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Ship Descriptions - NOVA Class Scout


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Report this Aug. 29 2006, 3:30 pm

Okay, pick a ship, gather all the pertinent details about it, post a thread here with why you like it, and what you want to see done with it in STO, comment on other's choices.


NOVAClass (Defiant Pathfinder) Science Vessel / Scout Ship.

Commissioned : 2369 - 2370, (or currently still in production), class remains in service (and seen in future history up to 26th century in upgraded form)
Dimensions :   Less than half the length of an Intrepid-Class starship.  Similar in size to Defiant.
Length :  165 meters to 180 meters depending on source
Beam :    62 meters to 85 meters
Height :   34 meters or more
Decks :    8  (at least they've got that nailed down.....)
Mass :  110,000 to 127,000 metric ton

Armament : 11 x Type VIII, or Type X phaser arrays (8 on primary hull, 3 on secondary hull 2 Standard photon torpedo tubes, or 3 tubes (2 forward, 1 aft)

Warp Speeds (TNG scale): Normal Cruise = 6     Maximum Cruise = 7    Maximum Rated = 8 for 20 hours.
Refit Cycle :                  Minor = 1 year   Standard = 1 years   Major = 6 years
Crew Compliment:         80 officers and enlisted


Deck 1: Main Bridge, Captain's ready room.  Possibly space for small conference room.
Deck 2: Impulse drive reactors, mess hall, crew quarters
Deck 3: Cargo bays, deuterium tanks, transporter room, crew and officer quarters
Deck 4: Main shuttlebay (2 shuttles), Sickbay (forward of shuttlebay) with EMH, escape pods, main computer core access, Waverider, auxiliary deflector, crew and officer quarters
Deck 5: Docking ports, warp core access (** text puts forward torpedo launchers on deck 4 flanking the secondary deflector dish, visual deck representation looks like they are on deck 5 of secondary hull....another discrepancy....)
Deck 6: Main Deflector, crew quarters, small cargo storage
Deck 7: Tractor beam emitters, main engineering, workshops
Deck 8: Antimatter storage, landing struts, environmental systems

Ship has only 1 centerline Impulse Engine located on Deck 2 yet is still a quick manuverable ship (due to small size), a small crew complement, and no onboard holodecks.  The ship is equiped with both a primary and auxilliary deflector dish (secondary hull and primary hull).  Despite the small size of the ship, the Bridge is of a fairly spacious size.

The NOVA is equipped with landing struts to facilitate planetary landings.

Emergency escape pods: 20 in total; 14 located on deck 3, four on deck 1 and two on deck 2.

Quarters: No large quarters.  The majority of the slightly-larger-than-standard quarters are located on decks 3 and 4 (some sources say 1 and 4, typo?), with standard ones located on decks 2 and 6.  Senior offiers get slightly larger than standard quarters (estimate 10 larger quarters total).

Auxilliary Craft: 2 shuttles and one foreward ventrally docked Waverider craft (similar to Aeroshuttle or Runabouts in capabilities).  Workbees stored in the cargo bay for use.


This ship is small enough to be nearly completely modeled on the interior for STO players.  Adequete speed, abilities, and defense.  A great little starship to try most missions for beginning crews.  Probably have the look and feel of the interior of the NX-Class ship as seen on ENT.  Have all the key areas to adventure in except the holodecks.

Ship this size would normally be commanded by a full Commander (or "new" Captain since ST does not use Captain(JG) rank).  It would be considered a good first command for an up and comming officer on the Command Track.  
His XO a LT CMDR, Department heads LT CMDRs or LT's, remaining officers LT's and a few Ensigns (very few ensigns, and no Midshipmen...a ship that far out with that few crew will want some experienced officers along).  

A guesstimate of the breakdown of the crew compliment, according to other sources as reference, might go similar to this:

Command: 6 officers, 1 yeoman - CO, XO, Chief helmsman, 3 helmsmen
Operations: 8 officers, 8 enlisted - Chief OPS, 3 operations officers, 2 ordnance officers,  2 communications and computer officers
Sciences: 7 officers, 14 enlisted - Chief Science Officer, Chief Geology/meteorology/geophysicist,  Chief Astrophysicist,  Chief Botanist,  Chief Archaeologists/Anthropologist,  Chief Chemist,  Chief Astrobiologists
Medical: 1 officer / 2 enlisted -  Chief Surgeon - with Psychiatrist training (supplemented by Emergency Medical Hologram), Nurse, Pharmacists Mate/Medic
Engineering: 7 officers / 14 enlisted - Chief Engineer, Asst. Chief Engineer, 4 - Engineering Officers, 1 - Transporter Chief (enough for 3 damage control/emergency repair teams - using 'off-duty' personnel (command, operation, sciences) to suppliment the teams while at "Battle Stations" - while still manning engineering systems).
Security: 4 officers / 8 enlisted  - Chief of Security, Tactical Officer, 2 -Security Officers  ( Two 4-man security teams, or broken into 2 man security elements for Away Teams).

A small and easy enough ship for new guilds, small groups or even individual players to try and master .....simpler...less deadly?....missions in STO.   Not just science, survey, and scouting related missions either.... a little ship like this could handle custom's inspections and common smugglers, conduct search and rescue missions (although, not capable of taking on large numbers of survivors), conduct lower (lowest?) ranking diplomats and messengers on missions, run supplies.  Most missions.

IMHO, a perfect starship for use in STO.    :rookie:


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Report this Aug. 29 2006, 5:17 pm


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Report this Aug. 30 2006, 3:50 pm

Yea. I like the Nova class also,But Its slow, its max speed is warp 8, Im going with a Intripid Class :D


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Report this Aug. 30 2006, 4:24 pm

Intripid Class Specs

Length: 342.5 meters
Width: 144.84 meters
Height: 55.42 meters
Weight: 700,000 Metric Tonnes
Cargo Capacity: 35,750 Metric Tonnes

Hull: Duranium-Tritanium composite
Number of Decks: 15 Total

Saucer Section
Deck 1: Main Bridge, Captain¿s Ready Room, Officer¿s Briefing Room, Multi-use offices, Escape Pod Access, Aft Bridge Airlock, and Upper Sensor Platform

Deck 2: Officer's Mess, Senior Officers and VIP Quarters, Executive Officer¿s Office Labs and Storage, Upper Sensor Platform Subsystems, Escape Pod Access

Deck 3: Captain's Quarters, Officers' Quarters, and VIP Quarters, Equipment Storage, Torpedo Loading Maintenance, Testing Isolation Chamber, and Turbolift Maintenance.

Deck 4: Crew quarters, Transporters Rooms (2 ¿ 1P/S), Aft Photon Torpedo Launchers, Phaser Maintenance, Forward Sensor Pallet Subsystems, and Escape Pod Access

Deck 5: Sickbay, Primary Sickbay Support Systems (ICU, Biohazard Support, Radiation Treatment Wards, Surgical Ward, Critical Care, Null-Gravity Treatment, Isolation Suites, etc.), Chief Medical Officer's Office, Counselor's Office, Crew Quarters, Library, Transporter Pattern Buffers (2 - 1 P/S), Holodecks (2 ¿ 1P/S), Sensor Gear, Escape Pod Access, and

Deck 6: Crew Quarters, Non-Specific Science Laboratories (8 ¿ 5P/3S) Aux Deflector Control, Aux Computer Core, Escape Pod Access,

Deck 7: Aux. Computer Core, Upper Cargo Bays 1 & 2, Labs, Escape Pod Access, RCS Thruster Access

Deck 8: Astrometrics, Chief Science Officer¿s Office, Deuterium Processing, Port/Starboard/Forward Docking Ports, ODN/EPS Main Trunks, Lower Cargo Bays 1 & 2

Deck 9: Cargo Loading Doors, Aerowing Shuttle Dock, and Labs

Engineering Section

Deck 6: Deuterium (Matter) Processing, Consumables Resupply Connectors

Deck 7: Deuterium Tankage, Warp Engine Core Injector Access

Deck 8: Deuterium Tankage, Upper Premix Chamber, And Aft Work Pod Storage

Deck 9: Cargo Loading Doors, Upper Aerowing Shuttle Dock, and Labs

Deck 10: Main Shuttlebay, Shuttlebay Storage (SB2), Flight Control Center, Aft EV Access Airlock, Main Computer Core, Forward Photon Torpedo Launchers, Reserve Warp Engine Core, And Main Navigational Deflector

Deck 11: Main Engineering, Engineer's Office, Aft Lounge, Warp Core, Auxiliary Warp Engine, Main Computer Core, Main Navigational Deflector

Deck 12: Environmental Control, Antimatter Tankage, Main Deflector Control Systems

Deck 13: Warp Engine Core, Labs, Escape Pod Access, And Secondary ODN/EPS Trunks

Deck 14: Antimatter Processing, Aft Tractor Beam Emitter, Tractor Beam Subsystems, Escape Pod Access, and Ground Hover Footpad Systems

Deck 15: Antimatter Loading Port, Forward Tractor Beam Emitter, Tractor Beam Subsystems, Plasma Relay Control Rooms, and Ground Hover Footpads

I love the Intripid Class because 1)It looks nice, 2)It can land, 3)It can do anything the Galaxy class can do and more :cool:


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Report this Aug. 30 2006, 11:31 pm

I'm going with the Intrepid on this one.

The Nova's one tough little ship and all, but the Intrepid's capabilities are higher and it's bridge looks nicer.


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Report this Aug. 31 2006, 1:13 am

Well, while I agree with you Gents that the Intrepid Class Light Explorer is a larger and superior ship to the Nova Class Scout....  (though, given the choice, I'll take a New Orleans Class Frigate over the Intrepid) any old day....)  my intent was to show a ship down around the similar size of a Defiant Class Escort.

Now, the Defiant is a cramped, 4-deck, over powered gunship.... but pretty weak on the science and exploration side.... it's a fighter. Period.  Whereas the Nova is a small, armed, science and scout. Did I mention armed?  So, it is sort of a "mini-Intrepid" for lower ranked players.

Now, we are going to start off with smaller ships in STO, I imagine, so I was looking for alternatives to Defiants and those ugle little beaties, the Sabers.  

Can't abide those Sabers, Norways, and Steamrunners.... just don't look right.  Nope...they don't look right t'all....then again, that thar "Defiant" don't quite look right neither.....

The NOVA has shown up in other posts and boards as a replacement for the old Oberth and as a probably ship to be seen in STO.

I'd like to encourge that, since I think its a nice, well rounded, begining starship for new Captains to have.  And small enough to model the majority of decks and internal spaces for a crew to walk around in.  Has everythig the budding explorer needs.

Guess I'll have to work on some deck plans and spec sheets on the good little Nova Class to post.....

So, any other small starships out there, other than the Defiant, that people like?  We all gotta work up from some point....


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Report this Aug. 31 2006, 3:10 am

Hmm Defiant, intrepid or Nova....

What about the Norway i heard they were putting in norway, steam runner and sabre classes.


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Report this Aug. 31 2006, 12:24 pm

Well this is going to be one of the ships I'll have to serve on, since I'll probably be in science/medical. Out of all the new little ships, I like this one the most.

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