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Excelsior Class Starship

Category: Explorer


  • Expected Duration: 75 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 2 years
  • Time Between Refit: 5 years
  • Officers: 150
  • Enlisted Crew: 650
  • Marines: 0
  • Passengers: 100
  • Maximum (Evacuation) Capacity: 5000
  • Cruising Velocity: Warp 6
  • Maximum Velocity: Warp 8.5
  • Emergency Velocity: Warp 9 (for 12 hours)
  • Length: 467 metres
  • Width: 185 metres
  • Height: 100 metres
  • Decks: 28
Auxiliary Craft

These Starship Specifications are to be used with a Movie-Era based simulation only!


The history of the Excelsior-class tends to consist of extremes. Initially fitted with a Transwarp drive and proclaimed "the great experiment", the ship had an ignoble start when its engines failed when it was called into action to prevent the theft of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701. Although this was due to deliberate sabotage, it transpired that the prototype had been saved from a major disaster; engineers working to correct the damage discovered a series of flaws in the Transwarp drive which, had it been used, would have caused a nacelle implosion which would have destroyed the ship. The USS Excelsior NX-2000 spent nearly a full year in Spacedock while engineering specialists struggled to diagnose and repair the various problems.

Re-launched early in 2286, the ship met with little more success. Although the fatal flaw of the Transwarp drive was repaired, the system was subject to major problems and over the next year it never completed a successful test, much to the embarrassment of Captain Styles and his crew. Finally Starfleet put the Transwarp project on hold indefinitely while the Federation's scientific and technological advances caught up with the Transwarp theories. For a short time the Excelsior faced decommissioning.

Rather than just allow the Excelsior to stand idle in Spacedock while an uninformed team of Admirals decided what to do with the prototype and the embarrassment the Transwarp project. Starfleet Admiral Harry Morrow ordered an evaluation of the prototype, carried out by some of the Federation's finest minds in Starship Engineering. It was discovered that there was nothing wrong with the basic engineering of the space frame, and in all other areas the Excelsior-class was still the most advanced ship in Starfleet, by a considerable margin. In light of this Starfleet rapidly decided to fit the Excelsior- class with a more conventional propulsion system. This process went remarkably smoothly, and by the end of the year the Excelsior was in space again.

From here the history of the ship leapt from one extreme to the other; from being a costly and embarrassing failure, the Excelsior rapidly built a reputation for outstanding performance and a solid reliability few other designs have matched. Equipped with nearly triple the amount of science labs and carrying the most advanced package of sensors ever conceived by the Federation, the Excelsior-class is a more than adequate successor to the Constitution-class line as, Starfleet's main platform for space exploration.

In addition, her speed and manoeuvrability, coupled with her capabilities make the Excelsior-class more than a match for any class of vessel currently serving the Romulan or Klingon fleets, from the Battlecruisers, to the Bird of Prey classes.

Deck Listing
Deck Description
1Main Bridge, Ready Room, Briefing Room
2VIP Dining Room, Primary Subspace Antenna Array, Auxiliary Power Generators
3NCO's Quarters, Environmental Subsystems, Tactical Sensors, Matter Injector, Warp Core Ejection Systems, Shield/SIF/IDF Generators
4NCO's Quarters, Impulse Drive Assembly, Engineering Labs + Workshops, Dual Mount Type VIII Phaser Emitters (5), Multi-Use Officers, Transporter Rooms 1-4, Escape Pods
5VIP Quarters, Junior Officer's Quarters, NCO's Quarters, Passenger Quarters, Impulse Drive Reactors, Auxiliary Power Generators
6Captain's Quarters, Senior Officer's Quarters, Junior Officer's Quarters, NCO's Quarters, Passenger Quarters, Officer's Mess + Galley, NCO's Mess + Galley, Sickbay, Chief Medical Officer's Office, Morgue, Medical Stores, Surgical Suites, Gymnasium, Primary & Secondary Computer Cores (Upper Section), Computer Labs
7Senior Officer's Quarters, Junior Officer's Quarters, NCO's Quarters, Ships Library, Recreation Deck (Upper Deck), Swimming Pool (Upper Deck), Officer's Lounge, Primary & Secondary Computer Cores (Upper-Mid Section), Computer Labs, Dorsal RCS Thruster Quads (6)
8Junior Officer's Quarters, NCO's Quarters, Ventral Sensor Array, Science Labs, Stellar Cartography Lab (High Bay), Recreation Deck (Main Deck), NCO's Lounge, Swimming Pool (Main Deck), Primary & Secondary Computer Cores (Lower-Mid Section), Computer Labs, Ventral RCS Thruster Quads (6), Escape Pods
9Conference Suites, Brig, Security Offices, Main Armoury, Passenger Quarters, Dual-Mount Type VIII Phaser Emitters (5), Stellar Cartography Lab (Main Deck), Primary & Secondary Computer Cores (Lower Section), Computer Labs, Escape Pods
10Primary Hull - Secondary Forward Tractor Beam Emitter. Auxiliary Power Generators
Secondary Hull - Torpedo + Probe Storage, Probe Launchers (P/S)
11Primary Hull - Long Range Sensor Array
Secondary Hull - Secondary Forward Photon Torpedo Launchers (P/S)
Science Pod - Single-Mount Type VIII Phaser Emitter, Primary Aft Tractor Beam Emitter, Secondary Subspace Antenna Array
12Primary Hull - Planetary Sensor Dome
Secondary Hull - Main Engineering Support Bays, Damage Control
Science Pod - Science Labs
Aft Shuttlebay Module - Dual-Mount Type VIII Phaser Emitter, Auxiliary Subspace Antenna Array
13Secondary Hull - Main Engineering, Chief Engineers Office, Matter/Antimatter Reaction Chamber, Engineering Labs + Workshops
Science Pod - Science Labs, Astrometric Telescope
Aft Shuttlebay Module - Shuttlebay 1 (High Bay), Shuttlebay 1 Launch Control
14Secondary Hull - Auxiliary Power Generators, Main Engineering Support Bays, Shield/SIF/IDF Generators
Science Pod - Long Range Sensors, Science Labs
Aft Shuttlebay Module - Shuttlebay 1 (Main Deck), Cargo Transporter 1, Shuttlecraft Mission Operations
15Auxiliary Bridge, Shuttlecraft + Workbee Storage, Shuttlecraft Fuel Tankage, Tactical Sensors, Cargo Bay, Deuterium Tankage (Upper), Auxiliary Power Generators, Quartermaster's Office, Ship's Laundry
16Biology Laboratories, Aft Torpedo Storage (High Bay), Engineering Labs + Workshops, Auxiliary Power Generators, Cargo Bay
17Engineering Labs + Workshops, Torpedo Launch Control Room, Primary Forward Torpedo Launchers (P/S), Aft Torpedo Launchers (P/S), Aft Thrusters, Environmental Subsystems, Aft Torpedo Storage (Main Deck), Dual-Mount Type VIII Phaser Emitter, Cargo Bay, Secondary Aft Tractor Beam Emitter, Cargo Transporter 2
18Junior Officer's Quarters, Cargo Bay, Turbolift Maintenance + Control, Primary Forward Torpedo Storage
19Junior Officer's Quarters, NCO's Quarters, Engineering Labs + Workshops, Tertiary & Quaternary Computer Cores (Upper Section), Computer Labs, Auxiliary Power Generators
20NCO's Quarters, Engineering Labs + Workshops, Antimatter Storage Pods (Upper), Arboretum (High Bay), Tertiary & Quaternary Computer Cores (Upper-Mid Section), Computer Labs
21NCO's Quarters, Engineering Labs + Workshops, Antimatter Injector, Antimatter Storage Pods (Lower), Transporter Rooms 5+6, Arboretum (Main Deck), Tertiary & Quaternary Computer Cores (Lower-Mid Section), Computer Labs
22Engineering Labs + Workshops, Tertiary & Quaternary Computer Cores (Lower Section), Computer Labs, Sensor Array, Science Labs, General Use Offices
23Main Deflector Array Assembly (Upper), Deflector Control, Cargo Bay, Science Labs, General Use Offices
24Shuttlebay 2 Launch Control, Main Deflector Array Assembly (Lower)
25Shuttlebay 2 (Upper Deck), Workbee Storage, Cargo Transporter 3
26Auxiliary Power Generators, Sensor Array, Shield/SIF/IDF Generators
27Primary Forward Tractor Beam Emitter, Shuttlebay 2 (Main Deck)
28Single-Mount Type VIII Phaser Emitters (4), Waste Reclamation
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