Vesta Class

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Vesta Class Explorer
United Federation of Planets
Vesta schematic.jpg
Type: Explorer
Length: 670 Meters
Beam: 195 Meters
Height: 88 Meters
Mass: 3,321,630 metric tons
Decks: 19 Deck Plans
Crew Compliment: Standard: 115 Officers, 485 Enlisted Crew Breakdown
Emergency: 2,000
Warp Speed: Type: Cruise Speed: Warp 8
Sustainable Speed: Warp 9.8
Emergency Speed: Warp 9.99 (36 hour automatic shutdown)
Impulse Engines: Type: 2 Class 8 Main Impulse Engines (MIE),
2 Secondary Impulse Engines (SIE)
Speed: .87 C
Other Propulsion Systems: Rigel Labs X04 Quantum Slipstream Generator
Speed: Warp 9.99998477 (12 hour automatic shutdown)
Defensive Systems: Type-1A Shield generator
Other Defensive Systems: Sensor Cloak, 20cm Ablative Armour
Armament: Phasers: 2x Type XII Phaser Cannons (Saucer - Forward);
2x 140-degree Type-XII Arrays, one starboard, one port (Saucer - Dorsal);

2x 90-degree Type-XII Arrays, one starboard, one port (Saucer - Ventral);
2x 60-degree Type-XII Arrays, one starboard, one port (Pylons - Ventral)
Torpedoes: 4x Rapid-Fire Quantum/Photon Torpedo Launchers (2F/2A)
Payload: 100 Quantum, 200 Photon Torpedoes, additional material for 100

Other Capabilities: Planet Landing Capabilities - Blue Alert
Computer System: Yori-Moto D4D019
Tractor/Repulsor: 2 Main Tractor/Repulsor Beams,
5 Shuttle Docking Tractors (4 in Main Bay, 1 for Yacht),
6 Docking Tractors
Shuttlecraft: 1 Bay (A), 10 Shuttles (4 Type 12, 4 Type 14, 2 Type 17),
2 Runabouts (Delta Class)
Sensors: SS Sierra 1a8 Deep Space Scientific Sensors
Daystrom Industries HSCS-3SC-A Starship Sensors


The Vesta-class Explorer represents the epitome of late 24th-century engineering. Designed as a long-range vessel of exploration, the Vesta built off the success of the Dauntless class of the early 2380s and equipped with Starfleet's first production Quantum Slipstream Drive. Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, the Vesta-class starship is often assigned to deep-space exploration and reconnaissance missions and is therefore rarely seen within Federation Space. Only a limited number were completed prior to the destruction of Utopia Planitia in 2385, which many believed would be the end of the project, but production was distributed to other shipyards around the Federation and new ships began launching in the early 2390s. Nearly the entire production run was assigned to explore beyond the boundaries of Federation space, though a handful were retained for special duties.

The rarity of the Vesta-class Explorer and its scarcity within the Federation's borders has led some to consider crews an elite bunch even among Starfleet; competition for space aboard such a vessel is fierce and only the best and the brightest are assigned. Service on a deep-space assignment aboard a Vesta-class is seen by many as a guarantee of promotion to higher position, though obviously these positions are not without their risks...


The Vesta-class was the culmination of decades of Research and Development combined with a few chance discoveries from the Delta Quadrant; prime among these being the Quantum Slipstream Drive. The Vesta-class also includes second-generation Bio-Neural Gel Packs and the most modern computer and sensor systems to emerge from the Daystrom Institute. This gives it unparalleled capacity as a long-range explorer, especially when combined with the impressive capacity for carrying cargo and auxiliary craft - a single Vesta-class and its auxiliary craft can survey an entire system in half the time another Starfleet vessel would take.

Exploring deep space has its dangers, and the Vesta-class is more than capable of meeting those dangers head-on. With primary and secondary Impulse Engines, it is able to outmaneuver or outrun most ships at sublight speeds, and what it cannot outrun its impressive armament usually allows it to out-shoot. Combat is not, however, the specialty of the Vesta-class, requiring Captains to pick their battles and when forced to engage, to disable or destroy their opponent quickly before making a rapid getaway.

Mission Profiles

Vesta-class starships are usually assigned to deep-space exploration missions, as a diplomatic/First Contact vessel, or as technical testbeds for new technologies.

Vessels of Note

Vesta-class Explorers
USS Vesta, NCC-82601 [1] USS Aventine, NCC-82602 USS Caelian, NCC-82611 [2]
USS Capitoline, NCC-82611 USS Esquiline, NCC-82614 [3] USS Quirinal, NCC-82610 [4]
USS Artemis, NCC-110000 USS Freyja, NCC-82613 USS Nike, NCC-82612
USS Palatine, NCC-60067 USS Athena, NCC-82621 USS Viminal, NCC-82626
  1. Prototype
  2. Assigned to Starfleet Intelligence
  3. Missing
  4. Missing