Constellation class

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Constellation class
Constellation class (TNG 110)
Constellation class (TNG 110)
Commissioned 2275
2/6002

The Constellation class heavy cruiser, first commissioned in 2275,[1] was a departure in typical warp architecture[2] because of its four-engine-nacelle configuration.[3] The warp nacelles and several components of the saucer section shared many design similarities with the Constitution and Miranda class designs of the era,[3] though they also represented a departure in warp architecture that produced high warp speeds, but left the ships' engineering and main power converter areas vulnerable.[2] The class also utilized expanded navigational and lateral sensor templates, and assumed a leading role in both deep space exploration and long-range perimeter defense in the early 24th century.[4] The class distinguished itself, particularly in the action involving the U.S.S. Stargazer NCC-2893 under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. It was in this action that Picard introduced the now-famous Picard Maneuver.[2] Constellation class ships were on the verge of being phased out in the mid-2360s,[5] but some were still in service in 2370.[6] Several had already been decommissioned by 2365, including the U.S.S. Hathaway NCC-2593, which had been stripped of its offensive systems and rendered "warp inactive" by removing all antimatter from its warp reaction system.[5]

FASA Timeline

Constellation class (TNG 110)
Constellation class (TNG 110)

When the Enterprise class was phased out, it created the need for a new heavy cruiser. The new design, the Constellation class heavy cruiser, was a radical departure in warp architecture[2] because of its four-engine-nacelle configuration.[3] This design produced high transwarp speeds, but the vessel's engineering and main power converter areas were vulnerable. The class distinguished itself, particularly in the action involving the USS Stargazer under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. It was in this action that Picard introduced the now-famous Picard Maneuver. Of the 26 Constellation Class cruisers constructed, by 3/03 20 were still in service, 3 were destroyed, 1 was scrapped, and 2 lost (though one of these, the Stargazer, was subsequently recovered and decommissioned).[2]

Specifications
Date Entered Service 2275[1]
2/6002[2]
Number Constructed 26[2]
Length 310m[2]
Width 140m[2]
Height 94m[2]
Mass 208,743mt[2]
Crew 350[2]
Passengers 20[2]
Cargo Capacity 12,500mt[2]
Computer Type M-6A[2]
Transporters 4 Personnel
4 Emergency
1 Cargo (large)
2 Cargo (small)[2]
Shuttlecraft 8
Velocity Cruising Warp 12[2] (OCU)[7] / Warp 6[8] (MCU)[7]
Emergency Warp 14[2] (OCU)[7] / Warp 9[8] (MCU)[7]
Weapons 6 FH-14 Phasers in 3 banks
4 torpedo tubes; photon torpedoes

Constellation class vessels

U.S.S. Andromeda NCC-2505 | U.S.S. Antares NCC-2514 | U.S.S. Antietam | U.S.S. Aquarius NCC-2517 | U.S.S. Betelgeuse NCC-2520 | U.S.S. Callisto NCC-2509 | U.S.S. Canopus NCC-2523 | U.S.S. Ceres NCC-2513 | U.S.S. Cochise | U.S.S. Constellation NCC-1974 | U.S.S. Diadem NCC-2521 | U.S.S. Effros NCC-2519 | U.S.S. Eridani NCC-2511 | U.S.S. Fading Sun | U.S.S. Ferrel | U.S.S. Gettysburg NCC-3890 | U.S.S. Gibraltar | U.S.S. Gihlan NCC-9761 | U.S.S. Hathaway NCC-2593 | U.S.S. Indiri NCC-2518 | U.S.S. Leonid NCC-2516 | U.S.S. Libra NCC-2506 | U.S.S. Magellan NCC-3069 | U.S.S. Minora NCC-2525 | U.S.S. Nebula NCC-2502 | U.S.S. Nova NCC-2501 | U.S.S. Orion NCC-2510 | U.S.S. Pisces NCC-2515 | U.S.S. Polaris NCC-2503 | U.S.S. Pulsar NCC-2508 | U.S.S. Sagittarius NCC-2507 | U.S.S. Sempach | U.S.S. Sirius Major NCC-2524 | U.S.S. Speedwell | U.S.S. Stargazer NCC-2893 | U.S.S. Taurus NCC-2512 | U.S.S. Tubman NCC-1757-B | U.S.S. Valkyrie NCC-2590 | U.S.S. Vespucci | U.S.S. Victory NCC-9754

FASA Timeline

U.S.S. Andromeda NCC-2505 | U.S.S. Antares NCC-2514 | U.S.S. Aquarius NCC-2517 | U.S.S. Betelgeuse NCC-2520 | U.S.S. Callisto NCC-2509 | U.S.S. Canopus NCC-2523 | U.S.S. Ceres NCC-2513 | U.S.S. Constellation NCC-2500 | U.S.S. Diadem NCC-2521 | U.S.S. Effros NCC-2519 | U.S.S. Eridani NCC-2511 | U.S.S. Hathaway NCC-2593 | U.S.S. Indiri NCC-2518 | U.S.S. Leonid NCC-2516 | U.S.S. Libra NCC-2506 | U.S.S. Magellan NCC-2504 | U.S.S. Minora NCC-2525 | U.S.S. Nebula NCC-2502 | U.S.S. Nova NCC-2501 | U.S.S. Orion NCC-2510 | U.S.S. Pisces NCC-2515 | U.S.S. Polaris NCC-2503 | U.S.S. Pulsar NCC-2508 | U.S.S. Sagittarius NCC-2507 | U.S.S. Sirius Major NCC-2524 | U.S.S. Stargazer NCC-2893 | U.S.S. Taurus NCC-2512

Mirror Universe

I.S.S. Gettysburg NCC-3890 | I.S.S. Stargazer NCC-2893


Notes and References

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer) & Berman, Rick & Hurley, Maurice (Co-Executive Producers). "Hide and Q." Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 10. Directed by Cliff Bole. Story by C.J. Holland. Teleplay by C.J. Holland & Gene Roddenberry. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 23 November 1987.
  4. Campbell, Brian, Curatola, Heather, Heckel, Harry, Hite, Kenneth A., Isaacs, Ross A., Long, Steve, Moore, Christian, Rea, Nicky, Rosenberg, Aaron, Snead, John, and Winninger, Ray. "The Price of Freedom: The United Federation of Planets Sourcebook." Star Trek: The Next Generation Roleplaying Game, Supplement 25100. Original Art by Bryan Gibson. Last Unicorn Games, Inc., February 1999.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer) & Berman, Rick & Hurley, Maurice (Co-Executive Producers). "Peak Performance." Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 21. Directed by Robert Scheerer. Written by David Kemper. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 10 July 1989.
  6. Berman, Rick & Piller, Michael & Behr, Ira Steven (Executive Producers). "The Abandoned." Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 3, Episode 6. Directed by Avery Brooks. Written by D. Thomas Maio & Steve Warnek. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 31 October 1994.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Heinig, Jess and Isaacs, Ross A. (Line Developers). "Starships." Star Trek Roleplaying Game, Book 4. Written by Bridges, Bill, Greenberg, Andrew, Hite, Kenneth, Isaacs, Ross A., and Sun, Doug. Illustrations by David Pipgrass. Decipher, Inc., 2003.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Pardo, Blaine "Star Trek: The Next Generation First Year Sourcebook." Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, Supplement 2227. Cover Design by Dana Knutson. Illustrations by Rob Caswell and David R. Deitrick. FASA Corporation. 1989.