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History and specifications
The hull of this ship class consisted of a wide, segmented saucer section with a cylinder-shaped negative space running vertically through its center. Horizontally, the middle section was recessed compared to the larger diameter of the upper and lower sections. (DSC episode: "People of Earth")
A wide, angular shuttlebay was attached to the hull for access. It's interior included water and dense vegetation arranged in a forest or rainforest. That landscape was visible from above the ship. At the time, some Starfleet hulls consisted of holographic containment walls. (DSC episode: "Die Trying")
The circular design differed from the other ringship active in the era, the Saturn-class starship, which consisted of a slender ring with a massive central negative space. (DSC episode: "People of Earth")
Circa 3069 at least two Angelou-class ships operated in the sensor range of the unnamed Federation relay station when the Burn occurred and destroyed all starships with an active warp core across the galaxy by destabilizing their dilithium. When the ships' dilithium crystals went inert, matter/antimatter containment failed, and the vessels detonated instantaneously.
In the year 3188, acting communications chief Aditya Sahil shared his station's sensor logs with Commander Michael Burnham. These included graphics of the Starfleet ship locations and a visualization of their destruction when the Burn was triggered. Burnham reported these findings in a transmission to her ship, the time-displaced USS Discovery on stardate 865211.3. (DSC episode: "People of Earth")
At least two ships of this class were still in service in the 32nd century. In the 3180s decade, the USS Maathai and its sister craft operated inside the distortion field surrounding the Federation Headquarters space station.
In 3189, Ensign Sylvia Tilly of the Discovery identified it as "a flying rainforest" upon gazing the Maathai on the viewscreen. The dorsal hull consisted of holographic projections. Its interior was filled with a forest. (DSC episode: "Die Trying")
- USS Maathai (NCC-325023)