Galaxy Class Refit
Locations of Galaxy Class Construction:
Utopia Planitia Fleet Yard, Mars.
Galaxy Class Mission Profile
The Galaxy Class Dreadnaught design was intended to provide a serious tactical upgrade to the already successful class allowing it to more affectively face emerging threat of the Borg and others during this time period. As with the original Galaxy Class it was also intended as a mobile platform for a wide range of ongoing scientific and cultural research projects. Provide autonomous capability for full execution of Federation policy options in outlying areas. Incorporate recent advancements in Starfleet power, warp and offensive technology.
Tracing it’s design history all the way back to the old Constitution Class and Excelsior Class starships, The Galaxy Class starship entered service in 2353 marking the crowning achievement of almost seventy-five years of engineering advancements starting with the Transwarp Development Project in the late 22nd century. Galaxy Class vessels were at the time the largest in the fleet, built to boast Starfleet's most advanced technology and show the Federation's presence anywhere at anytime.
Initial production of the Galaxy Class began at Utopia Planitia, Mars, and has since expanded to include other classified bases where just two of these vessels enter service each year. The design of primary and secondary hulls has been a staple of Starfleet since it's inception over two hundred years ago. Advances in that design includes the emergency separation mode. Where the primary and secondary hull split into two separate vehicles each capable of individual flight maneuvers. However this design was an emergency response only, which required the ship to be towed to a Starbase to be put back together and in many cases the vessel was simply decommissioned.
However the Galaxy Class, unlike the Excelsior and Ambassador Classes, can perform a saucer separation and rejoin itself, one of the biggest advances since the procedure was conceived centuries ago. This advance in saucer separation makes it possible for the Galaxy Class to use the maneuver more often as a tactical maneuver, instead of an emergency strategic contingency.
In the year 2369, Starfleet charged Utopia Planitia Shipyards and Avalon Shipyards to design and/or modify a vessel with both strong exploratory and defensive powers while the Sovereign project was still under development. Avalon began design and construction of what would later be called the Keltoi class of vessels, whereas Utopia Planitia built off of the existing Galaxy class Star frame. The result was the Galaxy Class Dreadnaught, a refit version with an upgraded power source, one more warp nacelle for warp stability and serious upgrades to her weapons array. She has the same sensor capability as the standard Galaxy, but her weapons and defenses have nearly doubled in power and striking ability.
To say that the Galaxy Class starship is one of the most successful designs in Starfleet history is perhaps an understatement but it cannot be denied that the Galaxy Class starship has carried on the tradition started by the Constitution Class so many years ago.
Due to the fact that the Galaxy Class can separate into two distinct vessels, the vessel has two Bridges. The second bridge is called the Battle Bridge and is located on Deck 8. This bridge duplicates most of the functions of the Main Bridge, but places emphasis on piloting, support, and defensive operations. To keep in tune with changing situations the Battle Bridge is also modular like the Main Bridge.
The Battle Bridge is a limited role location as it is only used when the vessel is in separated flight mode. Outside of this, when the Main Bridge is non-operational most command and control functions are routed to Main Engineering. However in situations where the Main Bridge will experience an extended period of being non-operational, Starfleet procedures require that the Battle Bridge be used to keep Main Engineering clear of non-essential personnel.
The Galaxy Class is fitted with three dorsal Phaser arrays on the primary hull, one primary dorsal array extending three hundred forty degrees and two point defense arrays to either side of Shuttlebay 1. The arrays cover the entire semi-sphere above the ship, except for a few blind spots close to the hull and Shuttlebay. There are also two Phaser strip arrays which give a total of three hundred and forty eight degree coverage.
There is also one ventral Phaser array and one Phaser Strip array on primary hull; the primary ventral array extends three hundred twenty degrees. The array covers the forward and lateral portions of the semi-sphere below the ship, except for those blind spots close to the hull.
Finally there is the Ventral Phaser Cannon, which provides the Galaxy Dreadnaught with tremendous hitting power. There are a total of six Phaser arrays as well as the cannon on the primary hull.
The Class also includes two dorsal Phaser arrays and a Phaser Strip array on the secondary hull, both are point defense arrays placed in the far aft of the ship. There are three ventral Phaser arrays; one primary array with coverage similar to a series of cones with the same vertex and two point defense arrays at the far aft of the ship. This gives the Galaxy Class a total of six Phaser arrays on the secondary hull.
Finally there is one lateral primary array on each vertical bound pylon. Coverage is similar to Secondary Hull's Ventral Primary array. This leaves a total of two Phaser arrays on the Nacelles.
The Galaxy Class has eleven Type-XII Phaser arrays and four Type XV multi-fire strip arrays. Each array fires a steady beam of Phaser energy and the forced-focus emitters discharge the Phasers at speeds approaching .986c. Current Tactical policy has Phaser arrays automatically rotate Phaser frequency and attempt to lock onto the frequency and phase of a threat vehicle's shields for shield penetration.
Each Phaser array takes its energy directly from the impulse drive and auxiliary fusion generators. Individually, each type-XII emitter can only discharge approximately 8 megawatts. However, several emitters (usually two) fire at once in the array during standard firing procedures, resulting in a discharge of approximately 16 megawatts.
The maximum effective range on the Type XII emitter is 300,000 kilometers.
The Galaxy Class Dreadnaught is fitted with three fixed-focus torpedo launchers, one forward launcher on the secondary and another aft. The third launcher can only be used when the vessel is in Separated-Flight Mode; it is an aft firing launcher on the Primary Hull. Each is capable of firing off ten torpedoes in a single salvo.
The Galaxy Class Dreadnaught is armed with the Mark XXV photon torpedo and the Mark Q-II Quantum Torpedoes capable of pattern firing (sierra, etc.), spread firing, as well as independent launch. The Vessel is normally outfitted with both photon and quantum torpedoes capable of being fired from any launcher on the ship. Independent targeting once launched from the ship, detonation on contact unless otherwise directed.
Payload: The ship can carry a maximum of 600 torpedoes of either type.
Range: Maximum effective range is 4,050,000 kilometers.
The Galaxy Class Dreadnaught is equipped with a Symmetrical subspace graviton field. This type of shield is fairly similar to those of most other Starships. Under Starfleet Directives all vessels now incorporate the nutation shift in frequency. During combat, the shield sends data on what type of weapon is being used on it, and what frequency and phase the weapon uses. Once this is analyzed by the tactical officer, the shield can be configured to have the same frequency as the incoming weapon - but different nutation. This tactic dramatically increases shield efficiency.
There are a total of eighteen shield generators on the Galaxy Class Dreadnaught. Each generator has a cluster of twelve thirty-two megawatt graviton polarity sources feeding a pair of six hundred twenty five millicochrane subspace field distortion amplifiers. During emergency situations the generators are synchronized together providing two thousand 688 megawatts continuously. The maximum peak load is seven hundred forty-three thousand megawatts for one hundred seventy milliseconds.
The shields, when raised, operate at two distances. One is a uniform distance from the hull, averaging about ten to twelve meters. The other is a bubble field, which varies in distance from any single point on the hull but has a common center within the ship.
Originally developed in 2367 during the Defiant Class Development Project, ablative armor is still considered to be a significant breakthrough in starship defense by effectively creating a beam-retardant layer that greatly increases a ship's life expectancy in battle. Originally deployed only on ships of the Defiant class, ablative armor showed remarkable dispersion properties against various beam-type energy weapons, including the various types of Phaser, disruptor, polaron, and focused-plasma beams employed by nearly all threat races. The armor works by first dispersing incoming beam energy across the hull of the ship where, after reaching an undisclosed threshold, causes part of the armor to boil away, taking with it a large fraction of that energy. The effect also creates a modest vapor cloud, which effectively disperses the incoming beam further, causing it to do less direct damage to the hull. It should be noted, however, that the armor is not a hull replacement, but a supplement and must be replaced over time due to the boiling away process.
Because of the tactical nature of the Galaxy Dreadnaught, Starfleet Command requested that the ablative armor be used to supplement the defenses of its new flagship class. Initially considered to supplement the majority of starship classes, production complications and long fabrication time makes the usage of the armor limited to warships and high-risk classes, resulting in only limited usage around vulnerable areas of standard Galaxy and Akira-class starships and almost-total body coverage of the Defiant, Galaxy Dreadnaught and Sovereign. Encounters with the Borg had already proven their ability to penetrate Federation shielding on, at that point, two occasions - the U.S.S. Enterprise-D's encounter at system J-25 and again at Wolf 359. It was then only natural that the redesign team saw the need to outfit the Galaxy Dreadnaught with this additional layer of defense should the Borg or other threat races find a means of penetrating the regenerative shielding.
Each Galaxy class Dreadnaught is equipped with an average depth of 10 centimeters of armor hull-wide, which can be replaced as wear permits at select fleet yards. Due to the supply demands, repairs made to the hull of a starship in the field will lack the extra layer of armor until the vessel is able to dock at a facility with spare plating.
Number of computer cores: Four: The primary cores are located near the center of the primary hull between Decks 5 and 14. There are two of them, one on each side of the ship thus to balance out the massive weight they entail. The secondary cores are in the Secondary hull between Decks 30 & 37. They are similarly off balanced like the primary cores. Any single core is capable of operating all computer functions of the vessel. In most configurations the Galaxy Class is only equipped with three computer cores. The fourth core, normally a secondary core, is substituted for a ballast tank. However, long-term or computer intensive missions may require that the fourth core is installed, which is a time and labor-intensive process. Type: The computer cores on Galaxy Class starships are Isolinear storage devices utilizing faster than light processing drives with Isolinear temporary storage.
WARP PROPULSION SYSTEM
The Galaxy Class is equipped with the Theoretical Propulsion Group [TPG] Matter/Anti-Matter Reaction Drive II, developed by Theoretical Propulsion Group in the Utopia Planitia Division. Information on this Warp Drive is classified [repealed: 2371; now available in standard Starfleet Omnipedia Databases].
Normal Cruising Speed: Warp 6.5
Maximum Speed: Warp 9.991 for twelve hours
Note: Vessels equipped with the CF version 8 series M/ARA Drive System no longer have the maximum cruising speed limit of Warp 6.3, thanks to innovations discovered and utilized in the General Electric Type 8 M/ARA Warp Drive outfitted in the new Sovereign Class Starship.
IMPULSE PROPULSION SYSTEM
Standard Galaxy II Class Impulse drives developed and built by Theoretical Propulsion Group in conjunction with the Advanced Starship Design Bureau - Utopia Planitia Division. Each engine (there are three impulse engines, two flanking the back edge of the primary hull and one on the centerline of the secondary hull) can propel the ship at speeds just under .75c, or "maximum impulse". Full impulse is .25c (one quarter of 186,282 miles per second, which is warp one).
A standard Galaxy Class main deflector dish is located along the forward portion of the secondary hull, and is located just forward of the primary engineering spaces. Composed of molybdenum/duranium mesh panels over a duranium framework, the dish can be manually moved seven and two tenths degrees in any direction off the ship's Z-axis. The main deflector dish's shield and sensor power comes from three graviton polarity generators located on Deck 34, each capable of generating one hundred twenty-eight megawatts which fed into a pair of five hundred fifty millicochrane subspace field distortion amplifiers.
Equipped with a multiphase subspace graviton beam, used for direct manipulation of objects from a submicron to a macroscopic level at any relative bearing. Each emitter is directly mounted to the primary members of the ship's framework, to lessen the effects of isopiestic subspace shearing, inertial potential imbalance, and mechanical stress.
Each tractor beam emitter is built around two variable phase sixteen megawatt graviton polarity sources, each feeding two four hundred seventy-five millicochrane subspace field amplifiers. Phase accuracy is within two and seven tenths arc-seconds per microsecond. Each emitter can gain extra power from the Structural Integrity Field by means of molybdenum-jacketed waveguides. The subspace fields generated around the beam (when the beam is used) can envelop objects up to one thousand meters, lowering the local gravitational constant of the universe for the region inside the field and making the object much easier to manipulate.
Effective tractor beam range varies with payload mass and desired delta-v (change in relative velocity). Assuming a nominal five m/sec-squared delta-v, the primary tractor emitters can be used with a payload approaching 7,500,000 metric tons at less than one thousand meters. Conversely, the same delta-v can be imparted to an object massing about one metric ton at ranges approaching thirty thousand kilometers.
The Galaxy Class Dreadnaught is equipped with a total of six personnel transporters capable of a maximum payload mass of 800kg (1,763 lbs) at a maximum range: 40,000 km. The maximum beam Up/Out Rate is approximately one hundred persons per hour per Transporter
The Vessel also has a total of four cargo transporters capable of a maximum payload Mass of 900 metric tons.
Finally a total of six emergency transporters which are capable of a maximum range of only 15,000 km (send only) [range depends on available power] with a maximum beam out rate of two hundred persons per hour.
Standard Communications Range: 42,000 - 100,000 kilometers with a Standard Data Transmission Speed: 18.5 kiloquads per second. The Subspace Communications Speed: Warp 9.9997
Long range and navigation sensors are located behind the main deflector dish, to avoid sensor "ghosts" and other detrimental effects consistent with main deflector dish millicochrane static field output. Lateral sensor pallets are located around the rim of the entire starship, providing full coverage in all standard scientific fields, but with emphasis in the following areas: Astronomical phenomena, Planetary analysis, Remote life-form analysis, EM scanning, Passive neutrino scanning, Parametric subspace field stress (a scan to search for cloaked ships), Thermal variances and Quasi-stellar material. Each sensor pallet, three hundred fifty in all, can be interchanged and re-calibrated with any other pallet on the ship, including those in storage.
There are forty-two independent tactical sensors on the Galaxy Class dreadnaught. Each sensor automatically tracks and locks onto incoming hostile vessels and reports bearing, aspect, distance, and vulnerability percentage to the tactical station on the main bridge. Each tactical sensor is approximately eighty-four percent efficient against Electronic Counter Measures.
The entrance to the main stellar cartography bay is located on Deck 10. The lab is served by a direct Electro-Plasma System power feed from the impulse engines. All information is directed to the bridge and can be displayed on any console or the main viewscreen.
There are over one hundred separate scientific research labs on board the Galaxy Class. However depending upon current internal arrangement the ship can have more. At the same time all labs are specifically designed for adaptability. Very few of the labs will remain under the same discipline of science for more than six months. Most science labs share the same design, only a few have extremely specialized equipment. When necessary, the Engineering department can by contacted and the lab can be outfitted with equipment either in storage or replicated. Other, even more specialized equipment can be brought on board by mission specialists and installed per approval of appropriate members of the Senior Staff.
There are two sickbay facilities located on Deck 12. The primary facility has two intensive-care wards, a laboratory, a nursery, and the Chief Medical Officer's office. The secondary facility has two dedicated surgery suites, a physical therapy facility, a nursery, and a null-gravy therapy ward. The primary facility is located on the port side of the vessel and the secondary facility is located on the starboard side. Also pursuant to new Medical Protocols, all Primary Medical Facilities are equipped with holo-emitters for the usage of the Emergency Medical Holographic System.
As on Starbases and other large ships, the Galaxy Class Dreadnaught has nurse stations around the vessel, almost on each deck. These areas are staffed on a rotating schedule during green mode, and during higher alert status they may all be activated. They provide first aid to injured personnel and become quick essential command posts during situations where the ship is damaged. When the Captain needs to know how many people are injured, those who find out serve at these stations.
All crew and officers' quarters are located on decks 2, 3, 5, 7-11, 13-14, 17-20, and 32-33. Individuals assigned to Galaxy Class Starships for periods over six months are permitted to reconfigure their quarters within hardware, volume, and mass limits. Individuals assigned for shorter periods are generally restricted to standard quarter configuration.
Standard Living Quarters are provided for both Starfleet Non-Commissioned Officers and Ensigns. These persons are expected to share their room with another crewmate due to space restrictions aboard the starship. After six months, crewmembers are permitted to bring family aboard the ship and a slightly larger room is allocated to them.
Two NCO's or two Ensigns are assigned to a suite. Accommodations include 2 bedrooms with standard beds, connected by a living/work area. A washroom with ultrasonic shower is located off of each bedroom. A food replicator and a personal holographic viewer are located in the living area. Small pets are allowed to NCO's.
Enlisted crewmembers share quarters with up to 4 others. Accommodations include 2 bedrooms with twin beds, connected by a living/work area. A washroom with ultrasonic shower is located off of each bedroom. A food replicator and a personal holographic viewer are located in the living area. Pets are not allowed to enlisted crew.
Crewmen can request that their living quarters be combined to create a single larger dwelling. Starfleet personnel from the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade up to Commander are given one set of quarters to themselves. In addition, department heads and their assistants are granted such privileges as well, in an effort to provide a private environment to perform off-duty work. After six months, officers are permitted to bring family aboard the ship and a slightly larger room is allocated to them. Members of the Captain's Senior Staff can have these restrictions waved with the Captain's permission.
These accommodations typically include a small bathroom, a bedroom (with standard bed), a living/work area, a food replicator, an ultrasonic shower, personal holographic viewer, and provisions for pets.
Officers may request that their living quarters be combined to form one large dwelling. The Captain and Executive Officer of Galaxy Class Starships have special quarters, located on Deck 8.
These quarters are much more luxurious than any others on the ship are, with the exception of the VIP/Diplomatic Guest quarters. Both the Executive Officer's and the Captain's quarters are larger than standard Officers Quarters, and this space generally has the following accommodations: a bedroom (with a luxurious bed), living/work area, bathroom, food replicator, ultrasonic shower, old-fashioned water shower, personal holographic viewer, and provisions for pets. The second officer and senior staff have similar quarters with less area, generally between that of the Executive Quarters and the Officer's Quarters.
The Galaxy Class is perhaps the ultimate symbol of UFP authority, a tool in dealing with other races. The Galaxy Class is used extensively in diplomacy, and the need to transport or accommodate Very Important Persons, diplomats, or ambassadors often arise.
These quarters are located on Deck 8. These quarters include a bedroom, spacious living/work area, personal viewscreen, ultrasonic shower, bathtub/water shower, and some provisions for pets, food replicator, and a null-grav sleeping chamber. These quarters can be immediately converted to class H, K, L, N, and N2 environments.
As the Galaxy Class Dreadnaught is one of the largest vessels in Starfleet and its design has been maximized for scientific and tactical usage, it is realized that the stress of operating at ninety-nine percent efficiency on a ship that is built for deep-space exploration can be dangerous, so there are some recreational facilities on board.
There are four standard holodeck facilities on the Galaxy Class located on Deck 11. There are also a total of twenty Holosuites on the Galaxy Class. These are smaller versions of standard Federation Holodecks, designed for individual usage (the four Holodecks themselves are to be used by groups or individual officers; enlisted crewmen and cadets are not allowed to use the Holodecks under normal circumstances). They do everything that their larger siblings can do; only these Holosuites can't handle as many variables and are less detailed. They are equivalent to the Holodecks on an Intrepid Class Starship. There are twenty Holosuites on board as well, located on Decks 12 and 33.
THE LOUNGE (Ten Forward)
This is a large lounge, located on Deck 10, at the forward most part of the ship. It has a very relaxed and congenial air about it; Ten-Forward is the only place on the ship where rank means nothing - "sir" need not be uttered when a person of lower rank addresses an officer, and everyone is on an equal footing. Opinions can be voiced in complete safety. This lounge is the social center of the ship.
Ten-Forward has a battery of recreational games and assorted "stuff." 3-D chess, pool tables, poker tables (complete with holographic dealer and chips), windows that look out into space, heavily cushioned seats, and numerous other games. There is also a bar (usually serviced by an on-duty bartender), and it stores various potent alcoholic beverages, such as chech'tluth, Aldebaran whiskey, Saurian brandy, Tzartak aperitif, Tamarian Frost, C&E Warp Lager, Warnog, Antarean brandy, and countless others. The replicators are also able to produce other food and beverages for the crew to enjoy in this relaxed social setting.
There are three Shuttlebays aboard a Galaxy Class Dreadnaught. Shuttlebay One is on Deck 4, Shuttlebays Two and Three are on Deck 13. The Galaxy Class contains the latest in Starfleet shuttle and runabout designs. A space/air-traffic control room, known as "Flight Ops" controls the Shuttlebay. This is located against the forward wall of the Shuttlebay, next to the exit for the turbolift.
At least ten personnel shuttles or five runabouts with living quarter’s module, at least ten cargo shuttles or three runabouts with no modules; Twelve shuttlepods, unless otherwise replaced by personnel shuttles, two Sphinx Workpods and three Work Bees.
A Galaxy Class Dreadnaught is designated as an Explorer despite its obvious offensive capabilities. Explorer Type Starships are always Multi-Mission platforms. Each ship is capable of performing a wide range of tasks without any modifications. Trying to define every mission that a Galaxy Class Starship could perform would be a task, which can't be completed. For the most part though, Starfleet sends Galaxy Class Starships on missions of importance or missions that are considered more dangerous than others. This justifies some of the expense in resources that it takes to build a Galaxy Class.
Aside from the escape options of shuttlecraft or transporters, the primary survival craft of the Galaxy Class is the escape pod or lifeboat. Each Galaxy Class Dreadnaught carries a total of 115 of the 8-person variants, which measures 5.6 meters tall and 6.2 meters along the edge of the triangle. Each Lifeboat can support a full compliment for 8 months, longer if the lifeboats connect together. All are equipped with navigational sensors, microthrusters, plus emergency subspace communication equipment.
Pods are also located below Deck 2. Each pod can support a total of eighty-six person-days (meaning, one person can last eighty-six days, two can last for forty-three, etc.). Two pods are reserved for the top four officers in the chain of command on each vessel, because they are the last four to leave the ship. These are located on Deck three. As the number of experienced Captains dwindles in Starfleet, the notion of a Captain going down with his ship has been abolished. If the ship is abandoned, the top four officers in the chain of command will wait until everyone else is off the ship, opt to arm the auto-Destruct (not always necessary, but there if needed), and then leave in the two escape pods. The current life pods are called ASRVs, or autonomous survival and recovery vehicles.
Deck 1: Main Bridge, Captain’s Ready Room, Observation Lounge
Deck 2: Senior Officer's Quarters, Junior Officer’s Quarters
Deck 3: Junior Officer’s Quarters
Deck 4: Main Shuttle Bay, Cargo Bays
Deck 5: Science Labs, Residential Apartments
Deck 6: Transporter Rooms 1-(2) 4, Science Labs
Deck 7: Residential Apartments
Deck 8: Residential Apartments, Captain’s Quarters
Deck 9: Residential Apartments
Deck 10: Main Lounge, Computer Cores
Deck 11: Holodecks, Residential Apartments
Deck 12: Sickbay, Medical Laboratories, Gymnasium
Deck 13: Residential Apartments, Life Support
Deck 14: Residential Apartments
Deck 15: Maintenance
Deck 16: Captain’s Yacht Docking Port
Deck 8: Battle Bridge
Deck 9: Docking Latches
Deck 10: Emergency Batteries, Phaser Bank Systems
Deck 11: Life Support Systems
Deck 12: Science Labs
Deck 13: Shuttlebays 2 and 3
Deck 14: Shuttlebay Support, Personnel Transporters 5 and 6
Deck 15: Science Labs
Deck 16: Maintenance
Deck 17: Living Quarters
Deck 18: Living Quarters
Deck 19: Living Quarters
Deck 20: Living Quarters
Deck 21: Power Distribution
Deck 22: Engineering Support Labs
Deck 23: Main Impulse Engines
Deck 24: Life Support
Deck 25: Dorsal Docking Port, Forward Photon Torpedo Launcher
Deck 26: Engineering Support
Deck 27: Deuterium Fuel Pumps and Fill Ports
Deck 28: Deuterium Fuel Storage
Deck 29: Deuterium Fuel Storage
Deck 30: Deuterium Injection Reactors
Deck 31: Science Labs
Deck 32: Living Quarters
Deck 33: Living Quarters
Deck 34: Environmental Support
Deck 35: Aft Photon Torpedo Launcher
Deck 36: Main Engineering
Deck 37: Environmental Support, Waste Management
Deck 38: Cargo Bays, Brig
Deck 39: Cargo Bays
Deck 40: Antimatter Injection Reactors
Deck 41: Antimatter Storage Pods
Deck 42: Antimatter Storage Pods