|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Argo Class|
|Unit Run :||
USS Argo - Active1
|Commissioned :||2378 - present|
|Dimensions :||Length : 25 m
Beam (winglets folded) : 7 m
Height : 4.5 m
Decks : 1
|Mass :||73.5 metric tons|
4 x Type IV phaser arrays, total output 500 TeraWatts
2 x Micro photon torpedo tube with 20 rounds
|Defence Systems :||Standard shield system, total capacity 40,500 TeraJoules
Light Duranium / Tritanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
(TNG scale) :
|Normal Cruise : 3
Maximum Cruise : 3.5
Maximum Rated : 4 for 12 hours.
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : 10
Torpedo Firepower : 20
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 35
Shield Strength : 15
Hull Armour : 3.13
Speed : 53
Combat Manoeuvrability : 17,800
|Overall Strength Index :||45|
|Diplomatic Capability :||1|
|Expected Hull Life :||40|
|Refit Cycle :||Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 10 years
The Argo has been designed with a range of vehicles. Most prominent amongs these is a wheeled recreational / general purpose vehicle1 designed to enable away teams to cover larger areas of ground than they would otherwise be able to. The vehicle is fitted with a phaser cannon to provide a limited defensive capability.1
|Canon source||Backstage source||Novel source||DITL speculation|
|1||Star Trek : Nemesis|
|Film:||Star Trek : Nemesis|
The biggest questions regarding the Argo are centred around the vehicle it carries. If this is a military vehicle, it is surprisingly unarmoured - anybody inside is open to enemy fire on almost all sides. It could be fitted with shielding, though if so you would have to wonder why Picard didn't seem to use it on the Kolaran planet. Another possibility is that there is some sort of clip on armour plates which cover the gaps, though again you have to wonder why this wasn't used if it was available. It isn't necessarily true that all military vehicles are heavily armoured, though. Consider the modern day "Humvee" used by the US army, which also leaves driver and passengers exposed to enemy fire.
There is also the question of why a wheeled vehicle was used rather than something based on anti-gravity. We know that antigrav units are very common in the Federation - common enough that we've seen them used to haul cargo around, as stretchers, and even in place of ladders!
My guess is that what we saw was some sort of recreational vehicle, perhaps with a serious role as a general purpose transport for away team missions. Certainly Picard seemed to treat it as a toy more than anything. The presence of a phaser cannon on the back might argue against that, although this is the kind of thing that Worf for one would probably regard as a recreational item!
Both the shuttle and the vehicle it carried bore the name "Argo", indicating that the vehicle was dedicated to that particular shuttle. This doesn't rule out the idea that there are other vehicles, though. It's easy to imagine that the Argo has a whole range of such cargos available - think Thunderbird 2 but without the modular containers.
We don't know that the shuttle is warp capable, though it does carry what seem to be warp nacelles. I've given it modest warp capability based on this.
The specs are almost entirely speculation - as yet I don't even have official figures for the length of the shuttle. I'm guessing that it is broadly in line with a Danube class Runabout.
The idea that ships design and produce their own shuttles is a personal theory of mine which I made up to explain the way that Voyager always had new shuttles to hand. Originally I suggested that the Type 9 came in kit form, and Voyager's crew was assembling new ones out of a stock of thirty or forty kits. With the Delta Flyer we saw that it's perfectly possible for a Starship crew to not only design a wholly new shuttle but also build it from scratch in a matter of days. I suspect that many Starfleet engineers and pilots produce shuttle designs as a sort of hobby, and that the better ideas are then shared out around the fleet so that each ship can produce whatever designs are appropriate for its mission. There's no proof that any of this applies to the Argo, of course.
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