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2. Chimera class

The Chimera class is an official starship class of the Star Trek universe, however, we do not know the actual design, but only the names and some basic facts about the ships of this class. It is the task of the Utopia Planitia Chimera project to fill the gaps and give the Chimera class starships a definite appearance. For further information, check out the following subsections:

1.1 Star Trek history
1.2 Star Trek specifications
1.3 Background data
1.4 Background development

 

 

Note: Since the facts and design of the Chimera class, as presented here, are not part of the official Star Trek universe, all information given in "History" and "Specifications" have to be regarded as "non-canon" and are the property of the author.

 

1.1 Star Trek history

The Chimera class introduced in the mid 24th century was one of the first starship classes of Starfleet to be particularly designed and constructed as a "scout", therefore being specially adjusted to the tasks reconaissance and undercover research. While Federation had mainly used Peregrine class courier ships or research ships during the long period of peace at the beginning of the 24th century due to the relative rarity of such missions, the significance and necessity of the obversation of enemy fleet movements and bases grew with the rapid deterioration of the relations to the Cardassian Union in the 2340s. It became obvious that the vessels previously used for this purpose wouldn't be up to these tasks in a war-like situation any longer, and instead, a compact, quick, but also powerful ship would be necessary. In 2345, these considerations and the following project requirements exactly worked out by the ASDB resulted in the beginning of the Chimera project, with the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards being responsible for he construction. Although a non-propulsive base version of the prototype and the spaceframes of 6 additional vessels of the class were already avaiable 3 years late, the beginning of the Cardassian Wars in 2346 and the massacre of Setlik III in the following year showed that the project had been initiated too late. Therefore, from this moment the construction of the prototype was accelerated and additionally, it was decided to construct another four vessels of the class. Consequently, the USS Chimera, the first real scout ship of Starfleet, could be comissioned in 2350. Together with the 10 series vessels comissioned between 2351 and 2355, it did a good job for Starfleet during the Cardassian Wars. Although the Chimera class has been getting on in years and is inferior to the more modern starship classes like the Defiant class or Intrepid class in the meantime, the beginning of the conflict with the Dominion in late 2370 has shown that a compact and reliable scout is still needed by Starfleet.

 

1.2 Star Trek specifications

Classification Scout
Construction yard Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars
Operational phase since 2350
Prototype USS Chimera
[NX-57410]
Further vessels USS Portland
[NCC-57418]
 
Dimensions Length 182.4m
Width 184.8m
Height 37.6m
Mass 0.950 Mt
Deck count 10
Crew complement 120
Warp drive Warp engines with two nacelles
Maximum speed warp 8.8 (unlimited), warp 9.4 (12 h)
Impulse drive 2 impulse engines
Armament Deflector shields
4 phaser banks type VII
2 pho-torp launcher

 

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