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|Expected Duration:||50 years|
|Resupply Interval:||0.75 years|
|Refit Interval:||3 years|
|Role:||Escort / Garrison|
|Cruising Speed:||Warp 7|
|Maximum Speed:||Warp 9.4|
|Emergency Speed:||Warp 9.988 (for 18 hours)|
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The Wright-class Starship Development Project began in the mid-2380s at the Aldani Fleet Yards. Raids on merchant shipping and conflict with Elyshan factions were creating a great deal of concern amongst the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet admiralty. It was around this time that Vice Admiral Chris Manley, then Director of Research & Development, authorized the development of a starship design capable of escorting supply convoys, supporting Starfleet operations, as well as garrisoning starbases and other Federation installations.
Lieutenant Commander Sean Nelson was chosen to lead the design team while personnel from vessels and installations throughout the Eighth Fleet were called upon to provide consultation for the project. Team members started with what they knew of the thirty year old Defiant-class starship which had long since expanded from its initial role as a purely combat vessel. They then brought together lessons learned from Voyager's time in the Delta Quadrant and recent encounters with the Elyshans. An increasing awareness of the Yang Zutal only served to underscore the growing sense of urgency felt by many members of the team.
The appointment of then-Rear Admiral Lorian Tharos as Director of Research & Development in early 2388 proved less impacting of the design process than some might have anticipated. Because of his familiarity with the project, having served under Vice Admiral Manley for some time, Tharos and Lieutenant Commander Nelson were able to keep things moving forward with little interruption.
Construction of the prototype vessel, the USS Wright (NX-97283), was completed in early 2390 although without a majority of the creature comforts that would later be included. A skeleton crew made up of members from the design team, yard engineers, and flight testing personnel was assigned to the Wright with orders to begin extensive space trials. These trials consisted of a number of tests of her handling characteristics, interior/exterior sensor capabilities, and security/tactical systems. Upon returning to Aldani, the Wright underwent phase one assessment as engineers worked to correct those issues that had arisen during initial space trials.
On the morning of 08 March 2390, seven yard personnel were killed and twelve others injured in an explosion which occurred near Main Engineering and severely damaged several surrounding sections aboard the USS Wright. The entire Aldani system was placed on high alert even as yard personnel worked to secure the Wright and rescue trapped survivors. A subsequent investigation revealed that an agent of the Zutal Imperium may have boarded one of the Federation starships present at the Battle of Nashira disguised as an engineering technician. When the allied vessels returned to Aldani for repairs, the agent managed to slip aboard the Wright and plant an organic explosive device near the engineering section. The attack forced the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet to re-evaluate security throughout the Aldani system. It also resulted in significant delays for the Wright-class Starship Development Project as engineers worked to repair the damage inflicted upon the prototype vessel.
Repairing the damage to the USS Wright took about a month as engineering teams worked diligently to restore the affected sections. The Romulan Cloaking Device, damaged by the attack and deemed unnecessary for the starship's mission profile, was removed to make room for a secondary computer core designed specifically to manage the ship's tactical systems. Experimental holographic computer interface terminals which had already proven themselves aboard other vessels were replaced with standard LCARS in order to increase combat processing efficiency. The remaining creature comforts such as crew accommodations, mess hall facilities, and sickbay were completed prior to another set of controlled field tests which began in mid-2390.
Both Lieutenant Commander Nelson and Vice Admiral Tharos were extremely satisfied with the results of controlled field testing. They submitted a joint recommendation to the Eighth "Horizon" Fleet admiralty that the USS Wright be approved for limited active duty. After reviewing their findings, the admiralty appointed Commander Peter Armstrong as the vessel's Commanding Officer at the direct recommendation of Vice Admiral Iluvar. Armstrong was granted permission to select the members of his Command Staff including Ensign Thomas Gates as Strategic Operations Officer and Ensign Charles Young as Science Officer. He officially assumed command of the vessel on 24 July 2390 with orders to deploy as part of Carrier Group Eleven.
The bridge layout of a Wright-class starship acts as the primary nerve center for this sleek escort and owes its heritage to earlier designs first employed aboard Defiant-class starships. Despite the compact size, it nonetheless accommodates the familiar engineering, tactical, science, and flight operations stations. Access to the bridge is provided by a double-wide open doorway located directly in the middle of the aft bulkhead. To one side of this entryway is the ship's dedication plaque. The port side of the bridge houses the Auxiliary Control I, Strategic Operations, and Engineering Stations while the starboard side features the Auxiliary Control II, Tactical, and Science stations. Because of its nearly exclusive role as an escort and support vessel, space was created for the installation of a secondary computer core designed specifically to manage the ship's tactical systems. Experimental holographic computer interface terminals which had already proven themselves aboard other vessels were replaced with standard LCARS in order to increase combat processing efficiency.
The center of the bridge features the lone Captain's chair on a raised platform with clear view of all the bridge stations as well as the main viewscreen. Separate control panels are located on either side of the command chair which allow the occupant access to virtually every system aboard the ship. Directly behind the command chair stands a large holographic Master Systems Display. This vertical imaging system is capable of displaying various mission relevant information in a variety of forms including tactical readouts and often serves as primary focus for "huddle session" style mission briefings.
Between the command chair and the viewscreen is an integrated flight operations panel capable of performing the joint duties of those stations' larger counterparts on other Federation starships. Like all of the bridge stations on a Wright-class starship, the Flight Operations station has been designed so that the time between commands being entered and action being taken is as close to being instant as possible. This allows for the craft to perform almost like a starfighter when under the hands of a skilled pilot.
Like many other rooms aboard Wright-class starships, the Captain's Ready Room is small and compact, often doubling as the Commanding Officer's personal quarters.
The ready room is a personal office reserved for the Commanding Officer and is accessed via a corridor on deck one. Here, the captain can engage in administrative work without interfering with bridge operations. It is also the preferred place to hold private discussions and/or receive classified communications.
A transporter room is part of a starship or space station specifically outfitted to transport lifeforms and small inanimate objects. Wright-class starships are equipped with two transporter rooms. Each contains a transporter pad that is smaller than those found aboard other Starfleet vessels.
The main transporter room is always kept at the ready to transport passengers and crew on or off the ship. Away teams can be beamed from the ship into important situations instantaneously. A turbolift stop is located in the corridor directly outside each transporter room allowing new arrivals to be delivered anywhere on the ship.
An emphasis toward tactical systems as well as limited available space aboard Wright-class starships has resulted in crew quarters that are considered among the most spartan when compared to other Starfleet vessels. Crewmembers are required to share their quarters with at least one other crewmate during normal times of operation.
Crew accomodations include eleven main cabins and five contingency cabins, each equipped with a minimum of two stacking bunks fitted into the bulkhead. These cabins can be outfitted with as many as six bunks, allowing for a potential capacity of ninety-six persons. Each cabin is equipped with one replicator port and one standard computer terminal.
The Commanding Officer is granted a separate room located on deck one which doubles as the Captain's ready room.
It has been said that Main Engineering represents the "heart" of any starship and the Wright-class is no exception. Access to almost all systems aboard the vessel as well as management of repairs, power flow, and general maintenance can be directed from this location.
Entrance to the primary engineering spaces is provided by a large blast door that can be closed for internal or external security reasons as well as in case of emergencies. Just inside the door is a free-standing, multi-purpose monitor and control table similar to the "pool table" workstations found aboard larger vessels. The Chief Engineer can use the display to more easily get a broad view of the situation with just a glance as well as to direct engineering and damage control efforts.
A series of steps connects the main floor to a slightly raised platform which houses an advanced class-seven warp drive capable of attaining emergency velocities of around warp nine-point-nine-eight-eight for eighteen hours. This area is separated from the rest of engineering by a safety railing which runs along the edge of the platform. Another safety railing surrounds the warp core to help prevent unauthorized access.
The side walls of the room are covered with displays and access panels. One display features a schematic of the ship as well as energy flow and additional useful information. Other workstations may be reconfigured to serve as auxiliary bridge stations in the event of an emergency.
Like all facilities aboard Wright-class starships, the mess hall is compact and functional. Three open slots which serve as dispensers for the replicators are located at the head of the room. A counter extends from the underside and is used for the placement of trays, mugs, and eating utensils. Seating is provided by four metallic tables approximately one meter square, each with four stools connected to its legs.
Doors leading to exterior corridors are situated in the middle of the two longest walls. These doors remain open during meal breaks to allow free access for crewmembers and ease of traffic flow. They are typically closed when the room is being used for other, more sensitive tasks.
Because Wright-class starships lack the sort of recreational facilities found aboard larger Starfleet vessels, the mess hall often doubles as a makeshift meeting area. A tall screen panel located on one of the walls can be used as a visual aid to display tactical graphics during crew briefings and mission profiles.
Medical & Science Labs
Wright-class starships are designed to fulfill a relatively limited role as escorts and support vessels within the greater Federation Starfleet. As such, little room was afforded for expansive scientific research facilities found aboard larger Federation starships. Two dedicated laboratories serve as the primary location for scientific research, medical analysis, field testing, and investigations.
The main sickbay serves as the primary crew support facility during emergency situations. It is equipped with limited surgical facilities, only four biobeds, and is intended to stabilize patients until they can be delivered to a nearby medical facility. Each of the biobeds is equipped with medical sensors located above the head that constantly monitor the condition of the patient.
A large information panel is located along one wall of the sickbay. Here, the attending physician can monitor more complex readings, access the ship's medical database, or consult with colleagues across the Federation.
A launch bay is the area aboard a starship from which shuttlecraft and other small craft may be launched. It is also where embarked craft remain docked when not in use. The term was in common use during the twenty-second century but had been replaced with the term shuttlebay by the twenty-third century.
Due to its compact size, a Wright-class starship cannot support a full fledged shuttlebay like those found on other Starfleet vessels of the late twenty-fourth century. Engineers chose instead to incorporate a single launch bay system capable of holding one Type 10-class Shuttle. The shuttlecraft enters and exits through two sliding doors which open toward the ventral hull. They are operated from a control station on the upper gantry level. An atmospheric forcefield allows the launch bay to maintain atmospheric pressure during launch.
|Deck 1:||Main Bridge, Captain's Ready Room, Equipment Storage, Transporter Room 1, Upper Sensor Array, Upper Docking Airlock|
|Deck 2:||Upper Main Engineering, Antimatter Storage/Injectors, Deuterium Storage Tanks (Upper), Primary Computer Core (Level 1), Forward Torpedo Launchers (2), Forward Torpedo Storage & Maintenance, Main Armory, Deflector Control Room, Officer and Crew Quarters, Escape Pods|
|Deck 3:||Lower Main Engineering, Primary Fusion Reactors, Life Support Control Systems, Main Deflector Assembly (Upper), Deuterium Storage Tanks (Lower), Impulse Engine Assembly, Impulse Reactors, Impulse Engine Maintenance Access, Warp Coils, Mess Hall, Medical/Science Laboratory, Sickbay, Transporter Room 2, Officer and Crew Quarters, Shuttle Maintenance and Launch Bay Elevator System, Primary Computer Core (Level 2), Cargo Bays 1-2, Escape Pods|
|Deck 4:||Main Deflector Assembly (Lower), Aft Torpedo Launcher (1), Aft Torpedo Storage & Maintenance, Waste Management, Energy Recycling, Warp Core Ejection Systems, Antimatter Storage Pods, Forward Tractor Beam Emitter, Aft Tractor Beam Emitter, Lower Sensor Array, Launch Bay Exterior Doors and Elevator System, Warp Coils, Escape Pods|
SUB-DECK A: Nacelle Maintenance Access, Warp Field Stabilizers
|USS Wright • USS Earhart • USS Hughes • USS Langley • USS Lindbergh|