Nova class

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Class Information
Expected Duration: 65 years
Resupply Interval: 1 years
Refit Interval: 3 years
Type: Corvette
Role: Science / Garrison
Length: 180 meters
Width: 62 meters
Height: 34 meters
Decks: 8
Warp Rating
Cruising Speed: Warp 8
Maximum Speed: Warp 9.6
Emergency Speed: Warp 9.92 (for 24 hours)
Officers: 22
Enlisted: 84
Marines: 0
Passengers: 40
Evacuation Capacity: 360
Auxiliary Craft


Captain's Yachts:
Tactical Systems
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Torpedo Compliment:
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These specifications reflect the Rhode Island-variant which is assumed to be the new standard for all Nova-class starships as of 2380.

The Nova-class is a class of Federation starship that served in Starfleet in the latter half of the twenty-fourth century.


General Overview

Starfleet's successor to the long-lived Oberth-class surveyor, the Nova-class was first commissioned in 2368. The spaceframe itself was originally the Defiant-class 'pathfinder' prototype before that project was redefined by the looming threat of the Borg Collective. Originally designed for short-ranged, limited duration research missions, the Nova-class's advanced, integrated sensor suite would allow scientists to conduct research to a level unparalleled in Starfleet history. The Nova-class is also capable of landing on planetary surfaces like the larger Intrepid-class starships and carries a Waverider-class shuttle, an advanced atmospheric operations shuttlecraft, in the underside of its primary hull.

The disappearance of the USS Equinox NCC-72381 near the Badlands in 2370 forced Starfleet to conduct an evaluation of the entire project. It was not until much later that the Equinox was discovered in the Delta Quadrant by the USS Voyager, having survived in conditions far beyond its design parameters, that the true effectiveness of the design was proven. By 2380, Starfleet had begun employing a refit version of the Nova-class starship which incorporated many of the lessons learned from the starship Voyager, the Equinox, as well as many others.

Technical Data

Physical Arrangement

This class has planetary landing capability. On the Nova Class the Waverider Shuttle docking port is referred to as Shuttlebay 1, despite the fact that the Waverider is the only craft capable of using the port.

Deck Listing

Deck 1: Bridge, Captain's Ready Room, Conference Room
Deck 2: VIP Quarters, Executive Officer's Office, Senior Officers' Quarters, Observation Lounge, Mess Hall, Transporter Room 1, Holodecks 1&2, Storage, Main Computer Core, Primary Impulse Engine, Saucer Impulse Engine
Deck 3: Counselor's Office, Security Office/Brig, Armory, Junior Officers Quarters, Cargo Bay Transporter, Aft Cargo Bay, Auxiliary Deflector Control, Aft Torpedo Launching Systems
Deck 4: Sickbay, Chief Medical Officer's Office, Arboretum, Botany Lab, Geology Labs, Planetary Development Lab, Chief Science Officer's Office, Crew Quarters, SIF Systems, Dorsal Main Phaser Emitters, Aft Saucer Phaser Emitters, Aft Ship Phaser Emitters, Ventral Main Phaser Emitters, Ventral Sensor Dome, Transporter Room 2, Main Shuttlebay, Flight Control, Torpedo Magazine, Torpedo Loading Mechanism
Deck 5: Storage, Crew Quarters, Astrophysics Lab, Stellar Cartography, Torpedo Launching System (forward), Deuterium Surge Tanks, Fusion Generators
Deck 6: Main Deflector Control, Operations Office, Repair Bay, Deuterium Fuel Storage, and Multi-Purpose Labs, Cargo Bays 1-3, Dueterium Injection System
Deck 7: Main Engineering, Dilithium Reaction Chamber, Engineering Lab, Chief Engineer's Office, Cargo Transporters, Warp Core
Deck 8: Anti-Matter Storage Pods, Warp Core Ejection Systems, and Anti-Matter Pod Ejection Systems, Phaser Emitter, Tractor Beam Systems, Landing Struts

Starships Commissioned

Nova-class Starships
USS DaltonUSS FaradayUSS KeplerUSS MarconiUSS TeslaUSS Wright

Official Federation Starship Specifications
Corvette Classes
(< 200 meters)
Defiant-classJu`Day-classNaucrate-classNeptune-class (ENT) • NV-class (ENT) • Nova-classOberth-class (TME) • Oberth-Refit-classRaven-classSaber-classSentinel-classWright-class
Frigate Classes
(200-350 meters)
Centaur-classHalsey-class (TME) • Intrepid-classMiranda-class (TME) • Miranda-Refit-classNew Orleans-classOlympic-classPhobos-class (TME) • Steamrunner-class
Cruiser Classes
(350-550 meters)
Akira-classAmbassador-classConstitution-Refit-class (TME) • Excelsior-class (TME) • Excelsior-Refit-classLuna-classNebula-classNX-class (ENT) • Prometheus-class
Ship-of-the-Line Classes
(550-1000 meters)
Fighter Classes Avenger-classMustang-classPhantom-classSpitfire-classTyphoon-class
Shuttle Classes Hunley-class ShuttleType 1-class Shuttle (ENT) • Type 3-class Shuttle (TME) • Type 6-class ShuttleType 7-class ShuttleType 8-class ShuttleType 9-class ShuttleType 10-class ShuttleType 11-class ShuttleType 18-class Shuttle
Runabout and Transport Classes Argo-classAvro-classDanube-classDelta Flyer-classTalon-classTri-Star-class
Captain's Yachts Aerowing-classIncursion-classMark I-classMark II-classWaverider-class
Submarine Classes Cousteau-class
Maintenance Classes Inspection Pod (ENT) • Workbee