|Expected Duration:||150 years|
|Resupply Interval:||5 years|
|Refit Interval:||25 years|
|Role:|| Deep Space Starship Support Facility|
& Multi-Mission Outpost
|Main Height:||368.8 meters|
|Overall Height:||969.26 meters|
|Docking Capacity:|| 24 Total Docking Ports
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The Nor-class starbase is a Cardassian designed space station. Since assuming responsibility for managing, maintaining, and defending Deep Space Nine in 2369 at the request of the Bajoran Government, the Federation Starfleet has come to recognize the value such installations can play in frontier operations. Other notable Nor-class starbases that have come under Federation control in the latter twenty-fourth century include Starbase 386, formerly Menok Nor, located in orbit of Aldani IV along the Federation core-ward frontier.
The Nor-class space station was originally developed by Cardassian engineers sometime during the early twenty-fourth century. Impressive trading facilities, the ability to support multiple starships and their crews, as well as advanced ore processing equipment made such installations a highly valued part of both civilian and military operations. Their relatively low resource cost and ease of construction resulted in several such facilities being constructed throughout the Cardassian Union.
In addition to supporting civilian trading networks and ore processing operations, many Nor-class starbases were employed by the Cardassian Union to facilitate occupations of annexed "client worlds". The most notable example of this practice has been the station Terok Nor which served as the primary command post overseeing the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. Terok Nor would eventually play a major role in interstellar politics and prove the versatility of the Nor-class design as the Federation-controlled Deep Space Nine.
The command center of the Nor-class starbase is located at the top of the main structure with overhead windows given a view of the stars and ships docked at the upper docking pylons. It contains the commander's office, a turbolift, a transporter, and Main Operations.
Primary command of the station and surrounding space is directed from the situation-monitoring table at the center of Main Operations. Ideally located for the display of key information and communication, the default table display screen presents senior staff with real-time data regarding the space surrounding the station. This provides station personnel with a picture of the strategic environment and allows them to use all available intelligence and sensor assets. Additional stations around the room are typically employed in the management of station operations ranging from interior sensor tracking to defensive weapon readiness to docked starship operations.
The Station Commander's Office is a room adjacent to Main Operations. Similar to ready rooms found aboard starships, the area serves as an office and second private cabin in addition to the Commanding Officer's private quarters. There are two entrances to the office, one that opens into Main Operations as well as another side entrance that allows people access to the office without requiring them to walk through Main Operations. Directly opposite the large, primary doorway is a desk with built-in computer access. Seating for guests as well as shelving and cabinetry for the station commander's personal belongings can be found around the room. A large viewport constructed of transparent aluminium takes up a considerable portion of the bulkhead behind the station commander's desk while a replicator and larger communications interface comprise much of the adjacent wall.
The Promenade is a large, multi-level public commercial and service area with broad, circular walkways extending in a full three-hundred-sixty degree ring around the upper levels of the station's central core. These walkways provide access to shops and station facilities on both the upper and lower levels of the Promenade as well as a stunning view of surrounding space through a series of tall viewports. Spiral staircases link the various levels of the Promenade. Decoration is provided by colored banners hung from the ceiling, an aquarium on the lower thoroughfare, and various alien plant life.
As a major thoroughfare aboard the station, many visitors and station inhabitants pass through the Promenade on their way from the docking pylons, docking ring, and habitat ring to the central core. Several airlocks provide pedestrian access to the Promenade from the docking and habitat rings while numerous turbolifts link the Promenade to all other parts of the station. It also serves as the primary public meeting place, offering places to congregate and socialize, sit, eat, drink, play games, worship, and shop. A number of essential station facilities are situated on the Promenade including the security office, the infirmary, and the assay office.
Holosuites use transporter technology to create holographic images in much the same way that a holodeck does. A typical holosuite consists of a room equipped with a hologrid containing omnidirectional holographic diodes enabling holographic projections through the manipulation of photons contained within forcefields. Generally, holosuites are much smaller than holodecks and are intended for individual or very small group usage. The most obvious function of a holosuite is to provide entertainment and diversion for guests, though it can also be used to create training scenarios, exercise environments, or laboratory analysis simulations.
The Infirmary is the primary medical facility aboard Nor-class starbases. Located on the station's Promenade in the central core, the Infirmary is overseen by the station's Chief Medical Officer with a support staff of Starfleet medical personnel. Improvements made by Starfleet engineers to the Nor-class Starbase 386 have included the incorporation of interactive holographic display technology first tested aboard the USS Frontier as well as the latest in Starfleet medical holographic programming - the Mark IX Emergency Medical Hologram (affectionately known as "Nina") and the Mark II Long-term Medical Hologram (affectionately known as "Lawrence").
Station Security aboard Nor-class starbases is located on the Promenade and is often where the station's Chief of Security spends much of their workday. One must pass through Station Security in order to reach the station's brig, located directly behind the office. Heavily-guarded rooms employing forcefields keep those incarcerated segregated from the general population of the station. These areas are used to contain criminals, fugitives, and others who pose a security risk and must be detained.
Cargo Bays are general purpose storage areas aboard Nor-class starbases. Many of the station's cargo facilities are equipped with external hatches and large transporter platforms so that cargo can be deposited directly into the area from nearby starships. It is also not uncommon for the large space cargo bays provide to be utilized for other purposes such as medical treatment areas in large-scale crises, brigs, stasis unit facilities, hydoponics bays, and temporary quarters. Station cargo facilities may be allocated for specific use by permanent residents, Promenade establishments, guests, transient personnel, as well as Starfleet and allied operations.
Aboard the Federation-controlled stations such as Starbase 386, Starfleet engineers have often reconstructed and re-purposed several cargo facilities located throughout the Docking Ring to serve as shuttlebays, starfighter hangars, personnel marshaling areas, and small craft maintenance facilities.
The Habitat Ring is the inner of two rings that make up the station's structure and is connected to the outer Docking Ring by three crossover bridges which continue through toward the station's core. An additional three smaller crossover bridges connect only the habitat ring to the station's core.
Residential spaces in the Habitat Ring typically face outward into space with views through transparent aluminum windows, the opacity of which can be controlled by the residents. Most residential spaces include a replicator and wash facilities in addition to the usual creature comforts. Several areas of the Habitat Ring have also been designed with the capability of supporting living environments other than the standard Class-M environment.
Emergency medical services, recreational facilities, and additional storage areas are among the personnel services available to station residents living in the Habitat Ring. Spaced along the Habitat Ring are six launch and maintenance bays used by Starfleet runabouts and shuttlecraft. These bays are positioned at sixty-degree intervals and feature a retractable launch pad which raise up to allow easy launch of the small-craft. The Habitat Ring is also the location of three defense sails which contain phasers, torpedo systems, and tractor beams.
Crossover bridges are components of Cardassian Nor-class space stations. The bridges connect the central core of the station to the Habitat Ring and further to the Docking Ring as well as its associated pylons. Bridges that connect the central core with the Docking Ring are designated primary crossovers while those that extend to the Habitat Ring along are secondary crossovers.
The Docking Ring is the outer ring of the station's structure used primarily for moving and storing goods as well as for starship docking facilities. Twelve large docking ports are distributed around the perimeter with numerous cargo bays and maintenance facilities interspersed among them. In addition, a series of six thrusters are mounted on the edge of the ring which are intended mainly for maintaining orbital position.
Six large, sweeping docking pylons emerge from the docking ring. Three radially-symmetrical pylons curve above the main docking ring at the center of the station and three extend beneath it. The extreme end of each pylon contains an additional docking port capable of accommodating larger starships such as the Galaxy-class, Sovereign-class, or Legacy-class. The majority of the pylons' internal structure is made up of maintenance and support facilities for docked starships.
The Engineering Core is a section situated at the bottom of the station's central core. It is comprised of engineering and support facilities including industrial replicators, computer cores, and multiple deuterium fuel tanks. A power plant of six fusion reactors makes up the lowermost portion of the Engineering Core and can be detached in emergency situations.
|Starbase 226 • Starbase 386|
|Official Starbase Specifications|
|Federation Starbases||Astral-class • Elysian-class • Nor-class • Regula-class • Shiro-class • Stardock-class • Trieste-class|
|Weapons Platforms||Guardian-class • Kimeki-class|