- For other uses, see Gagarin.
The Gagarin-class was a class V science vessel starship in service to the Federation Starfleet in the late 23rd century. The Gagarin-class was a variant design of the venerable Oberth-class science vessels.
Advances in warp drive shielding at the time meant that the low-yield warp nacelles of the Gagarins didn't need to be mounted at a considerable distance from the main hull. Although the engines were detachable in case of an emergency overload.
The first vessel of this class, the USS Gagarin, entered service around stardate 2/1912 and nine further vessels were constructed. Construction of further Gagarins was halted when Starfleet Command discovered that few survey missions could be considered "low-risk", especially after the destruction of the USS Grissom in orbit of the Genesis Planet. (FASA RPG module: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator)