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NX-Class
Class Information
Role: Deep Space Explorer
Status:

Retired

Date Entered Service:

2151

Date Left Service:

2195

Ships in Service:

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Basic Stats
Decks:

7

Cruising Speed:

Warp 4

Total Complement:

82

Tactical Systems
Energy Weapons:

12 phase cannons

Torpedo Launchers:

6 Launchers

Shields:

Hull Polarization System

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The NX-class starship is type of a starship that was created and operated under the command and control of United Earth’s Starfleet. In the mid-22nd century, this was Humanity’s most advanced class of ship and had revolutionised space exploration for Humanity, an accomplishment not recorded since Zefram Cochrane’s historical warp-flight in 2063.

Ships of this class were considered the pride of Earth’s Starfleet with the lead ship, Enterprise (NX-01), being launched in 2151. Each ship of the NX-class was named after the space shuttle orbiters from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Historical Development

The conception of the NX-class started in the late 2110s as a joint project between United Earth Space Probe Agency (UESPA) and Starfleet. The NX-Project (also known as the NX-Program) was assigned to research, develop and construction Earth’s first manned deep space exploration missions. This naval experimental project employed a number of Earth’s top scientists, researchers, engineers and other experts to fulfil its aims.

Challenger (NX-03) shortly after its launch

A critical area of development included the ability for Earth ships to pass the warp two speed barrier and achieve speeds of up to warp five. This would be a totally new engine design compared to the warp drives that were being used by Humanity that were used to low speeds. For years many Earth ships were unable to surpass this limitation and they did not receive any assistance from their Vulcan allies. Resolved to do the hard work themselves, the UESPA and Starfleet jointly sponsored Doctor Zefram Cochrane, the Human inventor of warp drive, to begin developing a new warp engine that would go faster than anything seen before. Not only had Cochrane suffered a lack of support from the Vulcans, but due to the loss of a few other survey ships because of technical issues with their warp engines, he was determined to see this new engine succeed. The project began at the compound he constructed his own warp ship, the Phoenix. The Warp Five Complex in Bozeman, Montana was officially opened in 2119 by Cochrane. Cochrane was supported by noted scientists such as Doctors Henry Archer and Mai Tasaki in his work. The project dealt with some hitches in its early days with the disappearance of Doctor Cochrane only a year into its formation. Doctor Henry Archer would take over a Director and Lead Scientist on the project in Cochrane’s absence. Under Archer’s leadership, they began to make a number of successes which pleased many in the UESPA and Starfleet. Unfortunately, the project was dealt with another setback in its leadership as Archer had to step aside a few years later due to ill health, this was followed by his unexpected death in 2124. The Warp Five Engine had become his ‘baby’, with a majority of its design being of his own. Archer was succeeded by Doctor Kotaro Tasaki, who would go on to complete his work and produced the first prototype of the engine for the UESPA and Starfleet to test.

Starfleet soon went on to become the lead agency for Earth’s interstellar matters, the UESPA would go on to support Starfleet primarily with its exploration mission. As a result of this, by the 2140s, the two organisations began test flights for the warp five engine. The first trials attempted to exceed the warp two barrier with the new engine design. With a few complications and mishaps at first, these early flights would ultimately break the barrier. The engine was proven to work and went on to produce excellent results at higher warp speeds.

While work was being developed on the engine, designs for the new deep ship were finished. Starfleet had been experimenting with a range of ideas and eventually picked one they felt would meet the mission parameters. Unlike other classes of ship, this one was never named but carried the legacy of the NX Project by being designated the NX-class ship. That said, Cochrane, before his disappearance, had made one request that the first ship to be built with the new engine was to be named Enterprise. The reasons behind this request were never discovered, however some people close to the scientist stated that he wanted it to be named after a ship whose crew had helped him with his first warp flight. This reason was shrugged off by many as being fictitious, especially as he had claimed during a commencement speech at Princeton University, that “history has a funny habit of recording only what it wants to remember, and sometimes forgets what really happened” when he launched the Phoenix. He had shared that a group of Humans had defeated cybernetic creatures from the future who tried to stop his first warp flight when he was living in Montana. Cochrane was renowned for his imaginative stories. He was also known to be frequently intoxicated. As a result, the official reason for his request to name the first ship Enterprise was down to the idea that the first NX-class ships should take their names after shuttlecrafts from Earth’s history. The prototype for the first ever shuttle conceived was Enterprise, Starfleet liked the idea (and name) and went ahead with it.

Before any of the ships had been built, Starfleet had requested for a brand-new set of dry-docks and facilities to be built in Earth orbit to support the new additions to the fleet. The United Earth Government agreed, subsequently the San Francisco Yards and Earth Station McKinley were picked with the former being chosen to create the first space-dock. This dock had been dubbed the Warp Five Complex by some as it had additional facilities to support the research centre in Bozeman and would be the location of where the Enterprise would be built. Eventually, Starfleet assembled additional orbital yards – including a repair one named the Obama Facility (named in honour of early 21st century US President Barack Obama). Starfleet extended the building contract for the NX-class to the Proxima Shipyards in orbit of the Proxima Colony. It was hoped that having other facilities beyond the Sol system would expediate construction of the newest explorers.

On April 12th, 2151, Enterprise (NX-01) was launched from drydock and would serve Starfleet with pride. Over time the class would receive numerous upgrades and refits based on what the Enterprise crew had learnt out in deep-space. Even though the ship was originally designed for exploration, one thing its crew learnt was how aggressive some races were. Consequently, Fleet Admiral Moira Hathaway (the Starfleet Commander-in-Chief) ordered Starfleet Research and Development to work with Starfleet Tactical to increase Starfleet’s technological achievements with defence and weapon-based systems. Initially, these orders were criticised however after the Xindi attack on Earth in 2153 Hathaway’s plans to increase the size of their fleet and her “toughen up” approach for it were praised by many in the media.

The Starfleet Command Council had originally issued for six NX-class starships to be built. The plan had been for these ships to lead with exploring new areas of space and then other survey and scout like ships would follow on afterwards. As a result, a bulk of the ships for this arm of Starfleet’s exploration division shared similar designs with the NX-class, this included the NV-class and NY-class.

Construction on the second ship (Columbia) had started before 2152 ended, the next three ships (Challenger, Discovery and Atlantis) quickly followed at the start of the next year. The last one (Endeavour) began later in 2153. Due to the amount of resources needed to build the NX-class ships, construction on the last four ships was not completed until mid-2155.

While the first six ships were being built, the engineers and designers continued to learn lesson to improve on the class of ship. As a result, Starfleet designers had started on further work on the proven design to ensure its longevity through a major refit that would be planned for the class before 2160.

Class Design Brief

The NX-class is composed of a single saucer shaped primary hull and a secondary hull arranged in a catamaran style. The NX-Class is equipped with four impulse engines and two warp nacelles.

The ship's main impulse engines are housed at the aft most point of the secondary hull sections. Just forward and outboard of these engines is the warp pylon connect points, from these points the the warp pylons extend at an angle upward. These Pylons hold the nacelles above the ship's hull so that they flank the bridge. The ship's secondary impulse engines are located along the aft edge of the primary hull outboard of the contention point between the primary and secondary hull sections.

A equipment pod is held by support pylons between the two sections of the secondary hull. The pod can be access via Jeffrey's tubes from either section of the secondary hull or a aft facing docking port built into the pod. The Warp Field Control Unit along with secondary sensor systems are housed within the pod.

At the forward most point of the primary hull is the ship's deflector dish. The ship's primary sensor systems, including the long range sensor systems are housed behind the deflector dish. The majority of the ship's secondary sensor systems are housed in a ventrally mounted sensor dome.

The Endeavour NX-06 under construction

Ships of the NX-class are equipped with four drop bays located in the ventral aft section of the primary hull and two Shuttlepods are housed within two of these bays. Flanking the drop bays are two Inspection Pod bays that house one inspection pod each. These bays have bay doors that face aft. Aft of the drop bays and between the pod bays is a aft facing docking port that is flanked by air locks that allow the crew to exit the craft to conduct EVAs as required.

NX-class ship are armed with twelve phase cannons mounted in storage bays spread across the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the ship's hull. They are also equipped with six torpedo launchers. Four of the launchers cover the forward firing arch and the remaining two covering the aft firing arch. The NX-Class was originally designed to carry only the Spatial Torpedo but the torpedo launchers were redesigned to also handle the Photonic Torpedo. To provide the ship with some measure of protection the NX-class is equipped with Hull Polarization systems.

Ship Specifications

Specifications
Basic Information
  • Role: Explorer
  • Dimensions: 225 meters (L) x 135.8 meters (W) x 33.3 meters (H)
  • Decks: 7
  • Expected Duration: 10 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 6 months
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 1 year
Crew Complement
  • Total Crew: 82
    • 20 Officers
    • 40 Enlisted
    • 18 MACOs Marines
  • Number of Civilians: 4
  • Emergency Capacity: 150
Propulsion
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 0.25c
  • Warp Speed
    • Cruising Speed: Warp 4
    • Maximum Warp: Warp 5
    • Emergency Warp: Warp 5.4 (for 6 hours)
  • Slipstream Capable?:
Offensive Systems

ENERGY WEAPONS

  • 12x Phase Cannons

TORPEDO LAUNCHERS

  • 6 Launchers

PAYLOAD

  • 50 Spatial Torpedoes
  • 200 Photonic Torpedoes
Defensive Systems
  • Shields: Hull Polarization System
Primary Systems
  • Computer Systems:

Optical pulse relay computer systems

  • Transporters:
    • 1 Transporter Pad
    • Transporter Range: 1,000 meters
  • Sensor Range: 10 lightyears
  • Communications Range: 15 lightyears
Auxiliary Craft

SHUTTLEBAYS: 2 Drop Bays

SUPPORT CRAFT:

  • Shuttles: 2
  • Workbees: 2


Other Notes

CREW AMENITIES:

  • Gym
  • Mess Hall

STARSHIP FEATURES:

  • Dual Grappler Arms
  • Deployable Subspace Amplifiers
  • Sensor probes


Deck Listing

Deck Details/Specifications of Deck
A Deck
  • Main Bridge
  • Captain's Ready Room
  • Situation Room
  • Airlock
  • Umbilical Hard Point Connection
B Deck
  • Computer Core
  • Umbilical Connect Hard Point
  • Deuterium Tank
  • Aft Dorsal Phase Cannons
  • Secondary Research Labs
  • Astronomical Science Labs
  • Cultural Anthropology Labs
  • Upper Dorsal Airlocks
C Deck
  • Computer Core
  • Engineering Lab
  • Physical Science Lab
  • Machine / Fabrication Shop
  • Waste / Water Recycling Systems
  • Dorsal Cargo Bay Doors
  • Gymnasium and Recreational Facilities
  • Deuterium Pump and Conditioning System
  • Upper Observation Deck
D Deck
  • Main Engineering (Upper Level)
  • Transporter
  • Computer Core
  • Command Center
  • Enlisted Officers Quarters
  • Cargo Bays
  • Main Aft Observations Room
  • Junior Officers Quarters
  • Enlisted Officers Bathroom Area
E Deck
  • Main Engineering (Main Level)
  • Sickbay
  • Launch Bay
  • Ventral Cargo Bay Doors
  • Officers Quarters
  • Enlisted Officers Quarters
  • Inspection Pod Bay
  • Decon Chamber
  • Mess Hall
  • Captain's Mess
  • Captain's Quarters
  • Hydroponics Bay
  • Airlock
  • Escape Pods
  • Galley
  • Deflector Dish
  • Forward Dorsal Phase Cannons
  • Barber Shop
  • Laundry
F Deck
  • Forward Armory
  • Brig
  • Antimatter Containment Storage
  • MACO Quarters (aka Barracks)
  • MACO Training Room
  • Main Weapons Locker
  • Warhead Storage Magazine
  • Launch Bay Observations Deck
  • Lower Observations Deck
  • Weapons Analysis Lab
  • Planetary Science Lab
  • Aft Armory
G Deck
  • Main Guest Quarters
  • Planetary Science Labs
  • Sensor Processing Array

Active Simulations

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