A Dyson sphere was a colossal sphere constructed around a star, completely surrounding it. The interior of the sphere would absorb the entire energy output of that star, allowing for lifeforms to live on the interior surface almost indefinitely. Such a structure was theorized by the 20th century physicist Freeman Dyson.
Dyson sphere exterior
The Enterprise in orbit around the sphere
One of these spheres encased a G-type star and had a diameter of two hundred million kilometers (nearly the size of the orbit of Earth around Sol), giving it an internal surface area of approximately 250 million M-class planets. The exterior shell was composed of carbon-neutronium, and the interior was much like a habitable planet with various types of terrain and an atmosphere. The sphere was equipped with a portal with the diameter of several large starships which opened to allow ships to enter the interior, where there was enough room to orbit the star. Ships were guided through using tractor beam emitters triggered by subspace signals.
As no radiant sunlight or solar wind escaped from the sphere, starships were not able to detect it until they were almost on top of it. As a result, the USS Jenolan crashed onto it in 2294 after being pulled in by the sphere's immense gravity well while investigating it while en route to the Norpin colony. In 2369, the USS Enterprise-D discovered the Jenolan and investigated the sphere. The sphere was deserted because the star around which it was constructed was highly unstable. (TNG: "Relics")
It seems the designers of the discovered sphere did not take into account what would happen if the chosen star became unstable, or that they did, but it unexpectedly developed beyond their means or technology to stabilize it. This apparently highlights a flaw in such a design: without complete control of the star's output powering the sphere, any problems with it that cannot be overcome renders the entire sphere useless for habitation.
Soong was the designer of at least six Soong-type androids, Data, Lore, B-4 and a recreation of his wife Juliana, as well as two prototypes. He was the descendant of the 22nd century criminal geneticist Arik Soong, who started the work in cybernetics that his descendants, down to Noonian, continued. An associate of Ira Graves, as well as a star scientist of the Federation in his own right, Soong's early work was highly regarded and he promised breakthroughs on the positronic brain. After failing to deliver on his promises, the disgraced and utterly humiliated Soong disappeared. Traveling under an assumed name to the colony on Omicron Theta, he continued his research, unbeknownst to anyone but his neighbors. (ENT: "The Augments"; TNG: "Datalore", "Inheritance"; Star Trek Nemesis)
While living on Omicron Theta, Soong met and fell in love with Juliana O'Donnell and the pair married in secret on Mavala IV, keeping their relationship secret due to Juliana's mother's disapproval of her daughter's involvement with a much older man; their intention was to show her later that they could make their relationship work. Together, they perfected his design and built functional humanoid androids with advanced artificial intelligence. Each of the androids created by the Soongs represented an advancement and refinement of the potential for their creations. B-4 was a relatively primitive android, capable of only the most basic speech and motorization. Lore, the fourth attempt, displayed tremendous advances in cognitive abilities and interaction but had difficulty in adapting to ethical subroutines designed to facilitate interaction among Humans and was emotionally unstable. For this reason, he had Lore deactivated and began work on his fifth attempt, Data, who was the most successful. Despite lacking emotional ability and requiring a "learning" period, Data advanced further and more quickly than Dr. Soong had originally hoped.
In 2338, when the colony on Omicron Theta came under at
The Devoras was a Romulan D'deridex-class warbird that was in service with the Romulan military in the mid-24th century. In 2367, the Devoras was under the command of Admiral Mendak.
In that year, the Devoras rendezvoused with the USS Enterprise-D to receive Federation ambassador T'Pel for a diplomatic mission. T'Pel was in fact a Romulan agent named Sub-Commander Selok, and the Devoras provided cover for her return to Romulan territory by fabricating a transporter accident that "killed" T'Pel. When their deception was discovered, the Enterprise-D confronted the Devoras inside the Romulan Neutral Zone. However, the Enterprise was forced to retreat with the arrival of Romulan reinforcements. (TNG: "Data's Day")
The Starships RPG sourcebook gives its registry as IRC 1911.
One of the several D'deridex-class ships in Star Trek: Armada II was the Devoras.
According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 67) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), there was a quaternary system named Devoras, which might be the possible origin for the name of this starship, in the Beta Quadrant. This system consisted of two M-class stars, a K-class star, and a F-class star.
The Delta Flyer was a specially designed Starfleet shuttlecraft constructed by the crew of the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant in 2375. The vessel was designed to handle environments that would be too hazardous for a standard shuttlecraft and to be slightly larger than the average shuttle, the crew having acknowledged that standard shuttles were of little use in the increasingly hostile and unexplored Delta Quadrant. The vessel was a blend of Starfleet and Borg technology, designed in collaboration between B'Elanna Torres, Tom Paris, Tuvok, Harry Kim, and Seven of Nine. It featured a warp-streamlined tetraburnium alloy hull, retractable warp nacelles, parametallic hull plating, unimatrix shielding, and a Borg-inspired weapon system, including photonic missiles, most of which were Paris' conceptions. For aesthetic reasons, Paris designed some of the flight controls to resemble those from the holodeck simulation of Captain Proton; when Tuvok complained, Paris explained that he wanted to feel the ship and that he was tired of tapping panels. But to Paris' disappointment, the addition of dynametric tailfins was denied by Tuvok. Instead of having the usual two pilot stations, it had several command stations. (VOY: "Extreme Risk") Knowledge of this craft was known to Tuvok as early as 2371, but kept secret due to the Temporal Prime Directive. (VOY: "Fury")
Deanna Troi was a half-Betazoid, half-Human Starfleet officer. Under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, she served as ship's counselor aboard the USS Enterprise-D and the USS Enterprise-E. In 2379, Troi transferred to the USS Titan. (Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek Nemesis)
As a half-Betazoid, Troi was capable of extra-sensory empathy, but was incapable of reading aliens with brain structures dissimilar to Humans and other Betazoids, such as the Breen and the Ferengi. Like most Betazoids, Troi had telepathic abilities. Due to her half-Human heritage, however, the range of her telepathic abilities was limited compared to full-blooded Betazoids, and she could usually only read the thoughts of other Betazoids, most notably her mother. Troi's empathic skills made her an important asset to the Enterprise-D and her abilities were often particularly useful when dealing with hostile races. Since she could usually determine, through use of her abilities, whether others were lying, she repeatedly proved herself invaluable in many suspenseful situations. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Ménage à Troi", "The Loss"; VOY: "Inside Man")
During the mid-23rd century, at least twelve Constitution-class starships, were commissioned by Starfleet, with construction occurring at Earth's San Francisco Navy Yards, and Luna's Tranquility Base by 2245. (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday"; TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident"; ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly"; DIS: "Brother")
One of the class' designers was Lawrence Marvick, whose work included designing the controls for engineering. (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")
Future USS Enterprise captain, Robert April, was present when the ship's unit components were built. (TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident")
USS Discovery rendezvousing with USS Enterprise
Enterprise rendezvous with the Discovery, 2257.
During the Federation-Klingon War, Constitution-class ships were kept off the front lines, as a unit of last resort. At the time, the USS Defiant was assigned to patrol Sector 006, while the USS Enterprise was ordered to continue it's then five-year mission under Captain Christopher Pike. This order took a toll on their crews. (DIS: "Despite Yourself", "Brother") The mission parameters for the class meant that its vessels usually operated widely dispersed on their own and that encounters with class sisters were few and far between. However, the year 2267 saw a gathering of the class when a large group was assembled at Starbase 11 for refitting and repairs. (TOS: "Court Martial")
Because of their often diplomatic assignments, Constitution-class crews were used to pilot new Starfleet uniforms before they were adopted by the rest of the fleet. (DIS: "Brother")
Nhan, Pike, and Connolly beam aboard
Operations, Command, and Sciences uniforms introduced on select starships in 2257
Despite the successes of the class, exemplified by the performance of the Enterprise, under Captain James T. Kirk, the mission parameters for the Constitution-class also meant that the vessels of the class operated under highly dangerous circumstances, resulting in a relatively high l
The Galor-class shared the same basic superstructure as their Keldon-class counterparts, but were used far more frequently by the Cardassian military. (DS9: "Defiant")
Commonly referred to as "warships" or "war vessels", this class was also designated by the Cardassians and the Maquis as "cruisers". (TNG: "The Chase"; DS9: "Past Prologue", "Defiant"; VOY: "Fury")
During the late 2360s, these warships had at least three sub-classes, with the Galor-class, Type-3 considered to be "top of the line." (TNG: "Ensign Ro")
During the Dominion War, these vessels were classified by Starfleet as "destroyers", in relation to their Dominion counterparts. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")
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The arsenals of Galor-class warships vary, though typically they are armed with numerous phaser arrays. Although the Galor-class vessels were considerably inferior to the Federation's Galaxy-class starships, they proved to be very effective against Miranda-class and other older Federation starships. (TNG: "The Wounded"; DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels", "Waltz") These ships were often seen operating in squadrons of three, possibly to make up for their tactical weaknesses compared to contemporary warships of other interstellar powers.
In 2369, Captain Edward Jellico ordered a fleet of Galor-class starships to leave the McAllister C-5 Nebula one-by-one, ejecting their primary phaser coils. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")
In 2370, Cardassian colonists living in the Demilitarized Zone modified Cardassian shuttles, which they equipped with Galor-class phaser banks to protect their colonial interests. (DS9: "The Maquis, Part I")
The Borg Queen's vessel was an octahedron-shaped starship that was used by the Borg Collective. In Federation encounters with this starship design, it was utilized by the Borg to transport the Borg Queen. The ship was heavily armed, well protected, and, like all Borg ships, capable of transwarp speeds.
The vessel was present when Species 10026 was assimilated in 2375; Seven of Nine and the Borg Queen were aboard while this assimilation took place. Later, the vessel pursued the Delta Flyer when it escaped from the Unicomplex after rescuing Seven. The vessel was destroyed when the USS Voyager collapsed a transwarp conduit it was traveling in. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")
The Akira-class was a class of Federation starship that was in service with Starfleet by the early 2370s. Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards was one of the sites at which this class was constructed in 2371. (VOY: "Relativity")
Akira-class starships were featured prominently in the Battle of Sector 001 and the Dominion War. (Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "Call to Arms", et al.)
Several Akira-class ships were stationed near Deep Space 9 during the war. (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi", "Afterimage")
As well, several were involved in most of the major battles of the war. In 2374, they saw action during Operation Return and the First Battle of Chin'toka, where at least two ships of the class were destroyed by orbital weapon platforms. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", "Tears of the Prophets")
In 2375, they were involved in the Second Battle of Chin'toka and the Battle of Cardassia. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil", "What You Leave Behind")
At least one member of the class was within a light year of Earth in 2378. (VOY: "Endgame")
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The Akira-class design ditched Starfleet's usual saucer-secondary hull-nacelle design, and more closely resembled the NX-class with its catamaran shaped hull. The engineering section was tucked under the main saucer, which housed the main deflector, and some of the ship's tactical systems. The nacelles were connected via long catamaran type structures, which in turn connected to a large weapons pod, housing several photon torpedo launchers. The catamaran pylons offered a degree of protection for the main bridge, which retained its traditional location at the top of the saucer. (Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "Call to Arms", et al.)
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The Akira-class design incorporated a multitude of tactical systems, including at least three Phaser arrays, and housed numerous Photon torpedo launchers along the port and starboard sides of the ventral prim