|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Remmler Array|
|Type :||Baryon sweep facility|
|Unit Run :||
Remmler array1 - Activeplus 8 others built in total. 3 have been lost in all.
|Commissioned :||2341 - 2343, class remains in service|
|Dimensions :||Beam : 550 m
Length : 1,200 m
Height : 400 m2
|Mass :||4,350,000 metric tons|
|Crew :||15 crew in associated facilities|
|Defence Systems :||Light Duranium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
|Docking Facilities :||6 Standard docking ports|
|Remmler Array :||Not capable of independent movement; attitude control and/or orbital adjustment only.|
|Diplomatic Capability :||None. Associated facilities equivalent to Starfleet Grade 4, plus temporary accomodation for 1,500 personnel.|
|Expected Hull Life :||50|
|Refit Cycle :||Minor : 1 year
Standard : 5 years
Major : 25 years
The arrays are expected to remain in service for a further fifteen years or so; some thought has been given to replacement facilities, but this has not gone beyond the very early planning stage and so far no official requirement has been issued. It is likely, however, that any replacement type will be slightly larger in order to accomodate the new trend towards longer starships and will incorporate modern systems such as bio-neural gel packs and up to date baryon generator technology.
|Canon source||Backstage source||Novel source||DITL speculation|
|2||Speculative||Scaled to the Enterprise-D in 'Starship Mine'. Fairly approximate figure.|
|Series :||TNG Season 6 (Disc 4)|
|Episode :||Starship Mine|
|Comment :||Scaled to the Enterprise-D in 'Starship Mine'. Fairly approximate figure.|
Whatever the relevant science/technobabble is, the effects of the Baryon sweep are stated in the episode. My projection for the numbers of arrays comes out of the size of the Federation rather than the capacity of the arrays. The E-D's sweep took a couple of hours, tops; with time to clear the ship out and re-occupy it afterwards, I'd guess you could sweep at least one ship per day - actually many more if you have a queue of ships offloading and reloading outside the array itself, but let's take one per day as a conservative figure. Given that the E-D got its sweep in the sixth season, then I would assume that ships need a sweep on average every six years. One a day for six years lets an array handle some 2,190 ships - over half of Starfleet, according to the 4,000+ numbers I settled on! You'd never need more than two of the things.
However, given that it can take many years to cross the Federation at normal (rather than maximum) warp speeds, you would need several arrays if you were to avoid having to spend years travelling to and from your arrays. I would assume that there is at least a couple of dozen smaller arrays out there for the likes of the Saber and Oberth classes, and possibly hundreds for stuff like warp-capable shuttles and Runabouts.
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