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The USS Aurora (NCC-72321) was a 24th century Federation starship, a Nova-class science vessel in Starfleet service in the 2370s decade. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)

Service history and disposition


The Aurora borealis was a bright glow in a planet's atmosphere caused by charged particles colliding with the magnetic field. It was best visible at night. (TOS novel: Where No Man Has Gone Before)

Active service

Following the disappearance of the Nova-class USS Equinox in the Badlands in the year 2371, Starfleet reassigned the Aurora to conduct extensive mapping of the plasma storm-ridden Alpha Quadrant region. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)

By the time of the Dominion War, Starfleet operated another ship named USS Aurora. This larger Aurora was destroyed in the war in 2373. (TNG - The Dominion War novel: Behind Enemy Lines)


The Aurora in 2409.

By the 2400s, Starfleet had commissioned variants of the Nova class. One of the new types, the tier 2 Aurora-class science vessel, was led by the USS Aurora (NCC-91270), which was active in the year 2409 and participated in the Federation-Klingon War of 2405-2410. (STO - Klingon War mission: "Neutral Zone Diplomacy")



Ships named Aurora
Federation civilian registry Aurora (NC-17740) Emblem of the United Federation of Planets.
Federation, Starfleet USS Aurora (NCC-72321, Nova-class)USS Aurora (Ambassador-class)USS Aurora (Galaxy X-class)USS Aurora (NCC-91270, Aurora-class prototype) Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
Federation Starfleet
(Kelvin timeline)
USS Aurora (Arbiter-class)USS Aurora (Constitution-class)USS Aurora (Defender-class)USS Aurora (Guardian-class)USS Aurora (Interceptor-class) Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Starfleet assignment insignia.
Nova-class science vessel starships
Federation Starfleet
(primary universe)
standard configuration AnticipationAsimovAuroraBinaryCharribeyEquinoxEverettForrest-BFoundationFreeman DysonHuxleyLionheartMcCoyMorganNorfolkNovaNova-BPulsarQuasarSolsticeunnamed Federation icon image. Seal of Federation Starfleet icon image.
variant configurations Aurora-subclass: AuroraMcCoyEquinox-subclass: EquinoxGalen-subclass: GalenQuasar-subclass: ForrestQuasarRhode Island-subclass: JhamelRhode Island
Confederation of Earth, Corps
(alternate timeline)
standard configuration DoughertyQuinn Confederation of Earth icon image. Confederation Corps icon image.
Terran Imperial Starfleet
(mirror universe)
standard configuration Nova-BNova-CNova-Funnamed Terran Empire icon image. Imperial Starfleet icon image.
variant configurations Equinox-subclass: EquinoxRhode Island-subclass: Rhode Island

Appearances and references




The Last Unicorn Games ebook, Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet, published after they lost their license, lists the Aurora's registry as NCC-74692.