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Erickson's probe
A 22nd century probe
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A probe launched by the USS Defiant in 2371
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The Mark V torpedo casing of a solar probe in 2371 behind Data
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A probe was an automated spacecraft used to gather information. Probes were often used for tasks that starships were not suited to handle.

Such tasks included:

  • Collecting information in environments that were too small for starships to examine
  • Collecting information in environments that were too dangerous for starship to examine
  • Extreme long-term deep space exploration
  • Recording and transmitting remote sensor telemetry to a starship or base that is occupied with other mission objectives.

The United Earth Space Probe Agency (or UESPA) was an Earth organization responsible for the exploration of space during the early 22nd century, and was later combined with Starfleet. (ENT: "Demons")

Some probes used by Starfleet were modified photon torpedo casings with extended sensor equipment and no warhead. (TNG: "The Emissary"; Star Trek Generations) Deep space probes had casings that contained radioactive material that could potentially contaminate the biosphere of planets if they crash landed on the surface. (TNG: "Thine Own Self")

Two probes were deployed by the USS Enterprise-D to scan the region of space close to a cosmic string, which led to the discovery of a species of two-dimensional lifeforms. (TNG: "The Loss")

A probe was launched by the Enterprise-D to follow the radioactive trail left behind by the Kataan probe, in order to trace its origins. (TNG: "The Inner Light")

It was speculated that a small glowing ball of energy that left a spatial rupture created by solanogen-based lifeforms shortly before it was closed was a probe of some kind. (TNG: "Schisms")

A probe was launched by the USS Defiant into the corona of the Trialan sun in order to scan the sun's core. (DS9: "Meridian")

Probe was also the designation of some manned space craft, such as the Borg probe, a starship class used by the Borg Collective, (VOY: "Dark Frontier") and the Earth-Saturn probe, the first manned flight to Saturn. (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday")

Starfleet probe classes

Class 1 probe
The class-1, class-3 and scanner probes shared a similar structure
Class 2 probe
A class-2 probe
Class 5 probe
A class-5 probe
Class 8 probe
A class-8 probe
Atmospheric probe
An atmospheric probe
Multispatial probe, Extreme Risk
The advanced multispatial probe

Other Federation probes

Ancient Earth probes

Alien probes

Icoprobe
An Iconian probe
Kataan probe
The Kataan probe

See also

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