The Nova class is a type of Federation starship in service in the late 24th century. It is designed primarily as a science and scout vessel, used for long-term research and analysis after a region has been surveyed by larger explorer-type vessels.
As science vessels, Nova class ships have the ability to land on planetary surfaces with four landing struts in the secondary hull. To further accommodate ease of research, Nova class ships are designed to enter planetary atmospheres for long periods of time.
The design that would eventually become the Nova-class began---strangely enough---as the pathfinder model for a vessel meant to help counter the growing Borg threat of the 2360s. Orginally, the ship was to be a fast attack torpedo platform with as many as six torpedo launchers. When the Advanced Starship Design Bureau decided to radically redesign the vessel in response to changing Borg tactics (in favor of what became the Defiant class), the original prototype was temporarily shelved at the Antares Fleet Yards. However, it was soon discovered that experimental vessel NXP-2365WP/T had many merits and Starfleet concluded that the new Nova-class would be the long-awaited successor to the venerable Oberth class survey ships.
The namesake of the class was launched in 2368 and offically commissioned in 2370.
- Type VIII Array: 11
|Deck 1||Bridge, Captain's Ready Room, Conference Room, Escape Pods|
|Deck 2||VIP/Guest Quarters, Executive Officer's Office, Senior Officers' Quarters, Observation Lounge, Mess Hall, Transporter Room 1, Holodecks 1 & 2, Storage (5), Main Computer Core, Escape Pods, Primary Impulse Engine (Amidships), Impulse Engine Deuterium Surge Tanks|
|Deck 3||Counselor's Office, Security Office/Brig, Armory, Junior Officer's Quarters, Cargo Bay Transporter, Aft Cargo Bay, Escape Pods, Auxiliary Deflector Control, Torpedo Launch Bay (aft)|
|Deck 4||Sickbay, Primary Sickbay Support Systems (ICU, Biohazard Support, Surgical Bay, Critical Care, Null-Gravity Treatment, Isolation Suites, etc.), Chief Medical Officer's Office, Arboretum, Botany Lab, Geology Lab (Planetary), Geology Lab (Astronomical), Planetary Development Lab, Chief Science Officer's Office, Crew Quarters, EPS Node Monitoring, SIF Systems, Dorsal Main Phaser Emitters (P/S), Aft Saucer Phaser Emitters (P/S), Aft Ship Phaser Emitters (P/S), Ventral Main Phaser Emitters (P/S), Ventral Sensor Dome, Transporter Room 2, Main Shuttlebay, Flight Control, Torpedo Magazine, Torpedo Loading Mechanism|
|Deck 5||Storage (8), Crew Quarters, Astrophysics Lab, Stellar Cartography, Torpedo Launch Bay (forward)|
|Deck 6||Main Deflector control, Operations Center, Repair Bay, Deuterium Storage, and Multi-Purpose Laboratories (3), Cargo Bays (3)|
|Deck 7||Main Engineering, Dilithium Reaction Chamber, Engineering Lab, Chief Engineer's Office, Cargo Transporters|
|Deck 8||Escape Pods, Antimatter storage Pods, Warp Core Ejection Systems, and Anti-Matter Pod Ejection Systems, Phaser Emitter, Tractor Beam Systems, Landing Struts|
|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|