Horizon Class (Heavy Explorer)
|United Federation of Planets:
||450 (100 Officers, 350 enlisted) 1,900 personnel evacuation limit.
||Heavy Explorer [Defensive/ Surveyor/ Explorer]
||A.S.D.B., U.F.O.P. Defense Council
|Development Project Started:
|Production Start Date:
|Production End Date:
||Still in production
|Locations of Construction:
||- Antares Fleet Yards, Antares IV - Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars - San Francisco Fleet Yards, Earth
- U.S.S. Horizon (NX-90910)
- ~~~~Under Construction~~~~
- U.S.S. Threshold (NCC-90927)
1.0 Horizon Class Introduction
1.1 Mission Directives:
In accordance with Federation and Starfleet General Codes, the following objectives have been established for the Horizon Class Starship:
- To bring the latest advancements in Federation exploration, scientific, tactical, and defensive technologies into service.
- To explore the farthest reaches of Federation territory and far beyond known space.
- To explore previously dangerous interstellar anomalies while providing a safe environment for the crew.
- To safeguard Federation law, culture, tradition, and citizens within Federation territory and beyond.
- To provide top-of-the-line defense for the ship, crew, and surrounding areas against the modern day major threats.
- To act autonomous far from Federation support for an extended period.
1.2 Design Statistics:
||2,136,566 metric tons
||43,307.24 metric tons
Hull: A Nickel/Titanium (NiTi) alloy skeletal structure supports the Duranium/Tritanium composite hull. A thick NiTi reinforced ablative armor skin covers 96% of the hull (excluding bussard collectors, warp grills, etc). Authors note: NiTi is the modern day “smart” alloy capable of reforming its original shape under heat.
1.3 Modern Design Motivations:
Since its birth, the Federation had been committed to a mission of exploration and to “boldly go where no one had gone before.” (Kirk/Picard) This period of focused exploration brought several explorer ships such as the pre-federation NX class, the Orbeth class, and the modern Nova class. While some classes had been designed for multi-role vessels like the Constitution class, Starfleet lacked a solely designed warship.
Starting with Starfleet’s first confirmed contact with the Borg in 2365, and continuing with the Dominion War, Cardassian conflict, and Romulan/Reman conflict, the Federation entered a period of hostilities with several local Alpha and Beta quadrant super powers. This period forced the Federation’s original mission of exploration to give way to new warships such as the Defiant and Prometheus class warships.
Also during this time, Starfleet gained new insight in long term autonomous voyages through uncharted space. Through the experiences of the Intrepid class U.S.S. Voyager, and the Nova class U.S.S. Equinox, both in the Delta Quadrant, Starfleet learned of the possible hostilities and hazards of both the Delta Quadrant, and in exploring uncharted space.
After the Dominion war; the wrap up of the Romulan/Reman coup; and the safe arrival of the U.S.S. Voyager from the Delta Quadrant, the Federation once again has the focus of exploration in mind. With the insight gained from the experience of hostilities all over the galaxy, the Starfleet Design Council has found need for a ship capable of executing new exploration and scientific discoveries, while simultaneously securing the tactical and defense advantage in potential hostile situations.
1.4 General Overview:
The Horizon class was originally designed with the anticipation of the Dominion War progressing far into the 2380’s. Like the Defiant and Prometheus class ships before, the Horizon was meant to be a pure warship focused on combating a variety of hostile enemies. Almost a year after the Dominion War however, the Federation’s focus slowly turned towards exploration once more. The requirement of new exploration vessels, as well as the extra security Starfleet wanted out of caution, caused a redesign of the Horizon class.
The vessel is designed on the principle that uncharted space has proven to be dangerous and hostile in the Federation’s history. The Horizon class is designed to explore these dangerous areas through the use of tactical technologies typically used in war time. These technologies serve a duel function: they enable the ship to deal with hostile encounters with races far from Federation space, and they enable the ship to engage in dangerous surveys such as the survey of a red gas nebula. This vessel is truly meant for the “wild frontier”.
1.5 Construction History:
Several months after the end of the Dominion War, Starfleet Command was once again setting its eye on the future: specifically the future of the fleet. Since entire fleets had been mostly, if not totally destroyed during major conflicts, the Federation was left with several gaps in defensive, offensive, and explorative capabilities. This prompted Starfleet Command to issue new requests to all major fleet yards for new ships and new classes. While most of Starfleet Command believed the main focus should be on the defensive nature of the fleet, a few others pressed for new explorative capabilities in the fleet as well. This small minority received their clearance to proceed nearly six months after the war.
The task of designing a new heavy explorer was given to the Skunk Works of the Advanced Starship Design Bureau (ASDB). With a history of designing the latest in war technology – named after the original Lockheed Skunk Works from Earth – this assignment was a new direction for the Skunk Works. Over the next two years, the ASDB branch developed Project 342XJ: a supplement to the older Galaxy/Nebula classes – many of which were lost or damaged during the war. By the completion of the final draft design, the only thing left was the official naming of the project: Horizon.
By 2378, the Horizon Project had moved from the design stage to the prototype stage. At the time, Starfleet was still focused on reconstructing the fleet, which meant fleet yard space was tight. The production scheduled was delayed three months before a stardock at the San Francisco Fleet yards above Earth was available. The keel of the U.S.S. Horizon was finally laid down on September 6, 2378. The next two and half years marked the slow construction of the Horizon.
During the construction phase, both the primary construction and design teams faced several challenges. During the first month, a shortage of processed-grade duranium forced the design team to seek alternative material sources for the ship’s structural skeleton. Their solution came in the form of a Nickel/Titanium alloy – materials both readily available at the time – that forms a “smart” metal developed in the 21st century. Typically used in the construction of long range cargo ships, the new alloy offered an unexpected boon in the structural design since it was designed to reform its shape.
The second major challenge occurred one year and two months before the ship’s initial completion. Originally the ship was designed to make use of the Mercurion Inova APD-01 warpcore found on the Intrepid class starship. The ASDB designers had picked the APD-01 for the swirl chamber, allowing for greater structural integrity and power output. By the time the warpcore installation was supposed to occur, construction teams soon realized that the bracings that held the core in place were incompatible with the NiTi skeleton (which relied on a slight curved structure instead of a rectangular structure). This discovery quickly prompted Mercurion Inova Inc. to modify their latest swirl chamber reactor, the APD-06, to fit with in the given space of the Horizon class, as well as to be compatible with the NiTi skeleton. Three months after the delay, the new warpcore was finally installed.
Like other class pathfinders before her, the Horizon pathfinder delayed official commissioning upon completion. The commissioning ceremony wouldn’t take place until 2382, two years after completion. In the mean time, the new pathfinder would become the test bed for several new technologies designed in both tactical and exploration categories. The ships shakedown cruise would also take place during this time frame.
On stardate 59694.8, nearly six years after the initial design request, the U.S.S. Horizon was finally commissioned into full service. Full production of the Horizon class came into full swing two months later with the keel of the U.S.S. Threshold being laid at Antares Fleet Yards. Currently, projections estimate twelve more Horizon class ships to be completed within the next six years.
2.0 Command Systems
2.1 Main Bridge:
General Overview: Located on the expanded deck one at the top of the saucer section, the bridge is effectively the nerve center of the entire ship. All major command functions and decisions take place on the bridge, allowing for an effective and efficient control over the ship. Among the many other technological developments aboard the Horizon, the bridge features several technologies to increase information reception and control. Unlike most other starships, the bridge is not an ejectable module.
2.2 Main Engineering:
Like every other warp capable starship in the Federation, main engineering serves as the heart of the Horizon class starship. Energy input/output control, warp regulation, and regular maintenance routines are all functions handled with in main engineering. Main engineering is located between decks seven, eight, and nine.
The main entrance to the engineering section is located on the fore-facing wall. The two story opening can be sealed by a meter thick blast door in the event of a security breach, warp core breach, or another similar situation.
From the main entrance, the engineering section expands into a large circular room with the warp core in the exact middle. The bottom and middle sections are both complete decks; the final deck seven section is open space filled with only minor access catwalks and Jeffries tubes.
The bottom deck is primarily dedicated to the regulation and maintenance of systems all over the ship. Several work stations facing outward and inward ring the warpcore; control functions include the EPS conduits, Bio Neural networks, and weapon energy regulation.
The middle deck is designed solely for the regulation and maintenance of propulsion and navigation systems. The work station pattern mimics the design on the bottom deck; control functions include the warp core, impulse engines, RCS thrusters, and the deflector dish. The middle of the deck is open space for the warp core itself.
The final section is primarily composed of hanging catwalks around the warpcore and access to Jeffries tubes leading throughout the ship. This section is dedicated to the physical maintenance and repair of the warp core and surrounding systems.
2.3 Tactical Department:
This multi-room department is located in a Restricted area on deck 8. Within it are the entrances to the phaser range, the Brig, the auxiliary weapon control room and to the Ship's Secondary Armory, as well as the Chief Tactical Officer's office. Not only do the Department Offices include additional office space for security staff, but they include additional briefing rooms and staging areas for security personnel.
The CTO's office is decorated to the officer's preference. It contains a work area, a personal viewscreen, a computer display, and a replicator.
Brig: Located on deck 8, the brig is a restricted access area whose only entrance is from within the Security department. The Explorer class vessel has 10 double occupancy cells, which contain beds, a retractable table and chairs, a water dispenser, and a toilet. The cells are secured with a level 10 forcefield emitter built into each doorway.
Ship's Primary Armory: This room is located in a restricted area on deck 8 and is under constant guard. The room is sealed with a level 10 forcefield and can only be accessed by personnel with Alpha 3 security clearance. Inside the armory is a work area for maintenance and repair of phasers as well as multiple sealed weapon lockers. The Sovereign Class carries enough type-I and type-II phasers to arm the entire crew. Type-III phaser rifle and the new compression phaser rifles are available as well, but only in enough numbers to arm approximately 1/3 of the crew. Heavy ordnance is available in limited numbers.
Ship's Secondary Armory: This room is located in a restricted area on deck 12 and is under constant guard. The room is sealed with a level 10 forcefield and can only be accessed by personnel with Alpha 3 security clearance. Inside the armory is a work area for maintenance and repair of phasers as well as multiple sealed weapon lockers. The Sovereign Class carries enough type-I and type-II phasers to arm the entire crew. Type-III phaser rifle and the new compression phaser rifles are available as well, but only in enough numbers to arm approximately 1/3 of the crew. Heavy ordnance is available in limited numbers.
Primary Torpedo/Probe Magazine: This restricted area on deck 9 is for storing unarmed quantum torpedoes, photon torpedoes (if the mission dictates), and science probes I - VI (VII - X if mission dictates). Also stored here are the components for manufacturing new photon torpedo as well as the equipment to put it all together. This room is also accessed by the loading mechanism for the torpedo launchers.
Secondary Torpedo/Probe Magazine: This restricted area on deck 10 is for storing unarmed quantum torpedoes, photon torpedoes (if the mission dictates), and science probes I - VI (VII - X if mission dictates). Also stored here are the components for manufacturing new photon torpedo as well as the equipment to put it all together. This room is also accessed by the loading mechanism for the torpedo launchers.
Aft Torpedo/Probe Magazine: This restricted area on deck 9 is for storing unarmed quantum torpedoes, photon torpedoes (if the mission dictates), and science probes I - VI (VII - X if mission dictates). Also stored here are the components for manufacturing new photon torpedo as well as the equipment to put it all together. This room is also accessed by the loading mechanism for the torpedo launchers.