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Luna Class Starfleet Starship
Expected Duration: 100 years
Time Between Resupply: 7 years
Time Between Refit: 14 years
Enlisted Crew: 275
Maximum (Evacuation) Capacity: 500
Cruising Velocity: Warp 8.7
Maximum Velocity: Warp 9.8
Emergency Velocity: Warp 9.998 (for 18 hours)
Length: 455 metres
Width: 205 metres
Height: 81 metres
Danube Runabout: 1
Delta Flyer Runabout: 1
Type 11 Shuttle: 1
Type 8 Shuttle: 2
Type 9 Shuttle: 4
Brunel-Type Workbee Pod: 4
Sphinx-Type Workbee Pod: 3
Type 18 Pod: 2
Captain's Yacht - Sovereign Captain's Yacht: 1
Type 12 Phaser Array: 5
Ablative Hull Armour
Structural Integrity Field
Burst Fire Torpedo Launcher: 4
Photon Torpedoes: 250
In the late 24th century, on the eve of what was going to be one of the darkest times in Starfleet's long and decorated history, a briefing was put out for a new generation of long-range exploration oriented starships. Even though the briefing was not for a ship specifically built for combat, it was to also be able to defend itself in times of need much like the Constitution class explorer in the prior century. Its primary mission was going to be long-range and long-term multipurpose exploration in uncharted space. Thus, the Luna Class Development Project was initiated in 2369 and originally pushed forward because of the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole.
Originally the Luna Class was to explore the Gamma Quadrant and the vessel was armed accordingly. The new quantum torpedoes and the most powerful phaser arrays available were added to the design. The project was spearheaded by Dr. (Commander) Xin Ra-Havreil, a theoretical engineer at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. Field testing of the USS Luna, the prototype, began in 2372 in the Alpha Quadrant with production to pick up shortly after. However, contact with the Dominion stopped the project cold as resources were allocated to more combat-oriented designs.
After the Dominion War was over in 2375, Dr. Ra-Havreil correctly judged that the Federation would slowly revert back to her peaceful exploration of the cosmos. Because of this, she went back to try and push the Luna Class Development Project ahead once again. The initial design was revisited and update with the newest advancements in technology for a ship of her class. Even though the original primary mission was going to be advanced exploration of the Gamma Quadrant, the Luna Class ships instead became the main exploratory vessel for Starfleet.
When launched, the Luna Class explorers either included, or improved upon the latest in Starfleet technology when it came to exploration and scientific advancement. Not including the latest advancements in warp propulsion, impulse propulsion, and computer interfaces and technology, the Luna Class also employed a dedicated senor pod housed above the main part of the ship. Thanks to the advances and adjustments made to her warp drive, the Luna Class of starships is an extremely fast and has incredible endurance for a ship of her size. Even though not primarily a combat vessel, a Luna Class starship carries the Type XII phaser arrays as well as two to four torpedo launchers capable of firing the complete range of torpedoes available in Starfleet.
In a departure from some contemporary designs, the Luna Class only has one shuttlebay, and that is at the extreme aft. The shuttlebay houses the usual assortment of shuttles and runabouts for scientific as well as cargo applications. There is also a mid-sized Captain's Skiff similar to the type used aboard the Sovereign class starships. It is located directly in front of the main deflector dish, on the saucer section and is always at the commanding officer's disposal.
The most distinguishable item of the Luna Class is her unmanned sensor pod. Much akin to the swappable "pods" used on other Starfleet vessels, a Luna Class vessel houses a good portion of her advanced sensors and scientific equipment in an unmanned sensor pod. This increases sensor range, sensor resolution, and sensor accuracy in every way while also allowing more usable space for science labs and living space aboard the main portion of the vessel. The sensor pod on Luna Class vessels is not easily swappable and requires the support of a starbase or repair facility if major changes are to be made. The sensor pod also houses three dedicated probe launchers and is used as a test bed for new probe technologies and ideas.
The Luna Class has been developed to be the Constitution Class for the late 24th and early 25th centuries
||Bridge. Captain's ready room. Observation Lounge
||Administrative and Multi-use offices (includes Senior Officer Offices). Forward Observation Lounge. Ship's Museum. Escape Pod Access
||Command Officer Quarters. Senior Officer Quarters. Arboretum. Transporter Rooms 1 & 2. VIP Guest Quarters
||Officer quarters. Family quarters. Computer Core Level 1. Sickbay and Sickbay Support Systems (Including: NCU, Maternity Ward, Isolation Ward, Hospital Wards, Triage, ICU, Hospital Wards, Operating Ward, Dental Offices). Medical Supply Storage. Medical Laboratories 1-3. Diplomatic Facilities. Diplomatic Dining Room. Diplomatic Lounge. Diplomatic Conference Room. Security Station.
||Officer Quarters. Crew Quarters. Guest and Passenger Quarters. Mess Hall. Computer Core Level 2. Ship Operations Center. Primary Power Distribution Systems. Gym. Library. Chief Security/Tactical Officer’s Office. Security Office. Brig. Armory
||Computer Core Level 3. Crew Quarters. Holodeck 1 & 2. Family Quarters. Astrometrics Lab. Stellar Cartography Lab. Botanical/Xeno-Botanical Lab. Hydroponics. Deuterium Storage Tanks. Secondary Command Processors. Child Care Facilities
||Main Lounge. Computer Core Level 4. Officer Quarters. Family Quarters. Crew Quarters. Civilian Quarters. Deuterium Storage Tanks. Flight Control/Observation and Control Room. Computer Core Level 4. Transporter Room 3
||General Science Laboratories. Dedicated and Specialized Laboratories. Engineering Maintenance Access. Storage Bays. Ventral Sensor Array. Escape Pods.
||General Science Laboratories. Storage bays. Main Shield Array. Engineering Support Systems. Security Training Area. Tactical Analysis Lab. Secondary sensor Array. Environmental System Controls, Captain's Yacht Docking Port
||Deflector Control. Primary Command Processors. Shuttlebay. Main Engineering - Upper Level. Secondary Power Distribution Centre.
||Main engineering - Main Level. Engineering Laboratories. Shuttle Storage Access. Shuttle Storage & Maintenance. Industrial Replicators. Main Cargo Bays Upper Level. Aft EVA Airlock.
||Main Cargo Bays Main Level. Shuttle Maintenance and Storage Bay Support Area. Cargo Transporters. Primary Shield Generators. Fusion Reactors. Primary Life Support Systems. Communications Array
||Fusion Reactors. Warp Nacelle Access. Aft Torpedo Launcher. Torpedo Magazines. Aft Cargo Bays
||Auxiliary Power Generator. Anti-Matter Storage Tanks. Main Deflector Dish Access. Tertiary Command Processors
||Auxiliary Power Generator. Anti-Matter Storage Tanks. Forward Torpedo Magazines. Secondary Shield Generators
||Antimatter Storage. Anti-matter Generator. Warp Core Ejection Systems. Forward Torpedo Launchers. Auxiliary Power Fuel Cells.