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|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Conestoga Class|
|Type :||Colony transport1|
|Unit Run :||
|Commissioned :||20671, remained in service until 20761|
|Dimensions :||Length : 100 m2
Beam : 40 m
Height : 22.5 m
Decks : 5
|Mass :||10,000 metric tons|
2 x plasma cannon , total output 1 TeraWatts
|Defence Systems :||Light Monotanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
(TOS scale) :
|Normal Cruise : 1.33
Maximum Cruise : 1.35
Maximum Rated : 1.4 for 1 hours.
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : 0.02
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 1
Shield Strength : -
Hull Armour : 0.31
Speed : 1
Combat Manoeuvrability : 720
|Overall Strength Index :||9|
|Diplomatic Capability :||None|
|Expected Hull Life :||Designed for single 9 year duration mission3|
|Yellow text = Canon source||Green text = Backstage source||Cyan text = Novel||White text = DITL speculation|
|2||Speculative||Total guess, pitched to be somewhat smaller than the NX Enterprise|
|3||Generic canonical information|
|Series :||ENT Season 1 (Disc 2)|
|Episode :||Terra Nova|
|Comment :||Total guess, pitched to be somewhat smaller than the NX Enterprise|
|Source :||Generic canonical information|
The fact that the ship was designed to be taken apart indicates that it was specially designed as a colony vessel, rather than being a conversion of an existing cargo ship. Terra Nova was the first Human extra solar colony world, and was about twenty light years from Earth. This implies that suitable colony worlds were pretty rare, and so colony ships would be correspondingly rare. Hence it's not likely that there was a class run of these ships - each colony mission would have a purpose built vessel, possibly developed from the Conestoga but incorporating the latest advances. For this reason I've tagged the ship as being a one-off.
The Conestoga was said to have taken nine year to reach Terra Nova, giving a cruise speed of 2.22 x c. Assuming the speed = warp factor cubed formula commonly stated for TOS - and sometimes more or less confirmed by Enterprise - this equates to Warp 1.3. Given Enterprise's claim that the Warp 5 capable NX class is around 100 times faster than earlier Human ships this is just about right.
I would assume that a colony ship would have some armament, without being up to much militarily. Plasma weapons seem to be the weapon of choice for the pre-NX class era, so I went with that.
We have no real idea of the number of colonists the ship carried; on the one hand you would need a few hundred to have a viable population base, but this seems excessive for such an early ship. A more likely figure would be twenty or thirty. Perhaps they padded their genetic base out with pre-fertilised eggs or something?
The dimensions are almost completely speculative. I made the ship smaller than Enterprise only because Trek ships tend to get bigger over time. If we take the upper "spine" to be a 3.5 metre deck, and assuming that my guestimate of the relative heights of the spine and the rest of the ship are correct, then it scales out to a length of 180 metres. This seemed a little on the big side, but you could justify almost any size you like for this ship.
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