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Type
Explorer - Basic
Unit Run
USS Nebula
(NCC 62048 USS Bellerephon)
NCC 71805 USS Endeavour
(NCC 60591 USS Farragut)
NCC 62006 USS Hera
(NCC 60205 USS Honshu)
NCC 61832 USS Lexington
NCC 61827 USS Merrimac
NCC 61826 USS Monitor
NCC 65420 USS Phoenix
(NCC 71201 USS Prometheus)
(NCC 61952 USS Proxima)
NCC 72015 USS Sutherland
USS T'Kumbra
NCC 66808 USS Ulysses
List includes both basic and uprated Nebula class vessels; Starfleet refuses to specify precisely which ships are uprated, or which carry the enhanced weapon pod. Civilian sources state that in total 50 are currently the basic model; 25 of these carry the enhanced weapon pod. All new Nebula production is of the Uprated model, with enhanced weapon pod now fitted as standard.
Commissioned
2355 - present
Dimensions
Length : 452 m 
Beam : 470 m 
Height : 145 m 
Decks : 42 (including pod)
Mass
4,500,000 tons
Crew
780 including family members
Organic Armament
8 x Type X Phaser arrays, total output 32,500 TeraWatts 
3 x Type 3 burst fire photon torpedo tubes + 180 torpedoes 
Antimatter spread emitter
Defence Systems
High capacity shield system, total capacity 2,160,000 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium/Tritanium double hull plus 9.0 cm High Density armour.
Standard level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 6 
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 9 
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9.4 for twelve hours
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Standard :
Beam Firepower : 650
Torpedo Firepower : 1,000
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 800
Shield Strength : 800
Hull Armour : 1,000
Speed : 865
Combat Manoeuvrability : 1,500
With Weapon Pod :
Beam Firepower : 650
Torpedo Firepower : 2,000
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 800
Shield Strength : 800
Hull Armour : 1,000
Speed : 865
Combat Manoeuvrability : 1,500
Overall Strength Index
835 1,108
Grade 7
Expected Hull Life
100 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 1 year 
Standard : 5 years 
Major : 20 years

Notes : The Nebula class was fielded in the 2350's to provide a smaller, more numerous counterpart to the Galaxy class then under construction. The design was intended to parallel that of the Galaxy class as closely as possible in order to allow for many identical systems to be installed in both classes; this has resulted in significant improvements in the design and construction processes for the Nebula class and thus allowed comparatively high numbers to be fielded. Compared to the Galaxy class the Nebula has a more compact shape - the engineering hull is mounted directly to the underside of the saucer section, a measure which saves some 200 metres in length.

The major difference in capability is the addition of a prominent housing aft of the saucer section of the Nebula class. This enables the vessel to carry any one of a variety of special equipment pods - current models include a high capacity sensor pod, an enhanced weapons pod, a colony transport pod, an emergency field hospital unit, or a science laboratory pod. Although the basic Nebula design has approximately 80% of the capability of a Galaxy class vessel in most areas, the addition of the mission pod brings that figure up to 95% or more in that specific area. This flexibility actually allows the Nebula design to accomplish almost almost identical missions despite its smaller size.

In service the Nebula class has proved highly satisfactory, and in many ways these ships form the backbone of Starfleets exploratory and scientific programmes. Like the Galaxy class they have received regular upgrades to their systems, most notably a new Warp Core design. With the advent of the threats from the Romulan, Dominion and Borg, Starfleet invested in sixty seven new enhanced weapon pods for the Nebula class; most of the vessels now carry this as a standard item. the pod carries eight standard torpedo tubes and a stock of 300 casings, approximately doubling the ships overall rate of fire.
 
 

Type
Explorer - Uprated
Unit Run
USS Nebula
(NCC 62048 USS Bellerephon)
NCC 71805 USS Endeavour
(NCC 60591 USS Farragut)
NCC 62006 USS Hera
(NCC 60205 USS Honshu)
NCC 61832 USS Lexington
NCC 61827 USS Merrimac
NCC 61826 USS Monitor
NCC 65420 USS Phoenix
(NCC 71201 USS Prometheus)
(NCC 61952 USS Proxima)
NCC 72015 USS Sutherland
USS T'Kumbra
NCC 66808 USS Ulysses
List includes both basic and uprated Nebula class vessels; Starfleet refuses to specify precisely which ships are uprated, or which carry the enhanced weapon pod. Civilian sources state that in total 172 of the Uprated model have been produced, all with the weapon pod.
Commissioned
2355 - present
Dimensions
Length : 452 m 
Beam : 560 m 
Height : 145 m
Decks : 42 (including pod)
Mass
4,500,000 tons
Crew
780 including family members
Organic Armament
8 x Type X Phaser arrays, total output 50,000 TeraWatts 
3 x Type 3 burst fire photon torpedo tubes + 180 torpedoes 
Antimatter spread emitter
Defence Systems
High capacity shield system, total capacity 2,565,000 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium/Tritanium double hull plus 9.0 cm High Density armour.
High level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 6 
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 9 
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9.9 for twelve hours
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 1,000
Torpedo Firepower : 2,000
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 1,200
Shield Strength : 950
Hull Armour : 1,000
Speed : 1,600
Combat Manoeuvrability : 1,500
Overall Strength Index
1,325
Grade 7
Expected Hull Life
100 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 1 year 
Standard : 5 years 
Major : 20 years

Notes : As part of Starfleets war effort many of its ships have been upgraded to increase their combat capabilities. The uprated Nebula design has a maximum warp speed of Warp 9.9 and incorporates improvements to the weapons and targeting systems, a high level structural integrity field, and various other classified changes. All Nebulas now being produced are of the uprated model, and all of these are launched with the enhanced weapons pod as standard.


Last updated : 11th March 2000.
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