- For other uses, see Andromeda.
The Andromeda-class was a type of exploration cruiser fielded by the Federation Starfleet beginning in 2410. It was an advanced variant of the venerable Galaxy-class of the mid-24th century. (STO video game: Delta Rising)
With the Andromeda-class the Starfleet Corps of Engineers meant to duplicate the success of the earlier Pathfinder-class update to the Intrepid-class hull plan. Designed and built at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, the Andromeda-class featured improved capabilities over even retrofitted Galaxy-class vessels. (STO website: Tier 6 Iconic Ship Stats)
Ship design occurred under the Andromeda Class Development Project moniker in 2409. Its layout and systems resulted from compromises between the traditionalist, pragmatist, and progressivist factions within the Advanced Starship Design Bureau. The traditionalist camp argued for always having a multi-role exploration cruiser, including for sentimental value. The pragmatists and progressivists were convinced by building the USS Andromeda technologically advanced and wartime-ready.
The design aesthetic, including deflector dish assembly and warp nacelles, were replicated on ships of other classes:
- The Yamato-class dreadnought cruiser combined the Andromeda hull with the configuration of a Galaxy X-class dreadnought.
- The Sutherland-class advanced research vessel placed Andromeda design on a Nebula-class science vessel configuration.
- The Lafayette-class recon destroyer was an Andromeda-style redesign of the New Orleans-class frigate. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
The Andromeda class was 695 meters long and a standard crew complement of 830. The back of the neck section was covered with MDMS passive sensor vanes. The size of its internal volume meant the Andromeda class was larger than the Galaxy- and Venture-classes. (STO Issue 03: "U.S.S. Andromeda NCC-92100")
In addition to standard Starfleet weapons and defenses, the Andromeda-class equipped a molecular cohesion nullifier field, a device that disrupted the molecular bonds in surrounding matter, increasing the effectiveness of the cruiser's weapons. (STO website: Tier 6 Iconic Ship Stats)
The main ship components were saucer section, engineering hull, neck, nacelle pylons, and warp nacelles. At facilities supported by Starfleet Shipyards Operations, shipwrights could exchange these components with those of other compatible exploration cruiser classes: Galaxy, Galaxy (refit), Envoy, Monarch (cruiser), Ross and Venture (cruiser). (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
In the 25th century, the design of the Andromeda-class exploration cruiser allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These included the options Type 1-7, Upgrade and Veteran. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
Furthermore, the installation of deflector shields from specific factions modified the hull appearance, including shields from the Reman Resistance, the Breen Confederacy and the Dominion. (STO missions: "Coliseum", "Cold Storage", "Boldly They Rode")
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