Nova

Pursuant to Starfleet Exploration Directives 1016.8 & 901.12, Federation Diplomatic Corps Mandate 66.105.b, 66.105.c & 200.2.2, and Federation Security Council General Policy, the following objectives have been established for a Nova Class Starship:

1. Provide a platform for extended scientific survey and scouting missions.
2. Replace the Oberth for system and planetary survey missions.
3. Provide autonomous capability for full execution of Federation defensive, cultural, scientific, and explorative policy in deep space or border territory.
4. Serve as a frontline support vehicle during emergencies and a platform for the extension of Federation diplomacy and policy.
5. Provide non-critical functions such as transport of personnel and cargo when necessary, extended aid, and short-range patrol.

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DESIGN STATISTICS

Length: 180 meters
Width: 43 meters
Height: 34 meters
Weight: 276,948 metric tons
Cargo capacity: 11,750 metric tons

Hull: Duranium-Tritanium composite
Number of Decks: 8 Total

Sometimes described as the little sister in the new family of Starfleet vessels, the Nova Class Survey Frigate is part of the new breed of starships in service.

Aggressively designed, the small ship and its lack of amenities manage to surpass one's first impression of its diminutive size. Known for its durability, the Nova Class has swiftly loss its status as a little ship and is slowly gaining acclaim for their usefulness in making for more accurate missions to new areas of space, bringing back teraquads of data on individual systems that is disseminated amongst the fleets.

The Nova sports impressive weaponry for its size, and its scientific capabilities more than make up for its reduction in speed when compared to its larger cousins. Double deflector dishes also provide added security when far from a starbase or suitable repair facility, in that a single malfunctioning or damaged deflector will not prevent the ship from going to warp.

Highly accurate sensors and computer systems makes it the perfect tool to send into scarcely known territory and many discoveries have been made by Nova Classes finding things larger Explorer-type ships such as the Galaxy Class left behind.

Amenities are few and far between on a Nova, but its work is important and crews that work on these small ships know their worth and protect their reputations fiercely. Much like the favored Oberth, the Nova is sure to hold a place in Starfleet lore for a long time to come.

CONSTRUCTION HISTORY

The Starfleet Corps of Engineers with the help of the Advanced Starship Design Bureau can do some amazing things when it comes to the construction of Starships. Many of their designs have outlived their expectations by years, and sometimes, decades.

In that time, the Oberth has proven itself but the SCE and ASDB were sanctioned to replace it after over a century of service in Starfleet.

There would be a new vessel built to gradually phase out the Oberth Classes as the primary ship of the line in Survey and Extended Study missions. This ship would have to be larger, and not display the same limitations in speed and longevity that the Oberth was famous, if not infamous, for. And like all of the new breed of ships, it would be equipped to defend itself, unlike the Oberth.

The engineers at the ASDB facility sat down to design this new Surveyor and rejected design after design that paid homage to the Oberth. Nostalgia was overwhelming, when faced with the concept of replacing a ship that had served for well over a century. More and more designs were proposed and rejected, until finally someone stumbled on a graveyard of other, rejected designs.

The Defiant-Pathfinder had been originally designed as a weapon with nacelles, but had been rejected in favor of a more groundbreaking approach to tactical design. Unbuilt, the ASDB team resurrected the files and preliminary stress sketches and set to work modifying the Defiant-Pathfinder and shrinking it toward a more usable size. Six torpedo launchers were removed from the design, and replaced with a more appropriate sensor package. It lost over fifty meters in length and its proportions were reduced by the same percentage.

Slowly, the ship was coming to shape and final approval was given to begin assembly on a test frame. This new hull was small and smooth, easily designed and came together quickly. Soon she was dubbed NX-72359 and began her internal construction.

One of the engineers salvaged more than just the designs, taking a name intended for another class of ships but never used. Name in hand, the new Nova Class Survey Frigate came into slow creation. Its initial tests came off without a hitch, but it was discovered that the ship could only carry a small warp core, and in conjunction with its small nacelles would only be able to achieve a maximum speed of around Warp 8. The administration approved the ship anyway and field tests began.

It proved to be a reliable ship, with very few design errors. The limitations in speed were hardly noticed when it carried out test survey missions inside Sol System, but the engineering crew were mindful of its lack of facilities for long missions. At best, the ship could operate totally independently for 12 months without visiting a starbase for a major resupply. At worse, excessive use would force it to return much sooner.

Sleek in design, its hull shape was all but completely retained from its original Defiant-Pathfinder incarnation. The tactically sound sunken bridge was left in, losing the ability to be changed out with ease, but gaining added protection that was useful when the ship was faced by just about anything that outgunned it.

Such a thing was difficult, however, as the Nova Class came very well armed due to design considerations that were evident in its original form. No fewer than nine phaser arrays dotted the ship's hull, and its long, low profile added to security. Its shields were neither the strongest nor its engines the most powerful or maneuverable, but the ship passed in every criterion that mattered and was approved for mass production.

Due to their size, many Nova Class starships could be built, however the need is not there and the Novas are kept at reasonable rate of approximately 20 new ships a year. Production was temporarily halted during the Dominion War, as the Nova Class was unsuitable for warfare. However, production has resumed since the cessation of the War and more new Novas are being constructed.

Though their missions are frequently routine, one Nova Class has already gained some infamous notoriety. The USS Equinox, NCC-72381 was lost some time ago. Third-hand reports suggest it will never be found.

PHASERS

Phaser Array Arrangement: Dorsal saucer section is covered by four phaser strips; 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, extending to the rear of the saucer and following the curve to the aux deflector incision. Additional protection is provided by a single array that extends laterally across the ventral engineering hull just fore of the warpcore ejection port. Far aft strips placed laterally on either side of the main shuttlebay on the dorsal engineering hull cover the rearmost firing arc for a total of nine phaser strips.

Phaser Array Type: Even though the Nova Class is a small vessel, it still utilizes the Type-IX array system. The six arrays are all Type-IX, the new standard emitter. Each array fires a steady beam of phaser energy, and the forced-focus emitters discharge the phasers at speeds approaching .986c (which works out to about 182,520 miles per second - nearly warp one). The phaser array automatically rotates phaser frequency and attempts to lock onto the frequency and phase of a threat vehicle's shields for shield penetration.

Phaser Array Output: Each phaser array takes its energy directly from the impulse drive and auxiliary fusion generators. Individually, each Type-IX emitter can only discharge approximately 6.0 MW (megawatts). However, several emitters (usually two) fire at once in the array during standard firing procedures, resulting in a discharge approximately 12 MW.

Phaser Array Range: Maximum effective range is 300,000 kilometers.

Primary purpose: Defense/Anti-Spacecraft

Secondary purpose: Assault

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

Arrangement: Three standard torpedo launchers. Two fore, and one aft. Torpedo tubes one and two (fore), are located on either side of the auxiliary deflector just forward of the incision. The tubes are recessed into the prongs and can fire as many as two torpedoes per forward salvo, making a total forward salvo of four torpedoes per firing. Aft coverage is handled by a third torpedo launcher facing the rear of the ship in the upper engineering hull near where it meets the saucer.

Type: Type-6, Mark-XXV photon torpedo, capable of pattern firing (sierra, etc.) as well as independent launch. Independent targeting once launched from the ship, detonation on contact unless otherwise directed by the ship.

Payload: The Nova Class can carry a maximum of 55 torpedo casings with at least 15 of them geared as probe casings at any one time.

Range: Maximum effective range is 3,500,000 kilometers.

Primary purpose: Assault

Secondary purpose: Anti-Spacecraft

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