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Constitution Class Heavy Cruiser

UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANETS: STARFLEET DIVISION

Standard Technical Specifications for the Constution-Class Production Vehicle

Accomodation 500 (72 Officers - 428 Enlisted Crew) Former locations of Constituion-Class Construction:
Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars
Classification: Heavy Cruiser [Defensive/Explorer/Diplomatic] Current Starship Identification and Registration Numbers:
Development Project Started: ---
Production Start Date: ---
Production End Date: ---
Current Status: Retired


Contents

CONSTITUTION-CLASS INTRODUCTION

MISSION OBJECTIVES

Pursuant to Starfleet Exploration Directives --- & ---, Starfleet Defense Directives ---, --- & ---, and Federation Security Council General Policy, the following objectives have been established for an Constution Class Starship:

  1. Provide a mobile platform for a wide range of ongoing scientific and cultural research projects.
  2. Provide autonomous capability for full execution of Federation defensive, cultural, scientific, and explorative policy in deep space or border territory.
  3. Serve as a frontline support vehicle during times of war and emergencies.
  4. Provide a mobile platform for testing and implementation of mission-specific or new technology of any kind.


DESIGN STATISTICS

Length: 301.9 meters
Width: 140.3 meters
Height: 70.6 meters
Weight: --- metric tons
Cargo capacity: --- metric tons
Hull: Unspecified
Number of Decks: 21

GENERAL OVERVIEW

CONSTRUCTION HISTORY

COMMAND SYSTEMS

MAIN BRIDGE

General Overview: Primary operational control of the Constution Class is provided by the Main Bridge, located at the top of the primary hull. It is located on Deck 1. The Main Bridge directly supervises all primary mission operations (with the exception of the Flight bay and assorted craft) and coordinates all departmental activities.

The Main Bridge is a highly restricted area; only Beta-Two security clearance personnel (Officers with the Rank of Ensign or Higher) and authorized bridge personnel are allowed on the bridge. All bridge officers carry a type II phaser.

The Main Bridge is an ejectable module, allowing for a wider variety in mission parameters.

Layout:

TACTICAL DEPARTMENT

Brig:

Ship's Armory:

Torpedo/Probe Magazine:

MAIN ENGINEERING

Located on Decks 14 and 15, Main Engineering is the ‘heart’ of the ship, comparable to the bridge as the ‘brain’. It has access to almost all systems aboard the starship, and manages repairs, power flow, and general maintenance.

Entrance to the primary engineering spaces is provided by

TACTICAL SYSTEMS

PHASERS

Phaser turret arrangement:

Phaser turret type:

Phaser Turret Output:

Phaser Turret Range: Maximum effective range is...

Primary purpose: Assault

Secondary purpose: Defense/anti-spacecraft/anti-fighter

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

Arrangement:

Type:

Payload:

Range: Maximum effective range is...

Primary purpose: Assault

Secondary purpose: Anti-spacecraft

DEFLECTOR SHIELDS

Type:

Output:

Range: The shields, when raised, stay extremely close to the hull to conserve energy - average range is ten meters away from the hull.

Primary purpose: Defense from enemy threat forces, hazardous radiation and micro-meteoroid particles.

Secondary purpose: Ramming threat vehicles.

COMPUTER SYSTEMS

COMPUTER CORE

Number of computer cores:

Type:

LCARS

??? They had this back that long?

SECURITY LEVELS

Access to all Starfleet data is highly regulated. A standard set of access levels have been programmed into the computer cores of all ships in order to stop any undesired access to confidential data.

Security levels are also variable, and task-specific. Certain areas of the ship are restricted to unauthorized personnel, regardless of security level. Security levels can also be raised, lowered, or revoked by Command personnel.

Security levels in use aboard an Constution Class are:

Level 10 – Captain and Above Level 9 – First Officer Level 8 - Commander Level 7 – Lt. Commander Level 6 – Lieutenant Level 5 – Lt. Junior Grade Level 4 - Ensign Level 3 – Non-Commissioned Crew Level 2 – Civilian Personnel Level 1 – Open Access (Read Only)

'Note:' Security Levels beyond current rank can and are bestowed where, when and to whom they are necessary.

The main computer grants access based on a battery of checks to the individual user, including face and voice recognition in conjunction with a vocal code as an added level of security.

UNIVERSAL TRANSLATOR

PROPULSION SYSTEMS

WARP PROPULSION SYSTEM

Type:

Normal Cruising Speed: Warp

Cruising Speed: Warp

Maximum Speed: Warp 9.8 for 12 hours

IMPULSE PROPULSION SYSTEM

Type: Standard Constution Class mass drivers developed and built by...

Output: Each engine (there are two impulse engines) can propel the Constution Class at speeds within the area known as Standard impulse operations. These speeds are limited to a maximum speed of .25c, with each engine working at .125c, due to time dilation problems. Quarter impulse is rated at .0625c, half impulse being .125c and full impulse is rated at .25c or 1/4th the speed of light.

REACTION CONTROL SYSTEM

Type:

Output:

UTILITIES AND AUXILIARY SYSTEMS

NAVIGATION DEFLECTOR

TRACTOR BEAM

Type: Multiphase subspace graviton beam, used for direct manipulation of objects from a submicron to a macroscopic level at any relative bearing to the Constution Class. Each emitter is directly mounted to the primary members of the ship's framework, to lessen the effects of isopiestic subspace shearing, inertial potential imbalance, and mechanical stress.

Output: Each tractor beam emitter is built around three multiphase 15 MW graviton polarity sources, each feeding two 475 millicochrane subspace field amplifiers. Phase accuracy is within 1.3 arc-seconds per microsecond, which gives superior interference pattern control. Each emitter can gain extra power from the SIF by means of molybdenum-jacketed waveguides. The subspace fields generated around the beam (when the beam is used) can envelop objects up to 920 meters, lowering the local gravitational constant of the universe for the region inside the field and making the object much easier to manipulate.

Range: Effective tractor beam range varies with payload mass and desired delta-v (change in relative velocity). Assuming a nominal 15 m/sec-squared delta-v, the multiphase tractor emitters can be used with a payload approaching 116,380,000,000 metric tons at less than 2,000 meters. Conversely, the same delta-v can be imparted to an object massing about one metric ton at ranges approaching 30,000 kilometers.

Primary purpose: Towing or manipulation of objects

Secondary purpose: Tactical; pushing enemy ships into each other.

TRANSPORTER SYSTEMS

Number of Systems:

Personnel Transporters:


Cargo Transporters:


Emergency Transporters:


COMMUNICATIONS

SCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING SYSTEMS

SENSOR SYSTEMS

Lateral sensor pallets are located around the rim of the entire starship, providing full coverage in all standard scientific fields, but with emphasis in the following areas:

  1. Astronomical phenomena
  2. Planetary analysis
  3. Remote life-form analysis
  4. EM scanning
  5. Passive neutrino scanning
  6. Parametric subspace field stress (a scan to search for cloaked ships)
  7. Thermal variances
  8. Quasi-stellar material

TACTICAL SENSORS

STELLAR CARTOGRAPHY

SCIENCE LABS

PROBES

CREW SUPPORT SYSTEMS

MEDICAL SYSTEMS

Sickbay:

CREW QUARTERS SYSTEMS

RECREATIONAL SYSTEMS

THE LOUNGE

AUXILIARY SPACECRAFT SYSTEMS

FLIGHT BAY

SHUTTLECRAFT

CONSTITUTION CLASS FLIGHT OPERATIONS

MISSION TYPES

OPERATING MODES

The normal flight and mission operations of the Constution class starship are conducted in accordance with a variety of Starfleet standard operating rules, determined by the current operational state of the starship. These operational states are determined by the Commanding Officer, although in certain specific cases, the Computer can automatically adjust to a higher alert status.

The major operating modes are:

  • Cruise Mode: The normal operating condition of the ship.
  • Yellow Alert: Designates a ship wide state of increased preparedness for possible crisis situations.
  • Red Alert: Designates an actual state of emergency in which the ship or crew is endangered, immediately impending emergencies, or combat situations.
  • External Support Mode: State of reduced activity that exists when a ship is docked at a starbase or other support facility.
  • Reduced Power Mode: this protocol is invoked in case of a major failure in spacecraft power generation, in case of critical fuel shortage, or in the event that a tactical situation requires severe curtailment of onboard power generation.

During Cruise Mode, the ship’s operations are run on three 8-hour shifts designated Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. Should a crisis develop, it may revert to a four-shift system of six hours to keep crew fatigue down.

Typical Shift command is as follows:

Alpha Shift – Captain (CO) Beta Shift – Executive Officer (XO) Gamma Shift - Second Officer / Night Conn


MAINTENANCE

Though much of a modern starship’s systems are automated, they do require regular maintenance and upgrade. Maintenance is typically the purview of the Engineering, but personnel from certain divisions that are more familiar with them can also maintain specific systems.

Maintenance of onboard systems is almost constant, and varies in severity. Everything from fixing a stubborn replicator, to realigning the Dilithium matrix is handled by technicians and engineers on a regular basis. Not all systems are checked centrally by Main Engineering; to do so would occupy too much computer time by routing every single process to one location. To alleviate that, systems are compartmentalized by deck and location for checking. Department heads are expected to run regular diagnostics of their own equipment and report anomalies to Engineering to be fixed.

Systems Diagnostics

All key operating systems and subsystems aboard the ship have a number of preprogrammed diagnostic software and procedures for use when actual or potential malfunctions are experienced. These various diagnostic protocols are generally classified into five different levels, each offering a different degree of crew verification of automated tests. Which type of diagnostic is used in a given situation will generally depend upon the criticality of a situation, and upon the amount of time available for the test procedures.

Level 1 Diagnostic - This refers to the most comprehensive type of system diagnostic, which is normally conducted on ship's systems. Extensive automated diagnostic routines are performed, but a Level 1 diagnostic requires a team of crew members to physically verify operation of system mechanisms and to system readings, rather than depending on the automated programs, thereby guarding against possible malfunctions in self-testing hardware and software. Level 1 diagnostics on major systems can take several hours, and in many cases, the subject system must be taken off-line for all tests to be performed.

Level 2 Diagnostic - This refers to a comprehensive system diagnostic protocol, which, like a Level 1, involves extensive automated routines, but requires crew verification of fewer operational elements. This yields a somewhat less reliable system analysis, but is a procedure that can be conducted in less than half the time of the more complex tests.

Level 3 Diagnostic - This protocol is similar to Level 1 and 2 diagnostics but involves crew verification of only key mechanics and systems readings. Level 3 diagnostics are intended to be performed in ten minutes or less.

Level 4 Diagnostic - This automated procedure is intended for use whenever trouble is suspected with a given system. This protocol is similar to Level 5, but involves more sophisticated batteries of automated diagnostics. For most systems, Level 4 diagnostics can be performed in less than 30 seconds.

Level 5 Diagnostic - This automated procedure is intended for routine use to verify system performance. Level 5 diagnostics, which usually require less than 2.5 seconds, are typically performed on most systems on at least a daily basis, and are also performed during crisis situations when time and system resources are carefully managed.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

EMERGENCY MEDICAL OPERATIONS

Pursuant to Starfleet General Policy and Starfleet Medical Emergency Operations, at least 40% of the officers and crew of the Constution class are cross-trained to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians, to serve as triage specialists, medics, and other emergency medical functions along with non-medical emergency operations in engineering or tactical departments. This set of policies was established due to the wide variety of emergencies, both medical and otherwise, that a Federation Starship could respond to on any given mission.

LIFEBOATS

RESCUE AND EVACUATION OPERATIONS

Rescue and Evacuation Operations for an Constution class starship will fall into one of two categories - abandoning the starship, or rescue and evacuation from a planetary body or another starship.

Rescue Scenarios

Abandon-Ship Scenarios

APPENDIX A - SHIP OF THE LINE

SEE: List of Ships of the Line

APPENDIX B - VARIANT DESIGNATIONS

STD - Standard RFT - Refit

APPENDIX C - BASIC TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ACCOMMODATION

Officers and Crew: 500 Evacuation Limit: 4500

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length: 301.9 M. Overall Draft (height): 70.6 M. Overall Beam (width): 140.3 M.

Primary Hull (saucer) Length: 144.9 M. Draft: 32.5 M. Beam: 140.3 M.

Secondary Hull (engineering) Length: 119.8 M. Draft: 47.03 M. Beam: 32.5 M.

Nacelles (Leeding FWG-1) Length: 153.3 M. Draft: 16.7 M. Beam: 12.4 M.

PERFORMANCE

Maximum velocity: Warp 9.6 [1096c] Cruising velocity: Warp 6 [484c]

ARMAMENT

TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

APPENDIX D - DECK LAYOUT

Deck 1: Bridge, Docking Port 1

Deck 2: Security, temporary holding cells

Deck 3: Commisary, Officer's lounge

Deck 4: VIP Quarters, jr. officers quarters, conference room

Deck 5: Senior Officers' quarters

Deck 6: Crew quarters, crew lounge, Impulse deck, gangway access hatches

Deck 7: Sickbay, transporter rooms, Main briefing room, Main Brig, Armory, Chapel, Gymnasium, Science labs, Rec Deck

Deck 8,9: Docking Level, Ship's laundry, Fabricators, viewing lounges

Deck 10: Circiut breaker room (primary hull)

Deck 11: Main Sensor array monitoring room

Deck 12,13: Photon Torpedo launch system

Deck 14,15: Main Engineering

Deck 16,17: CEO Briefing room, office, Shuttle Bay

Deck 18: Aux. Con., lifeboats

Deck 19: Cargo transporters

Deck 20,21: Antimatter storage, Botanical garden, swimming pool, sundeck

APPENDIX E - AUTHOR'S NOTES

APPENDIX F - CREDITS AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

CONSTITUTION-CLASS SPECIFICATIONS CREATED BY: ---

SOURCES USED:

  1. Mr Scott's Guide to the Enterprise
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