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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Federation
Class Name : Antares
Type : Cargo Vessel / Survey Ship1
Unit Run : 120 built in total. 6 have been lost in all. 114 have been retired from service.
Commissioned : 2220 - 2242, remained in service until 2282
Dimensions : Length : 56 m2
Beam : 20 m2
Height : 25 m2
Decks : 6
Mass : 2 metric tons
Crew : 201
Armament : None
Defence Systems : Low level shield system, total capacity 100,000 TeraJoules
Light Monotanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TOS scale) :
Normal Cruise : 4.5
Maximum Cruise : 5
Maximum Rated : 6
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : -
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : -
Shield Strength : 37.04
Hull Armour : 0.31
Speed : 113
Combat Manoeuvrability : -
Overall Strength Index : 15
Diplomatic Capability : 2
Expected Hull Life : 40
Refit Cycle : Minor : 2 year
Standard : 2 years
Major : 10 years


A common sight in the Federation during the 2200s, these handy ships were not intended for combat of any kind. They carried no weapons and minimal shielding, being used largely as survey ships and cargo carriers. On occasion they would be used to carry passengers, though they were not designed for this as such and would typically hand passengers on to larger, faster vessels when possible.1

In 2266 the Antares herself transported Charles Evans to a rendezvous with the Enterprise. The ship was destroyed shortly afterward when Evans used his abilities to remove a warped baffle-plate from their energy pile shield. Evans claimed that it would have exploded anyway.1

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 TOS 1 Charlie X
2 Speculative Estimated from model
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : Charlie X
Source : Speculative
Comment : Estimated from model


Curiously described as both a cargo ship and a survey ship in the same episode, the Antares is an intriguing look at the kind of ship that was never seen in the original run of TOS, but which we know must have been around. I've chosen to make the ship unarmed and tried to estimate the sizes as best I can from the model.
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