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U.S.S. EQUINOX NCC-72381

NOVA-CLASS STARSHIP


Development on the Nova-class starship project began in the mid 2360's at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards orbiting Mars. With the Borg and Dominion threats becoming more serious, production was stepped up and began in the early 2370's. The ship was designed and launched simultaneously with several new starship classes, including the Sovereign, Akira, Norway, Sabre and Steamrunner classes.

The Nova-class starship is a small, short-range science vessel designed for planetary research. It carries minimal weapons. The starship is designated as the modern successor to the long-lived Oberth-class science vessel. The starship design features multiple sensor arrays. It also has the capability of landing on a planet surface.

In 2371, the U.S.S. Equinox NCC-72381 disappeared in the Badlands while searching for the Maquis and the missing starship U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656.

In 2376, Project Pathfinder was able to establish communications with Voyager. Voyager's data logs were transferred to Starfleet Command and it was learned that the Equinox was discovered by Voyager. They began the journey home together until Janeway discovered that Captain Rudy Ransom was murdering an alien species to harvest their energy for an experimental engine. After the Equinox and Captain Ransom were destroyed by the aliens, Janeway stripped the surviving five crew members of their Starfleet rank and they joined U.S.S. Voyager as crewmen.
SPECIFICATIONS
NAME/REGISTRYU.S.S. Equinox NCC-72381
CLASSIFICATIONNova-Class Science Vessel
YEAR COMMISSIONED2371
LENGTH165 M
WIDTH82 M
HEIGHT31 M
WEIGHT110,000 MT
DECKS6
CREW COMPLIMENT80
PRIMARY PROPULSIONMatter/Antimatter Reactor (warp core)
SECONDARY PROPULSIONDeuterium Fusion Drive motors (impulse engines)
WARP FACTOR6.0 (Cruise Velocity); 8.0 (Max Velocity)
ARMAMENT11 Type-X Phaser Arrays; 2 Mark-IX Photon Torpedo Launchers
COMPUTER CORE Redundant Computer Cores with Bio-neural circuitry in replacable gel pacs replace many standard isolinear optical circuits, yields 40% faster response time
AUXILIARY CRAFT2 Shuttlecraft
NOTABLE NOVA-CLASS STARSHIPS
REGISTRYDESIGNATIONCMD. OFFICERNOTES
NCC-72381U.S.S. EquinoxCapt. Rudy RansomLost in Badlands in 2371; Destroyed in 2375 ("Equinox").
NCC-72701U.S.S. Rhode IslandCapt. Harry KimIntercepts Janeway's shuttle in an attempt to stop her temporal incursion ("Endgame")