Specs: Galaxy-class (Star Trek)

The Galaxy-class USS Enterprise-D [Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios]

Basics

  • Role: Heavy Cruiser [1]
  • Origin: United Federation of Planets
  • Introduction: 2364 [2]
  • Status: In service as of 2379 [3]
  • Primary User: Federation Starfleet
  • Number Built: >6

Physical Characteristics

  • Crew: 1,014 [4]
  • Max. Evacuation Limit: 15,000 persons [5]
  • L x W x H: >642 m x ±468 m x 140 m [6]
  • Habitable Internal Area: 800,000 m² [7]

Standard Defences

  • Deflector Shield System
  • Type X Phaser Array x 12–14 [8]
  • Photon Torpedo Launcher x 3 [9]

Performance (FTL)

  • Speed (Nominal Cruising): Warp 6 [10] or 392 c [11]
  • Speed (Maximum): Warp 9.65 [12] or 1,977 c
  • Range (Nominal): 2,744 ly in seven years. [13] [14]

Embarked Craft

  • Captain’s Yacht x 1 [15]
  • Medium Shuttle x 10 [16]
  • Shuttlepod x 12 [16]
  • Cargo Shuttle x 10 [16]
  • Work Pod x 5 [16]
  • Danube-class runabout x ±3 [17]

Known Ships († for destroyed ships)

  • NCC-1701-D USS Enterprise †,
  • NCC-70637 USS Galaxy,
  • NCC-71099 USS Challenger,
  • NCC-71807 USS Yamato †,
  • NCC-71832 USS Odyssey †,
  • NCC-71854 USS Venture, and
  • Multiple other ships.

Production Background

  • The Galaxy-class was designed for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) by Andrew Probert.
  • Ships of the class, including the USS Enterprise-D, have appeared in all subsequent Star Trek TV series and even in the feature film Star Trek Generations.

Footnotes

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation—Technical Manual (1991), p.5, “The USS Enterprise is categorized as an Explorer, the largest starship in a classification system that includes cruiser, cargo carrier [….]” The largest and most heavily defended of cruisers are classified as heavy cruisers.
  2. (TNG) “Encounter at Farpoint.”
  3. Star Trek: Nemesis, the chronologically most recent bona fide prime universe story.
  4. (TNG) “Rascals.” Standard crew complement varies according to mission profile and it also includes non-crew family members.
  5. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991), p.176.
  6. There is no firm consensus on the physical dimensions of the Galaxy-class. It has been recently accepted that 642.5 meters is the length of the class. If that figure is true, then using the Master System Display as a guide would yield a height of about 140 m. The width of the class remains in dispute and an estimation has been used.
  7. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991), p.2. Note: this is 33% more area than in the Pentagon.
  8. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991),p.123–125. Note: one Phaser array is concealed in docked mode.
  9. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991),p.128, 130. Note: one launcher is concealed in docked mode and each launcher can fire ten independently guided Photon torpedoes simultaneously.
  10. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991),p.57.
  11. Warp Scale used here is the one from DITL.org.
  12. (TNG) “Q Who.”
  13. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991), p.2.
  14. See #11.
  15. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991),p.164.
  16. ST: TNG—Technical Manual (1991),p.158.
  17. (DS9) “Emissary.” It’s plausible since the Enterprise transported three runabouts to DS9 and later operated a fourth in “Timescape.”
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