Discovery class

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Discovery Class
Class Information
Resupply Interval: 24-36 Months
Refit Interval: 20-25 Years
Role: Deep Space Explorer
Length: 1,200 Metres
Width: 550 Metres
Height: 160 metres
Decks: 34
Warp Rating
Cruising Speed: Warp 8.2
Maximum Speed: Warp 9.99 (17 Hrs)
Emergency Speed: Warp 9.975 (3 Hrs)
Crew Compliment: 1,215
Officers: 320
Enlisted: 700
Marines: 175
Civilians: 20
Passengers: 8,000 emergency
Auxiliary Craft









30 (20 active)

Tactical Systems

22 Type XIIa arrays
Point Defense Pulse Phasers

Torpedo Launchers:

12 (8 fore, 4 aft)

Torpedo Compliment:

300 Quantum Torpedos
35 Graviton Torpedos
20 Tri-Cobalt Devices


Dual Layer Regenerative

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Quantite Fusion Warp Core

The class is equipped with the same Quantite Fusion Warp Core that was first installed on the refit Excalibur-class, another large explorer type ship.

Like on the Excalibur-class, the four cores put out a significant warp signature which is difficult if not impossible to mask.

This issue is mitigated somewhat by new warp coil designs and a modified warp field geometry.

Due to the four core configuration, engineers can re-distribute power from any core at any time and even leave two cores in a hot standby mode for quick activation.

Under normal conditions the ship can operate on a single core at full capacity but would be limited to low warp speeds even with non-essential systems disabled.

Slipstream Drive

The Discovery class is equipped with a new model of the Starfleet Quantum Slipstream Generator. This model is designed specifically to propel a ship as large as the Discovery class through a slipstream tunnel.

As a result of the power requirements the drive cannot be used on any standard starship and requires at a minimum all four cores of the warp core to be operating at 50% of capacity; or two cores operating at 100% capacity.

Another limitation of the design which is mostly attributed to the mass of the starship is the recommended limit of 3-5 days straight travel through slipstream. Any longer could risk damage to the drive, or to the ship if the tunnel should collapse.

Impulse Drives

The Discovery-class has a total of four impulse engines which are each powered by large fusion reactors.

The additional impulse engines over the previous explorer type ship (Excalibur-class) provides the Discovery-class with much improved acceleration.


Phasers: 22 x Type XIIa
Torpedo Launchers: 12

  • 8 fore
  • 4 aft

Torpedo Compliment: 300 Torpedoe casings
Warheads: 200 Quantum, 35 Graviton Warheads, 20 Tri-Cobalt Devices

Defensive Systems

Shields Type: Dual Layer Regenerative Shield Matrix
Shields Sustainable Load: 6,800 MW/second
Shields Auxiliary Load: 5,619.2 mW/second

Point Defense Pulse Phasers

As a new addition to the design of Starfleet vessels, the Discovery has an assortment of point Defense Pulse Phasers. These are a variation on the rapid fire pulse phaser cannons developed for the Defiant-class escort. Each pulse phaser unit is comprised of two cannons and

Each bank of pulse phasers has its own tracking and targeting array that allows it to operate independently of the primary tactical systems if desired. This allows the Tactical officer to focus the main weapons on larger targets while the point defense system picks off smaller craft such as fighters and escorts or incoming ordinance that threatens key areas.

Key areas covered by the point defense system are desks 1 & 2, the forward fighter launch tubes, primary and secondary shuttle bays.


Three layer suspension "sandwich"

  • [Outer Layer] Type-IV Ablative Armor Matrix
  • [Middle Layer] Self-Sealing Tripolymer/Duranium Suspension
  • [Inner layer] Tritanium/Cortanium Alloy


Auxiliary Craft


  • 25 x Type 14 (20 standard, 5 science)
  • 5 x Type 19 Cargo shuttles


  • 10 x Mk. II Workerbees

Flight Deck:



Science Labs

Computer Core

Probe Compliment


Original Discovery design & images by madeinjapan1988.