For other uses, see Challenger.

Challenger (NX-03) (or Ch'lenjer in Romulan) was a Human starship, an NX-class cruiser in the service of the United Earth Starfleet in the mid-22nd century. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing) Challenger sported the same deflector as Enterprise (NX-01). (ST reference: Ships of the Line)


As of Thursday, May 22, 2155, Challenger was still under construction in the skies above San Francisco. On that date, while on an assignment to patrol Earth Cargo Service trade routes, Captain Jonathan Archer of Enterprise pondered whether he might be able to persuade Starfleet to rush Challenger into service, re-christening it Sisyphus, to take on his less than engaging mission. (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru).

Challenger was launched circa August, 2155, alongside Discovery NX-04. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

Sometime after, Challenger was part of a task force alongside Enterprise and Columbia NX-02. The three ships left ion trails in a nebula as they soared towards Romulan space. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)

On March 10, 2156, it was destroyed in the Battle of Andoria, when Captain Roy Dunsel activated the ship's self-destruct and rammed the Romulan warbird ChR Dhivael in a successful effort to prevent it from attacking Andoria and take control of Challenger. All hands were lost. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

With the relaunch of the NX- and Columbia-classes in the early 25th century, Challenger reentered active duty in the year 2410. Challenger became the default representative for NX-class light cruisers in Starfleet's shipyards, including Earth Spacedock. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

It is unestablished if the new Challenger is a replica, reconstruction, or the original that was never destroyed.

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Ships named Challenger
Cardassian Union, Central Command CDS Challenger CardassianUnion United States of America Challenger (OV-099, space shuttle) USA52stars
United Earth, Starfleet USS ChallengerChallenger (NX-03, NX-class) Seal of United Earth United Earth Starfleet Emblem
Federation, Starfleet USS Challenger (Ranger-class)USS Challenger (NCC-1715, Constitution-class)USS Challenger ("Mongrel"-class)USS Challenger (NCC-2032)USS Challenger (NCC-2023, Excelsior-class)USS Challenger (NCC-71099, Galaxy-class)USS Challenger (Sovereign-class) UFP seal Starfleet Command logo
NX class cruiser starships
United Earth, Earth Starfleet Enterprise (NX-01)Columbia (NX-02)Challenger (NX-03)Excalibur (NX-03)Discovery (NX-04)Constellation (NX-04)Atlantis (NX-05)Slayton (NX-05)Endeavour (NX-06)Intrepid (NX-07)DefiantLexingtonAvenger (NX-09)Currie (NX-16)unnamed Seal of United Earth United Earth Starfleet emblem
Federation, Starfleet USS Utopia (NCC-2151-01)Challenger (NX-03) UFP seal Starfleet Command logo
Terran Empire Starfleet
(mirror universe)
ISS Enterprise (NX-01)ISS AkagiISS Avenger (NX-09)ISS BismarckISS BroadswordISS DauntlessISS InterceptorISS Khan's Wrathunnamed Terran Empire Logo


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