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[canon fodder]NX Class Production History
« on: December 31, 2007, 07:33:41 AM »
The new warp-5 capable NX Class starship was originally ordered in a nine ship production run by the Starfleet Command of the United Earth Space Probe Agency, with the lead ship being delivered in FY 2151. They were all to be named after early US and Soviet/Russian STS test vehicles and operational shuttles.

Ships of original production run:

NX-01 Enterprise 2151-2161 / NCC-01 USS Dauntless 2161-?*
NX-02 Columbia 2153-2203 / SS Columbia ?-2236*
NX-03 Challenger 2154-?
NX-04 Discovery 2154-?
NX-05 Atlantis 2155-?
NX-06 Endeavour 2155-?
NX-07 Pathfinder 2155-?*
NX-08 Buran 2156-?
NX-09 Ptichka 2156-2156 / NX-09 Avenger 2156-?*


Following the beginning of hostilities in the Romulan War in 2156, NX-09 Ptichka was renamed Avenger during construction in keeping with the new US/UK combat aircraft of WWII naming scheme befitting the more militaristic atmosphere of the day. An additional indefinite numbered production run that was to culminate with the end of the war was ordered. Though the war was largely between only the United Earth and the Romulan Star Empire, members of the newly formed Coalition of Planets did provide material support and the use of their shipyards to the United Earth war effort, thus accounting for the greatly increased wartime production run.

Earth-Romulan War era NX Class ships:

NX-10 Swordfish 
NX-11 Typhoon
NX-12 Marauder
NX-13 Unassigned*
NX-14 Halifax
NX-15 Devastator
NX-16 Spitfire
NX-17 Tempest
NX-18 Mustang
NX-19 Mosquito
NX-20 Warhawk
NX-21 Hellcat
NX-22 Corsair
NX-23 Thunderbolt
NX-24 Hurricane
NX-25 Barracuda
NX-26 Liberator
NX-27 Invader
NX-28 Wellington
NX-29 Vampire
NX-30 Meteor
NX-31 Wildcat
NX-32 Lightning
NX-33 Black Widow
NX-34 Buffalo
NX-35 Mitchell
NX-36 Lancaster
NX-37 Hudson
NX-38 Stirling 2160-?


(2160 = End of Earth-Romulan War and end of NX production run)

Following the formation of the United Federation of Planets in 2161, all NX Class vessels were gradually refit to utilize the new warp-7 engines that equalized the speeds of all Federation Human and alien starships. Upon refit and relaunch, the ships were rechristened with their new NCC-__ Federation registries. The NX designation was held over only for experimental vessels. The class name was changed from NX Class to the Enterprise Class in honor of the lead ship, the former NX-01 Enterprise, now renamed the NCC-01 USS Dauntless. They formed the bulk of the Human contribution to the fledgling Federation Starfleet for the remainder of the 22nd century along with the new purpose-built warp-7 Daedalus Class; the first ships designed and constructed with input by all the new Federation members, hence its smooth hull design which was all about practicality over aesthetics.

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* After its retirement in 2161, the NX-01 Enterprise was refit with the new warp-7 engine and relaunched with a new name befitting the new class naming scheme of WWII Allied aircraft. It was rechristened as the NCC-01 USS Dauntless. This ship would go on to have an equally illustrious career as its first incarnation, eventually inspiring the 24th century NX-01-A USS Dauntless, made famous even before launch when its plans were stolen by the Delta Quadrant alien Arturis in order to plot his revenge on the crew of the USS Voyager by constructing a particle synthesized decoy of the vessel. The Dauntless was reclassified as the NCC-01-A following its test phase and Dauntless Class vessels went on to serve the Federation well into the 26th century.

* Following its retirement from Starfleet in 2203 after fulfilling its expected 50 year service life, the NX/NCC-02 Columbia was refit for civilian service and had a further distinguished career as the research survey ship SS Columbia. It was lost with all hands save one when it crashed on Talos IV in 2236.

* Pathfinder was the name of the STS ground test full-scale shuttle mock-up. It was not flight capable.

* Ptichka was the name of the second planned Soviet space shuttle following Buran. It was never completed and never flew. The ship was renamed Avenger in 2156 following the unprovoked Romulan sneak attack on border outpost Station Salem-One which was the opening shots of what would come to be known as the Earth-Romulan War. Cries of "Avenge Salem-One!" throughout Earth society of the day lead to the ship being given Starfleet permission to be renamed the NX-09 Avenger by its captain, Aaron Stiles, who was later killed in combat during the Battle of Vorkado. The Avenger, like most Federation ships, also had a twin in the form of the Mirror Universe's own NX-09 Avenger, though that ship was launched earlier due to the accelerated production and slightly more advanced tech level of the Mirror Universe.

* Though superstition was mostly a thing of the past amongst Humanity as a whole, it was still alive and well in Starfleet, at least as far as assigning ship registries was concerned. Hence there being no ship assigned the NX-13 registry.
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Re: NX Class Production History
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2007, 11:26:14 AM »
Very interesting article. he dauntless bit is some nice speculation, and it overall seems to work out well in terms of agreement with known canon information.

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2007, 01:35:21 PM »
Agreed, this seems to be a logical fit into what has been established with cannon and helps to fill in some gaps with the continuity/inconsistencies from the various series.

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2008, 03:32:58 AM »
Thanks, guys. :)

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2008, 11:00:05 AM »
Nice job Bond. I especially like the bit about the Dauntless.

I am kinda sad you didn't include "Mustang" on you list... ;D ;)

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2008, 12:18:54 PM »
Not bad. Two points trouble me, though:

--The NX-13 thing. Superstition? Enh. Maybe it would be better to say that the superstition was dead, but ended up being revived after numerous dockyard problems while building (fires, deaths, explosions, failures of systems, etc.) & the eventual unexplained exploderation of the ship during warp trials off Pluto. Or..something. That way it's a concrete reason rather than something that only exists in Anglo culture.

--The "Dauntless" renaming. I know you're trying to tie in with "Hope & Fear" as well as whatever ENT episode it was that showed that design fighting for Starfleet in the 26th-century...but...I dunno. Why rename? And were the other early ships renamed as well? If not, then why not? Why just that one? Especially a ship that had done so much & was so well known (at the time, at any rate).

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2008, 07:53:39 PM »
They wanted to shift the name Enterprise to a new flagship but didn't want to retire a sound and viable hull.
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2008, 10:27:15 PM »
Problem with that thought is that the 1701 was the UFP's first Enterprise.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008, 01:32:13 AM »
Could be that with the advent of the Federation, the name Enterprise wasn't considered valid for some reason, retired, then brought back out to credit a somewhat important ship in the formation of the Federation. Maybe Archer pulled some strings to get it named that way.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 02:43:52 AM »
I am kinda sad you didn't include "Mustang" on you list... ;D ;)

It's on there. Check out NX-18. ;)

--The NX-13 thing. Superstition? Enh. Maybe it would be better to say that the superstition was dead, but ended up being revived after numerous dockyard problems while building (fires, deaths, explosions, failures of systems, etc.) & the eventual unexplained exploderation of the ship during warp trials off Pluto. Or..something. That way it's a concrete reason rather than something that only exists in Anglo culture.

I was debating whether or not to include that, but I figured that since the fear of the number 13 has been around since at least the time the Code of Hammurabi was made (it specifically omits the number 13 from its list of laws) around 3,750 years ago, that we probably won't be getting rid of it completely within the next 150 years.

It's also spread beyond just Anglo cultures. Chinese buildings will often exclude the 13th floor (like many buildings in Anglo cultures do) as well as any floor with the number four. So you'll find buildings with no 4th, 13th, 14th, 24th, (and so on) floors, like in the Shanghai building below.



In many Spanish speaking cultures, Tuesday the 13th is considered unlucky just like Friday the 13th is here.

And since the concept of luck and good luck charms is obviously still alive and well in the Trek universe (Eddington carried his "Lucky Loonie" Canadian dollar coin amongst other examples) then the concept of bad luck should be as well.

Plus, even people who don't really believe that the number 13 actually represents evil or bad luck will still conform to it sometimes out of a sense of tradition or fun. Building owners will still skip the 13th floor even if they don't believe it, because they know their chances of renting the space will go down.

But mainly I just included it as a fun little reference to break up the list.

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--The "Dauntless" renaming. I know you're trying to tie in with "Hope & Fear" as well as whatever ENT episode it was that showed that design fighting for Starfleet in the 26th-century...but...I dunno. Why rename? And were the other early ships renamed as well? If not, then why not? Why just that one? Especially a ship that had done so much & was so well known (at the time, at any rate).

I figured it to be something like retiring the number, jersey, etc. of an exceptional athlete.

I didn't really like or find any logic in the idea of the NX-01 Enterprise being retired completely in 2161 after only ten years of service, yet according to Riker and Troi's personal knowledge and holoprogram in the 24th century this was a known historical fact, so I had to find a way to keep the ship itself operational while still retiring the "Enterprise." The Dauntless thing made sense since the Voyager crew didn't question the registry and since the ship did eventually show up as being an actual Federation vessel (in 'Azati Prime') instead of just being Arturis' creation.

Could be that with the advent of the Federation, the name Enterprise wasn't considered valid for some reason, retired, then brought back out to credit a somewhat important ship in the formation of the Federation. Maybe Archer pulled some strings to get it named that way.

When I posted an earlier version of this list a couple years ago, I said that the name Enterprise sounded similar to a Tellarite curse word, so it was decided to rename the ship after the formation of the Federation. Sort of like James Caan's name Sykes meaning "shithead" in the Newcomer language in 'Alien Nation.'
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2008, 02:53:03 AM »
Dude, I've really got to find a way to replicate your Google-fu. That's just too impressive to pass up.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2008, 04:41:09 AM »
I didn't really like or find any logic in the idea of the NX-01 Enterprise being retired completely in 2161 after only ten years of service, yet according to Riker and Troi's personal knowledge and holoprogram in the 24th century this was a known historical fact, so I had to find a way to keep the ship itself operational while still retiring the "Enterprise."

I just put it down to stresses on the ship's frame, from the pounding at Azati prime, reducing its operational lifespan.

I get the desire to link with the fake "dauntless" but renaming a prestigious ship like Enterprise has always seemed wrong to me. :-\

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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2008, 05:11:44 AM »
^^^ Yeah, I hear you, but it always just bothered me that it was retired so early. Plus, they probably had to pretty much rebuild half the ship when it returned home from the Xindi mission.

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2008, 07:27:51 AM »
Nice reading!

The only problem is with the top speed of Warp 7 that would not further increase until the late 23rd century. But this dilemma already lies in the premise of Enterprise that put no limit to speeds. They started off with a Warp 5 engine and then came up with gradually much faster speeds (not of Enterprise NX-01 but of various alien vessels).

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2008, 07:45:36 AM »
In 'These are the Voyages...' Trip said they were "toasting the Warp 7" and Malcolm made a comment about how Archer probably wouldn't be able to resist commanding "one of those Warp 7 beauties." So, the technology from the Vulcans or another species already found it's way down to Earth by 2161, which is only natural if you're going to merge your governments.

I agree that that leaves a long gap without much advancement, but perhaps Warp 8 was like the Warp 10 or Excelsior-type transwarp of its day, the supposedly impossible barrier that was eventually broken.
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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2008, 09:06:26 AM »
I don't really see that as a problem, per say. During TOS era, it was pretty common that warp 7 maybe 8 was their fastest safe warp speed. On a few occasions, they went faster than that but it always seemed as if it was a last ditch emergency effort that might have been unpredictable.

another thought is that perhaps they had the engine capabilities to go faster, but at this point in tech. didnot have the ability to sustain it for any length of time or the hull and shielding abilities to safely do so; except under extreme circumstances. It may also be possible that these higher speeds would limit their communications abilities and such (ie their subspace relays and what not could not conceivably keep up with the extended range of such flights).

Just some random thoughts, I still like Mr. Bond's explanation/theory as it is.

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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2008, 06:37:06 AM »
Of course, the dramatic increase of the top speed from Warp 2 to Warp 7 in about two decades makes it plausible how the Federation could consolidate and grow so steadily. But I would still expect much more technical progress in the course of a century.

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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2008, 04:29:20 PM »
I have uploaded it.

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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2008, 03:06:53 AM »
Thank you. :)

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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2008, 11:48:12 AM »
Very creative, especially the...

NX-35 Mitchell

I knew they would name one after me (hehehe)  :D

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« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2009, 11:18:31 AM »
Forgive my resurrecting this months old topic, but I wanted to voice a thought I had about the Dauntless bit. First, if the Enterprise is renamed then the class name should reflect the NEW name of its lead ship, not the RETIRED name, so I suggest making it the Dauntless class. That would also avoid any problems with the late 23rd century Enterprise class for which there were at least bridge simulators confirmed to be in existance, with the existance of a real Enterprise class (the Constitution refit / Constitution class, Enterprise subclass) at least implied. Furthermore, below the surface the NX 01 A was clearly of alien design, but meant to imitate Starfleet design. I therefore suggest that either

1.: all available data on the ship itself as well as its working principles collected by Voyager were used in the construction of a new class that closely resembles the original fake,

or

2.: the original was somehow recovered by Starfleet and its design retro-engineered.


My reasoning: Arturis was a very capable linguist and since he obviously had the time and resources to design and build a fake Starfleet ship he must also have had the time to look up Federation history to choose a fitting name and registry for a ship that is supposedly pioneering ground-breaking new propulsion technology.

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« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2009, 04:28:30 PM »
1. Possible. Especially if the real Starfleet ship based on the Dauntless is a slipstream vessel, the hull shape of the Dauntless would be a good starting point.
2. Unlikely. I bet the Borg would have deemed it interesting enough to be assimilated. And finding a ship wreck in the depths of Borg space is something nearly impossible.

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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2009, 01:41:13 PM »
About 2.: I was thinking of along the lines of VOY's "Unity" or "Collective". The ship encounters some dangerous spatial phenomenon OUTSIDE of Borg Space (the Beta Quadrant, perhaps?), exposure to which kills or incapacitates almost all drones, severing the ship's link to the collective but leaves the ship mostly intact. After that it's just a matter of Starfleet Intelligence / Section 31 keeping their eyes and ears open and doing their job right.

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2009, 02:11:29 AM »
About 2.: I was thinking of along the lines of VOY's "Unity" or "Collective". The ship encounters some dangerous spatial phenomenon OUTSIDE of Borg Space (the Beta Quadrant, perhaps?), exposure to which kills or incapacitates almost all drones, severing the ship's link to the collective but leaves the ship mostly intact. After that it's just a matter of Starfleet Intelligence / Section 31 keeping their eyes and ears open and doing their job right.

Uhm. No. If something like that happened in an episode (again), we would not buy it. So it should not be used as a fanon explanation either.

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« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2009, 12:24:51 PM »
Why not? Sometimes shit happens, and sometimes shit happens two times in a row. ;) Besides, Borg ships are all over the galaxy, and so are nebulae and what have you. The only reason I can see working against my theory would be that the Borg maybe wouldn't send a new (and maybe not yet fully assimilated) toy too far out of their own territory, but then again if the ship has transwarp drive and they upgrade its weapons and shields they might just think "Oh, why the hell not?" and send it out.