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Yellowstone-class
The prototype, USS Yellowstone, venting tetryon plasma
The prototype, USS Yellowstone, venting tetryon plasma
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Type: Runabout
Active: 2370s (alternate timeline)
Crew complement: 2-6
Defenses: Deflector shields
Master systems display
Master systems display

In an alternate timeline, the Yellowstone-class runabout was an upgraded design of the Danube-class runabout designed in the late-24th century. The Yellowstone-class was equipped with tetryon plasma warp nacelles and designed for a variety of mission profiles.

The prototype vessel of this class was the USS Yellowstone (NX-74751), which was designed by the Starfleet Engineering Corps and constructed in 2371. Two key members of the design team were Lieutenant Lasca and Ensign Harry Kim. Kim was responsible for designing the new tetryon plasma warp engines.

The Yellowstone had one key design flaw in terms of working out a dilithium fracture problem. Several weeks were spent on resolving the problem, which was "cured" with new plasma flow equations. On stardate 49011, after six months of work, Lasca and Kim conducted a presentation to Admiral Strickler on the Yellowstone, focusing on the fracture problem. Strickler found the design of the Yellowstone to be interesting.

Although spaceworthy, construction on the Yellowstone was still underway in early 2372. Many of the ship's defensive systems were yet unfinished, including unplaced safety interlocks. The runabout was stored in spacedock. (VOY: "Non Sequitur")

It is unknown if the vessel or the class exists in the normal timeline.

Ships of the classEdit

The Yellowstone model was mostly reused footage of the USS Rio Grande and USS Ganges; it also marks a major inconsistency, as the Yellowstone is shown both with and without a sensor pod.

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Apocrypha Edit

Yellowstone-class Runabout, Star Trek Online
A Yellowstone-class ship in Star Trek Online

In the video game Star Trek Online the Yellowstone-class is a special version of the Danube-class runabout. It has a more smoothly sloped hull than the Danube-class and features a unique tetryon plasma impulse engine which can vent plasma into space behind it, damaging ships that pass through it.

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