|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Drydock Facilities|
|Type :||Spacecraft manufacture / repair centre1|
|Unit Run :||415 built in total. 103 have been lost in all. 72 have been retired from service.|
|Commissioned :||2230 - 2280, class remains in service|
|Dimensions :||Length : 350 m2
Beam : 190 m
Height : 150 m
|Mass :||350,000 metric tons|
|Crew :||Highly variable|
|Defence Systems :||Low level Structural Integrity Field|
|Docking Facilities :||None|
|Drydock Facilities :||Not capable of independent movement; attitude control and/or orbital adjustment only.|
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : -
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : -
Shield Strength : -
Hull Armour : 12.5
Speed : -
Combat Manoeuvrability : -
|Overall Strength Index :||1|
|Diplomatic Capability :||None|
|Expected Hull Life :||150|
|Refit Cycle :||Minor : 5 year
Standard : 5 years
Major : 50 years
The Federation operates several types of drydock of various sizes and levels of sophistication. The model showcased here is one of the older ones in service.
|Canon source||Backstage source||Novel source||DITL speculation|
|1||Star Trek : The Motion Picture|
|Film:||Star Trek : The Motion Picture|
Quite why you need to build a Starship within such a framework is a little bit of a mystery. A present day drydock isolates a ship from water so you can get at it for repairs, so the name implies that a Trek drydock should put the ship in a bubble of air so that work could be done in a "shirtsleeves" environment. There is slight evidence that this does actually happen - the contents of the champagne bottle which breaks against the Enterprise-B in "Generations" remain in their liquid state, indicating that the ship may be floating within a large bubble of air. Presumably this would be held within a forcefield of some sort.
However, even assuming that this was the case, the drydock seen in that movie was significantly different in appearance from this version. Also, if drydocks in general do indeed put the ship within a shirtsleeves environment then why were people wearing spacesuits to work on the ship in TMP? So it seems like this useful feature is not actually included.
My guess is that the framework provides some sort of power supply, lighting, a place to store construction materials and tools, etc. The Generations version also includes habitable areas, which the TMP version apparently does not.
These docks have also been seen in use during the Voyager era, in "Relativity", indicating a very long operating life. This is reasonable enough; since all they do throughout their lives is float around, there isn't much in the way of strain on them.
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