In the late 24th century, on the even of what was going to be one of the darkest times in Starfleet's long and decorated history, a briefing was put out for a new generation of long-range exploration oriented starships. Even though the briefing was not for a ship specifically built for combat, it was to also be able to defend itself in times of need much like the Constitution class explorer in the prior century. Its primary mission was going to be long-range and long-term multipurpose exploration in uncharted space. Thus, the Luna Class Development Project was initiated in 2369 and originally pushed forward because of the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole.
Originally the Luna Class was to explore the Gamma Quadrant and the vessel was armed accordingly. The new quantum torpedoes and the most powerful phaser arrays available were added to the design. The project was spearheaded by Dr. (Commander) Xin Ra-Havreil, a theoretical engineer at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. Field testing of the USS Luna, the prototype, began in 2372 in the Alpha Quadrant with production to pick up shortly after. However, contact with the Dominion stopped the project cold as resources were allocated to more combat-oriented designs.
After the Dominion War was over in 2375, Dr. Ra-Havreil correctly judged that the Federation would slowly revert back to her peaceful exploration of the cosmos. Because of this, she went back to try and push the Luna Class Development Project ahead once again. The initial design was revisited and update with the newest advancements in technology for a ship of her class. Even though the original primary mission was going to be advanced exploration of the Gamma Quadrant, the Luna Class ships instead became the main exploratory vessel for Starfleet.
The original run of 12 vessels was completed by the end of 2379, with Captain William Riker taking command of the USS Titan.
When launched, the Luna Class explorers either included, or improved upon the latest in Starfleet technology when it came to exploration and scientific advancement. Not including the latest advancements in warp propulsion, impulse propulsion, and computer interfaces and technology, the Luna Class also employed a dedicated senor pod housed above the main part of the ship. Thanks to the advances and adjustments made to her warp drive, the Luna Class of starships is an extremely fast and has incredible endurance for a ship of her size. Even though not primarily a combat vessel, a Luna Class starship carries the Type XII phaser arrays as well as two torpedo launchers capable of firing the complete range of torpedoes available in Starfleet.
In a departure from some contemporary designs, the Luna Class only has one shuttlebay, and that is at the extreme aft. The shuttlebay houses the usual assortment of shuttles and runabouts for scientific as well as cargo applications. There is also a mid-sized Captain's Skiff directly in front of the main deflector dish, on the saucer section. It is always at the commanding officer's disposal.
The most distinguishable item of the Luna Class is her unmanned sensor pod. Much akin to the swappable "pods" used on other Starfleet vessels, a Luna Class vessel houses a good portion of her advanced sensors and scientific equipment in an unmanned sensor pod. This increases sensor range, sensor resolution, and sensor accuracy in every way while also allowing more usable space for science labs and living space aboard the main portion of the vessel. The sensor pod on Luna Class vessels is not easily swappable and requires the support of a starbase or repair facility if major changes are to be made. The sensor pod also houses three dedicated probe launchers and is used as a testbed for new probe technologies and ideas.
The Luna Class has been developed to be the Constitution Class for the late 24th and early 25th centuries.
NOTE: Nonstandard configuration assigned to USS Wolff for duration of Deep Space exploration mission.
*The sensor pod is usually unmanned, however it can be manned for close monitoring of experiments, probes and sensor data.
|Deck A||Sensor Pod, Aft Facing Torpedo Launch Tube, Probe Launchers 1 & 2, Primary and Secondary Sensor Arrays, Scientific Analysis Centre (unmanned)|
|Deck B||Sensor Pod Access, Pod section life support control.|
|Deck 1||Main Bridge, Captain's Ready Room, Observation Lounge|
|Deck 2||XO’s Office, Chief of the Boat's Office, Officer's Quarters|
|Deck 3||Crew Quarters, Arboretum, Ship’s Lounge, Main Mess Hall|
|Deck 4||Computer Core Level 1, Crew Quarters, Diplomatic Facilities, Chief Diplomatic Officer’s Office, Transporter Room One, Upper Phaser Array|
|Deck 5||Computer Core Level 2, Ship Operations Center, Primary Power Distribution Systems, Chief Operations Officer’s Office, Chief Flight Control Officer’s Office, Crew Quarters|
|Deck 6||Computer Core Level 3, Sickbay Level 1 (Including: NCU, Maternity Ward, Isolation Ward, Hospital Wards), Industrial Replicator 1, Holodeck 1 & 2, Primary Forward Phaser Array, Astrometrics Lab, Secondary Command Processors, Deuterium Storage Tanks (Level 2), Child Care Facilities|
|Deck 7||Computer Core Level 4, Sickbay Level 2 (Including: Triage, ICU, Hospital Wards, Operating Theatre, Dental Offices), Chief Medical Officer’s Office, Medical Supply Storage, Medical Laboratories 1-3, Transporter rooms 2-3, Secondary Life Support, Life Support Isolation sub-systems, Deuterium Storage Tanks (Level 1)|
|Deck 8||Chief Security/Tactical Officer’s Office, Security Office, Brig, Armory, Secondary Forward Phaser Array, Transporter Room 4, Shuttlebay Control Center|
|Deck 9||Chief Science Officer’s Office, Science Labs 1-7, Secondary sensor Array, Environmental System Controls|
|Deck 10||Science Labs 7-10, Hazardous Materials Lab, Deflector Control, Primary Command Processors, Shuttlebay, Main Engineering (Level 2), Secondary Power Distribution Centre, Marine CO’s Office, Marine Armoury, Cloaking device|
|Deck 11||Quartermaster's Stores, Cargo Bays 1-8 (Level 2), Cargo Transporters 1-8, Main Engineering (Level 1), Chief Engineer’s Office, Shuttle Storage & Maintenance, Industrial Replicators 2-4, Hydroponics Bay, Deflector Dish (Level 6)|
|Deck 12||Primary Shield Generators, Fusion Reactors, Cargo Bays 1-8 (Level 1), Primary Life Support, Tractor Array Assembly, Communications Array, Deflector Dish (Level 5)|
|Deck 13||Fusion Reactors, Warp Nacelle Access, Deflector Dish (Level 4)|
|Deck 14||Tertiary Command Processors, Deflector Dish (Level 3)|
|Deck 15||Secondary Shield Generators, Impulse Assembly, Thruster Assembly, Thruster Fuel Storage Tank, Deflector Dish (Level 2)|
|Deck 16||Antimatter Storage, Anti-matter Generator, Lower Phaser Array, Waste Reclamation, Warp Core Ejection System, Deflector Dish (Level 1), Torpedo Magazine|
|Deck 17||Antimatter Storage, Fore Facing Torpedo Launcher|
|Starfleet Starship Classes (Active)|
|Research Bases||Argus class - Lowell class|
|Starbases||Celestial class - Colony class - Ithaca class - Nor class - Regula class - Stardock class|
|Cruisers||Ambassador class - Galaxy class - Nebula class - Prometheus class - Sovereign class|
|Light Cruisers||Akira class - Cheyenne class - Excelsior class - Intrepid class - Luna class - Normandy class - Norway class|
|Research Vessels||Daystrom class - Nova class - Olympic class - Oberth class|
|Escorts||Centaur class - Defiant class - Diligent Class - Miranda class - New Orleans class - Sabre class - Steamrunner class|