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Starbase manufacturing and support facility
Unit Run
Sixteen in serivce plus two building.
2274 - present
Diameter : 3,810 m
Height (main) : 4,648 m
Height (overall) : 5,795 m
Decks : 1,200
580,000,000 tons
15,000 Starfleet, typically 20 to 35,000 civilian
370 x Type XII phaser arrays, total output 2,240,000 TeraWatts
24 x Burst fire photon torpedo tubes 
Total 12,000 photon torpedoes
Defence Systems
High capacity shield system, capacity 75,600,000 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium/Tritanium double hull.
Low level Structural Integrity field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Not Applicable
Docking Facilities
Internal docking bay capable of holding up to thirty starships, depending on type 
Fifteen hangar bays capable of holding up to three hundred shuttlecraft shuttlecraft
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 44,800
Torpedo Firepower : 12,000
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 1,100
Shield Strength : 28,000
Hull Armour : 25
Speed : -
Combat Manoeuvrability : -
Overall Strength Index
Three Grade 7 systems
Expected Hull Life
150 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 5 years 
Standard : 15 years 
Major : 30 years

Notes : For many years Starfleet depended on single-ship orbital platform facilities for the construction and maintanence of its starships. However, the rapid expansion of the Federation during the late twenty second and early twenty third centuries was fuelling an increase in the size of Starfleet and the existing platforms were becoming unable to cope with the workload. By 2260 Starfleet was petitioning for a major new orbital facility to be built, and in 2363 it was decided to proceed with this project. The requirement was for a space station which would put all the refining, processing, manufacturing and assembly facilities required for manufacture and maintanence of starships into one place. When finished in 2274 the station was essentially a small city, dedicated to Starship production - cargo ships would bring raw materials in at one end of the line, starships would roll out at the other. This enabled Starfleet to eliminate much of the transportation requirements previously involved in starship construction; the resources saved by this centrilisation covered the initial outlay for Spacedock within ten years.

Once it was realised that such efficiency savings could be achieved, it was decided to proceed with further stations in other major centres of Starship production. Starfleet has continued to add new Spacedock facilities to its inventory ever since, with the total now up to sixteen.

Over their lives these stations have seen many revolutionary changes; the advent of industrial scale replication in the twenty fourth century was a major revolution throughout the Federation and led to a major refurbishment of the manufacturing facilities on the Spacedocks. This freed up much internal volume, allowing a considerable increase in living standards for the crews. Many different sensor and weapon suites have been utilised on these stations over the years, the most recent being improvements to the shields and weapons to counter the Borg and Dominion threats. It was planned to equip all Spacedocks with quantum torpedoes in place of their photons, but the relatively limited number of such weapons available has made this unfeasible. Instead the Type IV photons have been replaced by Type VI models to give increased penetration power against heavy shielding.

During the last five years the Federation has seen a marked upswing in the level of threat directed toward it. As a result of this all Spacedock facilities have been working at maximum output in order to put as many new ships into the fleet as possible, as well as producing weapons for ground forces and other war materials. As such, these stations continue to form the backbone of the Federations war prodcution capability.

Last updated : 25th April 1998.
This page is Copyright Graham Kennedy 1998.

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