- For other uses, see Bellerophon.
The Bellerophon-class was a Federation starship class, a long-range science vessel available in tier 4 and tier 6 configurations, in service from the early 25th century. Like the earlier Cochrane-class- and Discovery-classes, it was a variant subclass of the Intrepid-class. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
The Cochrane-class science vessel shared its external and internal layout with the Intrepid-class, but appeared more streamlined, with pronounced recessed areas in the primary hull. The ship's components were interchangeable with that of the existing Intrepid-class long-range science vessel variants.
In the 25th century, the design of the Bellerophon-class long-range science vessel allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These options were numbered Types, Upgrade and Veteran. (STO - The 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")