Search
Mobile Site Shops eMail Author Caption Comp Monthly Poll Sudden Death Colour Key Statistics Cookie Usage
Ships Fleets Weaponry Species People Timelines Calculators Photo Galleries
Stations Design Lineage Size Charts Battles Science / Tech Temporal Styling Maps / Politics
Articles Reviews Lists Recreation Search Site Guide What's New Forum
8472
Ships

Bioship

Planetbuster
Bajoran
Ships
Assault
Ship

Fighter

Emissary

Kendra

Pagh

Prophet
Solar
Sail

Additional
Borg
Ships

Cube

Probe

Sphere
Tactical
Cube
Transwarp
Prototype

Yacht
Cardassian
Ships

Dreadnought

Freighter

Galor

Hideki

Keldon
Dominion
Ships
Breen
Frigate
Attack
Ship

Battlecruiser

Battleship

Dreadnought
Karemma
Ship
Federation
Ships
Air
Tram

Akira

Ambassador

Antares

Argo

Centaur

Challenger

Cheyenne
Class F
Shuttle

Constellation

Constitution

Constitution

Daedalus

Danube

Defender

Defiant
Delta
Flyer
Endgame
Nova
Endgame
Shuttle

Excelsior
Federation
Class

Raider

Scout

Trainer

Freedom

Gage

Galaxy
Galaxy
Yacht

Griffin

Hermes
Holo
Ship

Intrepid

Kelvin

Luna

Miranda

Nebula
New
Orleans

Niagara

Norway

Nova

Oberth

Olympic
Orbital
Shuttle

Peregrine

Polaris

Prometheus

Ptolemy

Raven
Refit
Galaxy

Rigel

Saber

Saladin

Shelley

Sovereign
Sovereign
Yacht

Soyuz

Springfield

Steamrunner

Sydney
Travel
Pod

Trident
Type 3
Shuttle
Type 6
Shuttle
Type 7
Shuttle
Type 8
Shuttle
Type 9
Shuttle
Type 10
Shuttle
Type 11
Shuttle
Type 15
Shuttle
Type 18
Shuttle
Warp
Sled

Wells
Work
Bee

Yeager

Additional
Ferengi
Ships

D'Kora

Additional
Human
Ships

Ares

Conestoga

DY-100

Intrepid
J
Class

Neptune
NX
Class
NX Test
Ship

Saturn V
SS
Enterprise
The
Phoenix
Type 0
Shuttle
USS
Enterprise

Valiant
Y
Class

Additional
Kazon
Ships

Raider

Predator

Additional
Klingon
Ships

B'rel

D'tai

D-5

D-7
Early Bird
of Prey

K'pak

K'T'Inga
Bird
of Prey
Cargo
Ship

Tanker

Negh'var

Raptor

Regency

Voodieh

Vor'cha

Additional
Romulan
Ships

D'Deridex
Early Bird
of Prey

Narada

Norexan
Bird
of Prey

D7
Science
ship

Scout

Shuttle

Scimitar

Scorpion

Additional
Son'a
Ships

Battleship

Collector

Destroyer

Additional
Suliban
Ships
Cell
Ship
Module
Ship
Salvage
Ship

Additional
Talarian
Ships
Observation
Ship
War
Ship

Additional
Vulcan
Ships

D'Kyr

Sh'Raan

Suurok

Vahklas

Lander

Additional
Xindi
Ships
Insectoid
Assault Ship
Insectoid
Fighter
Insectoid
Warship
Primate
Ship
Primate
Shuttle
Reptilian
Warship

Additional
Miscellaneous
Ships
Kumari
class
Angosian
Ship
Cravic
Ship

Yonada
Hirogen
Ship
Husnock
Ship
Krenim
Patrol
Krenim
Timeship
Krenim
Warship
Malon
Ship
Mawasi
Cruiser
Eymorg
Ship
Nihydron
Ship
Pralor
Ship
Promellian
Battlecruiser

Dauntless
Tarellian
Ship
Doomsday
Machine

V'Ger
Whale
Probe
Varro
Ship
Zahl
Ship

Additional
SpecsImages
Size Comp

8472 Planetbuster

Specs

Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : 8472
Class Name : 8472 Planetbuster
Type : Planetbuster
Unit Run : Unknown 10,000 built in total.
Commissioned : Unknown
Dimensions : Length : 250 m1
Beam : 88 m
Maximum Diameter : 176 m
Mass : 443,000 metric tons
Crew : Unknown; possibly one individual2
Armament : 1 x Energy weapon of unknown type, capable of destroying planets in concert with 8 bioships2, total output 7,500,000 TeraWatts
Defence Systems : Standard Bioarmoured2 Single hull.
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Unknown
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 150,000
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 7,500
Shield Strength : -
Hull Armour : 600,000
Speed : -
Combat Manoeuvrability : 6,320
Overall Strength Index : 82,726
Diplomatic Capability : Unknown
Expected Hull Life : Unknown

Notes

The Federation has relatively little knowledge of species 8472 and its vessels, and what little information there is concerns the standard bioship. The only information regarding the planet destroyer is the little Voyager was able to gather during the attack it observed on a Borg planet at the end of 2373.

The planet killer is somewhat larger than the standard bioship, but is of a generally similar configuration. The major external difference is the ring of eight apertures around the midsection. The main weapon of the planet killer can apparently only operate in concert with a group of standard bioships; these fly in formation with the planet killer and fire beam weapons into the apertures. The planet killer then fires a single beam from the nose at the target.

In the incident Voyager observed, a single discharge of approximately ten seconds was sufficient to destroy a borg planet. Since significant heating of the crust also took place, this would require the beam to have imparted in excess of 3.6x1032 Joules.2

This is a most impressive feat for such a small vessel; generating this energy from a M/AM reaction would require over 4 trillion tons of reactants! Starfleet can only theorize as to the mechanism used for generating this energy; possibly the energy discharge from the smaller bioships is used to trigger a zero point energy discharge, in much the same way that a quantum torpedo uses a M/AM charge to trigger a ZPE explosion.3 But it is just as likely that the technology involved is far beyond anything Starfleet knows of. It seems unlikely that this weapon could be used practically against another starship, and it is not included in the strength indices above; the output given is for the standard beam weapon which the 8472 Bioship carries, it being presumed that the Planetbuster mounts a similar weapon.

Voyager managed to make peaceful contact with Species 8472 after their war with the Borg, forestalling a possible attack on Earth. Given the level of firepower possessed by this species, that is undoubtedly one of the intrepid little ship\'s greater accomplishments.4


Yellow text = Canon source Green text = Backstage source Cyan text = Novel White text = DITL speculation

References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 Speculative Approximation - this vessel appears to be about 25% larger than the bioships around it in 'Dark Frontier'.
2 VOY 3 Scorpion, Part 1
3 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
4 VOY 5 In the Flesh
Source : Speculative
Comment : Approximation - this vessel appears to be about 25% larger than the bioships around it in 'Dark Frontier'.
Series : VOY Season 3 (Disc 7)
Episode : Scorpion, Part 1
Book : Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Series : VOY Season 5 (Disc 1)
Episode : In the Flesh

Comments

The 8472 planet killer was seen briefly at the end of "Scorpion, Part I", where it destroyed a Borg world in concert with eight of its smaller cousins. The specs table mostly consists of unknowns, while the notes mostly focuses on the planet slaying role.

The energy required to completely destroy a world - or any body in space for that matter - is that needed to impart escape velocity to its entire mass. An Earth-type world has a mass of about 6x1024 kilos, and an escape velocity of about 11 km/s. Using the kinetic energy formula of 1/2mv2, we get an energy required of 3.63x1032 Joules. The true figure would be a little above this since the Borg planet was also heated considerably in the blast, as evidenced by the fact that most of the crust was glowing by the time it exploded.

The timescale for the destruction is not completely clear; the bioships fire an eight second blast, then we cut to Janeway inside one of the cubes for a reaction shot before cutting back to see the planet exploding. So the strike on the planet could last anything from 8 to 12 seconds. Taking the midpoint of 10 seconds, the planet killer would output about 3.6x1031 Watts.

The \'official\' stuff on how a quantum torpedo works comes from the DS9 tech manual. As usual regarding this source, take it with some caution.


Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 20,768 Last updated : 16 Dec 2003