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Borg sphere
(aka Borg long-range tactical vessel)
Borg Sphere.jpg

Borg sphere
(aka Borg long-range tactical vessel)

Affiliation: Borg Collective
Type: Scout ship, long-range tactical vessel, auxiliary craft
Active: 24th century
Diameter: 600 m
Crew complement: 11,000
Speed: Warp drive, transwarp drive, time travel capable
Armament: Tractor beams, beam and projectile weaponry
Defenses: Deflector shields, regeneration, ablative hull armor
Borg Sphere emerges.jpg

A vessel of the class emerges from a Borg cube

A vessel of the class emerges from a Borg cube

The Borg long-range tactical vessel, commonly referred to by the Federation as a Borg sphere, was a sphere-shaped starship used by the Borg Collective during the late 24th century.

Technical data Edit

Borg spheres were used by the Borg as scout ships or long-range tactical vessels. Borg spheres were also embedded into some Borg cubes, and were used as auxiliary craft. (Star Trek: First Contact; VOY: "Dark Frontier", "Drone")

Borg spheres had a crew complement of 11,000 Borg drones. (VOY: "Unimatrix Zero, Part II") The spheres were approximately 600 meters in diameter, and had an interior bay large enough to hold an Intrepid-class starship. (ENT: "Regeneration"; VOY: "Endgame")

Borg spheres had transwarp capability and ablative hull armor. They were also equipped with a tractor beam. (VOY: "Drone") Provided its deflector shields were down, a Borg sphere could be destroyed by a Sovereign-class starship with relative ease using quantum torpedoes. (Star Trek: First Contact)

History Edit

In the year 2063, a Borg sphere from the future was used in an effort to prevent an historical event on Earth known as First Contact, an incident historically brought about by noted inventor Zefram Cochrane. The sphere launched an attack on Cochrane's hometown of Bozeman, Montana, but was soon destroyed by the Sovereign-class USS Enterprise, which had followed the sphere back through time. (Star Trek: First Contact) At least some of the remains of this sphere ended up in the Arctic Circle. In 2153, a team of scientists found the remains of the sphere there. (ENT: "Regeneration")

The same vessel had initially been launched from a Borg cube in the culmination of the Battle of Sector 001. After that incident, the sphere was observed to have time travel capabilities, by generating a temporal vortex through the controlled emission of chronometric particles; it was this method that enabled the sphere to travel to 2063. (Star Trek: First Contact)

In 2375, the crew of the USS Voyager successfully retrieved a Borg transwarp coil from a damaged sphere, as part of Operation Fort Knox. At the time, the sphere was only able to travel at warp 2 because it was regenerating from the damage. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")

In 2378, Starfleet attempted to destroy a sphere with a fleet of starships. The sphere was holding the USS Voyager, which was able to destroy the sphere from the inside using transphasic torpedoes. (VOY: "Endgame")

Design Edit

A sphere had no living quarters, or a discernible engineering section for the propulsion systems. There was, however, a primary shield generator inside the shield matrix. The several transwarp coils of a sphere were contained inside specialized rooms called transwarp chambers that featured heavy shielding. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")

Ships of the Class Edit

Designated
Undesignated

Appendices Edit

Appearances Edit

Background Edit

A Borg sphere was mentioned for the first time in the first draft script for Star Trek: First Contact, dated 29 September 1995, where scene 4 described an apparently more belligerent and independently operating sphere as, "A huge, spherical Borg warship as it takes a phaser shot from an unseen vessel. The BLAST smashes into the Borg Sphere, but the massive ship continues. The Sphere returns FIRE." In the movie as featured, however, the sphere was ultimately primarily depicted as an escape vessel for the Borg Queen, though its original aggressive nature was not altogether abandoned, as the vessel was seen bombarding 21st century Earth, before being destroyed by the USS Enterprise-E.

At one stage while the Borg sphere was being designed, it was conceptualized as measuring 3000 feet (914 meters) in diameter. The design team that worked on First Contact finally decided it was meant to be only 1500 feet (457 meters) in diameter, as shown in the film's official size comparison chart. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 23,  p. 54 & 50) However, according to the size of the debris field, as referenced in ENT: "Regeneration", the radius was calculated at "about 600 meters in diameter."

Studio models Edit

See Borg sphere model.

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