Specs for Intrepid Class
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Commissioned: 2371 - present

Dimensions
Length: 343m
Beam: 133m
Height: 66m
Decks: 154
Mass: 700,000 metric tons
Crew: 141

Armament:
13 x Type VIII phaser arrays, total output 10,000 TeraWatts
5 x Standard photon torpedo tube with 38 rounds

Defense Systems
Standard shield system, total capacity 729,000 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium/Tritanium Single hull
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
Phase Cloak/Standard Cloak

Warp Speeds(TNG scale)
Normal Cruise: 8
Maximum Cruise: 9.975
Maximum Rated : 9.985 for 1 hour

Quantum slipstream drive:
Max Cruise: 300ly/hr
Max Rated: 450ly/hr (6 hours)

Diplomatic Capability: 3
Expected Hull Life: 80

Refit Cycle
Minor: 1 year
Standard: 5 years
Major: 20 years

Notes: Starfleet's shipbuilding policy of the last century has emphasized ever larger, more capable designs capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions within a single hull, often simultaneously. However, this has led to a gradual fall in the numbers of vessels which can be fielded - where the Excelsior class numbers well over a hundred, the Ambassadors were limited to a production run of twenty six, and the Galaxy class was limited to six ships initially, though this has since been expanded. While the exploration capacity of these classes is still sufficient to meet the tasks demanded of them, the lack of numbers has led to a certain restriction in flexibility. Losses among the Galaxy class have also emphasized that placing "all the eggs in one basket" is not necessarily the wisest choice.

The Intrepid design was fielded partly to correct this situation. The design requirement, issued in 2358, called for a vessel in the 360 metre range with a volume some 15% that of a Galaxy class. Although the limited size meant that the vessel would have much lower overall capabilities than the Galaxy class, this was to be in some part offset by the use of the latest technology. The computer system would be amongst the most advanced model in service; the increased automation this afforded combined with a new generation of sensor equipment would allow the Intrepid class almost 30% of the scanning and analysis capabilities of a Galaxy class starship. A top cruise speed some three times that of the Galaxy would further enhance the vessel's exploration capabilities.

Diplomatic functions would be more problematic - hosting such functions requires supporting large numbers of extra personnel, and the Intrepid class simply would not have the room for this. Her diplomatic capabilities are therefore limited to relatively small events generally involving Federation negotiations with a single party.

The Intrepid's combat role was also somewhat limited by her size; unable to carry large numbers of torpedoes or high power phaser banks, Starfleet settled on a scouting and support mission for the ship. Fitted out with Type VIII phaser arrays and single fire torpedo tubes, the Intrepid would be capable of engaging vessels the size of a Bird of Prey one-on-one. Her high speed and manoeuvrability combined with the advanced sensor system would also make her a perfect platform to conduct long range reconnaissance missions ahead of fleet operations. Within a major fleet battle the Intrepid would also act in support of larger ships, harrying enemy fleet units and drawing fire away from larger Federation ships.

Development of the intrepid class went relatively smoothly in the early and mid stages, but a major problem arose in 2370 with the discovery that the energy emissions of standard warp drives caused considerable cumulative damage to the structure of subspace. Starfleet called for all designs then in progress to be modified to eliminate this effect, and it was decided to use the Intrepid class as a test bed for this technology. After some experimentation it was found that the effect could be avoided by using a warp field with a much elongated Z-axis, combined with complex warp field modulation and the utilization of new materials during the manufacture of warp coils. This has led to the ships saucer section having the forward ellipse now becoming common on Federation designs. The new warp field configuration did lead to a 15% reduction in the speed of the Intrepid class across all flight regimes, bringing the top cruise speed down from Warp 9.99 to Warp 9.975, and the maximum rated speed from Warp 9.992 to Warp 9.985.

One feature unique to the Intrepid class among Federation Starships of this size is the ability to land on a planetary surface. This feature has been incorporated after several incidents in which transporters and shuttle craft have been unable to operate through exotic environmental conditions during evacuations or other surface related operations.

Deck by Deck Layout

Saucer Section

Deck 1: Main Bridge, Captain’s Ready Room, Officer’s Briefing Room, Multi-use offices, Escape Pod Access, Aft Bridge Airlock, and Upper Sensor Platform

Deck 2: Officer's Mess, Senior Officers and VIP Quarters, Executive Officer’s Office Labs and Storage, Upper Sensor Platform Subsystems, Escape Pod Access

Deck 3: Captain's Quarters, Officers' Quarters, and VIP Quarters, Equipment Storage, Torpedo Loading Maintenance, Testing Isolation Chamber, and Turbolift Maintenance.

Deck 4: Crew quarters, Transporters Rooms (2 – 1P/S), Aft Photon Torpedo Launchers, Phaser Maintenance, Forward Sensor Pallet Subsystems, and Escape Pod Access

Deck 5: Sickbay, Primary Sickbay Support Systems (ICU, Biohazard Support, Radiation Treatment Wards, Surgical Ward, Critical Care, Null-Gravity Treatment, Isolation Suites, etc.), Chief Medical Officer's Office, Counselor's Office, Crew Quarters, Library, Transporter Pattern Buffers (2 - 1 P/S), Holodecks (2 – 1P/S), Sensor Gear, Escape Pod Access, and

Deck 6: Crew Quarters, Non-Specific Science Laboratories (8 – 5P/3S) Aux Deflector Control, Aux Computer Core, Escape Pod Access,

Deck 7: Aux. Computer Core, Upper Cargo Bays 1 & 2, Labs, Escape Pod Access, RCS Thruster Access

Deck 8: Astrometrics, Chief Science Officer’s Office, Deuterium Processing, Port/Starboard/Forward Docking Ports, ODN/EPS Main Trunks, Lower Cargo Bays 1 & 2

Deck 9: Cargo Loading Doors, Aerowing Shuttle Dock, and Labs

Engineering Section

Deck 6: Deuterium (Matter) Processing, Consumables Resupply Connectors

Deck 7: Deuterium Tankage, Warp Engine Core Injector Access

Deck 8: Deuterium Tankage, Upper Premix Chamber, And Aft Work Pod Storage

Deck 9: Cargo Loading Doors, Upper Aerowing Shuttle Dock, and Labs

Deck 10: Main Shuttlebay, Shuttlebay Storage (SB2), Flight Control Center, Aft EV Access Airlock, Main Computer Core, Forward Photon Torpedo Launchers, Reserve Warp Engine Core, And Main Navigational Deflector

Deck 11: Main Engineering, Engineer's Office, Aft Lounge, Warp Core, Auxiliary Warp Engine, Main Computer Core, Main Navigational Deflector

Deck 12: Environmental Control, Antimatter Tankage, Main Deflector Control Systems

Deck 13: Warp Engine Core, Labs, Escape Pod Access, And Secondary ODN/EPS Trunks

Deck 14: Antimatter Processing, Aft Tractor Beam Emitter, Tractor Beam Subsystems, Escape Pod Access, and Ground Hover Footpad Systems

Deck 15: Antimatter Loading Port, Forward Tractor Beam Emitter, Tractor Beam Subsystems, Plasma Relay Control Rooms, and Ground Hover Footpads

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