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Tuesday, July 9

Auxiliary Vessel: Zephyr-Class Commship

The Zephyr-class commship is the current vessel design in use by the Federation Commship Command (FCC). Since data cannot be transmitted faster than the speed of light (a limitation of physics), swift vessels are needed to physically transport that data -- at a higher speed -- to its required destination. These small warp-9 commships are, therefore, the message delivery vessels of the Federation, providing regular communication delivery between planets, stations, and starships.

Due to the purpose of these vessels, they allocate more space to engine power and efficiency than other small vessels, and are, therefore, the only vessels of this size with warp-9 engines.

The Zephyr-class commship is actually a precursor to the Danube-class runabout. The Zephyr-class was designed for speed, and has no dedicated science, cargo or adaptable mission systems. It does have limited living space, for a small crew, and substantial data storage capacity, but is poorly suited for any other purpose. The more recent Danube-class runabout, on the other hand, builds upon the Zephyr-class design, but sacrifices engine power and efficiency, in order to make room for science, cargo and adaptable mission systems.

This vessel was designed specifically for the Federation Commship Command, and is not available to the general public. The only other organization given clearance to operate these vessels is Starfleet, which does maintain a small fleet for use along strategic message routes.

The USS Enterprise-D does not have any of these vessels within it's auxiliary vessel complement, however, it does maintain a temporary landing area, in the Main Shuttlebay, for regular commships to resupply and rotate stationed crew as necessary. In most cases, however, since commships do have a transporter aboard, they usually just come alongside the Enterprise (while it is stationary), transfer data (and any personnel in transit), and then depart for their next scheduled destination.

(NOTE: "Zephyr" is pronounced: "zeffer")


Length: -- 16 meters
Beam: -- 9.78 meters
Height: -- 4.25 meters
Decks: -- 1

Crew: -- 2-3
Passengers: -- 1 (if necessary); 2 (if there is an available bunk)

Phaser Emitters: -- 2
Torpedo Tubes: -- 1 (micro-torpedo)

Max Speed: -- warp 9
Landing: -- yes

This commship design supports a small crew -- usually an FCC pilot, an engineer, and, in many cases, a security officer. The cockpit (a smaller, similar design to that aboard a Danube-class runabout) has four computer terminals, two of which are adaptable to individual needs during transit. A small room behind the cockpit contains a two-person transporter, and a crew shower.

The main living space contains a restroom, a wall storage cabinet, two bunks (four crew berths), a small kitchenette, and a common-use crew table. A small room to the rear of the ship contains the exterior-access door, and two data terminals associated with the purpose of the vessel. If small cargo needs to be transported along a route, it is usually stashed between the terminals.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

1 comment:

  1. Very slick looking. Certainly looks like it earned it's class name .


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