|Class Name||:||Star Core|
|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|
|Displacement||:||92,570,000 Million Metric Tonnes|
|Marines||:||420 + Krima Batallion|
|Passengers||:||Variable (Depending on Number and Type of Modules)|
|Max. Life Support||:||Variable (Approx. 12,000)|
|Station-Keeping Thrusters||:||SKT-200 Series|
|Number||:||4 sets of 4 per module|
|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)|
|Arcs||:||North, East, South, and West Sides|
|Phaser, Type Xa|
|Number||:||4 Turrets (2 Cannons Each)|
|Arcs||:||2 Weapons Pod Section Alpha
2 Weapons Pod Section Omega
Type III Seeking/Direct
|Arcs||:||2 per Section
2 Additional in Section Beta
Point Defense System
|Number||:||106 Laser Cannons|
|Arcs||:||12 per Section
10 Additional in Section Beta
9 Type I Drone Launchers (1 Launcher per Section, 1 Additional on BETA)
|Arcs||:||Dorsal, Ventral, North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West, Northwest|
|Complement||:||270 Drones (30 per Section, 30 Additional in Beta)|
FS-3 Starbase Deflector System
(Cocooned and Overlapping per Section)
|Standard, 6 Person||:||240|
|Emergency, 16 Person||:||140|
32 Small Docking Ports for Small Vessels
(Standard, May Vary)
|Combat Shuttle, Fighter||:||32|
|Personnel Shuttle, Small||:||30|
|Personnel Shuttle, Large||:||18|
|Oracle II Sensor Phalanx|
|Glove I Shell System|
|Number||:||4 Main, 88 Docking or Cargo|
|Arcs||:||4 Main Section Beta
Docking Ports and Shuttle or Cargo Bays
|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.
(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-1||Torpedo launchers, Auxiliary computer systems, torpedo storage|
|A-2||Upper Ops, CIC, Fire Control|
|A-3||Ops, Fleet Command center, CO's Ready Room, XO's Office, main Observation lounge|
|A-4||Officers lounge, Briefing room, Flight Control Center|
|A-5||Senior officers' quarters, Cartography|
|A-6||Secondary computer core, Communications computers and panels|
|A-7||Oracle Phalanx, sensor palettes|
|A-8||Lower Oracle Phalanx, Lower sensor palettes|
|A-9||Backup computer cores, Security, brig, Marines OpCenter|
|A-10||Secondary reactors, Officers' quarters, VIPs' quarters|
|A-11||Lower secondary reactors|
|A-12||Torpedo launchers and storage|
Beta (B) Section
|B-1||Upper Main Oracle IIs Phalanx, Main sensors, torpedo launchers|
|B-2||Main Oracle IIs Phalanx, Lower Main sensors|
|B-3||Upper main shuttle bay|
|B-4||Main shuttle bay|
|B-5||Upper main computer core, upper auxiliary Engineering|
|B-6||Main computer core, auxiliary Engineering|
|B-7||Lower main computer core, lower auxiliary Engineering|
|B-8||Upper main Engineering, upper main reactor core|
|B-9||Main Engineering, main reactor core|
|B-10||Lower Main reactor core|
|B-11||Torpedo launchers and storage|
Gamma (G) Section
|G-1||Torpedo launchers and storage|
|G-5||Hospital, COUNS Department|
|G-8||Crew quarters, gardens|
|G-12||Torpedo launchers, storage|
Delta (D) Section
|D-1||Torpedo launchers and storage|
|D-4||Upper Fighters Bay|
|D-6||Auxiliary Engineering Bay|
|D-12||Torpedo launchers, storage|
Epsilon (E) Section
|E-1||Torpedo launchers and storage|
|E-12||Torpedo launchers, storage|
Eta (H) Section
|H-1||Torpedo launchers and storage|
|H-3||Civilian quarters. Main craft docking ports|
|H-4||Auxiliary power reactor to docked ships|
|H-6||First civilian zone, arboretum|
|H-12||Torpedo launchers and storage|
Phi (F) Section
|F-1||Torpedo launchers and storage|
|F-3||Civilian Control Center (CIVSEC)|
|F-4||Upper Civilian Hospital|
|F-6||Promenade, Romulan Embassy, Gorn Embassy|
|F-7||Promenade, Main Civilian Zone (quarters, schools, &c)|
|F-8||Promenade, Second Civilian Zone|
|F-10||Merchant Cargo bays|
|F-11||Merchant Cargo bays|
|F-12||Torpedo launchers and storage|
Omega (W) Section
|W-1||Torpedo launchers and storage|
|W-3||Civilian quarters. Craft docking ports|
|W-4||Auxiliary power reactor to docked ships|
|W-6||Upper Second Promenade|
|W-12||Torpedo launchers and storage|
(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.
|Type||Mission Profile||Len.||Diam.||Avg. Life-Supp*||Comments||I||Engineering||180||180||300||Small Engineering||II||Eng + Bay||300||225||900||Not cylindrical, hosts crafts|
|III||Command, Fleet Ops||225||150||600**||Biggest Command Operations type|
|IIIc||Minimal Command||78||120||150||Attached to type I or II|
|IV||Civilian type 1||225||150||1600||Basic facilities|
|IVb||Civilian type 2||225||150||1800+P***||Including hospital|
|IVc||Civ. type 3||225||150||2100+P||Hosp. & Promenade|
|IVd||Civ. type 4||225||150||1900+P||Hosp. & Sciences|
|IVe||Civ. type 5||450||150||10000||"Flying City"|
|V||Ship Bay||225||150||1500||Crafts and cargo|
|VI||Hospital city||225||150||3000+P||Medical facilities|
|VIII||Pulse Phaser||40||80||---||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):
|1||Type IV (Specialized)|
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.