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Raven Class

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Federation
Class Name : Raven Class
Type : Research Vessel
Unit Run :
NAR 32450 SS Raven - Destroyed1
plus 136 others built in total. 19 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : 2340 - 2350, class remains in service
Dimensions : Length : 105 m2
Beam : 66.9 m3
Height : 19 m3
Decks : 5
Mass : 5,300 metric tons
Crew : 24
Armament : No beam weapons
Defence Systems : 0Standard Duranium / Tritanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Normal Cruise : 5
Maximum Cruise : 5.5
Maximum Rated : 6 for 12 hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : -
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : -
Shield Strength : -
Hull Armour : 12.5
Speed : 205
Combat Manoeuvrability : 13,090
Overall Strength Index : 38
Diplomatic Capability : 2
Expected Hull Life : 60
Refit Cycle : Minor : 2 year
Standard : 2 years
Major : 30 years


The Raven class ships are small long range research vessels which the Federation ordered for non-starfleet programs. Since they are not Starfleet vessels they do not need to have any military capability, while diplomatic capability is very limited. The ships can accommodate several dozen people in reasonable comfort for several months at a time, but the flight and engine systems are highly automated and even one or two people can operate these ships indefinitely.

The Raven class can carry various modular sensor packages, allowing them to be refitted as needed for individual missions. As a result they have been a popular choice for scientists in various fields. One notable mission was that undertaken by the Hansen family, who used a Raven class vessel in their ill-fated attempt to prove the existence of the Borg. Their ship disappeared in 2355 and their mission was considered a failure - indeed many took this failure as a sign that the rumoured cybernetic civilization was indeed mythical, as had been previously thought. Not until 2374 did the crew of the USS Voyager discover that the Hansens had in fact succeeded in finding the Borg, only to be assimilated by them. The Raven apparently crash-landed in Bomar space during the Borg attack, undergoing catastrophic damage in the process. It remained here until it remained until discovered by Voyager.5

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 VOY 4 The Raven
2 Speculative Scaled to the door seen on the starboard side of the ship in 'Dark Frontier'.
3 Speculative Calculated from scale diagram of the ship
4 VOY 5 Dark Frontier, Part 1
5 VOY 5 Dark Frontier, Part 2
Series : VOY Season 4 (Disc 2)
Episode : The Raven
Source : Speculative
Comment : Scaled to the door seen on the starboard side of the ship in 'Dark Frontier'.
Source : Speculative
Comment : Calculated from scale diagram of the ship
Series : VOY Season 5 (Disc 4)
Episode : Dark Frontier, Part 1
Series : VOY Season 5 (Disc 4)
Episode : Dark Frontier, Part 2


This is another of those classes I have to speculate a lot about, at least so far as specs go. We don't know that the Raven is the class ship, but my policy on the site is that if we don't know the class name, I use the name of the first ship seen on screen of that class.

I've kept the specs conservative, and mostly concentrated on the known history of the Raven in the notes. The length figure comes from the door that you see on the side of the ship in "Dark Frontier", and assumes that the door is about six feet high. The height is scaled to the length, while the beam is guesswork.

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