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Constellation Class Starfleet Starship

Category: Destroyer

Constellation

Expected Duration: 80 years
Time Between Resupply: 1 years
Time Between Refit: 10 years

Personnel
Officers: 120
Enlisted Crew: 435
Marines: 0
Passengers: 20
Maximum (Evacuation) Capacity: 600

Speed
Cruising Velocity: Warp 6
Maximum Velocity: Warp 8
Emergency Velocity: Warp 8.6 (for 12 hours)

Dimensions
Length: 315 metres
Width: 175 metres
Height: 86 metres
Decks: 15

Auxiliary Craft
Shuttlebays: 3
Shuttlecrafts
   Type 5 Shuttle: 2
   Type 6 Shuttle: 3
   Type 8 Shuttle: 1
Shuttlepods
   Type 10 Pod: 2

Armament
Beam Weapons
   Type 8 Phaser Bank: 12
Features
   Deflector Shields
Torpedo Launchers
   Pulse Fire Torpedo Launcher: 4
      Photon Torpedoes: 200



Description
The Constellation class was a design experiment introduced by Starfleet in 2285. Starfleet attempted to field a heavy cruiser configuration in a single hull, which would allow the shield grid to be more effective, a problem that had occurred with the Excelsior family due to the very long warp nacelles.

With a revolutionary design, the first four nacelle configuration fielded by the Federation, Starfleet hoped the ship would achieve a higher top speed than other vessels in the class, especially after the Excelsior's transwarp experiment had failed.

Tests on the prototype U.S.S. Constellation were less than successful, however, as difficulties in synchronising the four nacelles prevented the establishment of a stable warp field. Warp propulsion was possible but at speeds exceeding Warp 7, according to the scale used in the 23rd century, severe stress threatened to tear the hull apart.

Engineered were puzzled as to why this was the case. Theoretically the four nacelles should have given the ship a greater top speed, albeit at the expense of higher fuel consumption. In practice, the warp coil calibration needed a tolerance level too low for the technology of the time.

The attempt to reach greater speeds was abandoned, instead the Constellation class entered service as a heavy cruiser by 2290. She was smaller, with far less internal space than the Excelsior class, and did not have the same scientific or diplomatic capabilities. Since she was outperformed by the Excelsior also in speed and sensor capacity Starfleet decided to give priority to the Excelsior class.

The only advantage of the Constellation was that she was cheaper to build. While the Excelsior class received upgrades to her systems over the years the Constellation class fell more and more behind, to the point where even the much older Miranda class could outperform her. Most drastically, the comparatively low power shield grid originally installed in the late 23rd century was never replaced, the Constellation was described by Starfleet officers as underpowered by the 2340s.

Starfleet withdrew the ships from front line service in 2355, allocating them support roles in the heart of the Federation. Three vessels of the class were converted to fuel tankers, two more to training ships for Starfleet Academy.

The Constellation class has seen limited action since her withdrawal from the front lines, she is performing adequately in the support roles. Ships are not repaired but retired when heavily damaged, used for war games as in the case of the U.S.S. Hathaway.

Today the Constellation class is being phased out of service gradually, often converted for civilian use either as convoy escorts or cargo ships.

Deck Listing:

Deck Description
1 Bridge, Captain's Ready Room, Bridge Mess Room 
2 Conference Lounge, Senior Officers Quarters, Transporter Room 1 
3 Recreation Deck (Upper), Gymnasium, Crew Quarters, Officers Quarters 
4 Recreation Deck (lower), Galley, Swimming Pool, Quarters, VIP Staterooms, VIP Lounge, Planetary Relations Offices 
5 Crew Mess, Food Synthesis Machinery, Quarters, Resource Storage Tanks, Sensor Equipment 
6 Security Center, Brig, Security Offices, Armory, Crew Quarters, Training Room, Holographic Simulation Room; Science Department, Science Labs (10), Science Offices, Sensor Control, Library, Stellar Cartography Lab; Intelligence Center 
7 Hangar Bay Control Rooms, Flight Operations, Operations Center, Chief Operations Officer's Office, Crew Quarters 
8 Sickbay, Medical Offices & Labs, Arboretum, Botany & Zoology Labs, Main Engineering (Mid-level), Crew Quarters 
9 Main Engineering (lower level), Engineering Offices & Workshops, Engineering Briefing Room, Cargo Bays 1-4 (upper level) 
10 Shuttlebays 1-3, Hangar Decks, Engineering Workshops, Cargo Bays 5-8 (external access), Cargo Bays 1-4 (lower level) 
11 Fabrication Center, Reclamation Facility, Laundry, Parts Storage, Equipment Storage, Inventory Control, Quartermasters Office, Main Batteries, Computer Core 
12 Computer Core, Energisers, Storage, Deuterium Tanks, Auxiliary Control Room, Life Support Systems 
13 Emergency Transporters, Cargo Holds A-D (small) 
14 Tractor Beam Emitters, Life Support Systems, Enviromental Control 
15 Deflector Control, Sensor Systems 


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