|Nova Class Survey Vessel|
|Allegiance||United Federation of Planets|
|Mass:||80,000 Metric Tons|
|Decks:||8 Deck Plans|
|Crew Compliment:||Standard: 15 Officers, 65 Enlisted Crew Breakdown|
|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 4 Main Shield Generator (MSG-4)|
|Armament:||Phasers: 4x 100-degree Type-I Arrays; two dorsal, two ventral (Saucer); |
2x 60-degree Type-I Arrays (Aft Saucer);
3x 90 degree Type-I Array; two aft, one ventral (Secondary Hull)
|Other Capabilities:||Planet Landing Capabilities - Blue Alert|
|Computer System:||Daystrom Industries HSCS-3|
|Tractor/Repulsor:||2 Main Tractor/Repulsor Beams, 2 Docking Tractors, 2 Shuttle Tractors|
|Shuttlecraft:||1 Bay (A), 2 Shuttlepods (2 Type 18);|
Waverider Support Craft (Docked Under Saucer)
|Sensors:||SS Sierra 1a8 Deep Space Scientific Sensors|
Daystrom Industries HSCS-2SC-C Starship Sensors
The Nova-class was designed as a science and scout vessel, intended for short-term planetary research and analysis as a replacement for the aged Oberth-class. Designed to be small and easy to operate and maintain, the initial design was a rejected proposal for the Defiant Class Escort, the tactical systems stripped out and replaced by advanced sensor suites and tried-and-tested internal systems.
Despite not being designed as a tactical vessel, the Nova-class is remarkably well-armed for a ship of its size with eleven phaser arrays and a pair of forward torpedo tubes. The single Impulse Engine mounted at the aft end of the primary hull is powerful for its size, giving the Nova-class excellent acceleration and agility for getting into and out of trouble, but at the expense of redundancy. The class' true calling, however, is as a scout or survey vessel; designed with the most advanced sensors of the time in mind, and equipped with a pair of powerful computer cores, the diminutive Nova-class can survey a planet or solar system at a greater speed than its larger cousins. Four landing legs allow the Nova-class to land on the planet it is surveying and act as a research outpost, if required.
Initially the Nova-class was designed with an LF-47 Advanced Linear Warp Drive with undersized warp coils, limiting its cruising velocity to a sedate Warp 6 and its maximum speed to Warp 8. A larger unit was not available for installation until, after the Synth Attack on Mars, a comprehensive refit program for all Starfleet vessels was ordered to make up for the loss of shipbuilding capability associated with Utopia Planitia's destruction. The new core and larger warp coils were installed across the Nova fleet, and increased the class' emergency velocity to 9.92 for a period of 12 hours, though this would drain the ship's deuterium supply and put immense strain on its structural integrity field.
Designed for short missions of only a few months, the initial run of Nova-class vessels lacked dedicated crew recreation facilities, with most of the internal volume dedicated to scientific study in the form of laboratories and research libraries. As Nova-class starships were pressed into longer-duration missions, however, research spaces across the fleet were deleted to host a dedicated Holodeck, while some ships deleted more space for Gymnasia or Arboterum; each justifiable for both the morale of the crew, but also to engage in studies around the emotional and social health of crews on long voyages. Despite the longer-duration missions, most Nova-class ships operate without a Counsellor, though the new-generation EMH based on the EXEO program is more than capable of acting in this capacity.
The immense amount of lab space available to the Nova-class has made it a more-than-capable medical or crisis-response vessel, able to respond to an emergency quicker than a dedicated hospital ship and act as a triage or crisis response center. It has also been rumoured that the class' diminutive size and nonthreatening nature have attracted the eye of Starfleet Intelligence as an Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) vessel, though these claims remain unsubstantiated.
Pathfinder and Reconnaissance Operations, Scientific and Survey Operations, Crisis and Emergency Response.
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