Vesta Class Explorer

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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: Dual Thrawn-class Warp Core Reactors
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: Type: Type-1 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 G (Saucer - Forward);
2x 140-degree Type-I Arrays, one starboard, one port (Saucer - Dorsal);

2x 90-degree Type-I Arrays, one starboard, one port (Saucer - Ventral);
2x 60-degree Type-I 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 (Archangel Class)
Sensors: SS Sierra 1a8 Deep Space Scientific Sensors
Daystrom Industries HSCS-3SC-A Starship Sensors

The Vesta-class is currently the fastest ship in Starfleet, and serves as a bleeding-edge technological testbed for some of the most advanced spaceborne systems ever developed. Rare and extremely prized by their captains, these ships are reserved almost solely for prestigious exploratory missions and are rarely seen in the Federation’s core.

Class History

The Vesta-class starship development began with the return of the starship Voyager in 2378, with the goal of using the advances that ship had discovered to create a new, purpose-built explorer that could break all previous speed records. The long-term goal was to develop a vessel capable of implementing the failed slipstream drive project started by Seven of Nine and B’Elanna Torres during Voyager’s journey home, though the engineering requirements for this were still well beyond what Starfleet was capable of in the late 2370s.

The design process continued apace, though resources were diverted to other projects in the mid-2380s during the Federation’s attempted evacuation of Romulus, so it wasn’t until 2393 that the Vesta finally left spacedock. Following a year-long shakedown operation close to home, she was sent on her first long-range mission while her sisters were under construction. Performance was rated extremely highly, but the maintenance demands meant that this class could never be built in large numbers, so as of 2402 they remain an extremely rare and highly advanced vessel in Starfleet.

As of 2402, twelve Vesta-class Explorers have been constructed, with the majority being dispatched to Delta Quadrant exploration with the Pathfinder Project. Of these, two have been declared missing presumed lost.

Shipboard Life

Assignment to a Vesta-class ship is something highly sought by ambitious officers, as it is only granted to the absolute best in every area. While their missions might be shorter, these ships are sent to areas which Starfleet is interested in examining quickly and effectively with little external support, so they have to be prepared for anything. As such, this leads to a sense among Vesta crews that they are elite units, leading to both positive displays of comradeship as well as sometimes exclusionary and cliquish practices which make it difficult for new crewmembers to integrate, especially if a crew has already been deployed in the field.

Recreational facilities aboard a Vesta are quite comprehensive, though the ship’s size and shape keep her from having quite the luxury of a Galaxy or Odyssey-class ship. Holodecks, holosuites, and recreational lounges are plentiful and most crew members have their own quarters.

Department head roles aboard this class are often seen as direct stepping stones towards the command track on other explorers, with a tour on one of these ships being enough to catapult many officers up to executive officer positions. On that token, however, these assignments are so popular that crews will often stay together for many years.

Internal Layout

Deck One

Vessels of Note

  • Note: This represents the ENTIRE production-run of Vesta-class Explorers.
Name Registry Status
USS Vesta NX-82601 Active, Pathfinder Project
USS Aventine NCC-82602 Active, Pathfinder Project
USS Caelian NCC-82611 Active, Seconded to Starfleet Intelligence
USS Capitoline NCC-82617 Active, Seconded to DTI
USS Esquiline NCC-82614 Missing, Presumed Lost
USS Palatine NCC-60067 Active, Pathfinder Project
USS Quirinal NCC-82610 Missing, Presumed Lost
USS Viminal NCC-82626 Undergoing Refit
USS Artemis EX-11000 Active, Special Assignment
USS Nike NCC-82612 Active, Pathfinder Project
USS Freyja NCC-82613 Active, Pathfinder Project
USS Athena NCC-82621 Active, Pathfinder Project