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Specification Review: Moscow-class Medium Surveyor, Draft I - Review Open Until January 9, 2021

Posted Dec. 19, 2020, 8:08 p.m. by Captain Nicholas Villarreal (Engineering Director) (Nicholas Villarreal)

Robert Archer has been a bit of a specification writing machine this year. To add to his list, he has submitted a specification that is a replacement/alternative to the rarely-used (as far as I’m aware, the one case was the Rogue-B, which preceded the Wolverine) Concord-class. Take a look at it and leave your thoughts!

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Thank you to anyone who provides feedback.

Given the holiday season, this review will be open for three weeks instead of the typical two. The review is open until January 9, 2021.

Nicholas “Pelican” Villarreal
Engineering Director


Moscow-Class
Category: Surveyor
Variant: Medium
Designer: Robert Archer
Mark I
Draft 1
Date: 12/08/2020

HISTORY AND MISSION OVERVIEW

In 2388, the Alpha and Beta Quadrants were awash in political upheaval in the wake of the Hobus Supernova and the chaos it produced within the Romulan Star Empire. Determined to aid in the relief efforts, push forward to prevent such from happening again, and easing the strain on diplomatic overtures Starfleet began an emergency building effort for a medium weight scientific vessel to meet these needs. The design which within six months took shape as the Moscow class medium weight surveyor, originally began life as a larger scaled frigate class in 2381. But cutbacks and use of more proven designs before Hobus put the Moscow on the shelf at the time.

The Moscow once launched quickly gained new life in its scientific roles. Tipping the scales in weight for its original frigate support roles much of the original support structure remained in place, complemented by expanded scientific labs, diplomatic support and technologies. Easy to build, maintain, and crew, the Moscow soon was a staple of building efforts around the Federation in the closing months of 2388.

Mission Profiles

The Moscow class is well suited to the following mission profiles:

Deep space exploration and surveys
Diplomatic and first contact functions
Search and rescue operations
Emergency evacuations

STRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCTION

The Moscow class is built on a singular hull structure spanning 25 decks. Decks 2-25 encompass the entire ship, while deck 1 only the middle top portions. The forward half of the ship is shaped as a half oval, which then tapers back to an angular U shape. Projecting from the lower corner tips of the U shape piece of hull are the ship’s two embedded warp nacelles.

The hull framework of the Moscow class is composed of duranium tresses overlaid and transporter welded with two centimeters thick tritanium metals. The ship’s hull is composed of two double layered hull insets with hardened duranium fillings. Layered atop the outermost layer of the hull is 1.5 centimeters of energized Duranium sheeting with ceramic plastics for additional protections.

The Moscow class is capable of atmospheric entry, flight, and landing, on up to 2 times Earth standard gravity. Atmospheric flight is handled through a combination of one of the ship’s impulse reactors fed through atmospheric RCS thruster packets along the ship’s frame. Landing gear is made up of four landing struts which emerge from the hull on deck 25, with two forward and two aft. Further, a boarding ramp is also deployable from the aft ends of deck 25 for large scale evac to or from the ship.

SCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING SYSTEMS

Sensor Systems

The Moscow class is equipped with the Type-VIII sensor system. The system has a high resolution scan of 3.72 light years and a low resolution scan of 13.0 light years. The sensor pallets are arranged in oval clusters along the lines of the entire ship’s frame. The deflector itself is located at the forward edge of the ship on decks 10 through 13. It is located there within an elongated oval shaped inset.

Arranged around the outer edges of the deflector dish are high emission particle diodes for assorted beams and other particle emissions for scientific experiments or anomaly containment.

Computer and Network Systems

The Moscow class is equipped with two computer cores. The primary and secondary cores were then enhanced with bio-neural processing circuitry to speed up response times. The primary core is located on decks 8 through 11. The secondary core is located on decks 19 through 22.

In normal operations the primary core handles all primary ship operations; the second combination core handles any further demands in normal operations as the need arises or when the primary core is damaged.

The Moscow class uses bio-neural circuitry for all primary systems and a back up isolinear network for secondary systems during normal operations. To further improve its redundancy and survival capabilities, the backup isolinear network is able to operate critical primary systems if the bio-neural circuitry is compromised or damaged. The combination cores use the LCARS OS using the MAJEL interface.

Holographic Crew Systems

The Moscow class has holo-emitters situated at key points across the ship: in this case the bridge, 10-forward and 10-backward, the ship’s assorted science labs, the cargo bays and main engineering. This allows the ship’s two EMH Mark IV programs to appear in these areas besides the sickbays, holodecks and holosuites. The EMH Mark IV programs are located in both the primary and secondary computer cores. This allows both programs to be active at any given time.

WARP PROPULSION SYSTEMS

The Moscow class is equipped with the Class 8 warp core. This core feeds the two embedded nacelles, outputting 1,909 Cochranes. This gives the ship a standard cruising speed of warp 6.0, a max sustainable speed of warp 9.2, a maximum velocity for twelve hours of warp 9.6, and an emergency speed of warp 9.8 for 8 hours. Ejection systems propel the warp core out the aft end of the hull in an emergency.

IMPULSE PROPULSION SYSTEMS

The Moscow houses three impulse engines. However, only two of the three engines are used for sublight propulsion at any given time. The third engine is kept in reserve in case of damage to one of the others, or in cases where extra power supply is needed for other matters. The two engines used can propel the ship to a maximum thrust of .25c in 50 seconds and from full impulse to a complete stop in that same time. Two of the engines are mounted to port and starboard on decks 2 through 4 facing aft, with the third engine mounted on the aft middle portions of decks 19 through 22.

TACTICAL SYSTEMS

Defensive Shields

The Moscow class mounts the Type-8 shield system. Emitters are placed in key positions along the whole width and breadth of the ship’s frame. The maximum graviton load that can be sustained is 1,612 megawatts and a maximum dissipation rate of 4.38 x 10^5 kW. The shield system is also equipped with metaphasic programming for close solar body entry and radiation anomalies.

Phaser Systems

The Moscow class mounts nine strips of the Type-7 phaser arrays. They are positioned as follows:

One horseshoe strip ventral and dorsal along the oval shaped hull with 150 emitters each.
One strip along the middle underbelly of the rearward hull with 75 emitters each.
One strip dorsal and ventral along the aft section of the hull, with 75 emitters each.
One strip port and starboard along the aft section of the hull with 75 emitters each.
*One strip port and starboard on the nacelles with 50 emitters each.

Each strip can output 1.3 megawatts out to 75,000 kilometers.

Torpedo Systems

The Moscow class is armed with three Type 3 dual fire torpedo launchers; each launcher is capable of firing up to 2 torpedoes/probes every 4 seconds. Each launcher is positioned with two forward and one aft, on decks 18 and 19.

The ship carries 100 casings: 40 of these are for photon torpedoes, 10 are Tricobalt devices, and a further 50 are for specialized Class 1-9 probes. They have a maximum effective range of 3,500,000 km.

COMMAND AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS

Bridge

The Moscow class bridge is located on Deck 1; it is arranged in a circular shape. The bridge is equipped with an easy modular setup for refits, repairs and replacement as time and natural wear and tear takes its toll on the ship. The aft section of the bridge contains four banks of consoles, default setup from port to starboard is:

Support Science
Engineering Support
Miscellaneous / Auxiliary 1
Miscellaneous / Auxiliary 2

A single rectangular console for the tactical and security needs is located just forward of the wall stations. Directly starboard are the Operations and Mission Ops stations. Just forward from here from port to starboard are the Executive Officer, Captain, Counselor and a single mission specialist chair. Flip up consoles give critical data access to each officer and guest. Forward from the Captain’s chair are the Helm, Chief Science Officer and Chief Engineer’s bridge stations.

At the front of the bridge is the rectangular view screen. On either side of this are two scientific and holo communication related holo projection units allowing 3-D views of interesting objects to be shown, as well as communicating via holographic comm systems. The bridge has two turbo lifts: both are to port and starboard of the view screen.

Ready Room

The ready room is located to the aft port side of the bridge; it contains a desk, couch, two chairs and replicator, plus small areas for personal effects.

Briefing Room

Located forward starboard of the bridge, just aft from the turbolift, is the briefing room. This room curves around the outer edges of the bridge. A large table able to seat twelve is present, as well as a large display screen along the bridge facing wall. A holo projector is present for more careful study of 3-d diagrams and simulations shown compared to those on the bridge.

Holding Cells

The Moscow class has four holding cells. Each cell can house two occupants comfortably or six if comfort is not a concern. Two of these facilities are located on deck 10 and the other two on deck 11. Each is arranged to the middle port sections of the ship on these decks.

Security Office / Armoury

This complex is located in the aft sections of decks 14 and 15. From the office located in this section, the Chief of Security has the ability to control all holding cell functions, most security related matters to the ship, and track all security personnel. The ship’s limited armoury is also along the middle portion of these decks to port and starboard, housing enough Type 2 phasers to arm the whole ship’s crew if needed. The armory does not contain Type-3 phaser rifles or heavier armaments. The two deck complex also houses a single training room, and phaser certification firing range using holo-targets.

Science Labs

All along decks 12 through 15 are located the assorted science labs of the Moscow class. Each of these labs house small holo-projectors to allow full careful 3-D study of various topics. The Chief Science Officer’s office is located on deck 12 attached to the larger general science lab complex. This office allows the CSO to maintain full control and observation at any given time of what their staff is studying and testing.

Main Engineering

Main engineering runs along almost all of the central part of decks 17 to 18 with support areas along deck 19 in these same areas. The warp core lays the full length of engineering on decks 17 and 18. The Chief Engineer’s office is located on the main work area of deck 18 facing the core. From here the officer can oversee all power functions, status of repairs and engineering teams under their charge. Core ejection systems for the core and antimatter pods lead through a chute out the rear of the hull. Monitoring systems and consoles are also aligned in a square around this whole double decked oval shaped room. In an emergency this area can be converted into a secondary bridge.

UTILITY SYSTEMS

Cargo Bays

The Moscow houses four large cargo bays and four smaller bays in the aft section of the hull. Each large cargo bay holds a single cargo transporter. The large primary cargo bays are situated along the outer edge of the ship on decks 24 and 25 two on each side. The smaller secondary bays are located to port and starboard, connecting directly to these four bays. Each of the large bays houses an exterior door for access while in dock. These access doors are covered by a sliding panel of duranium hull plate, which retracts when needed. The larger primary cargo bays can also serve as a docking port for cargo ships if required for special sensitive cargo, utilizing an extending airlock docking clamp.

Tractor Beam Systems

The Moscow is equipped with two tractor emitters. The first emitter is housed in the aft section of the hull, on deck 17, and at the front of the ship above the forward facing torpedo tubes, on that same deck.

The emitters can handle a total mass of 7,500,000 metric tons out to 3,000 km.

Transporter Systems

The Moscow class has eight transporter rooms, which are each capable of transporting six personnel at a time. Two transporter rooms are on deck 8, two are on deck 9, two are on deck 23, and two are on deck 24. Each transporter system has a range of 40,000 km.

Four emergency 12-person transporters are located to port and starboard on deck 20 along the central axis and another two are located on deck 25 in the forward area of the hull near the main deflector dish, each with a range of 15,000 km.

Turbolift Systems

The turbolift car systems run the length and breadth of all decks to critical hub areas.

Machine Shop

The Moscow’s machine shop is located on decks 24 and 25 in between the ship’s second and third cargo bays. Given enough time, manpower and raw materials, the machine shop can produce almost any parts needed by the ship when called for.

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CREW SUPPORT SYSTEMS

Sickbay

The Moscow houses two large sickbays to port and starboard of deck 12. These sickbays house 15 biobeds with a surgery and isolation bay. Both sickbays house emergency life support and power systems to run critical equipment for 24 hours, as well as redundant isolation systems for airborne pathogens. The Chief Medical Officer’s office is located in Sickbay 1 on deck 12, able to monitor all patients and staff’s current status. The ship’s two EMH Mark IV programs can also be run in these locations.

Counselling Suite

The Moscow class’s counselling suite is located on deck 12 to port. A total of three offices are present to serve visitors and Starfleet crew’s counselling needs.

Holographic Entertainment Facilities

The Moscow class houses four holodecks. Two holodecks are located to port and starboard on deck 16 and 17, with two more holodecks located on decks 18 and 19.

Recreation Hall

The Moscow class’s Recreation Hall is located on decks 15 and 16. The Recreation hall contains many non-holographic forms of entertainment. These include both board and card games, two tennis tables, two pool tables, and a small beverage bar. This room is able to contain up to 20 people at any given time.

10-Forward / 10-Backward

10-Forward and 10-Backward are both named for being located on the forward and aft portions of deck 10.

A full-service kitchen and galley are on the port side of the rooms providing freshly prepared fare for visitors and crew alike. The room has two replicators, one on area port and starboard. A small holographic display can show forms of entertainment as well. About 10 to 20 people can be accommodated comfortably in these areas.

Large open observation windows provide scenic viewing in general operations. During yellow or red alert statuses however, plating of duranium slides down to aid in preventing decompression in case of hull damage. During large scale injuries these two rooms can contain up to 30 triage patients and medical staff.

Arboretum

The Moscow class contains a single large arboretum on deck 11 directly below 10-Backward. It contains various plants, herbs and flowers from across Federation space.

General Purpose Area / Refugee Support Shelters

Located on decks 23-25 are four general purpose areas. These areas are left open and only sparsely finished to allow the ship’s crew the ability to adjust the area’s layout to suit needs while in flight. This can include anything from spare parts storage to special personnel needs or visiting VIP offices. The areas can be set up to accommodate any known environment type and have the ability to produce gravity effects up to five times Earth standard gravity.

In an emergency these rooms can easily be converted into large scale housing and transport of refugees to another location. These rooms are set up to house 25 people each, and contain their own life support and fusion power generators to avoid undue draws on the ship’s normal power supplies.

Diplomatic Hall

The Moscow class is equipped with a spacious diplomatic hall capable of supporting up to 25 people at any given time. The entire hall complex is located on the forward middle edges of deck 9; it has an oval shape with four entry ways, two to port, two to starboard, from the turbolifts. The hall is completely open allowing partition panels and tables to be arranged as needed by the crew during flight. Four exterior viewing ports are arranged around the hall. Finally, the hall contains floor and ceiling mounting points for display panels, briefing screens or other devices as needed.

CO’s Quarters

The Commanding Officer’s Quarters are located on deck 1 directly aft of the Captain’s ready room. A small connecting hall allows the CO to easily step from his quarters into his ready room as desired. The entire room is spacious and open. The room is divided into three areas: a living and work area and a sleeping area with private storage. The living and work area has two couches, a table, desk and workstation with a table. The bedroom has a large king-sized bed and bathroom. Connecting to this is the CO’s storage room, allowing personal effects to be easily on hand when wanted. This storage room is a 3x2 meter rectangular shaped room.

XO’s Quarters

The Executive Officer’s Quarters are located on deck 2 port, and are slightly smaller than the CO’s. The room is divided into two areas; a living and work area and a sleeping area. The living and work area holds one large and one small couch, a table, desk and workstation with a table. The bedroom has a king-sized bed and bathroom.

Department Head Quarters

The Department Head Quarters are located in a 3/4th ring around deck 3. These are smaller than the XO’s quarters and are divided into two areas; a living and work area and a sleeping area. The living and work area holds a medium-sized couch, a desk and workstation with a table. The bedroom holds a single queen-sized bed, bathroom.

Junior Officer Quarters

The Junior Officer Quarters are located all along decks 5-9. These quarters hold a small living and work area with two chairs, a desk and workstation with a table. The bedroom holds a twin-sized bed and a stand up sonic shower stall.

Non-commissioned Crew Quarters

The Non-commissioned Crew Quarters are almost the same size as the Junior Officer Quarters. They house a combination living, work, and bedroom/sonic shower stall area. They hold a small corner table that doubles as a work area, as well as a twin-sized bed against the wall. They are located along middle forward sections of the ship on decks 5-9.

VIP Quarters

The VIP Quarters are the same size and set-up as the Commanding Officer’s quarters minus the personal storage room. There are five of these rooms arrayed along the outer edges of deck 4. These quarters can be configured for any environment as required for the visiting VIPs.

General Guest Quarters

The general guest quarters are the same size and set-up as the JO quarters. There are ten of these quarters arrayed along the inner sections of deck 4. These quarters can be configured for any environment as required for visiting people.

AUXILIARY SPACECRAFT SYSTEMS

The Moscow class has two shuttle bays. Shuttle Bay 1 is located on the rearward area of decks 13 and 14, while Shuttle Bay 2 is located on decks 17 and 18.

Bay 1 holds the following auxiliary craft:

2 Longevity class runabouts
1 Fulcrum class runabout

Bay 2 holds the following auxiliary craft:

1 Flying Angel Yacht
4 Workbees

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions and Structure

Length: 155 meters
Beam (Width): 45 meters
Height: 113 meters
Decks: 25

Crew Complement

*Officers and Crew: 180 * Visiting Personnel: 15 * Maximum Evacuation Limit: 2,000

Computer Systems

Core: Isolinear data storage core with bio-neural processing x2
Operating System: Starfleet Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS) 7.0
*User Interface: MAJEL OS

Warp Systems

Power Plant: 1x 1,909+ Cochrane MARA core, feeding two embedded nacelles
Cruising Velocity: Warp 6.0
Maximum Sustainable Velocity: Warp 9.2
Maximum Velocity: Warp 9.6 (12 hours)
*Emergency Velocity: Warp 9.8 (8 hours)

Impulse Systems

Full Impulse: 0.25c
Acceleration: 50 seconds
*Deceleration: 50 seconds

Defensive Systems

Shield Maximum Graviton Load (Continuous): 1,612 MegaWatts
Shield Maximum Energy Dissipation Rate: 4.38 x 10^5 kilowatts

Offensive Systems

Torpedoes

Launching Tubes: 3x Type 3 Burst Fire Launchers

Standard Payload: 100
40x photon torpedoes
50x class 1-9 scientific probes
*10x tricobalt devices

Phasers: 9x Type-VII Phaser Strips

Deck Layout

Deck 1
Bridge
Conference Room
Ready Room
Captain’s Quarters

Deck 2
Upper Impulse Engine 1 and 2
XO’s Quarters
XO’s Office

Deck 3
Impulse Engine 1 and 2
Department Head Quarters

Deck 4
Lower Impulse Engine 1 and 2
VIP Quarters
General Guest Quarters

Deck 5
Junior Officer Quarters
Non-Commissioned Officer Quarters

Deck 6
Junior Officer Quarters
Non-Commissioned Officer Quarters

Deck 7
Junior Officer Quarters
Non-Commissioned Officer Quarters

Deck 8
Upper Primary Computer Core
Upper Primary Computer Core Control Room
Transporter Room 1 and 2
Junior Officer Quarters
Non-Commissioned Officer Quarters

Deck 9
Primary Computer Core
Transporter Room 3 and 4
Diplomatic Hall
Junior Officer Quarters
Non-Commissioned Officer Quarters

Deck 10
Upper Main Deflector
Upper Main Deflector Control Room
Primary Computer Core
Holding Cell 1 and 2
10-Forward
10-Backward

Deck 11
Main Deflector Dish
Lower Primary Computer Core
Lower Primary Computer Core Control Room
Holding Cell 3 and 4

Deck 12
Main Deflector Dish
Counseling Suite
Sickbay 1 and 2
Chief Medical Officer’s Office
Chief Science Officer’s Office
General Science Lab
Zoology Lab
Genetics Lab
Anatomy Lab

Deck 13
Lower Main Deflector Dish
Lower Main Deflector Control Room
Arboretum
Hydroponics Lab
Botany Lab
Chemistry Lab
Geology Lab
Hydrology Lab
Meteorology Lab
Upper Shuttle Bay 1
Shuttle Bay 1 Control Room

Deck 14
Upper Security Office
Upper Armory
Upper Security Training Room
Chief Of Security’s Office
Physics Lab
Astrophysics Lab
Astronomy Lab
Upper Stellar Cartography Lab and Entrance
Cybernetics Lab
Temporal Mechanics Lab
Computer Science Research Lab
Robotics Lab
Lower Shuttle Bay 1

Deck 15
Lower Security Office
Lower Armory
Lower Security Training Room
Lower Stellar Cartography Lab
Upper Recreation Hall

Deck 16
Upper Holdeck 1 and 2
Lower Recreation Hall

Deck 17
Upper Warp Core
Upper Main Engineering
Tractor Emitter 1 and 2
Lower Holdeck 1 and 2
Upper Shuttle Bay 2
Shuttle Bay 2 Control Room

Deck 18
Lower Warp Core
Upper Torpedo/Probe Launcher 1-3
Upper Torpedo/Probe Storage and Maintenance Room
Main Engineering
Upper Holodeck 3 and 4
Lower Shuttle Bay 2

Deck 19
Upper Secondary Computer Core
Upper Secondary Computer Core Control Room
Upper Impulse Engine 3
Lower Torpedo/Probe Launcher 1-3
Lower Torpedo/Probe Storage and Maintenance Room
Lower Main Engineering
Lower Holodeck 3 and 4

Deck 20
Secondary Computer Core
Impulse Engine 3
Emergency Transporter Room 1-4
Upper Large Cargo Bay 1-4

Deck 21
Secondary Computer Core
Impulse Engine 3
Large Cargo Bay 1-4
Small Cargo Bay 1

Deck 22
Lower Secondary Computer Core
Lower Secondary Computer Core Control Room
Lower Impulse Engine 3
Lower Large Cargo Bay 1-4

Deck 23
Transporter Room 5 and 6
General Purpose / Refugee Support Shelter Area 1 and 2

Deck 24
Transporter Room 7 and 8
Upper Machine Shop
General Purpose / Refugee Support Shelter Area 3

Deck 25
Landing Gear
Evacuation Ramp
Emergency Transporter Room 5 and 6
Lower Machine Shop
General Purpose / Refugee Support Shelter Area 4

SHIPS OF THE CLASS

Moscow class ships are named for large cities within the country of Russia on Earth.

USS Moscow, NCC-100000
USS Saint Petersburg, NCC-100001
USS Novosibirsk, NCC-100002
USS Yekaterinburg, NCC-100003
USS Kazan, NCC-100004
USS Nizhny Novgorod, NCC-100005
USS Chelyabinsk, NCC-100006
USS Samara, NCC-100007
USS Omsk, NCC-100008
USS Rostov-on-Don, NCC-100009
USS Ufa, NCC-100010

The following ships are commissioned and held in reserve for use in NPC only status and may be reused as needed by gamemasters.

USS Krasnoyarsk, NCC-100011
USS Voronezh, NCC-100012
USS Perm, NCC-100013
USS Volgograd, NCC-100014
USS Krasnodar, NCC-100015

CONCLUSION

The Moscow class, while large for a surveyor, is built with a core focus of scientific advancement in mind. But should the need arise it carries the support infrastructure to aid in emergency crisis response and containment. With such multi-role capability it is envisioned the Moscow class will see many years of service into the years ahead.

Submitted December 8, 2020
Robert Archer


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