Specification Review: Baker-Class Heavy Observer (Support), Draft 3 - REVIEW OPEN Until June 1, 2020

Posted May 18, 2020, 5:34 p.m. by Captain Nicholas Villarreal (Engineering Director) (Nicholas Villarreal)

Robert Archer has managed a very quick turnaround for the Baker-class Heavy Observer with the third draft of this specification. As a reminder, it is an aging vessel to use around the club in a support role similar to how we saw the Excelsior-class used in TNG and DS9. As in the reviews of the previous drafts, please consider the following with your review:

  1. What parts of this design do you especially like?
  2. What parts of this design do you think need to be changed? As a subset to this:
  3. Do you suggest removal or modification to the part that you want to change?
    - If removal, why? If alteration, what could improve the design?
  4. Is the wording of everything easy to understand?
    - If so, please say so.
  5. If there are points which are confusing, please indicate where those might be.

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As a side note, this is not intended as an RP environment. As such, the input from any GMs would be appreciated in relation to club-wide use of the spec.

The review will be open for a period of two weeks, ending on June 1, 2020.

Nicholas Villarreal
Engineering Director

Category: Observer
Variant: Heavy (Support)
Designer: Robert Archer
Mark I
Draft 3
Date: 05/10/2020

Changelog From Draft 2 to Draft 3:

More clean up of sentence structure throughout the spec!
Raised phaser banks from six to eight
Cleaned up the bridge description
Eliminated the ship’s armory because science!
Cleaned up cargo bay section
Cleaned up the transporter section

History and Mission Overview

In the year 2360 Starfleet was a hive of expanding activity with the launch of the Galaxy class explorers and Nebula class cruisers. There were so few of these ships, that Starfleet put out a call for refitting of older designs to fill the gap until new ship building could catch up with demands.

Originally the Baker class had been produced in moderate numbers in the late 2290s. At the time their purpose was to be a sturdier option to the more vulnerable Oberth class, while still retaining a core scientific focus beyond what traditional multi-purpose designs like the Constitution, Miranda, Mariner, Excelsior and Constellation classes had to offer. The class, like many such ships of this time period, were found to be rugged and extend beyond the original service life envisioned when the class was first laid down. As such in the late 2330s the Baker class underwent a small scale refit and expansion of existing space frames.

To answer the call once again in the 2360s, the aged Baker class ships still in use in secondary roles within the Federation were refitted to more modern standards to allow the class a larger exploration presence on the frontier. Shipyards throughout the Federation refit these aged vessels. By the dawning of 2365 the pilot launched Baker class heavy observer, USS Baker NCC 6666, saw the return of this venerable scientific class to service along all known borders, as well as supplementing frontier exploration efforts throughout the Federation.

Mission Profiles

Due to their aged nature and generally small size the Baker class heavy observer has a narrower scope of mission profiles compared to other larger ships:

First contact or follow up border surveys, space/planetary exploration and patrols
Fleet support and search and rescue operations
Cargo transport and relief efforts

Structure And Construction

The Baker class heavy observer has a narrow circular primary hull which connects directly to a flattened cigar shaped secondary hull. It has two nacelles positioned on static pylons which extend from the secondary hull directly to port and starboard. The Baker class observer spans 15 decks. Decks 1-3 and the forward sections of decks 4 and 5 solely make up the primary hull. The central and aft sections of decks 4 and 5 and the entirety of decks 6-15 make up the secondary hull. Layered on the outside of the hull are 2.0 centimeters of duranium sheets with ceramic plastics.

Science And Remote Sensing System

Sensor Systems

The Baker class houses the Class 8 sensor system. This system has a long range scan of 13 light years and a short range scan of 3.72 light years.

Computer and Network Systems

The Baker class heavy observer has a single isolinear data and network storage computer core located within the secondary hull on decks 12-15 arranged in a vertical manner in the ship’s aft section. The class makes use of the LCARS 7.0 OS with MAJEL interface.

Warp Propulsion Systems

The Baker class heavy observer utilizes a horizontally mounted Class 6 warp core. The core produces 1,516 Cochranes. The ship has a cruising speed of warp 6, a maximum sustainable speed of warp 8, a maximum speed for 12 hours of warp 9, and an emergency speed for 4 hours of warp 9.4.

Ejection systems propel the core out the aft end of the ship from deck 14 in the secondary hull in an emergency.

Impulse Propulsion Systems

The Baker class makes use of a single impulse reactor on the aft end of the secondary hull on decks 11 and 12. The engine can propel the Baker to a maximum speed of .23c within 50 seconds and to a full stop within that same time.

Tactical Systems

Defensive Shields

The Baker mounts the Type 6 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 1,075 megawatts and a maximum dissipation rate of 2.92 x 10^5 kW. The shield system is also equipped with metaphasic programming for close solar body entry and radiation anomaly studies.

Located within the central forward secondary hull on decks 12 through 14 is the ship’s oval shaped main deflector dish.

Phaser Systems

The Baker uses eight Type-7 paired phaser banks. They are positioned as follows:

One pair of banks ventral and dorsal on the forward sections of the primary hull with two emitters each.
One pair of banks ventral and dorsal arranged to port and starboard on the primary hull with two emitters each.
One pair of banks ventral and dorsal positioned on the central aft area of the secondary hull with two emitters each.

Each bank has a maximum energy output of 1.3 megawatts out to 75,000 kilometers.

Torpedo Systems

The Baker is armed with two Type-3 dual fire torpedo launchers; each launcher is capable of firing up to 2 torpedoes every 4 seconds. Each launcher is positioned with one forward and one aft on deck 14 and 15 within the secondary hull.

The ship carries 50 casings: 20 of these are for photon torpedoes, a further 25 are for specialized Class 1-9 scientific probes with 5 casings always kept on hand as empty for special mission need modifications. They have a maximum effective range of 3,500,000 km.

Command And Support Systems


The Baker class bridge is located on Deck 1. It is arranged in a circular shape. The bridge is equipped with easy modular setup for refits, repairs and replacement as needed. The aft end of the bridge contains 4 auxiliary consoles for miscellaneous personnel needs. Centered along a railing aft of the Captain’s chair, from port to starboard are the combined tactical/security console, two science consoles and a communications console. Just forward from this straight railing on a triangle shaped dais is the ship’s commanding officer chair. Forward of the commanding officer’s chair is the helm station. Forward of the helm station is the ship’s main view screen, to the port side of the view screen is a turbolift. Emergency access to the bridge is gained by a single Jeffries tube located centrally on the floor, in front of the helm station.

Ready Room

The ready room is located to the aft port side of the bridge on deck 1. It contains a desk, a couch, a chair, a replicator and a small two shelf area for personal effects.

Briefing Room

There is one room to the starboard aft side of the bridge, this is the ship’s briefing room. This room is rectangular in shape next to the bridge on deck 1. A medium sized, square shaped table able to seat eight is present. Also present is a large display screen along the wall facing the bridge.

Holding Cells

The Baker class contains two holding cell facilities located on deck 10 to port and starboard in the secondary hull. Each cell is capable of holding two people in minor comfort.

Security Hall

This singular medium sized room is located in the aft sections of decks 10 in the secondary hull. Located in this room is the Chief of Security’s office which has the ability to control all holding cell functions, oversee most security related matters to the ship, and track all security and tactical personnel. Also within this room are four holographic run partitioned rooms, set aside for basic security training and certification programs. More advanced simulations or programs beyond this are not possible in these partitioned rooms. Also located here is the ship’s security department’s personal armaments of Type-2 phasers, it does not contain housings for Type-3 phaser rifles or any other forms of heavy weapons, armor or grenades, beyond stun variants, for the crew’s use.

Science Labs

Located on decks 4 through 9 within the secondary hull are the Baker’s expansive science labs. They are divided into the following deck by deck sections:
Deck 4 contains the class’ hydroponic, botany, and agronomy labs.
Deck 5 contains the class’ zoology, genetics, anatomy and physiology labs.
Deck 6 contains the class’ chemistry, physics, and general science lab. The chief science officer’s office can also be found next to the general science lab on this deck.
Deck 7 contains the class’ astrophysics, astronomy, cosmology and the upper portions of the stellar cartography lab.
Deck 8 contains the class’ geology, hydrology, volcanology, meteorology and the lower support portions of the stellar cartography lab.
Deck 9 contains the class’ cybernetic, temporal mechanics, computer science research, and robotics labs.

Each deck contains only 1 type of each lab listed. Further, each deck’s labs are joined, both by hallway access and inter-lab access allowing easier movement of staff and experiments as needed.

Main Engineering

The Baker class’s main engineering room runs along almost all of decks 13 and 14 with support areas along the lower reaches of decks 15 in these same areas. The single deck warp core is aligned horizontally on deck 14, forward to aft within this large oval shaped room. The Chief Engineer’s office is located on the main work area of deck 14 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 out a chute ejecting both out of the ship to aft in an emergency.

Monitoring systems and consoles are also aligned along the walls of this two deck room. In an emergency this area can be converted into a secondary bridge.

Utility Systems

Cargo Bays

The Baker houses four large cargo bays in the primary hull and two smaller cargo bays in the central sections of the secondary hull. Each large cargo bay holds a single cargo transporter each. The large primary cargo bays are situated along the outer edge of the primary hull on decks 4 and 5 two on each side. The smaller secondary bays are located to port and starboard at the central areas of deck 15 in the secondary hull. All of these bays house an exterior docking hatch for access while in dock.

Tractor Beam Systems

The Baker is equipped with a single tractor emitter. The emitter is located within the aft dorsal section of the secondary hull, on deck 15. The emitter can handle a variable load of mass depending on power granted out to a range of 1,500km depending upon local spatial and subspace effects on the beam.

Transporter Systems

The Baker has one transporter room, which is capable of transporting six personnel at a time. The transporter room is on the port side of deck 8. This transporter system has a range of 40,000 km.

One emergency 12-person transporter is located on the starboard side of deck 8 along 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. Service stations are located on the aft sections of decks 8 and 13.

Crew Support Systems


The Baker houses one large sickbay in the primary hull to port on deck 5, with a smaller one in the secondary hull being housed on deck 10. The larger sickbay holds 5 biobeds with 2 surgery and isolation bays. The smaller sickbay holds 2 biobeds with 1 small surgery and isolation bay. Both sick bays 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 5, able to monitor all patients and staff’s current status. Connected internally to Sickbay 1 is a small 5 bed nursery for any pregnancies among the ship’s crew.

The sickbay in the secondary hull is used as a nurse’s station in normal operating conditions, except during times of yellow or red alert status.

Unlike more modern ship classes the Baker does not contain an EMH program nor holo-emitters within the ship’s sickbays.

Counselling Office

The ship’s counselling office is located on deck 5 next to the ship’s Sickbay. This room houses an outside waiting area with four plush couches, and a single office area with couch, chair, and a work desk with replicator and mood adjustable lighting.


The Baker houses 2 holosuites located next to each other on the starboard side of deck 6 in the primary hull. Though somewhat limited in their display abilities compared to full holodecks, the smaller holosuites were selected due to their lesser power demands.


The Baker class’s Gym is found at the forward areas of deck 10 and contains various exercise equipment from across the Federation. The room is able to allow 10 crew members at a time. The room also has variable gravity settings for those wishing a heavier workout.

10 Forward Mess Hall/Bakery

10 Forward Mess Hall and Bakery are connected directly to the ship’s gym at the front of the secondary hull. They curve around in a half arc contouring to the gym area. The Mess Hall has 2 replicators and about 20 people can be housed here comfortably among the assorted tables. The ship’s Bakery is small but provides regular fresh baked goods during morning and evening shift change over for quick snacks by the ship’s crew.

General Purpose Areas

Located on deck 12 aft in the secondary hull are two general purpose areas. These areas are left open and only sparsely finished to allow the ship’s crew the ability to adjust to 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 has the ability to produce gravity effects up to five times Earth standard gravity or to zero if needs arise.

CO’s Quarters

The CO’’s Quarters are located on deck 2 starboard and are spacious and open. The room is divided into two areas: a living / work area and a sleeping area with private storage. The living and work area has a single couch, table, desk and workstation. 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 XO’’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 medium 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 half ring around deck 3 to port within the primary hull. 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 and bathroom.

Junior Officer Quarters

The JO Quarters are located all along decks 9, 10, and 11, in the forward sections of the secondary hull. These quarters hold a small living and work area with two chairs, a desk and work station with table. The bedroom holds a twin-sized bed and stand up sonic shower stall.

Non-Commissioned Crew Quarters

These quarters are almost the same size as the JO 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 the middle section of decks 12 and 13 in the secondary hull.

VIP Quarters

The VIP Quarters are the same size and set-up as the CO’’s quarters. There are four of these rooms arrayed on deck 7 forward within the secondary hull. 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 10 of these quarters arrayed between decks 4 and 5 within the primary hull. These quarters can be configured for any environment as required for visitors.

Auxiliary Spacecraft Systems

The Baker class has a single shuttle bay located on the aft sections of the secondary hull on decks 6 and 7.

By default the shuttle bay holds the following auxiliary craft:

2 Armadillo class shuttles


Dimensions and Structure

Length: 300 meters

Beam (Width): 100 meters

Height: 80 meters

Decks: 15

Crew Complement

Officers and Crew: 150

Visiting Personnel: 35

Maximum Evacuation Limit: 900

Computer Systems


Isolinear data storage and processing core x1

Operating System

Starfleet Library Computer Access and Retrieval System (LCARS) 7.0

User Interface


Warp Systems

Power Plant

One 1,516 cochrane MARA core, feeding two nacelles

Cruising Velocity

Warp 6

Maximum Sustainable Velocity

Warp 8

Maximum Velocity

Warp 9 (12 hours)

Emergency Velocity

Warp 9.4 (1 hours)

Impulse Systems

Full Impulse



50 seconds


50 seconds

Defensive Systems

Shield Maximum Graviton Load (Continuous)

1,075 MegaWatts

Shield Maximum Energy Dissipation Rate

5.84 x 10^5 kilowatts

Offensive Systems


Torpedo Tubes

2x Type-3 Torpedo Tubes

Standard Payload (total)

20x photon torpedoes
25x probes
5x empty casings for special mission needs


8x Type-VII Phaser Banks


Deck 1
Conference Room
Ready Room
Deck 2
CO Quarters
CO Quarters Personal Storage Room
XO Quarters
Deck 3
Department Head Quarters
Docking Port 1 (Aft Facing)
EVA Airlock
EVA Storage Room 1
Deck 4
Hydroponics Lab
Botany Lab
Agronomy Lab
General Guest Quarters 1-5
Dorsal Phaser Banks (Primary Hull)
Dorsal Phaser Bank Manual Fire Control Room 1
Upper Cargo Bays 1 & 2 (Large)
Deck 5
Zoology Lab
Anatomy Lab
Physiology Lab
Genetic Lab
General Guest Quarters 6-10
Counseling Office
Sickbay 1
Nursery Room
Morgue Storage
Chief Medical Officer’s Office
Lower Cargo Bays 1 & 2 (Large)
Ventral Phaser Banks (Primary Hull)
Ventral Phaser Bank Manual Fire Control Room 2
Deck 6
Chemistry Lab
Physics Lab
General Science Lab
Chief Science Officer’s Office
Upper Shuttlebay
Shuttlebay Control Room
Holosuite 1 & 2
Dorsal Phaser Banks (Secondary Hull)
Dorsal Phaser Bank Manual Fire Control Room 2
Deck 7
Astrophysics Lab
Astronomy Lab
Cosmology Lab
Upper Stellar Cartography Lab And Access
Lower Shuttle Bay
Shuttlebay Maintenance And Storage Room
VIP Quarters 1-4
Deck 8
Geology Lab
Hydrology Lab
Volcanology Lab
Meteorology Lab
Lower Stellar Cartography Lab And Support Systems
Turbolift Service Room 1
Transporter Room (6-Person)
Emergency Transporter Room (12-Person)
Docking Port 2 & 3 (Port / Starboard Facing)
EVA Airlock 2 & 3
EVA Storage Room 2 & 3
Deck 9
Cybernetics Lab
Temporal Mechanics Lab
Computer Science Research Lab
Robotics Lab
JO Quarters 1-25
Deck 10
JO Quarters 26-50
10-Forward Mess Hall / Bakery
Sickbay 2
Chief Security Officer’s Office
Security Hall
Holding Cell Rooms 1 & 2
Deck 11
JO Quarters 51-94
Upper Impulse Engine
Upper Fusion Reactors 1 & 2
Deck 12
NCO Quarters 1-25
General Purpose Areas 1 & 2
Lower Impulse Engine
Lower Fusion Reactors 1 & 2
Upper Computer Core
Computer Core Service Room 1
Upper Main Deflector Dish
Deflector Dish Service Room 1
Deck 13
NCO Quarters 25-50
Turbolift Service Room 2
Upper Main Engineering Room
Upper Deuterium Storage Tanks 1 & 2
Deuterium Storage Fueling Port 1 & 2
Upper Antimatter Storage Pods Room 1 & 2
Middle Computer Core
Computer Core Service Room 2
Main Deflector Dish
Deck 14
Lower Main Engineering Room
Warp Core (Arranged Horizontally)
Warp Core Ejection Systems & Hatch
Chief Engineer’s Office
Middle Deuterium Storage Tanks 1 & 2
Middle Antimatter Storage Pods Room 1 & 2
Upper Torpedo / Probe Casting Storage Room
Torpedo / Probe Casing Service Room
Torpedo / Probe Casing Manual Launch & Loading Room
Middle Computer Core
Computer Core Service Room 3
Lower Main Deflector Dish
Deflector Dish Service Room 2
Deck 15
Tractor Beam Emitter
Cargo Bays 3 & 4 (Small)
Deuterium Ejection Systems & Hatch
Antimatter Ejection Systems & Hatch
Main Engineering Support Systems
Lower Deuterium Storage Tanks 1 & 2
Lower antimatter Storage Pods Room 1 & 2
Lower Torpedo / Probe Casting Storage Room
Burst Fire Torpedo / Probe Launchers 1 & 2
Lower Computer Core
Computer Core Service Room 4
Docking Port 4 (Aft Facing)
EVA Airlock 4 & 5
EVA Storage Room 4 & 5


Original Baker class ships are named for famous Eugenics War generals that fought against the super soldiers of Khan Noonien Soong and his followers. However, due to their varied service refits from 2330 and 2360 were named after early Earth sub-warp exploration probes

Original Remaining Baker class Observers:

USS General Baker NCC 6666
USS General Cheftender NCC 6671
USS General Mangreen NCC 6675
USS General Lookie NCC 6679

Remaining 2330-2360 Refit Baker Class Observers:

USS Pioneer I NCC 6680
USS Helios NCC 6684
USS Venera NCC 6685
USS Wind NCC 6688
USS Cosmos NCC 6689
USS Stereo NCC 6690
USS Solar Sentinel NCC 6691
USS Zond NCC 6695
USS Aditya NCC 6696
USS Messenger NCC 6697
USS Sputnik NCC 6699


Though an older design, recent refits have brought renewed life to the aging Baker class Observers. Though few remain they continue to serve as to their original intent to seek out new life and new scientific discoveries for the Federation and her allies.

Submitted: 05/10/2020
Robert Archer

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