main Engineering, Dilithium Reaction Chamber, Engineering Lab, Chief Engineer’s Office, Cargo Transporters, Landing Systems Control, and Landing Systems Maintenance
||Escape Pods, Anti-Matter Storage Pods, Warp Core Ejection Systems, and Anti-Matter Pod Ejection Systems, Phaser Emitter, and Tractor Beam Systems. Landing Struts (2 – 1P/S)