Discovery-Class Deep Space Explorer

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Discovery-Class Deep Space Explorer

Postby Will_Andrews » Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:26 pm

Hello All. First off. Let Me Introduce Myself. I am Josheua Samuelson. I Play Captain Will Andrews on a SIM Currently under process of Review by the FSF team. I would like to introduce my sim's starship. The Discovery-Class Deep Space Explorer.



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Basic starship information

Type : Deep SPace Explorer
Length : 968.5
Beam : 426.2
Height : 138.5
Decks : 33
Mass :
Crew : 1,215
Armament : 12 Torpedo Launchers, 22 Phaser Banks, 40 Point Defense Pulse Turrets
Defence Systems : 20 cm Ablative Hull Armor, Deployable Ablative Hull Armor, Dual Layer Regenerative Shielding

Warp Speeds

Normal Cruise : 8.2
Maximum Cruise : 9.5
Maximum Speed : 9.99 (17 Hours)/Slipstream Velocity (78 Hours)
Diplomatic Capability : Full Extended Range Diplomatic Capabilities - Comparable to and exceeding Galaxy-Class
Expected Hull Life : 160 Years

Refit Cycle

Minor : 2 Year Cycle
Standard : 5 Year Cycle
Major : 20 year Cycle



Starfleet continues its mission with a primary duty to the citizens of the Federation. As the number of member species of the federation grows, and accordingly the area of territory under Starfleet jurisdiction, the duties of Starfleet continue to increase along with the required reliability, durability, and flexibility of the ships that serve under the Starfleet banner.
At the time of this documents publishing, Starfleet’s duties included numerous tasks throughout the Federation. These ranged from domestic policing and boarder patrol, to scientific missions and military operations, to deep space exploration and diplomatic duties. Where Starfleet has continued the shift to small size, single purpose ships, many in Starfleet use the examples of the very successful Galaxy-Class and Sovereign-Class as examples of the continuing need for a number of large, multi-mission capable ships serving in the inner, outer, and furthest reaches of Federation territory.

The Discovery-Class starship the most advanced multi-mssion platform ever fielded by Starfleet and fufills a number of specific mission guidelines set forth by Starfleet Command under the original charter for the Discovery-Class Project.

Pursuant to the Starfleet Exploration Directive 902.3, the following objectives were originally established on June 3rd, 2378 for the Discovery-Class Starship Development Project:

- Provide a mobile platform for long range scientific, cultural, and political research projects
- Replace the aging Galaxy-Class and Nova-Class starships as primary instruments of Starfleet’s Exploration and Diplomatic Programs
- Provide self-sufficient and fully autonomous capability for the execution of Federation policy in outlying areas of the federation and beyond the Federation boarder.
- Incorporate recent advancements in propulsion, tactical, scientific and computer technology
- To fulfill this duty, the following design goals were set for the class:


- Sustainable cruise velocity of Warp Factor 9.5. Ability to maintain speeds of up to warp 9.9 for periods of up to twelve hours.
- Fifth-phase dilitium controlled matter/antimatter reactor for primary power. Sustainable field output to exceed 2,150 cochranes, peak transitional surge reserve to exceed 6,400$ of nominal output (120 ns phase).
- Warp drive coils efficiency to meet or exceed 94$ at speeds up to Warp 8.0. Minimum efficiency of 70% to be maintained through warp 9.5. Life cycle of all primary coil elements to meet or exceed 2,300,000 cochrane-hours between neutron purge refurbishment. Secondary coil elements to meet or exceed 4,000,000 cochrane-hours between neutron purge refurbishment.
- Warp field geometry to incorporate modified 90° x-axis compression characteristic on forward warp lobe for increased peak transitional efficiency. Warp nacelle centerlines to conform to 2.56.1 ratio of separation to maximum field strength.
- Impulse propulsion system to provide sublight velocities up to and including .94 lightspeed. Field output not to be less than 1.02x10¬7K. Reactor modules to be field-replaceable. Redundant systems required.
- Slipstream generator to conform to generation one standards with an optimum field output to be no less than 1.02x1023 K. Reactor module to be able to operate in parallel with two generation two rated vertical cascading matter-antimatter reactors.
- Slipstream field geometry to incorporate generation one field geometry standards with modified x-axis compression characteristic on forward warp lobe for increased peak transitional efficiency with a maximum field output of 450% of standard operating levels.
- Redundant Slipstream output nodes required to increase failsafe efficiency during slipstream velocities.


- Ability to operate independent of starbase refurbishment for up to seven years. Warp operation to be sustainable for up to ten years at warp 8.0. Ability to execute deep-space exploration missions including charting and mapping, first contact scenarios, and full biological, ecological, astronomical, and other scientific studies.
- Space allocation for mission-specific facilities is to include a habital area of 1,000,000m2 or greater including living areas and adaptable scientific areas.
- Ability to support a wide range of mission-related ongoing research and other projects without impact on primary systems or primary ship operations.
- Ability to serve as a fleet command starship during wartime operations with full command operations suite, operations center and combat long and short range sensors capable of up to 400ly tactical scans.
- Fully independent diplomatic suite capable of supporting multiple atmospheric and environmental conditions for ship guests within field partitions while ease of communication and movement.
- Capability to serve as a first contact platform with full capability to extend federation diplomatic standards to new contacts within and beyond federation borders – See Federation First Contact Procedures for Detailed Specifications Requirements
- Full spectrum EM, Subspace Flux, Gravametric, Quantum Level, and Temporal Flux sensor equipment conforming to Starfleet Sensor Standards (Revisded Stardate 69328.42). Four meter wide gamma-ray telescope for fielding of stellar cartography. Full planetary penetration up to stellar density 4,382.93 kilograms per cubic picometer. Temporal Flux sensor equipment capable of determining location of space-time anomalies up to .00482 nanometers in size.

- Environmental systems to conform to Starfleet Regulatory Agency (SFRA)- standard 102.19 for Class M compatible oxygen-breathing personnel. All life-critical systems with a minimum of three redundant back-ups. All life-support systems capable of replacement in transit by Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE).
- Ability to support up to 6,000 non-crew personnel for mission related activities.
- Facilities to Support Call M environment range in all individual living quarters with provisions of up to 25% of quarters to transition to support of Class H, K, and L environmental conditions. Additional 5% rated for transition to Class N and N(2) environmental conditions.
- Diplomatic suites to incorporate holo-matrix variability along with atmospheric and environmental variability of all classes to provide both physical and environmental conditions fitting of occupants.
- All habitable volumes to be proteced to SFRA-standard 347.3(a) levels for EM and nuclear radiation. Subspace flux differential to be maintained within 0.02 millicochranes.


- Defensive shielding systems to conform to generation four regenerative shielding standards with dual layer interface, both field capable of 9.9 x 108 kW primary energy dissipation rate. Regenerative capability to exceed 56.4% active regeneration rate.
- Tactical systems to include Type XIV phaser bank with full 360° coverage along all axis of shop operation with numerous redundant fields of combat along axial lines. Minimum ten fully operational torpedo/probe launchers to be placed on primary hull with up to ten torpedo spread capability per launcher.
- Incoporation of Ablative Hull Armor capable of secondary energy dissipation rate of 1.46 x 105 kW.
- Ship to include Generation Two Deployable Ablative Hull Armor (See Delta Quandrant Technological Discoveries – Starfleet File: 2832.42.428) capable of 9.42 x 1012 Primary Energy Dissipation Rate.
- Ability to operate two Stormchaser-Class – Combat Variant runabouts under mutlivector control standards to provide tactical advantage during combat.


- Spaceframe design life of approximately one hundred sixty years with a minimum of eight ship wide system swap outs and upgrades at an average interval twenty years. Minor refurbishment and upgrades to occur at five-year intervals at the end of ship’s deployment on five-year mission.
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Postby FSF Esrom » Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:39 pm

Captain, Thank you for the in depth look at your ship. This is a welcome addition to our Data base.
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Postby Will_Andrews » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:24 am

Thank you very much Esrom, I've just recently completed the ship's construction chronology which is posted below:

Construction of the starship Discovery and her subsequent sisters began decades before the first ship left drydock. The construction of a ship involves not just the physical act of building the ship but rather the long and arduous process of design and development and is the product of numerous realizations not only by Engineers, but Tacticians and Scientist.

The first glimmer of the Discovery-Class happened on February 2nd, 2378 at a local coffee and literature store in the southeastern portion of the North American Continent. At the time, I was currently engaged in upper level engineering courses, expanding my degree. Starfleet, having contacted me a few weeks earlier concerning the development of a new class of starship to replace it’s aging Galaxy-Class which had proven its self inadequately equipped to deal with growing hostility in the Alpha Quadrant, had sent me a preliminary concept outline for the role the class would serve. Glancing at engineering reports from the recently updated Sovereign-Class as well as a reports on the Intrepid and Prometheus Classes, I sketched, archaically if I may say, on a napkin a general thought for the proposed design. The concept incorporated the streamlined design utilized by the Sovereign-Class coupled with the modified field characteristics of the Intrepid and Prometheus Classes. This moment laid into stone the general configuration that would be adopted by the Discovery Class.

Design and development for the Discovery-Class moved into permanent orbital labs belonging to the Advanced Starship Design Bureau (ASDB) of Starfleet in 2382. At the time the project was under the jurisdiction of the recently assembled Advanced Technology Integration and Assembly Department (ATIA, pernounced “Asha”) of ASDB. ATIA was charged with the assembly of guidelines and specification for a next generation Explorer to incorporate the technologies currently under development in the wake of the return of the U.S.S. Voyager from the Delta Quadrant. Working in conjunction with the Daystrom Institute and ASDB’s Jupiter Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), ATIA summarized that the new ship was to incorporate the specifications listed at beginning of this document.
ATIA submitted the Discovery-Class Design Requirements and Development Study to Starfleet Command (SFC) in 2384. Two months later, SFC approved the specifications and approved the expansion of the Utopia Planitia Shipyards to accommodate the Discovery-Class Development Center (DDC).

Under pressure from SCF, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE) completed construction of the DDC and ATIA moved its dedicated offices there to begin the structural design and development process. It was this, also, that JPL completed the first test of the Generation 1 Slipstream Drive, completed an automated flight from earth to the center of the Galaxy in under an hour. In the wake of this, ATIA quickly updated their design specifications to fit the new field requirements for the Generation 1 Drive.

ATIA transfers operations and development of the Discovery-Class to the Joint Starfleet – Civilian Engineers Team dubbed the NEXTT (New and Experimental Technology Team). NEXTT continues spaceframe design and development. First spatial test completed late 2386.

NEXTT continues spatial testing. Simulator analysis begins on Spaceframe configuration and analysis of both Warp Field and Quantum Slipstream Field Geometry Progresses.

NEXTT begins internal configuration studies. The Structure and Field Candidates Narrowed from original forty-two study models to ten study models. The Beyond Isolinear Computer Initiative (BICI, pernounced “Bike”) submits preliminary specifications on the newly developed Artificial Logic and Information Control Core (ALICC).

Integration of the material and design study group occurs. Structural Integrity Field (SIF) and Inertial Damping Field (IDF) development begins. Warp and Impulse Development Begins. Power ratings and requirements updated to accommodate expanded energy output requirements for Slipstream Sensor platforms and Generation four regenerative shields.

Structure and Field Candidate approved by NEXTT design board. Submitted and approved by ASDB and SFC. Warp Propulsion Design frozen in anticipation of release of Generation 1 Cascading Tunneling Drive (CTD)

JPL releases final specification on Generation 1 Slipstream drive core and Generation 1 CTD core. Warp Propulsion design re-initiated. Major adjustment to ship pylon, nacelle, and engineering hull configuration to accommodate updated spatial stress data on Generation 1 Slipstream Drive and Generation 1 CTD.

Second Structure and Field Candidate Processing Begins, twelve candidates reduced five candidates within the year. Warp Core Candidates narrowed to three candidates.

Second Structure and Field Candidate Processing ends, candidate selected. Generation One Centauri Planitia core selected from three remaining Warp Core Candidates.

First Combined Systems Tests Begin. Minor adjustment to dorsal structural angle to permit improved Z-axis geometry and reduce stress/strain on dorsal structural supports. Support ship specifications, rating requirements, and support information released to NEXTT. SFRA releases final crew support specifications to NEXTT, joint approval follows.

NEXTT Materials Development team completes hull composition study. Data released to NEXTT Design Development Team, Hull Structure Finalized. NEXTT in conjunction with Starfleet opens military postings at the DDC. Science, Operations, Tactical, and Command System Integration begins, headed by Starfleet Oversight Liaisons to each area.

Inherent field flaw with field formation in Generation 1 Slipstream field discovered. Field redesign leads to internal reorganization. System development and integration finalized. Construction Process development begins.

Internal review of Science, Operations, Tactical, and Command Systems shows inherent organizational flaw and lack of command system integration with secondary controls. Starfleet orders immediate restructuring of system development team. Construction Process development finalized.

Cpt. William Jonathan Andrews assigned as Starfleet Design oversight Liason with principle control of Systems development. Entire reorganization and transfer of Starfleet Personnel under Systems development. Hull construction begins on first three ships of the line – HULL 100100, HULL 100101, and HULL 100102.

Systems development completed and specifications sent to NEXTT and SFC – later approved. Construction of HULL 100101 and HULL 100102 frozen. HULL 100100 progresses. Fully integrated system final test completed. Theoretical tests show ship meets or exceeds all ASDB an ATIA requirements.

HULL 100101 hauled to orbital facility for integration - christened U.S.S. Discovery NCC-100101. HULL 100101 redesignated HULL 71832-B. HULL 100102 redesignated HULL 2000-C.

U.S.S. Discovery Launched and Initial testing begins. Yard Captain David Saunders given temporary one-year command for systems review and live field testing. HULL 71832-B hauled to horbital facitility for integration – christened U.S.S. Odyssey NCC-71832-B. HULL 2000-C hauled to orbital facility for integration- christened U.S.S. Excelsior NCC-2000-C. Discovery field testing finds minor flaws in SID and IDF fields. Modifications made to Excelsior and Odyssey. Second Phase Revision to Centauri Planitia Core completed, Odyssey and Discovery systems modified to accommodate. Odyssey Trials begin in Late November.

January 1, 2402
U.S.S. Odyssey Launched Under Command of Captain William Jonathan Andrews as Flagship of the Andromeda Exploratory Mission. Ship departs on mission that same day.
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Postby FSF Esrom » Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:14 am

Very thorough, and very interesting.
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Postby FSF Bourne » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:28 pm

Whoa.. You spent alot fo time on that! Its great! :)
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Postby Will_Andrews » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:53 am

FSF Bourne wrote:Whoa.. You spent alot fo time on that! Its great! :)

Quite True.

The Discovery represents 8 months (so far) of concept work and illustration along with the work on the ship's technical manual. It all started (quite literally) as a sketch I did on a napkin at Barnes and Noble. It started a chain reaction that taught me a lot balancing starships and created unified designs that flowed together.

I appreciate both of you as well as your positive feedback. If you have any questions/comments/thoughts on the design or technology, let me know.

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Postby FSF Strider » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:14 am

Will Andrews is now known as FSF Strider.

Well all I know its been a while since I updated this, the reason being that the ship has gotten massive updates over the months as I rebuilt all the images, upping resolution and improving overall consistency. Below are the updated images. Sorry for their size but I think it is necessary to get a feel for the image.

Port Elevation:

Dorsal View:

Bow View:

Aft View:

Ventral View:
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