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Spacedock Class Starbase

Category: Docking Facility

Expected Duration: 150 years
Time Between Refit: 30 years

Personnel
Officers: 1000
Enlisted Crew: 13000
Marines: 300
Passengers: 35000
Starship Docking Capacity: 0

Dimensions
Diameter: 3810 metres
Main Height: 3810 metres
Overall Height: 5795 metres
Decks: 1600

Auxiliary Craft
Shuttlebays: 0

Armament
Beam Weapons
   Type 12 Phaser Array: 370
Features
   Deflector Shields
   High Density Hull Armour
Torpedo Launchers
   Burst Fire Torpedo Launcher: 24

Spacedock-class is the original class of the 'mushroom' starbase, which was later expanded to include larger stations. Earth Spacedock in 2293 was this class and could house ships up to and including Excelsior-class. It has 1600 decks overall and is modular designed, the mushroom bulge in the center of the vertical section houses a large indoor garden area, some specifications and images are available from Adm. Wood on request.

Description
For many years Starfleet depended on single-ship orbital platform facilities for the construction and maintenance of its starships. However, the rapid expansion of the Federation during the late twenty second and early twenty third centuries was fueling an increase in the size of Starfleet and the existing platforms were becoming unable to cope with the workload. By 2260 Starfleet was petitioning for a major new orbital facility to be built, and in 2263 it was decided to proceed with this project. The requirement was for a space station which would put all the refining, processing, manufacturing and assembly facilities required for manufacture and maintenance of starships into one place. When finished in 2274 the station was essentially a small city, dedicated to Starship production - cargo ships would bring raw materials in at one end of the line, starships would roll out at the other. This enabled Starfleet to eliminate much of the transportation requirements previously involved in starship construction; the resources saved by this centralisation covered the initial outlay for Spacedock within ten years. Once it was realised that such efficiency savings could be achieved, it was decided to proceed with further stations in other major centers of Starship production. Starfleet has continued to add new Spacedock facilities to its inventory ever since, with the total now up to sixteen. Over their lives these stations have seen many revolutionary changes; the advent of industrial scale replication in the twenty fourth century was a major revolution throughout the Federation and led to a major refurbishment of the manufacturing facilities on the Spacedocks. This freed up much internal volume, allowing a considerable increase in living standards for the crews. Many different sensor and weapon suites have been utilised on these stations over the years, the most recent being improvements to the shields and weapons to counter the Borg and Dominion threats. It was planned to equip all Spacedocks with quantum torpedoes in place of their photons, but the relatively limited number of such weapons available has made this unfeasible. Instead the Type IV photons have been replaced by Type VI models to give increased penetration power against heavy shielding. During the last five years the Federation has seen a marked upswing in the level of threat directed toward it. As a result of this all Spacedock facilities have been working at maximum output in order to put as many new ships into the fleet as possible, as well as producing weapons for ground forces and other war materials. As such, these stations continue to form the backbone of the Federations war production capability.

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