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Finaly, I was able to get more completed on the Enterprise-D/Galaxy Class Project. I have added a little more to the design and construction history of the Galaxy Class:

The design layout was an updated version used on the Ambassador Class. This modern design had also been applied to other vessels such as the New Orleans Class and the Nebula Class. Spaceframe construction pieces were fabricated and then assembled on the surface at the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards surface construction docks. During the debate over how the final design would be played out, construction was halted several times. While agreements on the final designs were being finalized, the overall spaceframes were finished on the Galaxy, Challenger, Enterprise and Yamato. After the debate ended, the Galaxy was finalized as each system was placed and frequently upgraded. Work on the other vessels continued, but at a slower pace.

            After the Galaxy was deemed appropriate, she was launched into orbit to be furbished and completed by the orbital construction teams. After some testing on the Galaxy, main construction was continued until ready for launch into orbit on the other three vessels. The Galaxy, after final completion, was launched as a prototype vessel. After a maiden voyage and several test voyages, the Galaxy was brought back into drydock for final systems upgrades and refit before launch into full service. Soon after, the Challenger, Enterprise and Yamato were launched, respectively. Construction on the final two vessels, Odyssey and Venture, were completed and launched rather quickly.

            Six additional frames were fabricated and set, however full construction orders were put on hold until it was deemed necessary to bring more Galaxy Class vessels into service. This was due to the gigantic engineering feat the Galaxy class was to build; Starfleet simply didn’t have the resources or need to apply such a major engineering project. Construction on these vessels continued after the Borg invasion threat of 2364, as well as an additional two vessels (though one project was scrapped and the frame later become one for a vessel in the 3rd Construction Group). These starships were constructed mostly in orbit, and the last vessel of this series, the Oraidhe was launched in 2371.

Also, here are some basic stat info I have put in:

Affiliation: United Federation of Planets-Starfleet
Type: Heavy Explorer
Sub Type: Battleship
Sub Classes: Primary, Venture, Republic,
Development Project Commission: 2343
First Starship Construction Began: 2357
First Starship Commission/Launch: 2362
Last Starship Decommission:
Commissioning Groups: 1st Group, 6 Starships, 2362-2366
                                         2nd Group, 8 Starships, 2368-2372
                                         3rd Group,
                                         4th Group,
Construction Facility(s): Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards, Mars, Sol System
Design Group: Advanced Starship Design Bureau
Construction Group: Advanced Starship Design Bureau/Starfleet Corps of Engineers
Length: 642.51 m
Beam: 463.73 m
Height: 195.26 m (Standard)
Mass: 4,500,000 metric tons
Decks: 42
Standard Crew Compliment:
Skeleton Crew Compliment:
Other Compliment:
Assets: 250 Photon Torpedoes (Standard)
             4 Workbees (Standard)
             8 Shuttlecraft (Standard)
             8 Shuttlepods (Standard)
             1 Yacht (Standard)
Speed: Warp 9.8 (For a limited time at extreme risk)
            Warp 9.6 (For 12 hours)
            Warp 9.2 (Maximum Cruise)
            Warp 6 (Initial Cruise)
Armament: Phasers: 12 Type X Phaser Banks (Standard)
                                   14 Type X Phaser Banks (Venture, Constitution)
                                   16 Type X Phaser Banks ( )
                                   18 Type X Phaser Banks (Republic)
                                     1 Type I Heavy Phase Disruptor (Republic, )
                                     2 Type I Pulse Phaser Canons (Republic, )
                     Torpedoes: 3 Photon Torpedo Launchers (Standard)
                                         3 Quantum Torpedo Launchers (Republic, Constitution)
                     Blast Cannons:
Defenses: 16 Deflector Shield Grids
                1st Group
USS Galaxy, NCC-70637
USS Challenger, NCC-71099
USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-D
USS Yamato, NCC-71807
USS Odyssey, NCC-71832
USS Venture, NCC-71854

                 2nd Group
USS Dauntless, NCC-71879
USS Bolivar, NX-
      (Cancelled Experimental Saucer Program)
USS Asguard, NCC-
USS Breedlove, NCC-
USS Idaho, NCC-
USS Republic, NCC-
USS Monitor, NCC-
USS Oraidhe, NCC-
                        3rd Group
USS San Francisco, NCC-74780
USS Allegheny, NCC-
USS Cheyenne, NCC-75435
USS Oregon, NCC-75698
USS Constitution,
USS Excalibur, NCC-26517-A
USS Madison, NCC-
USS Muakaikubo, NCC-
USS Trident, NCC-

                        4th Group
USS Horizon, NCC-8
USS Yorktown, NCC-

Enterprise Specifications

Affiliation: United Federation of Planets-Starfleet
Subclass: Primary
Type: Heavy Explorer
Subtype: Battleship
Construction Commission:
Construction Contract/Registry: NCC-1701-D
Commission Group: 1st Group
Construction Facility(s): Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards Surface Facility (Initial Spaceframe Construction)
                                         Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards Orbital Facility (Furbishing)
Design Group: Advanced Starship Design Bureau
Construction Group: Advanced Starship Design Bureau/Starfleet Corps of Engineers
Launched: 2363 (Shakedown Cruise)
                   2364 (Flag Established)
Decommissioned: 2371 (Destroyed)
Length: 642.51 m
Beam: 463.73 m
Height: 195.26 m (Standard)
Mass: 4,500,000 metric tons
Decks: 42
Standard Crew Compliment: 1,012 (Including Civilians)
Assets: 250 Photon Torpedoes
             4 Workbees
             12 Shuttlecraft
             8 Shuttlepods
             1 Yacht
Speed: Warp 9.8 (For a limited time at extreme risk)
            Warp 9.6 (For 12 hours)
            Warp 9.2 (Maximum Cruise)
            Warp 6 (Initial Cruise)
Armament: 12 Type X Phaser Banks
                     3 Photon Torpedo Launchers
                     Blast Cannons
Defenses: 16 Deflector Shield Grids


After watching TNG’s “Conspiracy” I realised the New Orlean’s Class was considered a frigate, rather than a Heavy Explorer. It doen’t make sense for a Galaxy Class to be replacing a frigate, so I have changed the reference in my project to Ambassador Class.

Anyway here is a little bit more I have been working on in regards to the design of the Enterprise. Hopefully will have some more added to the overall development soon.

Development of the Enterprise was far less eventful then the prototype. Enterprise was the 3rd starship of the Galaxy Class. The spaceframe was set and built on the Martian surface only months after that of the Galaxy, in 2357. Actual construction on the vessel began in 2361, along with the Challenger and Yamato, while spaceframe construction began on the Odyssey and Venture around the same time. Launch into orbit took place in 2363, where the vessel was furbished and readied for launch.
            During final construction in orbit of Mars, the starboard pylon phaser bank was exchanged with the Yamato. Commander Orfil Quinteros, the Construction Supervisor, was quoted as saying that the phaser bank was a “better fit.” Operational records show that the EPS junctions were misaligned between the phaser bank and the Enterprise’s nacelle pylon. The Yamato’s EPS system in that pylon had not been completed at that time, and so the phasers were switched.
            Construction was completed on the Enterprise in 2373. Soon after, a commissioning ceremony was held by Rear Admiral Norah Satie and many of the senior staff appointed to the starship. After commissioning, the vessel was taken under the command of Admiral Satie on her shakedown cruise, which brought her to the Alpha Centauri system 5 light-years away. There she docked at the Centauri Ring Station for an evaluation of the cruise before she was brought back to Earth. There she docked at Earth Station McKinley, Dock 3, where she awaited final systems upgrades and the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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I have been working on my version of the Enterprise-D technical manual (as part of my all inclusive technical encyclopedia). Haven’t come up with too much yet, but a little bit. Anyway here is some of what I’ve been working on in regards to the galaxy class development project. Keep in mind that whatever I can’t find in canon information I try to find in book series, fan-fiction, or whatever provides information on that particular subject. If I can’t find it anywhere then I basically make it up based on on the information I do have and the consistencies I can draw upon.

The Galaxy Class Starship was designed to be the front runner in deep space exploration. Classified as a Heavy Explorer, the vessel is capable of maintaining deep space operations without refit or supply for long periods of time. For this reason, Galaxy class vessels were the first Starfleet exploration and strategic vessels capable of accommodating the immediate families of the crewmembers serving on these vessels, owing to the analogy that the ships were “travelling cities.”
            Although primarily designed for deep space interstellar travel, Galaxy class vessels are also well equipped to be workhorses for the Federation. Galaxy class vessels are able to accommodate a large number of ill or injured, or even refugees, all of which can be given proper medical treatment and facilities to suit their needs.
            Galaxy class ships are also defensively designed to be battleships in combat situations. Despite the fact that most Starfleet vessels are exploratory, all vessels of this type are designed with a combat sub-type, in order to perform military duties in times of war or in order to defend themselves or other Federation interests in the vastness of space. Galaxy class vessels are well armed and well shielded against any attacker, and have been used on many occasions as an anchor for defending fleets during wartime.

The Galaxy was developed as the replacement to the New Orleans class starship in all aspects of service. For its development, Starfleet not only wanted a vessel capable of performing a wide variety of mission types such as deep space exploration, administration and command, emergency relief, and combat duties, but also a “starship of the future” that could accommodate a large number of crew and families, as well as guests.

Galaxy Class Development Project

            The Galaxy Class Development Project begin in 2343 when Admiral Carstairs was commissioned with overseeing the development of a new deep space heavy explorer. Carstairs, who was in charge of contruction operations for Starfleet heavy explorers, felt that the vessel should boast a grander scale than previously seen. He believed that the vessel should have a larger volume to accommodate more application for multi-role assignments. Many felt that this translated into more combat capabilities, considering that many design boards indicated troop transport capabilities and an impressive array of weaponry. With this leading to a constant battle between Carstairs and other members of the designing administration, design and construction was slowed considerably.

            Eventually, an agreement was reached among the developing team, and construction began on the USS Galaxy in 2357. Though still a well armed vessel, the agreement amended some of the other alterations to the vessel. The class was originally drawn up to have two torpedo launchers in the “cobra neck” section, but was contracted to only have one. Also the saucer torpedo launcher was initially intended to face forward and launch when the two sections were still connected, however this was changed so that the launcher tube faced the connection “cobra head,” allowing for it to only be launched after separation. Since phaser banks were considered to be primarily defensive weapons due to the ability to change affective yields and output, almost all phaser arrangements were kept in the design. As for the troop accommodations, it was decided that the extremely spacious interior would be left empty and customizable for any mission type. This was not a new concept for these types of vessels; it simply had never been utilized in such a large area before.

            Although these accommodations had been reached, construction had been very slow. Frustrated by the lack of interest in his military design, Carstairs began pushing for the most advanced technologies to be the standard on the new class. Carstairs argued that if the vessels were to be the Federation flagships, they should be equipped with the best technologies to date, including those currently in development. As these technologies became available, each one had to be integrated into the ships current systems, making for a very slow process. Eventually it was decided that the vessel was advanced enough and the vessel was completed as drafted. The USS Galaxy was launched in 2362.

Basically that is just a small section in the whole, so if you have anything you think I should add, let me know!