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{{Sidebar starship class|
|Name= ''Excelsior'' class
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|Name = ''Excelsior''-class<br /><small>Original configuration</small>
|Image= Excelsior class.jpg
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|image = Excelsior class.jpg
|ImageCap= Forward view
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|imagecap = Forward port view
|Affiliation= [[Federation]] [[Starfleet]]
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|owner = {{Federation}}
|Active= [[2280s]] - [[2370s]]
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|operator = [[Starfleet]]
|Armament= [[Phaser]]s, [[photon torpedo]]es
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|Active = [[2280s]] - [[2370s]]
|Defenses= [[Deflector shield]]s
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|Decks = 34
|Image2= USS Excelsior, aft.jpg
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|Armament = [[Phaser]]s, [[photon torpedo]]es
|ImageCap2= Aft view
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|Defenses = [[Deflector shield]]s
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|image2 = Excelsior class, lcars, tngs1.jpg
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|imagecap2 = Profile and overview of the ''Excelsior''
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|Name = ''Excelsior''-class<br /><small>Refit configuration</small>
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|image = USS Enterprise-B in drydock.jpg
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|imagecap = Forward view
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|owner = {{Federation}}
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|operator = [[Starfleet]]
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|Active = [[2290s]] - [[2370s]]
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|Decks = 34
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|Armament = [[Phaser]]s, [[photon torpedo]]es, [[quantum torpedo]]es (USS ''Lakota'')
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|Defenses = [[Deflector shield]]s
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|image2 = Excelsior class refit MSD.jpg
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|imagecap2 = Master System Display
 
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The '''''Excelsior'' class''' was a type of [[Federation]] [[starship]] used by [[Starfleet]] from the late [[23rd century]] through the late [[24th century]].
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The '''''Excelsior''-class''' was a type of [[Federation]] [[starship]] used by [[Starfleet]] from the late [[23rd century]] through the late [[24th century]]. It was the backbone of Starfleet for nearly a century, making it one of the longest serving starship designs, and one of the most recognizable ships in the fleet.
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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Starfleet had high hopes for the first ship of this class, the [[prototype]] {{USS|Excelsior}}, which was equipped with [[transwarp drive]], and was regarded as that century's "[[the Great Experiment|Great Experiment]]." ({{film|3}})
 
Starfleet had high hopes for the first ship of this class, the [[prototype]] {{USS|Excelsior}}, which was equipped with [[transwarp drive]], and was regarded as that century's "[[the Great Experiment|Great Experiment]]." ({{film|3}})
:'''See''': [[USS Excelsior#Trial runs|Trial runs]] for more concise details of the USS ''Excelsior''{{'}}s early history.''
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* '''See''': [[USS Excelsior#Trial runs|Trial runs]] for more concise details of the USS ''Excelsior''{{'}}s early history.''
   
Despite the failure of the "Great Experiment," Starfleet forged ahead with employing the ''Excelsior'' design. After remaining in [[Earth Spacedock]] until at least [[2287]], the prototype ''Excelsior'' was subsequently recommissioned for active service by [[2290]]. ({{film|4}}, {{film|5}}, {{film|6}})
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Despite the failure of the "Great Experiment," Starfleet forged ahead with employing the ''Excelsior'' design. After remaining in the [[Earth Spacedock]] until at least [[2287]], the prototype ''Excelsior'' was subsequently recommissioned for active service by [[2290]]. ({{film|4}}, {{film|5}}, {{film|6}})
   
[[Image:USS Enterprise-B in drydock.jpg|thumb|USS ''Enterprise''-B in drydock]]
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In [[2293]], the fate of the ''Excelsior'' design was sealed when Starfleet passed on the [[Enterprise history|name of a legacy]]. The launch of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B|-B}} opened the door for the ''Excelsior''-class to become one of the most widely used designs in all of Starfleet, a design lasting well into the late [[24th century]]. ({{film|6}}; {{film|7}}; {{TNG|Encounter at Farpoint}} &ndash; {{VOY|Endgame}})
In [[2293]], the fate of the ''Excelsior'' design was sealed when Starfleet passed on the [[Enterprise history|name of a legacy]]. The launch of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B|-B}} opened the door for the ''Excelsior'' class to become one of the most widely used designs in all of Starfleet, a design lasting well into the late [[24th century]]. ({{film|6}}, {{film|7}}, {{TNG|Encounter at Farpoint}} &ndash; {{VOY|Endgame}})
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{{bginfo|According to the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual]]'', the ''Enterprise''-B was launched from Starfleet's [[Antares Ship Yards]]. The ''Technical Manual'' further explained that "''Although the decision to model [the ''Enterprise''-B] on the failed original experimental ''Excelsior'' was at the time controversial, the economics of using the existing (and otherwise successful) engineering of the basic spaceframe were compelling.''"}}
:''According to the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual]]'', the ''Enterprise''-B was launched from Starfleet's [[Antares Ship Yards]]. The ''Technical Manual'' further explained that: "'Although the decision to model [the ''Enterprise''-B] on the failed original experimental ''Excelsior'' was at the time controversial, the economics of using the existing (and otherwise successful) engineering of the basic spaceframe were compelling.'"
 
   
[[Image:Excelsior port of Galaxy.jpg|thumb|Alongside a {{ShipClass|Galaxy}} starship]]
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[[File:Excelsior port of Galaxy.jpg|thumb|left|Alongside a {{class|Galaxy}} starship]]
Once fully integrated into the [[fleet]], the ''Excelsior''{{'}}s sister ships were used for a variety of mission profiles, ranging from deep [[space]] exploration and [[terraforming]] missions, to [[patrol ship|patrol duty]], to [[courier]] and [[transport]] runs. ({{film|6}}; {{TNG|Tin Man|The Drumhead|Brothers|Allegiance}}; {{DS9|Homefront|For the Uniform}}, etc.) The ''Excelsior''-class was also frequently used by the Starfleet [[admiral]]ty for use as a personal [[flagship]]. ({{TNG|The Offspring|The Best of Both Worlds|Chain of Command, Part I|Descent|Preemptive Strike}})
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Once fully integrated into the [[fleet]], the ''Excelsior''{{'}}s sister ships were used for a variety of mission profiles, ranging from deep [[space]] exploration and [[terraforming]] missions, to [[patrol ship|patrol duty]], to [[courier]] and [[transport]] runs. ({{film|6}}; {{TNG|Tin Man|The Drumhead|Brothers|Allegiance}}; {{DS9|Homefront|For the Uniform}}, etc.) The ''Excelsior''-class was also frequently used by the Starfleet [[flag officer]]s for use as a personal [[flagship]]. ({{TNG|The Offspring|The Best of Both Worlds|Chain of Command, Part I|Descent|Preemptive Strike}})
   
The ''Excelsior''-class was present in several major Federation engagements, including the [[Borg]] invasion of [[2366]]-[[2367]], where it participated at the [[Battle of Wolf 359]], as well as the engagement against the [[Borg sphere]] that entered the [[Sol system]] in [[2377]]. ({{DS9|Emissary}}; {{VOY|Unity|Endgame}}) They were also present in numerous [[Dominion War]] battles, seeing action during [[Operation Return]], the [[First Battle of Chin'toka|First]] and [[Second Battle of Chin'toka|Second Battles of]] [[Chin'toka]], and the [[Battle of Cardassia]]. Many ''Excelsior''-class vessels were stationed near [[Deep Space 9]] during the war. ({{DS9|Sacrifice of Angels|Tears of the Prophets|The Changing Face of Evil|What You Leave Behind}}, etc.)
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The ''Excelsior''-class was present in several major Federation engagements, including the [[Borg]] invasion of [[2366]]-[[2367]], where it participated at the [[Battle of Wolf 359]], as well as the engagement against the [[Borg sphere]] that entered the [[Sol system]] in [[2378]]. ({{DS9|Emissary}}; {{VOY|Unity|Endgame}}) They were also present in numerous [[Dominion War]] battles, seeing action during [[Operation Return]], the [[First Battle of Chin'toka|First]] and [[Second Battle of Chin'toka|Second Battles of]] [[Chin'toka]], and the [[Battle of Cardassia]]. Many ''Excelsior''-class vessels were stationed on the front lines near [[Deep Space 9]] during the war. ({{DS9|Sacrifice of Angels|Tears of the Prophets|The Changing Face of Evil|What You Leave Behind}}, etc.)
   
Knowledge of this class would be retained well into the [[31st century]], when [[Captain]] [[Jonathan Archer]] and [[Lieutenant]] [[Malcolm Reed]] viewed schematics on the class in the [[22nd century]] while accessing the database belonging to temporal agent [[Daniels (Crewman)|Daniels]]. ({{ENT|Shockwave}})
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Details of this class would be retained well into the [[31st century]], when [[Captain]] [[Jonathan Archer]] and [[Lieutenant]] [[Malcolm Reed]] viewed schematics on the class in the [[22nd century]] while accessing the database belonging to temporal agent [[Daniels (Crewman)|Daniels]]. ({{ENT|Shockwave}})
   
 
== Technical data ==
 
== Technical data ==
 
=== Physical arrangement ===
 
=== Physical arrangement ===
[[Image:Excelsior class, lcars, tngs1.jpg|thumb|Profile and overview of the ''Excelsior'']]
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[[File:USS Farragut, Chrysalis.jpg|thumb|Port-side docking port]]
 
The ''Excelsior''-class featured the [[saucer section]]-[[engineering section]]-[[warp nacelle]] layout common to most Starfleet vessels. However, it featured a more streamlined design than was seen in previous classes.
 
The ''Excelsior''-class featured the [[saucer section]]-[[engineering section]]-[[warp nacelle]] layout common to most Starfleet vessels. However, it featured a more streamlined design than was seen in previous classes.
   
[[Image:USS Farragut, Chrysalis.jpg|thumb|left|Port-side docking port]]
 
 
Design features of the [[primary hull]] included a [[docking port]] located on the [[port]] side of the hull. ({{DS9|Chrysalis}})
 
Design features of the [[primary hull]] included a [[docking port]] located on the [[port]] side of the hull. ({{DS9|Chrysalis}})
   
 
==== Design upgrades ====
 
==== Design upgrades ====
Following its initial, and somewhat unsuccessful origins, the ''Excelsior'' underwent a minor [[refit]], which included a new [[bridge]] module, in addition to a significant modification to the [[aft]] portion of the saucer section, surrounding the [[impulse drive]], and a modification to the [[cargo bay]] on the aft ventral portion of the ship. ({{film|6}})
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Following its initial, and somewhat unsuccessful origins, the ''Excelsior'' underwent a minor [[refit]], which included a new [[bridge]] module, in addition to a significant modification to the [[aft]] portion of the saucer section, surrounding the [[impulse drive]], and a modification to the [[cargo bay]] on the aft ventral portion of the ship. This configuration would remain the standard for the ''Excelsior''-class throughout its service. ({{film|6}})
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{{bginfo|According to ''[[Charting the Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI]]'' (pg. 74), [[Bill George]] stated that "''we changed the bridge area of the ''Excelsior'' model, because on this show, the bridge is actually very small &ndash; it's the ''Enterprise'' bridge redressed. The ''Excelsior'' was originally built for ''Star Trek III'', where it had a cavernous bridge, and the model had a big bubble on top which I felt was always out of scale. We replaced it with a smaller bridge area which helped the overall scale of the model.''"}}
   
[[Image:USS Enterprise-B facing the Nexus.jpg|thumb|The {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B|-B}}, featuring additional [[impulse engine]]s (top) and additional scoop surrounding the [[deflector dish]] (bottom).]]
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[[File:USS Enterprise-B facing the Nexus.jpg|thumb|left|The ''Enterprise''-B, featuring additional impulse engines (top) and additional scoop surrounding the deflector dish (bottom)]]
In less than a decade, the ''Excelsior'' design underwent a second, more significant overhaul, as introduced with the launch of the ''Enterprise''-B. While remaining true to the original configuration, several modifications to the basic hull design were made, including the addition of a second pair of impulse engines, expanded scoop surrounding the [[deflector dish]], and the addition and removal of a number of fins located on the saucer and [[nacelle]]s. ({{film|7}}; {{DS9|Paradise Lost}})
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In less than a decade, the ''Excelsior'' design underwent a second, more significant overhaul, as introduced with the launch of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B|-B}}. While remaining true to the original design, this new configuration added several modifications to the basic hull, including the addition of a second pair of [[impulse engine]]s, an expanded scoop surrounding the [[deflector dish]], and the addition and removal of a number of fins located on the saucer and [[nacelle]]s. ({{film|7}}; {{DS9|Paradise Lost}})
:''According to the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies]]'', the additional impulse engines were added to provide the ship with stronger engines, which would be needed when the [[saucer separation|saucer detached]]. This corresponds with the inclusion of a [[battle bridge]] on [[MSD]] appearing on the ''Enterprise''-B bridge in ''Generations''.''
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{{bginfo|According to the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies]]'', the additional impulse engines were added to provide the ship with stronger engines, which would be needed when the [[saucer separation|saucer detached]]. This corresponds with the inclusion of a [[battle bridge]] on [[MSD]] appearing on the ''Enterprise''-B bridge in ''Generations''.}}
   
 
As this class aged, Starfleet continued to incorporate the latest technology, through continued upgrades, refits and repairs, well into the [[2360s]] and [[2370s]]. In [[2364]], the {{USS|Melbourne}} underwent significant repairs at [[Starbase 74]], while in [[2367]] the {{USS|Hood|Excelsior class}} underwent a major system upgrade at [[Starbase 174]]. ({{TNG|11001001|Brothers}}, etc.)
 
As this class aged, Starfleet continued to incorporate the latest technology, through continued upgrades, refits and repairs, well into the [[2360s]] and [[2370s]]. In [[2364]], the {{USS|Melbourne}} underwent significant repairs at [[Starbase 74]], while in [[2367]] the {{USS|Hood|Excelsior class}} underwent a major system upgrade at [[Starbase 174]]. ({{TNG|11001001|Brothers}}, etc.)
   
 
=== Tactical systems ===
 
=== Tactical systems ===
The original ''Excelsior'' design was outfitted with 5 dual [[phaser]] emplacements on the forward saucer section, and one dual emplacement on the aft of the saucer. Phaser emplacements were also positioned laterally, located port and [[starboard]], near the point that the primary and secondary hulls meet, as well as one emplacement located between the nacelles. ({{film|6}}, {{film|7}} ''production art'', {{DS9|Paradise Lost}}, etc.)
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The original ''Excelsior'' design was outfitted [[type 8 phaser]] emitters in five dual phaser emplacements on the forward saucer section, and one dual emplacement on the aft of the saucer. [[Phaser bank]]s were also positioned laterally, located port and [[starboard]], near the point that the primary and secondary hulls meet, as well as one emplacement located between the nacelles. ({{film|6}}; {{film|7}} ''[[:File:Excelsior-decks.jpg|production art]]''; {{DS9|Paradise Lost}}, etc.)
   
In addition, the ''Excelsior'' was equipped with two forward and two aft [[photon torpedo]] launchers. Located in the forward section, above the deflector dish, were additional port and starboard [[torpedo launcher]]s, which were capable of retracting into the ship and taking in craft up to the size of a [[workbee]]. ({{film|6}}, {{film|7}} ''production art'')
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In addition, the ''Excelsior'' was equipped with several [[photon torpedo]] launchers. The two primary launchers were located in the forward section, on both sides of the deflector dish seen as two dark colored ports ahead of the starfleet hull banners. The upper forward launchers were located on the neck section, also allowing ship access for [[cargo management unit]]s. Aft launchers were located above the main [[shuttlebay]]. ({{film|7}} ''[[:File:Excelsior-decks.jpg|production art]]'') In addition, the shields were stronger than the {{class|Constitution}} refit, capable of withstanding a direct photon torpedo strike without suffering any visible damage to the outer hull. ({{film|6}})
   
With the impending threat of the Dominion against the Federation, Starfleet began to experiment, in [[2372]], with performing a refit on the ''Excelsior''-class {{USS|Lakota}}. Upgrades included improved phaser emplacements, [[quantum torpedo]]es, and other improvements to make the ship competitive with such ship designs as the {{ShipClass|Defiant}}. ({{DS9|Paradise Lost}})
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With the impending threat of the Dominion against the Federation, Starfleet began to experiment, in [[2372]], with performing a refit on the ''Excelsior''-class {{USS|Lakota}}. Upgrades included improved phaser emplacements, [[quantum torpedo]]es, and other improvements to make the ship competitive with such ship designs as the {{class|Defiant}}. ({{DS9|Paradise Lost}})
   
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Image:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-2.jpg|[[Dorsal]] [[primary hull|saucer]] array, forward [[starboard]]
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File:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-2.jpg|[[Dorsal]] [[primary hull|saucer]] array, forward [[starboard]]
Image:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-3.jpg|Dorsal saucer array, aft
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File:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-3.jpg|Dorsal saucer array, aft
Image:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-4.jpg|Dorsal [[secondary hull]] array
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File:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-4.jpg|Dorsal [[secondary hull]] array
Image:Excelsior class firing at Breen fleet.jpg|Dorsal saucer array, forward
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File:Excelsior class firing at Breen fleet.jpg|Dorsal saucer array, forward
Image:Excelsior class firing at orbital weapon platform.jpg|Ventral saucer array, forward
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File:Excelsior class firing at orbital weapon platform.jpg|Ventral saucer array, forward
Image:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-6.jpg|Starboard lateral phaser
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File:USS Lakota fires on the Defiant-6.jpg|Starboard lateral phaser
Image:USS Excelsior firing torpedoes.jpg|Firing primary forward [[photon torpedo]]es.
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File:USS Excelsior firing torpedoes.jpg|Firing primary forward [[photon torpedo]]es
Image:USS Enterprise-B, upper torpedo launcher.jpg|Upper forward torpedo launcher.
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File:USS Enterprise-B, upper torpedo launcher.jpg|Upper forward torpedo launcher <!-- The torpedo launcher was identified as such in the ships MSD seen in "Star Trek: Generations" -->
Image:USS Enterprise-B, upper torpedo bay.jpg|Ship access via upper forward torpedo launcher.
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File:USS Enterprise-B, upper torpedo bay.jpg|Ship access via upper forward torpedo bay <!-- The torpedo launcher was identified as such in the ships MSD seen in "Star Trek: Generations" -->
 
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</gallery>
   
 
=== Propulsion systems ===
 
=== Propulsion systems ===
[[Image:TranswarpComputerDisplay.jpg|thumb|Transwarp drive &ndash; in theory.]]
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[[File:TranswarpComputerDisplay.jpg|thumb|Transwarp drive &ndash; in theory]]
Initially the ''Excelsior'' was designed under a radically new principle in propulsion, the transwarp drive. While an awe inspiring concept to some, it was the traditional [[engineer]]s who remained skeptical of this new form of [[warp drive]]. ({{film|3}}) Following this failure, the ''Excelsior'' spent the next two years in Spacedock, before being fitted with a traditional warp drive. ({{film|4}}, {{film|5}}, {{film|6}})
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Initially the ''Excelsior'' was designed under a radically new principle in propulsion, the transwarp drive. While an awe-inspiring concept to some, it was the traditional [[engineer]]s who remained skeptical of this new form of [[warp drive]]. ({{film|3}}) Following this failure, the ''Excelsior'' spent the next two years in spacedock before being fitted with a traditional warp drive. ({{film|4}}; {{film|5}}; {{film|6}})
   
:''According to the ''[[Star Trek Encyclopedia]]'', "'although it was never made clear on film, it is generally assumed that the transwarp drive being tested in ''Star Trek III'' was a failure, and that the ship was later outfitted with a more conventional warp drive. The ''Excelsior''{{'}}s bridge control panels and computer readout displays seen in ''Star Trek VI'' tend to support this theory'"
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{{bginfo|According to the ''[[Star Trek Encyclopedia]]'', "''although it was never made clear on film, it is generally assumed that the transwarp drive being tested in ''Star Trek III'' was a failure, and that the ship was later outfitted with a more conventional warp drive. The ''Excelsior''{{'}}s bridge control panels and computer readout displays seen in ''Star Trek VI'' tend to support this theory''". It was theorized by the ''[[Star Trek Chronology]]'' that this ship-wide systems failure might have been the one referenced to by [[Data]] when he mentioned no Federation vessel having such a problem in over eighty years in {{TNG|Evolution}}. On page 14 of the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual]]'', it was stated that "''while the attempt to surpass the primary warp field efficiency barrier with the Transwarp Development Project in the early 2280s proved unsuccessful, the pioneering achievements in warp power generation and field coil design eventually led to the uprated ''Excelsior'' and {{class|Ambassador}} starships. Both vessels served Starfleet in exemplary fashion. They continue to do so, even beyond their original lifetimes.''"|Although several references were made to various ''Excelsior''-class vessels traveling at "maximum warp" or "high warp", the [[maximum warp|maximum speed]] was never established. The only submittable reference comes from a line cut from {{film|6}} that indicated [[Hikaru Sulu|Sulu]] ordering the ''Excelsior'' to [[warp factor|warp 9]] to get to [[Khitomer]] in time. In {{e|Paradise Lost}}, [[Miles O'Brien]] was concerned about the potential "tinkering" that may have been "done to [the ''Lakota''{{'}}s] warp drive," when considering alternative options to combating the ''Lakota''. For reference, the maximum known speed of the ''Defiant'' was warp 9.5. ({{e|The Sound of Her Voice}})}}
   
:''It was theorized by the ''[[Star Trek Chronology]]'' that this ship-wide systems failure might have been the one referenced to by [[Data]] when he mentioned no Federation vessel having such a problem in over 80 years in {{TNG|Evolution}}.''
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By the early 24th century, ''Excelsior''-class vessels were normally equipped with [[dilithium]] recompositing and [[crystal|recrystallization]] technology. The [[theta-matrix compositor]] of the time, which later became outdated, was upgraded by the time the {{class|Galaxy}} was introduced. This new recrystallization process was ten times more efficient than that of the ''Excelsior''-class. ({{TNG|Family}})
 
:''On page 14 of the ''Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual'', it was stated that "'while the attempt to surpass the primary warp field efficiency barrier with the Transwarp Development Project in the early 2280s proved unsuccessful, the pioneering achievements in warp power generation and field coil design eventually led to the uprated ''Excelsior'' and {{ShipClass|Ambassador}} starships. Both vessels served Starfleet in exemplary fashion. They continue to do so, even beyond their original lifetimes.''"
 
 
:''Although several references were made to various ''Excelsior''-class vessels traveling at "maximum warp" or "high warp", the [[maximum warp|maximum speed]] was never established. The only submittable reference comes from a line cut from {{film|6}} that indicated Sulu ordering the ''Excelsior'' to [[warp factor|warp 9]] to get to [[Khitomer]] in time. In {{e|Paradise Lost}} [[Miles O'Brien]] was concerned about the potential "tinkering" that may have been "done to [the ''Lakota''{{'}}s] warp drive," when considering alternative options to combating the the ''Lakota''. For reference, the maximum known speed of the ''Defiant'' was warp 9.5. (r.f. {{e|The Sound of Her Voice}})''
 
 
By the early 24th century, ''Excelsior''-class vessels were standardly equipped with [[dilithium]] recompositing and [[crystal|recrystallization]] technology. The [[theta-matrix compositor]] of the time, which later became outdated, was upgraded by the time the {{ShipClass|Galaxy}} was introduced. This new recrystallization process was ten times more efficient than that of the ''Excelsior''-class. ({{TNG|Family}})
 
   
 
The ''Excelsior''-class also used [[micro-power relay]]s in its [[warp core matrix compositor]]. ({{DS9|For the Uniform}})
 
The ''Excelsior''-class also used [[micro-power relay]]s in its [[warp core matrix compositor]]. ({{DS9|For the Uniform}})
   
 
== Interior design ==
 
== Interior design ==
:''For [[deck]] configuration, see: [[Excelsior class decks|''Excelsior''-class decks]].''
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* '''See''': [[Excelsior class decks|''Excelsior''-class decks]], for [[deck]] configuration.
   
 
=== Main bridge ===
 
=== Main bridge ===
[[Image:Excelsior Bridge 3.jpg|thumb|The main viewscreen ([[2293]])]]
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[[File:Excelsior Bridge 3.jpg|thumb|The main viewscreen ([[2293]])]]
Located on top of the [[primary hull]], the ''Excelsior''{{'}}s [[bridge|Main Bridge]] directly supervises all primary mission operations and coordinates all departmental activities. Due to the age and variety of configurations of the ''Excelsior''-class, bridge configurations can vary from ship to ship.
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Located on top of the [[primary hull]], the ''Excelsior''{{'}}s [[main bridge]] directly supervised all primary mission operations and coordinated all departmental activities. Due to the age and variety of configurations of the ''Excelsior''-class, bridge configurations varied from ship to ship.
   
Against the aft wall of many ''Excelsior'' bridges is the large [[engineering]] [[master systems display]] monitor, showing a cutaway of the ship and status information. This was not originally part of the USS ''Excelsior'' configuration but added later, a feature shared with sister ship USS ''Enterprise''-B. ({{film|3}}, {{film|6}}, {{film|7}}; {{VOY|Flashback}})
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Against the aft wall of many ''Excelsior'' bridges was the large [[engineering]] [[master systems display]] monitor, showing a cutaway of the ship and status information. This was not originally part of the USS ''Excelsior'' configuration but added later, a feature shared with sister ship USS ''Enterprise''-B. ({{film|3}}; {{film|6}}; {{film|7}}; {{VOY|Flashback}})
   
 
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Image:Excelsior_bridge_2285.jpg|The main bridge of the {{USS|Excelsior}}, [[2285]].
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File:Excelsior bridge 2285.jpg|The main bridge of the {{USS|Excelsior}}, [[2285]]
Image:Excelsior Bridge 1.jpg|The main bridge of the USS ''Excelsior'', [[2293]].
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File:Excelsior Bridge 1.jpg|The main bridge of the USS ''Excelsior'', [[2293]]
Image:Enterprise B bridge.jpg|The main bridge of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B}}, 2293.
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File:Enterprise B bridge.jpg|The main bridge of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B}}, 2293
 
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[[Image:Holo-communicator.jpg|thumb|[[Sanders (Captain)|Sanders]] transmitting from the bridge of the ''Malinche'']]
 
:''The ''Excelsior'' bridge was a partial set in ''Star Trek III''. In ''Star Trek VI'', the ''Excelsior'' bridge was a redress of the ''Enterprise'' bridge used in that movie, and was similar in many ways to the NCC-1701-B bridge seen in ''Star Trek Generations''. The set was rebuilt from scratch, with some changes in detail and scale, for the production of "Flashback."''
 
   
At least one ''Excelsior''-class starship, the {{USS|Malinche}}, had a [[holo-communicator]] installed in its main bridge in [[2373]]. Upon first use of the [[technology]], ''Malinche'' [[Captain]] [[Sanders (Captain)|Sanders]] described to Captain [[Benjamin Sisko]], who was on the transmitting end on board the {{USS|Defiant|NX-74205}}, "''you appear to be sitting on my bridge. It may take me a while to get used to this.''" ({{DS9|For the Uniform}})
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[[File:Holo-communicator.jpg|thumb|[[Sanders (Captain)|Sanders]] transmitting from the bridge of the ''Malinche'']]
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{{bginfo|The ''Excelsior'' bridge was a partial set in ''Star Trek III''. In ''Star Trek VI'', the ''Excelsior'' bridge was a redress of the ''Enterprise''-A bridge, shot on [[Paramount Stage 5]], and was similar in many ways to the NCC-1701-B bridge seen in ''Star Trek Generations''. The set was rebuilt from scratch, with some changes in detail and scale, for the production of "Flashback."}}
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At least one ''Excelsior''-class starship, the {{USS|Malinche}}, had a [[holo-communicator]] installed in its main bridge in [[2373]]. Upon first use of the [[technology]], ''Malinche'' [[Captain]] [[Sanders (Captain)|Sanders]] described to Captain [[Benjamin Sisko]], who was on the transmitting end on board the {{USS|Defiant|2370}}, "''you appear to be sitting on my bridge. It may take me a while to get used to this.''" ({{DS9|For the Uniform}})
   
 
=== Ready room ===
 
=== Ready room ===
The Captain's [[ready room]] was located adjacent to the bridge, and contained a desk and chair, along with a personal [[viewer]], and is backed by several [[LCARS]] interfaces, and an [[MSD]]. ({{TNG|Unnatural Selection|Tin Man}}; {{DS9|Paradise Lost}})
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The [[captain's ready room]] was located adjacent to the bridge, and contained a desk and chair, along with a personal [[viewer]], and was backed by several [[LCARS]] interfaces and an [[MSD]]. ({{TNG|Unnatural Selection|Tin Man}}; {{DS9|Paradise Lost}})
   
[[Ensign]] [[Nog]] of [[Deep Space 9]] once explained to Chief O'Brien how [[Al Lorenzo]] liked to sneak into famous starship Captain's offices and take [[holophoto]]s of himself sitting behind their desks. Included in Lorenzo's collection was a holophoto of himself sitting behind Captain DeSoto's desk, on board the ''Hood''. ({{DS9|Treachery, Faith and the Great River}})
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[[Ensign]] [[Nog]] of [[Deep Space 9]] once explained to Chief O'Brien how [[Al Lorenzo]] liked to sneak into famous starship captain's offices and take [[holophoto]]s of himself sitting behind their desks. Included in Lorenzo's collection was a holophoto of himself sitting behind Captain DeSoto's desk on board the ''Hood''. ({{DS9|Treachery, Faith and the Great River}})
   
 
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Image:Taggert (Captain).jpg|[[Taggert (Captain)|Captain Taggert]] transmits from his ready room on the {{USS|Repulse}}, [[2365]].
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File:Taggert (Captain).jpg|Captain [[Taggert (Captain)|Taggert]] transmits from his ready room on the {{USS|Repulse}}, [[2365]]
Image:DeSoto transmits from the Hood.jpg|[[Robert DeSoto|Captain DeSoto]] transmits from his ready room on the {{USS|Hood|Excelsior class}}, [[2366]].
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File:DeSoto transmits from the Hood.jpg|Captain [[Robert DeSoto|DeSoto]] transmits from his ready room on the {{USS|Hood|Excelsior class}}, [[2366]]
Image:Benteen transmits from the Lakota.jpg|[[Erika Benteen|Captain Benteen]] transmits from her ready room on the {{USS|Lakota}}, [[2372]].
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File:Benteen transmits from the Lakota.jpg|Captain [[Erika Benteen|Benteen]] transmits from the {{USS|Lakota}}, [[2372]]
 
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=== Deflector room ===
 
=== Deflector room ===
[[Image:Kirk enters deflector room.jpg|thumb|Access way to the deflector room.]]
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[[File:Kirk enters deflector room.jpg|thumb|Access way to the deflector room]]
 
The [[deflector room]], located on Deck 15, Section 21-alpha, was positioned directly behind the ''Excelsior''{{'}}s [[deflector dish]]. It was a small control room that could be accessed by a series of catwalks and ladders. The deflector room housed several consoles, in addition to the ship's [[deflector relay]]s. ({{film|7}})
 
The [[deflector room]], located on Deck 15, Section 21-alpha, was positioned directly behind the ''Excelsior''{{'}}s [[deflector dish]]. It was a small control room that could be accessed by a series of catwalks and ladders. The deflector room housed several consoles, in addition to the ship's [[deflector relay]]s. ({{film|7}})
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=== Shuttle and cargo bays ===
 
=== Shuttle and cargo bays ===
The ''Excelsior''-class' contained several [[cargo bay]]s including one located in the aft [[dorsal]] section of the [[secondary hull]], as well as several bays located along the ventral section of the secondary hull. ({{film|7}} ''production art'') The [[shuttlebay|main shuttlebay]] was located below the forward cargo bay in the dorsal [[stern]] of the secondary hull, which housed several [[shuttle]]s of different types, including the [[type-7 shuttlecraft]]. ({{TNG|The Child}})
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[[File:USS Excelsior, aft.jpg|thumb|Aft view, including shuttle and cargo bays in intense blue light]]
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The ''Excelsior''-class contained several [[cargo bay]]s, including one located in the aft [[dorsal]] section of the [[secondary hull]] as well as several bays located along the ventral section of the secondary hull. ({{film|7}} ''production art'') The main [[shuttlebay]] was located in the [[stern]] by the landing bay doors, which housed several [[shuttle]]s of different types, including the [[type 7 shuttlecraft]]. ({{TNG|The Child}})
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=== Accommodations ===
 
=== Accommodations ===
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Many of the enlisted crew, [[junior officer]]s and [[officer]]s shared quarters and bunk areas. They varied in occupant size from four to nine. ({{film|6}}; {{VOY|Flashback}})
 
Many of the enlisted crew, [[junior officer]]s and [[officer]]s shared quarters and bunk areas. They varied in occupant size from four to nine. ({{film|6}}; {{VOY|Flashback}})
 
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Image:Excelsior quarters, Styles.jpg|[[Styles]]' [[quarters]] aboard the {{USS|Excelsior}}.
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File:Excelsior quarters, Styles.jpg|[[Styles]]' [[quarters]] aboard the {{USS|Excelsior}}
Image:Excelsior quarters, Sulu.jpg|[[Hikaru Sulu|Sulu's]] quarters aboard the USS ''Excelsior''.
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File:Excelsior quarters, Sulu.jpg|[[Hikaru Sulu|Sulu]]'s quarters aboard the USS ''Excelsior''
Image:Excelsior quarters, Tuvok.jpg|[[Officer]]'s quarters aboard the USS ''Excelsior''.
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File:Excelsior quarters, Tuvok.jpg|[[Officer]]'s quarters aboard the USS ''Excelsior''
Image:Excelsior quarters, bunks.jpg|Bunks aboard the USS ''Excelsior''.
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File:Excelsior quarters, bunks.jpg|Bunks aboard the USS ''Excelsior''
 
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== Ships commissioned ==
 
== Ships commissioned ==
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*{{USS|Berlin}} (NCC-14232)
 
*{{USS|Berlin}} (NCC-14232)
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*{{USS|Gorkon}}
 
*{{USS|Gorkon}}
 
*{{USS|Hood|Excelsior class}} (NCC-42296)
 
*{{USS|Hood|Excelsior class}} (NCC-42296)
*{{USS|Intrepid|NCC-38907}} (NCC-38907)
 
 
*{{USS|Lakota}} (variant, NCC-42768)
 
*{{USS|Lakota}} (variant, NCC-42768)
 
*{{USS|Malinche}}
 
*{{USS|Malinche}}
 
*{{USS|Melbourne}} (NCC-62043)
 
*{{USS|Melbourne}} (NCC-62043)
*{{USS|Potemkin|NCC-18253}} (NCC-18253)
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*{{USS|Repulse}} (NCC-2544)
 
*{{USS|Repulse}} (NCC-2544)
 
*{{USS|Valley Forge}} (NCC-43305)
 
*{{USS|Valley Forge}} (NCC-43305)
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* [[Unnamed Excelsior class starships|Unnamed ''Excelsior''-class starships]]
 
* [[Unnamed Excelsior class starships|Unnamed ''Excelsior''-class starships]]
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*{{USS|Al-Batani}}
 
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*{{USS|Crockett}}
 
*{{USS|Crockett}}
 
*{{USS|Grissom|24th century}}
 
*{{USS|Grissom|24th century}}
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*{{USS|Livingston}}
 
*{{USS|Livingston}}
 
*{{USS|Okinawa}}
 
*{{USS|Okinawa}}
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*{{USS|Tecumseh}} (NCC-14934)
 
*{{USS|Tecumseh}} (NCC-14934)
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== Appendices ==
 
== Appendices ==
 
=== Appearances ===
 
=== Appearances ===
 
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*[[Star Trek films]]:
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** {{film|7}} (refit configuration)
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* {{TNG}}
 
** {{e|Encounter at Farpoint}}
 
** {{e|Encounter at Farpoint}}
 
** {{e|The Naked Now}} ([[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) library computer|computer display]])
 
** {{e|The Naked Now}} ([[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) library computer|computer display]])
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** {{e|The Pegasus}}
 
** {{e|The Pegasus}}
 
** {{e|Preemptive Strike}}
 
** {{e|Preemptive Strike}}
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** {{e|Emissary}}
 
** {{e|Emissary}}
 
** {{e|The Way of the Warrior}}
 
** {{e|The Way of the Warrior}}
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** {{e|Blaze of Glory}}
 
** {{e|Blaze of Glory}}
 
** {{e|Call to Arms}}
 
** {{e|Call to Arms}}
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** {{e|A Time to Stand}}
 
** {{e|Sons and Daughters}}
 
** {{e|Sons and Daughters}}
 
** {{e|Behind the Lines}}
 
** {{e|Behind the Lines}}
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** {{e|The Changing Face of Evil}}
 
** {{e|The Changing Face of Evil}}
 
** {{e|What You Leave Behind}}
 
** {{e|What You Leave Behind}}
*{{VOY}}
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** {{e|Flashback}}
 
** {{e|Flashback}}
 
** {{e|In the Flesh}} (wall display)
 
** {{e|In the Flesh}} (wall display)
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** {{e|Author, Author}}
 
** {{e|Author, Author}}
 
** {{e|Endgame}}
 
** {{e|Endgame}}
*{{ENT|Shockwave}} (computer display)
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* {{ENT|Shockwave}} (computer display)
 
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=== Background ===
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=== Background information ===
In the script for ''Star Trek III'', the Excelsior was described as "'a super starship. Her lines are similar to Enterprise, but she is clearly bigger, sleeker, and very new. She sits at her mooring like the new Queen of Space.'" In relation to the ''Enterprise'', "'their size differential is apparent ({{w|B-29 Superfortress|B-29}} to {{w|B-17 Flying Fortress|B-17}}).'"
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In the script for ''Star Trek III'', the ''Excelsior'' was described as "''a super starship. Her lines are similar to ''Enterprise'', but she is clearly bigger, sleeker, and very new. She sits at her mooring like the new Queen of Space.''" In relation to the ''Enterprise'', "''their size differential is apparent ({{w|B-29 Superfortress|B-29}} to {{w|B-17 Flying Fortress|B-17}}).''"[http://www.st-minutiae.com/academy/literature329/tsfs.txt]
   
The original ''Excelsior''-class was a physical filming [[Studio models (films)|model]] designed by [[Nilo Rodis]] and [[Bill George]]. It was built at [[Industrial Light & Magic]] for ''Star Trek III'' under the supervision of [[Steve Gawley]]. The model also appeared in ''Star Trek IV'' and was relabeled for use in the first two seasons of [[TNG|The Next Generation]]. The model was refurbished for its appearance in ''Star Trek VI''.
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For the production of ''Star Trek Generations'', the "'producers [...] felt that the ''Excelsior'' had seen too many times in previous films; they wanted a brand-new design for the ''Enterprise''-B. This presented a challenge how to maintain continuity and ''Trek'' "historical accuracy" while giving the audience a "new" ship. [[Mike Okuda]] felt the challenge could be met.'" (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies]]'')
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The generally accepted length of 1,531 feet (466.6 meters) can be traced back to a size comparison chart developed for {{film|3}} and published in the [[Cinefantastique#Notable_issues|June 1987 issue of ''Cinefantastique'']]. The related comment below was posted by [[Bill George]] of ILM:
   
The modifications designed for the ''Enterprise''-B were created by [[John Eaves]], with the assistance of Okuda. According to Eaves: "'[Mike] pointed out that we needed to design an area that protruded from the ship, so that the energy ribbon could whip out a section while leaving most of the ship intact.'" As a result, Eaves built a section of decks that extended out from the hull, surrounding the deflector dish that tapered gently on the bottom and flared out dramatically on the top. Eaves added that "'the addition of the decks gave the B's belly section a look similar to that of a {{w|PBY Catalina}} (a flying boat of the 1940s).''" Ultimately their modifications produced added girth to the design, which increased its overall size, while still retaining the original ''Excelsior'' design. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies]]'')
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<blockquote>I really don’t think there is a definitive answer to this question. The only description we had at the time was that it was “souped-up” and bigger than the ''Enterprise''. The size the miniature was built to was determined by the camera guys as being the optimal size to shoot. As I recall [[Nilo Rodis|Nilo]] [Rodis-Jamero] did that size comparison chart, but it wasn’t necessarily followed. The issue of true scale wasn’t a consideration. Budget, ease of use, art direction and dramatic intent were what influenced the construction of the ship.</blockquote>[http://www.trekbbs.com/showpost.php?p=8897107&postcount=460 ''The Trek BBS'']
   
Additional modifications made to the model include the removal of the two fins off the top of the saucer, and the addition of two major impulse engines, one on either side of the existing impulse engines. The nacelles "capped" and a dorsal fin was added to the top, along with the inclusion of a running fin along the outer edge of the nacelles. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies]]'')
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[[Andrew Probert]] extended the ILM chart for ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'', sizing his ''[[USS Ambassador|Ambassador]]'' concept halfway between the ''Excelsior'' and the ''[[USS Galaxy|Galaxy]]''. [http://flare.solareclipse.net/cgi2/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/6/2311.html?#000000] Visual Effects Supervisor [[Gary Hutzel]] would use 1,500 feet around 1998. [http://larrynemecek.blogspot.cz/2009/05/tech-ing-tech-1998-hutzel-vfx-ship.html]
   
Once the new design was approved by production designer [[Herman Zimmerman]] and executive producer [[Rick Berman]], they were sent to the [[Visual FX]] division of [[ILM]], where the new sketches were used by [[Bill George]] and [[John Goodson]] to transform the existing ''Excelsior'' model into the ''Enterprise''-B. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies]]'')
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====''Technical Manual''====
 
The ''Enterprise''-B/''Lakota'' model (measuring 92½"x32") was listed in the [[40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection]] auction with an estimated sale price of $3,000 to $5,000; it sold for $110,000 ($132,000 with premium). {{stala|1778-0998}} A much smaller concept model (measuring 14&frac34;"x7"x3") was later sold on [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] for $511.99. {{stala|7265}} Also sold off on IAW, was an ''Excelsior''- class starship schematic lot, drawn by [[J. Moll]] in 1992. {{stala|9618}}
 
 
[[Image:USSExcelsiorVOY.jpg|thumb|left|The ''Excelsior'' in "Flashback" with glowing warp nacelles]]
 
Since the original model could not be returned to its original configuration, a new one was built by [[Greg Jein]] when the ''Excelsior'' appeared in "Flashback," which was built at a smaller scale with minor differences &ndash; even though it was supposedly the same ship as seen earlier. For example, "Flashback" features the only appearances of the USS ''Excelsior'''s warp [[nacelle]]s glowing, although the episode also incorporated footage from ''Star Trek VI'' in which the nacelle sides did not glow. This model continued to be reused until a [[CGI]] ''Excelsior'' was built for later seasons of DS9 and ''Voyager''. The CGI model also incorporated the glowing nacelle sides.
 
 
Appearing in both the series premier of ''The Next Generation'' and ''Deep Space Nine'', and the series finales of ''Deep Space Nine'' and ''Voyager'', the ''Excelsior'' has become one of the most frequently seen "guest-star" vessels in ''Star Trek''.
 
 
==== Technical Manual ====
 
 
The following information of specifications and defenses comes exclusively from the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]'':
 
The following information of specifications and defenses comes exclusively from the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]'':
   
* Production Base: ASDB Integration Facility, Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars.
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* Type: Explorer.
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* Accommodation: 750 officers and crew; 130 visiting personnel; 9,800 personal evacuation limit.
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* Accommodation: 750 officers and crew; 130 visiting personnel; 9,800 personal evacuation limit
* Power Plant: One 1500 plus Cochrane warp core feeding two nacelles; one impulse system.
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* Power Plant: One 1500 plus Cochrane warp core feeding two nacelles; one impulse system
* Dimensions: Length, 511.25 meters; beam, 195.64 meters; height, 86.76 meters.
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* Dimensions: Length, 511.25 meters; beam, 195.64 meters; height, 86.76 meters
 
* Mass: 2,350,000 metric tonnes
 
* Mass: 2,350,000 metric tonnes
   
 
=== Apocrypha ===
 
=== Apocrypha ===
The advent of the ''Excelsior'' design and transwarp are referenced in [[Diane Carey]]'s [[novels|novel]] ''[[Battlestations!]]'' and also the non-canon licensed reference ''[[Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise|Mr. Scott's Guide to the ''Enterprise'']]'' by [[Shane Johnson]]. Shiplists and specifications of many unseen and conjectural ''Excelsior''-class vessels are included in many [[Games|role-playing game]] supplements such as the ''[[Federation Ship Recognition Manual]]'' and the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual|TNG Officer's Manual]]'' from [[FASA]], and the [[Decipher]] sourcebook ''[[Starships (Decipher)|Starships]]'', although much of the information conflicts with other sources.
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The advent of the ''Excelsior'' design and transwarp are referenced in [[Diane Carey]]'s [[novels|novel]] ''[[Battlestations!]]'' and also the non-canon licensed reference ''[[Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise]]'' by [[Shane Johnson]]. Shiplists and specifications of many unseen and conjectural ''Excelsior''-class vessels are included in many [[Games|role-playing game]] supplements such as the ''[[Federation Ship Recognition Manual]]'' and the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual|TNG Officer's Manual]]'' from [[FASA]], and the [[Decipher]] sourcebook ''[[Starships (Decipher)|Starships]]'', although much of the information conflicts with other sources.
   
 
According to the novel ''[[Ghost Ship]]'', some ''Excelsior''-class ships in the 24th century have the ability to separate their saucers, including the {{USS|Yorktown|24th century}} and the ''Hood''.
 
According to the novel ''[[Ghost Ship]]'', some ''Excelsior''-class ships in the 24th century have the ability to separate their saucers, including the {{USS|Yorktown|24th century}} and the ''Hood''.
   
In the [[games|video game]] ''[[Star Trek: Elite Force II]]'', the player character leads a mission aboard the ''Excelsior''-class vessel USS ''Dallas'', NCC-2019. The [[dedication plaque]] states that the ''Dallas'' is the "last starship of her class."
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In the [[games|video game]] ''[[Star Trek: Elite Force II]]'', the player character leads a mission aboard the ''Excelsior''-class vessel USS ''Dallas'', NCC-2019. The [[dedication plaque]] states that the ''Dallas'' is the "last starship of her class."
   
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''[[Star Trek Online]]'' features the ''Excelsior''-class and her refit as a commander level (Tier 3) "Advanced Heavy Cruiser" and rear admiral level (tier 5) "Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit" respectively. This ship is equipped with a Transwarp Computer allowing you to Transwarp to different Sector Blocks.
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In the [[Star Trek Generations (novel)|novel adaptation]] of {{film|7}}, Captain [[Hikaru Sulu|Sulu]] is performing an emergency [[saucer separation]] drill aboard the {{USS|Excelsior}} when he receives word about [[James T. Kirk|Kirk]]'s death aboard the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B|-B}}.
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Excelsior-class
Original configuration
Excelsior class.jpg

Forward port view

Forward port view
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Active: 2280s - 2370s
Decks: 34
Armament: Phasers, photon torpedoes
Defenses: Deflector shields
Excelsior class, lcars, tngs1.jpg

Profile and overview of the Excelsior

Profile and overview of the Excelsior
Excelsior-class
Refit configuration
USS Enterprise-B in drydock.jpg

Forward view

Forward view
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Active: 2290s - 2370s
Decks: 34
Armament: Phasers, photon torpedoes, quantum torpedoes (USS Lakota)
Defenses: Deflector shields
Excelsior class refit MSD.jpg

Master System Display

Master System Display

The Excelsior-class was a type of Federation starship used by Starfleet from the late 23rd century through the late 24th century. It was the backbone of Starfleet for nearly a century, making it one of the longest serving starship designs, and one of the most recognizable ships in the fleet.

History Edit

The Excelsior-class was initially constructed during the early 2280s at Starfleet's San Francisco Fleet Yards orbiting Earth. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country dedication plaque)

Starfleet had high hopes for the first ship of this class, the prototype USS Excelsior, which was equipped with transwarp drive, and was regarded as that century's "Great Experiment." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

  • See: Trial runs for more concise details of the USS Excelsior's early history.

Despite the failure of the "Great Experiment," Starfleet forged ahead with employing the Excelsior design. After remaining in the Earth Spacedock until at least 2287, the prototype Excelsior was subsequently recommissioned for active service by 2290. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

In 2293, the fate of the Excelsior design was sealed when Starfleet passed on the name of a legacy. The launch of the USS Enterprise-B opened the door for the Excelsior-class to become one of the most widely used designs in all of Starfleet, a design lasting well into the late 24th century. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; Star Trek Generations; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint" – VOY: "Endgame")

According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, the Enterprise-B was launched from Starfleet's Antares Ship Yards. The Technical Manual further explained that "Although the decision to model [the Enterprise-B] on the failed original experimental Excelsior was at the time controversial, the economics of using the existing (and otherwise successful) engineering of the basic spaceframe were compelling."
Excelsior port of Galaxy

Alongside a Galaxy-class starship

Once fully integrated into the fleet, the Excelsior's sister ships were used for a variety of mission profiles, ranging from deep space exploration and terraforming missions, to patrol duty, to courier and transport runs. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; TNG: "Tin Man", "The Drumhead", "Brothers", "Allegiance"; DS9: "Homefront", "For the Uniform", etc.) The Excelsior-class was also frequently used by the Starfleet flag officers for use as a personal flagship. (TNG: "The Offspring", "The Best of Both Worlds", "Chain of Command, Part I", "Descent", "Preemptive Strike")

The Excelsior-class was present in several major Federation engagements, including the Borg invasion of 2366-2367, where it participated at the Battle of Wolf 359, as well as the engagement against the Borg sphere that entered the Sol system in 2378. (DS9: "Emissary"; VOY: "Unity", "Endgame") They were also present in numerous Dominion War battles, seeing action during Operation Return, the First and Second Battles of Chin'toka, and the Battle of Cardassia. Many Excelsior-class vessels were stationed on the front lines near Deep Space 9 during the war. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels", "Tears of the Prophets", "The Changing Face of Evil", "What You Leave Behind", etc.)

Details of this class would be retained well into the 31st century, when Captain Jonathan Archer and Lieutenant Malcolm Reed viewed schematics on the class in the 22nd century while accessing the database belonging to temporal agent Daniels. (ENT: "Shockwave")

Technical data Edit

Physical arrangement Edit

USS Farragut, Chrysalis

Port-side docking port

The Excelsior-class featured the saucer section-engineering section-warp nacelle layout common to most Starfleet vessels. However, it featured a more streamlined design than was seen in previous classes.

Design features of the primary hull included a docking port located on the port side of the hull. (DS9: "Chrysalis")

Design upgrades Edit

Following its initial, and somewhat unsuccessful origins, the Excelsior underwent a minor refit, which included a new bridge module, in addition to a significant modification to the aft portion of the saucer section, surrounding the impulse drive, and a modification to the cargo bay on the aft ventral portion of the ship. This configuration would remain the standard for the Excelsior-class throughout its service. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

According to Charting the Undiscovered Country: The Making of Trek VI (pg. 74), Bill George stated that "we changed the bridge area of the Excelsior model, because on this show, the bridge is actually very small – it's the Enterprise bridge redressed. The Excelsior was originally built for Star Trek III, where it had a cavernous bridge, and the model had a big bubble on top which I felt was always out of scale. We replaced it with a smaller bridge area which helped the overall scale of the model."
USS Enterprise-B facing the Nexus

The Enterprise-B, featuring additional impulse engines (top) and additional scoop surrounding the deflector dish (bottom)

In less than a decade, the Excelsior design underwent a second, more significant overhaul, as introduced with the launch of the USS Enterprise-B. While remaining true to the original design, this new configuration added several modifications to the basic hull, including the addition of a second pair of impulse engines, an expanded scoop surrounding the deflector dish, and the addition and removal of a number of fins located on the saucer and nacelles. (Star Trek Generations; DS9: "Paradise Lost")

According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies, the additional impulse engines were added to provide the ship with stronger engines, which would be needed when the saucer detached. This corresponds with the inclusion of a battle bridge on MSD appearing on the Enterprise-B bridge in Generations.

As this class aged, Starfleet continued to incorporate the latest technology, through continued upgrades, refits and repairs, well into the 2360s and 2370s. In 2364, the USS Melbourne underwent significant repairs at Starbase 74, while in 2367 the USS Hood underwent a major system upgrade at Starbase 174. (TNG: "11001001", "Brothers", etc.)

Tactical systems Edit

The original Excelsior design was outfitted type 8 phaser emitters in five dual phaser emplacements on the forward saucer section, and one dual emplacement on the aft of the saucer. Phaser banks were also positioned laterally, located port and starboard, near the point that the primary and secondary hulls meet, as well as one emplacement located between the nacelles. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; Star Trek Generations production art; DS9: "Paradise Lost", etc.)

In addition, the Excelsior was equipped with several photon torpedo launchers. The two primary launchers were located in the forward section, on both sides of the deflector dish seen as two dark colored ports ahead of the starfleet hull banners. The upper forward launchers were located on the neck section, also allowing ship access for cargo management units. Aft launchers were located above the main shuttlebay. (Star Trek Generations production art) In addition, the shields were stronger than the Constitution-class refit, capable of withstanding a direct photon torpedo strike without suffering any visible damage to the outer hull. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

With the impending threat of the Dominion against the Federation, Starfleet began to experiment, in 2372, with performing a refit on the Excelsior-class USS Lakota. Upgrades included improved phaser emplacements, quantum torpedoes, and other improvements to make the ship competitive with such ship designs as the Defiant-class. (DS9: "Paradise Lost")

Propulsion systems Edit

TranswarpComputerDisplay

Transwarp drive – in theory

Initially the Excelsior was designed under a radically new principle in propulsion, the transwarp drive. While an awe-inspiring concept to some, it was the traditional engineers who remained skeptical of this new form of warp drive. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) Following this failure, the Excelsior spent the next two years in spacedock before being fitted with a traditional warp drive. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, "although it was never made clear on film, it is generally assumed that the transwarp drive being tested in Star Trek III was a failure, and that the ship was later outfitted with a more conventional warp drive. The Excelsior's bridge control panels and computer readout displays seen in Star Trek VI tend to support this theory". It was theorized by the Star Trek Chronology that this ship-wide systems failure might have been the one referenced to by Data when he mentioned no Federation vessel having such a problem in over eighty years in TNG: "Evolution". On page 14 of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, it was stated that "while the attempt to surpass the primary warp field efficiency barrier with the Transwarp Development Project in the early 2280s proved unsuccessful, the pioneering achievements in warp power generation and field coil design eventually led to the uprated Excelsior and Ambassador-class starships. Both vessels served Starfleet in exemplary fashion. They continue to do so, even beyond their original lifetimes."
Although several references were made to various Excelsior-class vessels traveling at "maximum warp" or "high warp", the maximum speed was never established. The only submittable reference comes from a line cut from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country that indicated Sulu ordering the Excelsior to warp 9 to get to Khitomer in time. In "Paradise Lost", Miles O'Brien was concerned about the potential "tinkering" that may have been "done to [the Lakota's] warp drive," when considering alternative options to combating the Lakota. For reference, the maximum known speed of the Defiant was warp 9.5. ("The Sound of Her Voice")

By the early 24th century, Excelsior-class vessels were normally equipped with dilithium recompositing and recrystallization technology. The theta-matrix compositor of the time, which later became outdated, was upgraded by the time the Galaxy-class was introduced. This new recrystallization process was ten times more efficient than that of the Excelsior-class. (TNG: "Family")

The Excelsior-class also used micro-power relays in its warp core matrix compositor. (DS9: "For the Uniform")

Interior design Edit

Main bridge Edit

Excelsior Bridge 3

The main viewscreen (2293)

Located on top of the primary hull, the Excelsior's main bridge directly supervised all primary mission operations and coordinated all departmental activities. Due to the age and variety of configurations of the Excelsior-class, bridge configurations varied from ship to ship.

Against the aft wall of many Excelsior bridges was the large engineering master systems display monitor, showing a cutaway of the ship and status information. This was not originally part of the USS Excelsior configuration but added later, a feature shared with sister ship USS Enterprise-B. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; Star Trek Generations; VOY: "Flashback")

Holo-communicator

Sanders transmitting from the bridge of the Malinche

The Excelsior bridge was a partial set in Star Trek III. In Star Trek VI, the Excelsior bridge was a redress of the Enterprise-A bridge, shot on Paramount Stage 5, and was similar in many ways to the NCC-1701-B bridge seen in Star Trek Generations. The set was rebuilt from scratch, with some changes in detail and scale, for the production of "Flashback."

At least one Excelsior-class starship, the USS Malinche, had a holo-communicator installed in its main bridge in 2373. Upon first use of the technology, Malinche Captain Sanders described to Captain Benjamin Sisko, who was on the transmitting end on board the USS Defiant, "you appear to be sitting on my bridge. It may take me a while to get used to this." (DS9: "For the Uniform")

Ready room Edit

The captain's ready room was located adjacent to the bridge, and contained a desk and chair, along with a personal viewer, and was backed by several LCARS interfaces and an MSD. (TNG: "Unnatural Selection", "Tin Man"; DS9: "Paradise Lost")

Ensign Nog of Deep Space 9 once explained to Chief O'Brien how Al Lorenzo liked to sneak into famous starship captain's offices and take holophotos of himself sitting behind their desks. Included in Lorenzo's collection was a holophoto of himself sitting behind Captain DeSoto's desk on board the Hood. (DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River")

Each appearance of the captain's ready room has been a partial interior shot, and in all three cases were identified as being the "captain's ready room" in the script. In particular, the script from "Paradise Lost" simply states that Captain Benteen is "'presumably communicating from her ready room on the Lakota.'"

Deflector room Edit

Kirk enters deflector room

Access way to the deflector room

The deflector room, located on Deck 15, Section 21-alpha, was positioned directly behind the Excelsior's deflector dish. It was a small control room that could be accessed by a series of catwalks and ladders. The deflector room housed several consoles, in addition to the ship's deflector relays. (Star Trek Generations)

Shuttle and cargo bays Edit

USS Excelsior, aft

Aft view, including shuttle and cargo bays in intense blue light

The Excelsior-class contained several cargo bays, including one located in the aft dorsal section of the secondary hull as well as several bays located along the ventral section of the secondary hull. (Star Trek Generations production art) The main shuttlebay was located in the stern by the landing bay doors, which housed several shuttles of different types, including the type 7 shuttlecraft. (TNG: "The Child")

Accommodations Edit

Senior officers, such as the captain, had private quarters below decks. Captain Hikaru Sulu's quarters were located on Deck 3.

Many of the enlisted crew, junior officers and officers shared quarters and bunk areas. They varied in occupant size from four to nine. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; VOY: "Flashback")

Ships commissioned Edit

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Unnamed
Uncertain

Appendices Edit

Appearances Edit

Background information Edit

In the script for Star Trek III, the Excelsior was described as "a super starship. Her lines are similar to Enterprise, but she is clearly bigger, sleeker, and very new. She sits at her mooring like the new Queen of Space." In relation to the Enterprise, "their size differential is apparent (B-29 to B-17)."[1]

Studio modelsEdit

See: Excelsior class model

SizeEdit

The generally accepted length of 1,531 feet (466.6 meters) can be traced back to a size comparison chart developed for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and published in the June 1987 issue of Cinefantastique. The related comment below was posted by Bill George of ILM:

I really don’t think there is a definitive answer to this question. The only description we had at the time was that it was “souped-up” and bigger than the Enterprise. The size the miniature was built to was determined by the camera guys as being the optimal size to shoot. As I recall Nilo [Rodis-Jamero] did that size comparison chart, but it wasn’t necessarily followed. The issue of true scale wasn’t a consideration. Budget, ease of use, art direction and dramatic intent were what influenced the construction of the ship.
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Andrew Probert extended the ILM chart for Star Trek: The Next Generation, sizing his Ambassador concept halfway between the Excelsior and the Galaxy. [2] Visual Effects Supervisor Gary Hutzel would use 1,500 feet around 1998. [3]

Technical ManualEdit

The following information of specifications and defenses comes exclusively from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual:

  • Production Base: ASDB Integration Facility, Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars
  • Type: Explorer
  • Accommodation: 750 officers and crew; 130 visiting personnel; 9,800 personal evacuation limit
  • Power Plant: One 1500 plus Cochrane warp core feeding two nacelles; one impulse system
  • Dimensions: Length, 511.25 meters; beam, 195.64 meters; height, 86.76 meters
  • Mass: 2,350,000 metric tonnes

Apocrypha Edit

The advent of the Excelsior design and transwarp are referenced in Diane Carey's novel Battlestations! and also the non-canon licensed reference Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise by Shane Johnson. Shiplists and specifications of many unseen and conjectural Excelsior-class vessels are included in many role-playing game supplements such as the Federation Ship Recognition Manual and the TNG Officer's Manual from FASA, and the Decipher sourcebook Starships, although much of the information conflicts with other sources.

According to the novel Ghost Ship, some Excelsior-class ships in the 24th century have the ability to separate their saucers, including the USS Yorktown and the Hood.

In the video game Star Trek: Elite Force II, the player character leads a mission aboard the Excelsior-class vessel USS Dallas, NCC-2019. The dedication plaque states that the Dallas is the "last starship of her class."

Star Trek Online features the Excelsior-class and her refit as a commander level (Tier 3) "Advanced Heavy Cruiser" and rear admiral level (tier 5) "Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit" respectively. This ship is equipped with a Transwarp Computer allowing you to Transwarp to different Sector Blocks.

In the novel adaptation of Star Trek Generations, Captain Sulu is performing an emergency saucer separation drill aboard the USS Excelsior when he receives word about Kirk's death aboard the USS Enterprise-B.

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