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Service history and specifications
The design consisted of a saucer section made of a central sphere and two rings, a wide triangular secondary hull, and two elongated warp nacelles. The navigational deflector emitted blue light and was mounted at the front tip of the secondary hull. The wide, flat shuttlebay was situated at the rear of the triangle, between the back-sweeping nacelle pylons and impulse engines.
A Crossfield was capable of conducting over three hundred scientific studies simultaneously. Based on that, former Commander Michael Burnham concluded the USS Discovery was either a science vessel or a warship. The ship's armament included phase cannons, phasers, and photon torpedoes. (DSC episode: "Context Is For Kings")
In the 25th century, the design of the Crossfield-class science spearhead/mirror science destroyer allowed its commanding officer to choose from different designs of hull materials, which could be modified further at shipyards. (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")
The USS Crossfield (NCC-1029) was the first ship of its class. In the mirror universe, its counterpart was the ISS Crossfield. (STO - Mirror of Discovery short story: "From the Desk of Starfleet Intelligence")
At least two Crossfield-class starships served as testbeds for experiments to end the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257, the USS Discovery and the USS Glenn. They were equipped with an experimental propulsion technology, the displacement-activated spore hub drive, co-developed by the astromycologists Paul Stamets and Justin Straal. While Lieutenant Stamets was assigned to Discovery, Straal served on the Glenn. (DSC episode: "Context Is For Kings")
Following the end of the war, and just before the classified departure of the Discovery from the 23rd century at the Battle near Xahea in 2258, Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise reminded his crew to take a good look at Discovery because there would be no other like it again. (DSC episode: "Such Sweet Sorrow")
With the arrival of J'Ula from 2257 and the rediscovery of Yard 39 that contained ships from 2259, Starfleet rapidly reintroduced ships from this era to active service in the year 2410. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Downfall", STO Issue 01: "USS Gagarin")
The 930-year displaced ship was no match for vessels of the 32nd century but its defenses were soon augmented when the Courier Cleveland Booker added his morphing ship to the complement of embarked craft. (DSC episode: "The People of Earth")
After linking up with the remains of Starfleet at Federation Headquarters, Discovery received an extensive refit. Computer interfaces could now use programmable matter, the warp nacelles became detached, and the registry number was changed from NCC-1031 to NCC-1031-A. (DSC episode: "Scavengers")
In both the primary universe and the mirror universe, the Crossfield was the prototype of the science-oriented Crossfield-class. In the mirror universe, the Terran Empire's ISS Crossfield was not equipped with a spore drive. (STO - Mirror of Discovery short story: "From the Desk of Starfleet Intelligence")
When transported to Pahvo in the year 2410 of the prime universe, Killy tried unsuccessfully to establish an empire of her own by enslaving the Pahvans with agonizer technology. While Discovery returned to the mirror universe, Killy remained at large. (STO - Mirror of Discovery missions: "Para Pacem", "Illusion of Communication")
In an alternate timeline corrupted by the temporal anomaly crisis, multiple versions of the USS Discovery and ISS Discovery appeared around 2380. Here, Captain Killy sought to become an empress as well. One version of Discovery lacked a crew except for the artificial intelligence Zora. (ST video game: Timelines)
While Hugh Culber of the Discovery was dead and his "soul" stranded in the mycelial network in 2256, the tardigrade Ephraim guided him to clearings in the mycelial forest. Culber would be picked up by other versions of Discovery, allowing his body to reform temporarily. This lasted long enough for Culber to be rescued by his own Discovery. (DSC novel: Dead Endless)
|This article or subsection has an associated category.||Crossfield class starships|
|ship name||registry||ship commissioning||disposition||source|
|USS Crossfield||NCC-1029||-||active (circa 2256)||STO - Mirror of Discovery short story: "From the Desk of Starfleet Intelligence"|
|USS Glenn||NCC-1030||-||destroyed (2256)||DSC episode: "Context Is For Kings"|
|-||active (3189)||DSC episode: "Su'Kal"|
|USS Andromeda||NCC-1447||-||active (2257)||(ST video game: Adversaries)|
|standard configuration||Andromeda • Crossfield • Glenn • Discovery • Stamets (imaginary)|
|variant configurations||Glenn-subclass: Glenn • 32nd century refit: Discovery-A|
|Terran Empire Starfleet
|standard configuration||Crossfield • Discovery|
- Crossfield class article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- Discovery class article at The Star Trek Online Wiki.