Explorer / Light Cruiser
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The Challenger class is a light cruiser designed to further explore the advantages of the 'vertical stack' arrangement of warp nacelles seen in the Akula class and Asmiov classes. The hull layout is thus relatively unusual for a Federation vessel, with an elliptical saucer section, attached directly to the front of a small, almost flat engineering hull.
Onto this were mounted a pair of large nacelles of the same type as used in the Nebula and Galaxy classes. The lower nacelle is mounted close to the engineering hull on a simple strut, but the upper nacelle has greater separation and is mounted on a much more prominent housing. It is also offset forward from the lower nacelle.
The arrangement proved satisfactory in service and forty of the class were ordered by Starfleet. Nevertheless, the vertical stack did not confer any significant advantage over the more conventional nacelle configurations then in use, except the center of gravity makes maneuverability more solid and robust at impulse speed. Starfleet decided not to pursue this design avenue further. One of these vessels, the USS Buran, was destroyed by the Borg at Wolf 359.
- Role: Light Cruiser
- Dimensions: 394 meters (L) x 264 meters (W) x 115 meters (H)
- Decks: 14
- Expected Duration: 80 years
- Time Between Resupply: 1 year
- Expected Refit Cycle: 5 years
- Total Crew: 240
- 50 Officers
- 185 Enlisted
- 0 Marines
- Number of Civilians: 5
- Emergency Capacity: 500
- Mess Hall
- Crew Lounge
- Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
- Sublight Speed: 0.67c
- Warp Speed
- Warp 5: Cruising Speed
- Warp 7: Maximum Warp
- Warp 9.3: Emergency Warp (for 8 hours)
- 1 Forward
- 1 Aft
- Shields: Multi-Layered Shielding System
- Computer Systems:
LCARS computer control system
- 4 Personnel
- Transporter Range: 45,000 meters
- Sensor Range: 20 light years
- Communications Range: 20 lightyears
- Shuttles: 6
- Workbees: 2
This ship is notable for having the warp nacelles arranged with one nacelle mounted above the ship hull and the other mounted below the ship.
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Currently, there are 7 in service. 33 were lost during the Dominion and Borg conflicts.