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Hercules Class (2174)

The Hercules class was one of the faster and more spacious developments to replace the Daedalus class. Hercules-class ships were designed to achieve a maximum speed of Warp 4, thereby reducing the average travel time between the star systems of the Federation from several months to a few weeks. In order to boost the short-term performance as well as provide redundancy for long-time runs, the Hercules class originally had two separate M/AM chambers that fed two parallel PTCs leading to both nacelles. Warp 5.5 was achieved on test runs, but the stress on the warp coils was found to be so high that 28 of the 34 coils had to be replaced after the test.

In contrast to most previous starships that were rather designed for combat situations, the Hercules class was only moderately armed, but included a number of science labs of different branches, including stellar cartography, astrophysics, exobiology and anthropology. The shuttlebay in the stern usually held two shuttles on permanent stand-by and two more that could be prepared for launch in case of an emergency. The Hercules class was originally armed with high-yield plasma cannons only. The ships were refitted with phasers until 2210.

With the introduction of the larger and more versatile Asia class the Hercules class gradually became dispensable. Owing to its lack of the newly developed photon torpedoes, the ships were no match for more recent Klingon cruisers, like the D4, and they were withdrawn from their role as front-line ships when tensions with the Klingon Empire rose after 2218. The simple structure with one large deck and the easy maintenance of the systems subsequently made the Hercules an ideal support vessel. After the labs and most of the crew quarters had been removed and a grapple arm and additional loading ports had been installed, twelve ships of the class served as tenders. The second warp core was removed as well. The last ships of the so modified Hercules class were in service as late as 2275.


Preliminary three-view schematics (ca. 1996)


Revised and more detailed version
 

Hercules-class tender (since 2220)

USS Ulysses approaching a moon
created by Brian Minosh
 

USS Ulysses inside a nebula
created by Brian Minosh

USS Ulysses emerging from a wormhole
created by Brian Minosh
 

Pre-TOS ship group
created by Brian Minosh
Class specifications
Ship type: Cruiser
Length: 167m
Width: 94m
Height: 27m
Crew complement: 188
Max. speed: Warp
4
Commissioned ships
USS Hercules NCC-238
USS New York NCC-239
USS Anaconda NCC-240
USS Neptune NCC-241
USS Olympia NCC-242
USS Sydney NCC-243
USS Cassiopeia NCC-244
USS São Paulo NCC-245
USS Aquarius NCC-246
USS Providence NCC-564
USS Seoul NCC-565
USS Bismarck NCC-566
USS Altair NCC-567
USS Ulysses NCC-568
USS Sumatra NCC-569
USS Atlas NCC-570
USS Alpha Centauri NCC-571

 


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