Luna Class Reconnaissance Science Vessel

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Luna Class Reconnaissance Science Vessel
United Federation of Planets
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Type: Reconnaissance Science Vessel (RSV)
Length: 450 Meters
Beam: 205 Meters
Height: 80 Meters
Mass: 3,000,000 Metric Tons
Decks: 17 (Including Sensor Pod) Deck Plans
Crew Compliment: Standard: 100 Officers, 250 Enlisted Crew Breakdown
Emergency: 500
Warp Speed: Type: 2 Main Warp Engines (Type 6D92)
Cruise Speed: 6
Sustainable Speed: 9.2
Emergency Speed: 9.92 (12 hour automatic shutdown)
Impulse Engines: 1 Main Impulse Engine (Type 5)
Speed: .93 C
Defensive Systems: Type-1 Main Shield Generator (MSG-1)
Armament: Phasers: 2x 100-degree Type-I Arrays, one starboard, one port (Saucer - Dorsal);

2x 100-degree Type-I Arrays, one starboard, one port (Saucer - Ventral);
1x 90 degree Type-I Array (Secondary Hull - Ventral)
Torpedoes: 3x Quantum/Photon Torpedo Launchers (2F/1A)
Payload: 15 Quantum, 60 Photon Torpedoes

Computer System: Daystrom Industries HSCS-1
Shuttlecraft: 1 Bay (A), 3 Shuttles (2 Type 14, 1 Type 17), 2 Shuttlepods (2 Type 18);
Waverider Support Craft (Docked Under Saucer)
Computer System: Yori-Moto D4D019
Tractor/Repulsor: 1 Main Tractor/Repulsor Beams,
2 Shuttle Docking Tractors (2 in Main Bay),
2 Docking Tractors
Sensors: SS Sierra 1a8 Deep Space Scientific Sensors
Daystrom Industries HSCS-1SA Starship Sensors

Meant to usher in a new golden age of exploration, the Luna-class was designed in the years after the devastating Dominion War as a modern successor to the Constitution-class: a heavy cruiser meant to embark on extended duration exploratory missions far from Federation space. While less than half of the size of any of the large explorer classes currently in service, the Luna has proven herself to be a highly capable long-range vessel.

Class History

The Luna-Class Development Project was initiated in 2369 in response to the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole, and originally conceived as leading a planned Starfleet wave of deep-space exploration in the Gamma Quadrant. The project was spearheaded by Dr. (Commander) Xin Ra-Havreii, a Starfleet theoretical engineer at Utopia Planitia. Field testing on the prototype USS Luna was under way by 2372 in the Alpha Quadrant, and construction of the fleet was scheduled to begin the following year. Unfortunately, contact with the Dominion and the subsequent outbreak of hostilities mothballed the project indefinitely, as Starfleet redirected its shipbuilding resources to the production of vessels better suited to combat.

Upon the war’s end in late 2375, Dr. Ra-Havreii correctly judged that the Federation’s cultural psychology would eventually shift back toward its pre-war ideals, and pushed to have the Luna-class revisited as a major step toward resuming Starfleet’s mission of peaceful exploration (even though the class would no longer be assigned exclusively to the exploration of the Gamma Quadrant). Construction of an initial fleet of twelve Luna-class vessels was completed by 2379, and the Titan was offered to William T. Riker, one of many command officers eager to put the strife of the last decade behind him.

Production on this class continued steadily in the years since then, and they have been extremely popular with their captains and crews. The mid-2380s saw resources again pushed to other construction projects with the Romulan evacuation, but it has resumed and the class remains in production.

Shipboard Life

Designed to be a comfortable place for crews to live for years at a time, the Luna provides well for her crew. Being close in size to the Nebula-class while having a crew of half the size, all crewmembers are provided with their own accommodations. In addition, there are a number of holodecks and holosuites. As featured in the Constitution-class refit of the 2270s, the secondary hull of the Luna includes a large arboretum deck that spans the width of the ship. There is also a lounge on the bow of the ship that is quite popular amongst most crews.

Luna-class crews are among the most diverse and multicultural of any ship in the fleet because of their ability to host so many different species at once. Crews are also generally going to be together for years at a time, which leads to a close-knit shipboard environment. These crews consider themselves to be the successors to the Constitution-class crews of old, and so there is a strong sense of pride that comes with serving aboard these vessels.

The captains of the original Luna-class ships were universally Dominion War veterans who wished to return to Starfleet’s stated ideals and goals of peaceful exploration, and many of those captains continue to hold their commands into the 2390s, which has led to an ethos that strives for peace above all else, and this commitment has been positive in these vessels’ first contact efforts.

Vessels of Note

Name Registry Status
USS Luna RSV-88000 Prototype - Systems Testbed
USS Callisto RSV-88001 Missing, Presumed Lost
USS Titania RSV-88002 Active
USS Charon RSV-88003 Active
USS Darwin GEC-9000 Mothballed
USS Europa NCC-80104 Active
USS Oberon NCC-80103 Active
USS Titan NCC-80102 Active

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