|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Whale Probe|
|Type :||Long range probe1|
|Unit Run :||Only one known1|
|Dimensions :||Length : 73,500 m2
Beam : 16,000 m
Height (main) : 12,000 m
|Armament :||Conventional armament unknown|
(TOS scale) :
|Capable of sustained high warp speeds1|
|Diplomatic Capability :||Unknown|
|Expected Hull Life :||Unknown|
Many mysteries remain regarding the probe. It may be a mechanism, similar in function to a Starfleet probe but on a vastly greater scale. It may be a machine intelligence, similar in kind to V'Ger but of purely alien origin. It may even be a manned spacecraft, perhaps containing a cetacean crew member or crew members. The mechanism by which Earth's whales communicate with the probe is also unknown. Obviously whale song does not consist of mere sounds, and it is presumed that there must be some form of telepathic contact involved.
Once the probe had established contact successfully it left Earth1 and rapidly exited Federation space for an unknown destination. It has never returned.
|Canon source||Backstage source||Novel source||DITL speculation|
|1||Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home|
|2||Speculative||Scaled by comparison with space dock as it passes by.|
|Film:||Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home|
|Comment :||Scaled by comparison with space dock as it passes by.|
The size is estimated from the scene in which the probe neutralises Spacedock, and is probably correct to within 10 or 20 percent.
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