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Earth Station McKinley

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Class Name : Earth Station McKinley
Type : Spacecraft repair facility1
Unit Run : 10 built in total.
Commissioned : 2350 - 2360, class remains in service
Dimensions : Length (arms out) : 900 m
Beam (arms out) : 500 m
Height (arms down) : 160 m
Decks : 60 inclu
Mass : 1,000,000 metric tons
Crew : 80 basic crew plus 400 - 600 repair specialists
Armament : None
Defence Systems : Low level Structural Integrity Field
Docking Facilities : 6 landing pads
Earth Station McKinley : 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 : 100
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 25 years

Notes

The McKinley class stations are an example of a modern drydock-style facility. They comprise a central hub attached to five long articulated 'arms'. A Starship is placed beneath the hub, allowing the arms to wrap around it. Where the older drydock designs have no habitation area of their own, the hub of the McKinley class has considerable space for a permanent work staff. This allows it to operate independently of outside support for as long as the construction materials last, a great advantage over most drydocks.

McKinley itself is located in Earth orbit. It is used for larger starships such as the Galaxy class.1

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation

References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 TNG 4 Family
Series : TNG Season 4 (Disc 1)
Episode : Family

Comments

This station was seen in the TNG episode "Family", where it repaired the Enterprise-D after "Best of Both Worlds, Part II". We learned very little about the station during the episode and it has only ever been seen once since, in the flashback scenes in "All Good Things".

As said in the text, the station appears to consist of a habitable hub attached to a set of five articulated arms - although it's pretty hard to tell exactly how many arms there are in any of the images. Having a habitable area in the station would make it more useful than a simple framework, since it would allow a crew of engineers to be permanently placed there. There may also be some sort of industrial scale replicator system for fabricating parts, but we can't know this for sure.
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