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Vesta Class Starship

Category: Explorer

  • Expected Duration: 120 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 5 years
  • Time Between Refit: 10 years
  • Officers: 160
  • Enlisted Crew: 500
  • Marines: 0
  • Maximum (Evacuation) Capacity: 7500
  • Cruising Velocity: Warp 9.2
  • Maximum Velocity: Warp 9.99
  • Emergency Velocity: Warp 9.995 (for 12 hours)
  • Length: 672 metres
  • Width: 195 metres
  • Height: 88 metres
  • Decks: 22
Auxiliary Craft


Following the end of the Dominion War, devastating ship losses required Starfleet to recuperate. Instead of rebuilding the fleet with aging designs, Starfleet R&D instead focused on the introduction of new designs, expanding on the existing technology. But the new design push also spread to development of new technology. The return of the USS Voyager in 2377 brought a treasure trove of new technology, most of it barely tested. The quantum slipstream drive, discovered by the Voyager in 2374 and tested early the next year proved to be unstable. Starfleet engineers studied the slipstream data and attempted to improve on the design. While early trials and simulations seemed promising, the only way to prove the design worked was to incorporate it into a complete test bed vessel.

This led to the development of the Vesta-class starship. The first of her class, the USS Vesta, was herald as the Next Great Experiment, similar to the Excelsior from a century before. Similar in size to the Sovereign-class, the Vesta was a ship-of-the-line, capable of performing a multitude of different missions. Following initial shakedowns, the Vesta was assigned to the Eleventh Fleet. There she resupplied at Starbase 332, and under the supervision of Commodore Emily Quinn began slipstream trials away from civilized areas. Unfortunately, the tests proved to be a failure as the quantum slipstreams still shown to be highly unstable. The tests did prove that the technology was viable, but further refinements would need to be made before the drive could see widespread use. Commodore Quinn submitted her findings to Starfleet R&D for further study.

Although the slipstream testing failed, other aspects of the ship design were proven successful, including the highly efficient conventional warp drive. The high efficiency warp field generated by the Vesta’s engines coupled with the hull geometry gave it an incredible speed advantage against nearly every other ship in the fleet. The slipstream drive was too heavily incorporated in the ship’s systems on the prototype to be easily removed, but due to the unstable nature of the propulsion, it was to only be used in emergency situations. Until Starfleet could maintain a stable slipstream, future versions of the Vesta-class would be built with only the conventional warp drive. Following the failed test and brief refit at Starbase 332, the Vesta was given full operational status with the Eleventh Fleet in 2387.

Deck Listing
Deck Description
1Bridge, Captain's Ready Room, Observation/Conference Lounge
2CO's Quarters, XO's Quarters and Office, Enlisted Affairs Office, Emergency Batteries, Weapons Locker
3Main Lounge, Senior Officer Quarters, Aft Viewing Lounge, Communications Array, Officers' Quarters, Gymnasium
4Officer Quarters, Crew Quarters, VIP Quarters, Transporter Rooms 1 & 2, Emergency Batteries, Chief Operations Officer's Office
5Security Offices, Brig, Armoury 1, Security Training Facilities, CIO's Office, Aft Tactical Sensors, Crew Quarters, Holodecks 1 & 2, Cargo Bay 1
6Main Computer Core (Level 1), Main Computer Core Control, Flight Control Room 1, Science Labs, Arboretum, Diplomatic Facilities, Civilian Quarters, Crew Quarters, Holodecks 3 & 4
7Main Computer Core (Level 2), Main Shuttlebay (Lower), Astrometrics/Stellar Cartography, Main Science Lab, CSO's Office, Counsellor's Office, Hydroponics Bay, Ship's Library, Civilian Quarters, School, Officer's Mess, Main Sickbay and Supports, CMO's Office
8Main Computer Core (Level 3), Impulse Assembly, Weapons Locker, Engineering Lab, Shuttlebay Elevators, Upper Shuttle Maintenance & Storage, Forward Tactical Sensors
9Main Computer Core (Level 4), Impulse Engines, Warp Core Subsystems, Lower Shuttle Maintenance & Storage, Dorsal Docking Port, Emergency Transporters, Crew Quarters
10Impulse Assembly, Deuterium Injectors, Shuttle Repair & Machine Shop, Engineering Support Area, Industrial Replicators, Armoury 2, Crew Quarters, Holodecks 5 & 6, Primary Environmental Control, Cargo Bays 2-5
11Auxiliary Deflector Controls, Shuttle Elevator Assembly, Airlock, Crew Quarters, Transporter Rooms 3 & 4, Airlocks, RCS Thrusters, Secondary Stores, Main shuttlebay (upper)
12Auxiliary Deflector Array, Primary SIF/IDF/Shield Generators, Systems Support Compartment, Maintenance Bay 1, Main Shuttlebay Flight Deck
13Torpedo Turrets Access, Torpedo Storage, Main Sensor Array, Deuterium Tanks, Science Labs, Crew Mess Hall (Aft), Maintenance Bay 2, Shuttle Storage
14Deuterium Tanks, Flight Control Room 2, Turbolift Maintenance, Shuttlebay 2
15Captain's Yacht Access, Secondary Computer Core (Level 1)Weapons Locker, Transporter Room 5, Cargo Bays 6 & 7, Tertiary Stores
16Secondary Computer Core (Level 2), Reserve Antimatter Storage, Main Navigational Deflector, Deflector Control, Main Engineering, Chief Engineer's Office, Weapons Locker, Warp Nacelle Access, Cargo Bays 8 & 9, Emergency Transporters, Auxiliary Sickbay
17Secondary Computer Core (Level 3), Aft Sensor Array, Deflector Assembly, Secondary Plasma Vent, Emergency Transporters
18Deflector Assembly, Auxiliary SIF/IDF/Shield Generators, Multi-purpose Chamber (Upper), Crew Quarters, Auxiliary Bridge, Lateral Sensors
19Secondary Communications Array, Emergency Batteries, Complementary Deflector Assembly, Multi-purpose Chamber (Lower), Primary Stores
20Forward Torpedo Launchers (2), Torpedo Magazine, Probe Storage, Primary Communications Array, Tractor Beam Assembly, Turbolift Maintenance. Primary Waste Recyclamation
21Antimatter Storage Pods, Forward Tractor Beam Emitter, Secondary SIF/IDF/Shield Generators, Cargo Bay 10 (Upper), Secondary Stores Antimatter Generator, Torpedo Magazine, Maintenance Bay 3, Cargo Bay 10 (Lower), Secondary Waste Reclamation, Secondary Environmental Control
22Tractor Beam Assembly, Antimatter Generator, Antimatter Injectors, Secondary Sensor Array, Sensor Analysis Suite, Aft Tractor Beam Emitter, Aft Torpedo Launchers (2), Torpedo Magazine, Warp Core Jettison Hatch
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