Probe Classes

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Class 1

Speed - .5c
Range - 200,000 km

Short-range astronomical probe which analyzes EM radiation, interstellar chemistry, and subspace fields.

Class 2

Speed - .65c
Range - 400,000 km

Short-range astronomical probe which analyzes EM radiation, interstellar chemistry, and subspace fields.

Class 3

Speed - .65c
Range - 1,200,000 km

These probes land on planets and return samples, thus providing a detailed on-site analysis of the planet. Crews can also use Class 3 probes to analyze the capabilities of enemy starships. They have 'stealth' capabilities.

Class 4

Speed - .6c
Range - 3,500,000 km

These probes perform close observation of stars and other high-energy phenomena.

Class 5

Speed - Warp 2, .5c
Range - 430 billion km

These probes land on planets and return samples, thus providing a detailed on-site analysis of the planet.

Class 6

Speed - .8c
Range - 430 billion km

Communicator relays and emergency beacons. They cannot attain warp speed (to make it harder to detect them with subspace sensors), but have high sublight velocities. When a Class 6 probe exhausts its fuel supply, it coasts and broadcasts a recovery signal toward Federation Space. The probe's navigational module facilitates recovery and trajectory tracking.

Class 7

Speed - Warp 1.5, .5c
Range - 450 billion km

These probes orbit an inhabited planet for up to three months to collect information about its inhabitants and relay it to the ship. They have 'stealth' capabilities.

Class 8

Speed - Warp 8/9
Range - 12 light years at Warp 8, 6.5 hours at Warp 9.

Long range sensor probes. In crisis situations, they can be used to send a lone passenger on an emergency mission. The range of a class 8 probe depends on its speed. Its long range sensors have a range of 6 light years.

Class 9

Speed - Warp 8/9
Range - 14 days (76 light years) at Warp 8, 12 hours at Warp 9.

Long range sensor probes. In crisis situations, they can be used to send a lone passenger on an emergency mission. The range of a class 9 probe depends on its speed. Its long range sensors have a range of 12 light years.