Starbase 621

Deck Listing

Starbase 621Although the Spacedock series of stations proved highly successful, by the 2330’s Starfleet faced a problem with its latest ships. The trend had been for ever larger designs, and all projections were that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future. The Spacedock stations needed considerable re-working of their main docking area in order to accommodate these ships, a re-working which would reduce the efficiency of the stations handling arrangements and cause serious problems to Starfleets maintenance schedules during the work. It was decided to build a small number of new, much larger facilities which would be easily capable of handling significant numbers of the largest starships.

The sheer size of these monsters was far beyond anything previously envisaged, a factor which weighed heavily on the minds of the design team. The original proposals called for an all-new station configuration, but the detailed design work for this would have taken at least fifteen years to complete. In order to cut this figure down as far as possible it was decided to follow the engineering of the successful Spacedock series. Construction of Starbase 74, the first of the new facilities, begun in 2342. Despite many technical problems the project kept to its projected build time of sixteen years and the Starbase came on-line in 2358. Since this time several further facilities have been completed and two more are under way; Starfleet looks likely to petition for more of these facilities as the need for more and more starships becomes more pressing.

USS ElionNamed in honor of the Human scientist Gertrude B Elion.

Following the success of the initial Slipstream tests, Starfleet began to look and a smaller package for the Slipstream core and more modern designs. The Starfleet Engineering corps didn’t have far to look however as the initial test bed, the USS Spirit showed promise in the size range Starfleet Command wanted. Enlarging the design a bit to include weapons, more crew and an expanded role, the Merian Class began to take shape.

Initially whilst designed in an attempt to get more QSD able ships out in greater numbers and in a less crew intensive design, Command soon saw a plus to the Merian’s small size. A replacement for some of Starfleet’s older and tired smaller designs, namely the now centuries old Miranda and Centaur space frames. The perfect size to take over their roles, with more advanced technology and greater firepower, science suites and the ability to operate alone the Merian was positioned to enter mass production within months. With 5 initial frames laid down and in production in 2391, the construction was slowed for a year whilst the Vesta went through a refit and the QSD design streamlined, and the kinks hammered out of the design that popped up while in a working environment. The namesake of the class, the USS Merian and her 4 sister ships were launched early in 2392, just shortly before the Vesta herself was lost.

Sadly, the Merian Class was put on hold with the disappearance of the Vesta. Unlike the Vesta design which was easily adapted to a pure warp-powered ship, the Merian Class was designed specifically with the QSD usage in mind, to make her a warp-only design would require serious rework. The Merian Class uses a planar Slipstream drive, with her warp core mounted horizontal rather than vertical to take into account her small size and the roll bar. The design of the horizontal core additionally helps in the creation of the initial quantum field, thanks to its placement being directly connected to the deflector dish, allowing for more power to be pumped into the deflector considering the small size of the Warp Core. Because of the size of her powerplant, however, she is nowhere near as fast as her big sister in the Vesta Class. The Merian is no slouch, however, being able to reach speeds of up to 2.5 QSV in an emergency situation.

The 5 initial ships of the class were put on limited duties with strict orders to use their QSD only when absolutely necessary and the production put on hold whilst the Investigation into the Vesta’s disappearance was done. In mid-2395, incidentally just before the Vesta would reappear, the Slipstream Drive was declared safe by Starfleet Engineering once again, and the Merian Class was pushed back into full production. With an eye to replacing the ancient Miranda, Fleet Yards are now producing the class en masse.

Roll Bar Configurations

The roll bar of the Merian class allows it to change possible roles at a starbase, reconfiguring the Merian class as is needed to suit mission parameters.

Science Suite
The Science Suite roll bar allows for an additional set of high gain sensors to be added for better accuracy when performing astrometric research or when doing planetary surveys. It also adds a full astrometrics lab as well as additional science bays.

Combat Suite
Where the Science Suite focuses on adding more scientific capabilities, the Combat Suite adds additional torpedo tubes (with additional magazines of torpedoes), a pair of anti-fighter batteries, and additional targeting sensors for better target acquisition. This configuration is used in border patrol and policing craft.

+40 Quantum Torpedoes and 80 Photon Torpedoes

Search and Rescue
This last setting adds a few enhanced sensors, like the Science suite, but instead of an astrometrics bay, it adds additional medical facilities and trauma centres, as well as two additional transporter rooms.

USS GrissomNamed for Earth astronaut, Gus Grissom. One of the famed Mercury Seven, he was one of the first space explorers in Human history.

The Grissom has been assigned to the station's Academy in order to prepare the cadets for life aboard a real ship of the line instead of a retired ship that would offer little benefit to cadets in today's Starfleet.

USS AgronaWhile the Defiant had been a prototype for a ship that Starfleet was just starting to experiment with, after the close of the Dominion War there was time to perfect it. With all of the redesign and ‘tuning’ that the Defiant prototype had gone through, engineers now had a very large pool of research to invest into a completely new ship design. Warp geometry and reactor size could be increased because of knowledge of how such systems affect the ship hull and speed. New weapons were designed based on the Defiant’s, using the same technology but being able to miniaturize it a fraction more so that it reduced internal volume taken up.

After the Dominion and Borg were seen as no longer a current threat for the Federation, Starfleet decided that a weapon of much greater potential than the Defiant should be designed and make a limited production of this vessel for any further attacks on Federation space. Their intentions were to have a ship ready and waiting when the next threat came along. They announced its intentions to all of the major design teams, but only 3 designs were eventually submitted for review. The main goals of this class were to include a warp geometry more suited for its use, thicker armor and a larger profile than the Defiant. Current weaponry available were deemed powerful and effective enough for use on this new class.

The Hornet design, chosen over the others, was a longer, sleeker escort. The class was so named because an engineer had thought it looked like the insect and had doodled a small hornet with the warp nacelles on submitted schematics. The design included an increased output MARA system and trapezoidal warp field coil arrangement. The armor was much thicker, but internal volume was even more cramped than the Defiant. The designers christened it a modern submarine, with ladders connecting the decks and very close quarters for all crew. While the Defiant had a centrally-located bridge, the Hornet’s was to be placed where the deflector dish and main body of the ship came together. This freed up space for the computer core, deuterium tank, and warp core. The limited Medical facilities were to be a small room capable of two EMH Mark II holograms and space for surgery and recovery of 3 patients. Science received no lab or specialized department area, only a single post aboard the bridge. The ablative armor of the Hornet was much thicker, and internal armor was placed around critical places such as the Engine room and torpedo magazines so as to provide more protection.

Old maritime practices such as ‘hot-bunking’ were to be used when the ship was operating with a full crew. This means that 2 crewman share a single bunk, and one sleeps in the bunk while the other is on duty, and vice versa. In some places, the corridors are very narrow where equipment and structure was required. Starfleet Headquarters decided that this ship was to be mainly based out of a starbase, and not undertake potentially long deep space missions. They also ruled that careful psychological evaluation of potential crew would be undertaken, because any mental problems in the middle of a mission would definitely be detriment to the crew and the mission.

The prototype Hornet was first completed in late 2378 and sported no crew quarters at all. It was simply based out of starbase and crew were loaned from the testing outfit. The ship fortunately didn’t suffer the engine problems that the Defiant had, thanks to increases in safety and knowledge of its overpowered engines. Weaponry were fitted on the same areas that the Defiant had used, but two months of research proved that a forward pair of torpedo launchers on the deflector assembly decreased lag time from the bridge and were more accurately targeted.

Commissioned fully after receiving many redesigns of impulse systems and quarters were fully finished, the USS Hornet launched for its maiden voyage on the New Years Day of 2379.

Number of decks includes 1 bridge subdeck. This subdeck is located forward of the main body of the ship, and is between decks 1 and 2.

USS Arsu/AzizosAfter the close of the Dominion War, with the Borg threat dwindling, fringe Starfleet outposts became rife with traffic of all types. The majority of this traffic was civilian cargo and exploratory craft, but also included supplies for Federation colonies and visiting Starfleet starships. As the workload of station traffic controllers increased, a call was made for a better method of policing the starsystems outposts occupied. Pirate raids or illegal activity in these systems were becoming hard to control. The Defiant class, now deployed as a station support vessel, did not accurately fill the role of a systems patrol vehicle. It was a warship that required a full crew and constant maintenance. In 2379, Starfleet Advanced Design Bureau issued a request to its design teams to design a ship to fill the void between shuttlecraft and starship. With a combined design team of Defiant, Sovereign, and Hornet class team experience, the 10 person group began initial design of a spaceframe that utilized a egg-shaped core structure. After simulated warp testing, the design was stretched to resemble an oval with two sharp ends. Warp nacelles and armor were based on previous off-the-shelf technology and did not warrant new discoveries.

The NX Wallace, launched late 2380, fulfilled all of the requirements set by Starfleet. It was capable of being constructed in a spacestation-sized hangar bay with Industrial replicators or could be built in a spacedock if needed. The design was compact, and its intent was for short in-system missions. For this reason, the warp drive is not especially powerful, but rather boasts a modest speed capable of Warp 6.8, well above the average civilian freighter. Weapons systems were also standard components, although to maximize the usefulness of the torpedo launcher, it was placed in a retractable turret on the bottom of the craft, capable of swinging 360 degrees. Mounted opposite the torpedo launcher on the turret is a powerful tractor beam, taken directly from Sovereign designs and connected directly to the ship’s core power supply. The deflector is ringed by sensors based off of the Nova Class sensor suite. The bridge is arranged like a normal starship with a central chair for the Commanding Officer and stations around it. However, the front of the bridge has a combined window, as a shuttle or runabout would, as well as a viewscreen HUD overlay. A ward room in the aft of the ship performs multiple duties as briefing room, transporter pad, a simple galley, and medical bay. The lower deck contains the computer core, Main Engineering, cargo space, and sensor stations. Rooms on the first and second decks hold small bunks that fold down from the walls to be used as bunks. The ship is not, however, designed for long-term missions and these rooms are intended to be used as cargo and triage spaces rather than quarters. The third subdeck contains access to the landing gear and turret, as well as the emergency lifeboat subsystems. Six escape pods are located on the lower deck of the ship, and four are located on the top deck.

Due to the design of this craft, a landing system was included. The engines for atmospheric flight are comparable to the Danube or Talon runabout systems. The landing system also allows the Wallace to dock on external pads on stations and, in some cases, dock directly to the hull of a starship.

Note: The Wallace class has a 3rd subdeck for access to ships systems.