Deep Space Thirteen
Star Core-Class Station Specifications

Version 1.4.1, SD: 140302

Basic Statistics

Class Name:Star Core
Classification:Modular Station
Type:DS (Deep Space Station)
Number in Service:43
Primary Profile:Forward Operations
Secondary Profile:Observation Platform
Designations:Deep Space 'N' (Where N is a Number Designation Like Deep Space Thirteen) and SB Gibraltar

Physical Specifications

Length:2,104 Meters
Beam:225 Meters
Draft:225 Meters
Displacement:92,570,000 Million Metric Tonnes


Total Standard:6,500
Marines:420 + Krima Batallion
Passengers:Variable (Depending on Number and Type of Modules)
Max. Life Support:Variable (Approx. 12,000)

Attitude Control

Station-Keeping Thrusters:SKT-200 Series
Number:4 sets of 4 per module

Energy Systems

Main Reactor:M/AM-2000s
Secondary Reactors:FRIF-1010 (1 Per Section, Except Beta)
Backup Reactor:FRIF-600 (Section Beta)


Phaser, Type X
Number:36 Strips (4 per Section, Section Beta 4 Additional)
Range:310,000 Kilometers
Arcs:North, East, South, and West Sides
Phaser, Type Xa
Number:4 Turrets (2 Cannons Each)
Range:180,000 Kilometers
Arcs:2 Weapons Pod Section Alpha
2 Weapons Pod Section Omega
Quantum Torpedo,
Type III Seeking/Direct
Range:3,500,000 Kilometers
Arcs:2 per Section
2 Additional in Section Beta

Point Defense System
Number:106 Laser Cannons
Range:150,000 Kilometers
Arcs:12 per Section
10 Additional in Section Beta



9 Type I Drone Launchers (1 Launcher per Section, 1 Additional on BETA)
Range:2,000,000 Kilometers
Arcs:Dorsal, Ventral, North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West, Northwest
Complement:270 Drones (30 per Section, 30 Additional in Beta)

Deflector System


FS-3 Starbase Deflector System
(Cocooned and Overlapping per Section)

Other Systems

Standard, 6 Person:240
Emergency, 16 Person:140

Docking Ports


32 Small Docking Ports for Small Vessels

Embarked Craft
(Standard, May Vary)
Combat Shuttle, Fighter:32
Personnel Shuttle, Small:30
Personnel Shuttle, Large:18
Shuttle, D-Warp:9
Courier, D-Warp:5
Cargo Shuttle:80
Runabout (E-12):3
Marine Dropship:2

Oracle II Sensor Phalanx
Glove I Shell System

Tractor Beams
Number:4 Main, 88 Docking or Cargo
Arcs:4 Main Section Beta
Docking Ports and Shuttle or Cargo Bays

Drydock Facilities
Individual Bays:2 (Outside Station's Perimeter)
FS-1 Deflector System
No Tactical Capability


Deep Space 13 is a medium/large size modular station designed to be easily deployed, assembled and disassembled in its place of residence. It consists of 8 greatly independent modules, named Alpha (A), Beta (B), Gamma (G), Delta (D), Epsilon (E), Eta (H), Phi (F) and Omega (W). All but Beta are cylinder-like shaped, of 225 meters length and 150 meters of diameter. Section Alpha is a command Type III section, while sections Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Eta, Phi and Omega are different civilian Type VI sections. Section Beta is an orthohedron of 225 meters of side and 300 meters height engineering Type II section modified to hold main Shuttlebay. All sections are connected through umbilicals and special gel-connected free rotating heads. Energy conduits and computer wiring is designed to allow free rotation between the modules, but standard operation should minimize the rotation of sections to facilitate cargo and embark operations. All modules can be isolated from the rest in case of emergency.

Attitude Control systems provide the station with the ability to move itself around once deployed and assembled for small distances (typically to change orbits or similar maneuvres), provided by the networks of specially designed thrusters (due to the displacement of the station, thrusters have a poor performance).

All sections but Beta has 12 decks, Beta having just 11 high ceiling decks. This makes a total of 95 decks, which are located by section-number up-down (eg. Alpha-3 is deck #3 and Gamma-9 is deck #32). All sections have a 36 meters diameter cylindrical core that contains the main wirings and energy conduits shared with the other sections. Section Beta has, besides the M/AM reactor core, a backup reactor, main engineering and main shuttlebay. Sections Alpha and Beta are considered security critical and are separated from the civilian sections by several security layers.

Decks #1 and #2 on section Beta and deck #7 in the rest of the sections are exclusively designed and dedicated to host a modified version of the Oracle Sensor Phalanx, designated Oracle IIs. Modifications to the basic Oracle design, due to the lack of a distorting warp field while in operation and greater space availability has allowed to install a sensor network with broader multi-scan capabilities and range in all frequencies than any starship class. Equipped whith this and other enhancements taken from the successful Augur sensor networks, DS 13 perfectly fulfills its primary role as a Deep Space listening post, controlling the Gorn and Tholian boundaries with Federation territory. Adding to this, DS 13 is surrounded by a shell of 174 class 1 and 2 Sensor Probes, deployed at a distance of 7 light-seconds from the station in an spherical, stationary orbit around the station, temporarily designated Project Glove I. They serve multiple purposes, as amplifying the station sensoring capabilities as well as augmenting the resolution of LR sensors by a 31% as well as augmenting the defensive power of the station by providing both powerful jamming capabilities as well as excellent counter-ECM capacity, aiding the station aiming systems (torpedoes range is about 10-10.5 light-seconds range).

Decks B-8, #9 and #10, where the main M/AM reactor is hosted, are specially prepared to allow the emergency shutdown and expulsion of the core in case of inminent breach, via several protocols. It has been calculated that the station would only suffer a drop to 12% of the shields if the ejection of the core would happen 30 seconds before detonation.

Decks Phi-6, #7 and #8 hold a promenade. Despite the fact that the primary roles of the station are Starfleet oriented, it will also hold merchant ships and civilians. Section Omega has been provisioned with a second promenade and more civilian space for presumed greater trade and commerce with Lehrren space, while also holding additional quarters for crew of visiting Starships.

The station is defended by an array of phasers fed by each module reactor core. This phaser strips have been modified so the power output is greater per unit length. This allows for smaller strips, which provide safer conditions for the main station weapon, as it makes them harder to be disabled. Additionally, several quantum and photon torpedo launchers and 4 pulse phaser cannons provide stronger defensive capabilities. These are attached to sections Alpha (A) and Omega (W) attachment ports as independent modules, fed by their own engines and helped by the station reactors. A Point Defense laser system is installed to provide better defense against small crafts and torpedoes or missiles. Defense drones, both with jamming, ECM, sensors ghosts and disabling capabilities are installed.

Standard multiphasic deflector systems provide a suitable shield for the station, generated by each section, with plenty of overlapping. For intra-station defense, DS 13 accounts a standard complement of 420 Marines plus the special Krima Batallion, for special operations within KrimaEXFor territory. Additional security is provided by Navy Security personnel, while Federation Marshalls are basically in charge of the civilian sectors.

DS 13 has suitable acommodation for diplomatic delegations, providing big areas for native biospheres for liasons of Gorn, Tholian and Rihannsu potencies. It has also extensive medical facilities, being able to attend emergencies from damaged ships or evacuation of colonies (although there are no known colonies near the station).

Operations Center (Ops), sited on decks Alpha-2 and -3, is equipped with dedicated areas for Flight Control and Fleet Command operations, accordingly with the station secondary mission profile.

The station can be assembled and get completely functional within 11 days. Disassembling can be accomplished in 2.1 days. Emergency disassembling, however, can be achieved in 2.5 hours. Thruster systems give the station the ability to move from one place to another, although they are not designed to move the station like a starship would. The station does not possess any rotation around its axis to avoid problems with docked ships and to facilitate ships operations. Transport to goal locus can be easily acomplished by towing the different sections with a flotilla of ATs escorted by some FLs.

Additionally, DS 13 has been assigned a class II spacedock facility, usually situated 10 km away of the station. Class II spacedock repair facilities consist of two big dry-docking areas and can assist and repair inot severely damage ships up to the size of a Magellan-Class Heavy Cruiser. Two cargo containers are assigned to the repair facility, both can be easily moved by assembly with a Warp Tug TA. The support ships Titania and Spitfire are usually locked by some small tractor beams and umbilicals to section Beta.

Deck Plans

(NB. blanks are left to the imagination, but I guess SIFF generators, artificial gravity and other niceties like the small docking ports for freighters, civilian houses and such have to be located somewhere )

Deck # Feature from Axis Outwards

Alpha (A) Section
A-1Torpedo launchers, Auxiliary computer systems, torpedo storage
A-2Upper Ops, CIC, Fire Control
A-3Ops, Fleet Command center, CO's Ready Room, XO's Office, main Observation lounge
A-4Officers lounge, Briefing room, Flight Control Center
A-5Senior officers' quarters, Cartography
A-6Secondary computer core, Communications computers and panels
A-7Oracle Phalanx, sensor palettes
A-8Lower Oracle Phalanx, Lower sensor palettes
A-9Backup computer cores, Security, brig, Marines OpCenter
A-10Secondary reactors, Officers' quarters, VIPs' quarters
A-11Lower secondary reactors
A-12Torpedo launchers and storage

Beta (B) Section
B-1Upper Main Oracle IIs Phalanx, Main sensors, torpedo launchers
B-2Main Oracle IIs Phalanx, Lower Main sensors
B-3Upper main shuttle bay
B-4Main shuttle bay
B-5Upper main computer core, upper auxiliary Engineering
B-6Main computer core, auxiliary Engineering
B-7Lower main computer core, lower auxiliary Engineering
B-8Upper main Engineering, upper main reactor core
B-9Main Engineering, main reactor core
B-10Lower Main reactor core
B-11Torpedo launchers and storage

Gamma (G) Section
G-1Torpedo launchers and storage
G-2Crew quarters
G-3Crew quarters
G-5Hospital, COUNS Department
G-6Upper Sciences
G-7Sciences, gardens
G-8Crew quarters, gardens
G-9Crew quarters
G-10Crew quarters
G-11Secondary reactor
G-12Torpedo launchers, storage

Delta (D) Section
D-1Torpedo launchers and storage
D-2Marine Country
D-3Marine Country
D-4Upper Fighters Bay
D-5Fighters Bay
D-6Auxiliary Engineering Bay
D-7Crew quarters
D-8Crew quarters
D-9Crew quarters
D-10Crew quarters
D-11Secondary reactor
D-12Torpedo launchers, storage

Epsilon (E) Section
E-1Torpedo launchers and storage
E-2Crew quarters
E-3Crew quarters
E-4Crew quarters
E-5Crew quarters
E-6Crew quarters
E-7Crew quarters
E-8Crew quarters
E-9Crew quarters
E-10Crew quarters
E-11Secondary reactor
E-12Torpedo launchers, storage

Eta (H) Section
H-1Torpedo launchers and storage
H-2Civilian quarters.
H-3Civilian quarters. Main craft docking ports
H-4Auxiliary power reactor to docked ships
H-5Civilian quarters.
H-6First civilian zone, arboretum
H-8Civilian quarters
H-9Civilian quarters
H-10Civilian quarters
H-11Civilian quarters
H-12Torpedo launchers and storage

Phi (F) Section
F-1Torpedo launchers and storage
F-2Civilian quarters
F-3Civilian Control Center (CIVSEC)
F-4Upper Civilian Hospital
F-5Civilian hospital
F-6Promenade, Romulan Embassy, Gorn Embassy
F-7Promenade, Main Civilian Zone (quarters, schools, &c)
F-8Promenade, Second Civilian Zone
F-9Civilian quarters
F-10Merchant Cargo bays
F-11Merchant Cargo bays
F-12Torpedo launchers and storage

Omega (W) Section
W-1Torpedo launchers and storage
W-2Civilian quarters.
W-3Civilian quarters. Craft docking ports
W-4Auxiliary power reactor to docked ships
W-5Civilian quarters.
W-6Upper Second Promenade
W-7Second Promenade
W-8Crew quarters
W-9Crew quarters
W-10Crew quarters
W-11Crew quarters
W-12Torpedo launchers and storage

Star Core Modular Deep Space Station Specs

v1.1 (SD: 110805)

(N.B. This is a temporary draft. SFEng has added aditional section types to this specs, particularly more type VIII types.)


Star Core-Class Modular Deep Space Stations were introduced in normal production by Starfleet Engineering in SD 030324. The idea was breaking with the usual Starfleet Champignon Station layout and using a much more flexible, modular design, better fitted for Forward Operations, which are their primary mission profile.

Star Core-Class Stations are usually composed by one Engineering module (providing the main energy source for the station) and one or more modules specially designed for different types of missions.

Module Types

TypeMission ProfileLen.Diam.Avg. Life-Supp*Comments
IEngineering180180300Small Engineering
IIEng + Bay300225900Not cylindrical, hosts crafts
IIICommand, Fleet Ops225150600**Biggest Command Operations type
IIIbCommand180120350Small Command
IIIcMinimal Command78120150Attached to type I or II
IVCivilian type 12251501600Basic facilities
IVbCivilian type 22251501800+P***Including hospital
IVcCiv. type 32251502100+PHosp. & Promenade
IVdCiv. type 42251501900+PHosp. & Sciences
IVeCiv. type 545015010000"Flying City"
VShip Bay2251501500Crafts and cargo
VIHospital city2251503000+PMedical facilities
VIICargo2251501000Cargo bays
VIIIPulse Phaser4080---Pulse Phaser Type Xa
*Average life support in Operational Cycle with an average load of crew and civilians.
**Command crew not counting Protocol
***P = patients. Only included standard complement of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel.


Most modules types are the same except for the especialization of the equipment and use of the space. Original Engineering Type I modules soon proved too small for big arrays of modules and the tactical problems arisen from having several Engineering Modules lead to the creation of Engineering Type II modules, which provide much more raw power and hold several shuttle and cargo bays to facilitate maintenance and resupply.

Command Modules Type IIIb and -c are modifications to the basic Command and Fleet Operations Type III, IIIb does not have facilities for Protocol nor Fleet Operations, while IIIc is designed to be attached to a Type I or II and provide basic command abilities to small stations.

Types IV are the basic modules for civilian and crew use and inhabitation. They provide different configurations, depending on the specific mission profile. Type IVe is a giant module, able and designed to host up to 33000 Humans in emergency conditions for several days. Every station's specific modules can be customized to an extent due to the modular design of the modules themselves.

Types V and VII have been designed to assist Engineering or Command Starbases as attached specialised stations. The idea behind this design is to aleviate Starbases from most of the traffic, allowing safer security protocols and better response in case of attack.

Type VI is a specialised Medical Reseach and Emergency Hospital Town, that allows unusual amounts of patients to be attended. They also have advanced medical facilities for investigation pruposes. As an example, one of the first Star Core Deep Space stations deployed, former DS 37 (original GOLD Fleet) nowadays OP 578, is now one of the biggest Medical Research Centers in the whole Starfleet, comprising 1 Type IIIa Command Module, 3 Type I Engineering Modules, 1 Type VII Cargo Bay and 7 Type VI Medical Towns Modules. By the way, it's primary mission profile is not of a Deep Space station anymore.

Type VIII Module is actually a big Pulse Phaser Type Xa pod attachable to any other modules, providing 4 Type Xa turrets with high energy flux and enormous peak power sourges. They are terminal modules and are always installed at both ends of the station.

All modules provide 4 Type X phaser strips (type II provides 4 more) and 2 (quantum or not) Mark XXII torpedo launchers (type II provides 4). All modules have attitude control thrusters to facilitate assemply and disassembly and to provide the station with basic attitude control like changing orbits, et cetera.

Star Core-Class Stations are usually a linear array of modules. Experiments conducted by SFEng have demonstrated that the Star Core design does not blend itself to thoroidal layouts very well. On the other hand, an unusual high number of modules would be necessary, more than 68, to allow such configuration, which renders too big and hard to defend stations.

The smallest functional Star Core Station is comprised by one Type I module and one attached Type IIIc. A type I is able to feed energy up to 3 type IV modules. One Type II module is able to feed up to 8 type IV modules. The biggest Star Core Station allowed by safety protocols is of 18 type IV modules or equivalent, although provided enough engineering modules are in the link, the design supports up to 117 type IV modules before structural integrity goes beyond limits.

Just as a practical example, DS 13 is a Star Core-Class Deep Space Station comprised by (from deck 1 and downwards):

1Type VIII
1Type III
1Type II
1Type IVd
1Type IV (Specialized)
1Type IV
1Type IVc
1Type IVc
1Type IVc
1Type VIII

Star Core Modules design (c) 1998, 2001 David Suarez de Lis for use in Alt.Starfleet.RPG only. Acknowledgements for modifications and suggestions to Starfleet Engineering crew.