The Intrepid-class starship is a Federation design that entered service in the latter half of the 24th century.
When first commissioned, the vessels featured many features not previously available aboard starships, not least being the tricyclic input manifold of the warp core and variable-geometry pylons. The class was also the first to incorporate bioneural gel packs and was equipped with the first Emergency Medical Holograms.
Capabilities upon introduction were equally impressive. The class boasted an impressive navigational sensor system, and the highest top speed of any Starfleet vessel of its time. Its multi-mission design was backed up by a main computer processor capable of simultaneously accessing 47 million data channels and sustaining 575 trillion calculations per nanosecond. (VOY: "Relativity", "Concerning Flight").
The hull configuration of the Intrepid-class adopted the saucer-type shape of previous starship classes, that of primary hull, secondary hull, and nacelles driven by the physics of warp generation and control. One of the Intrepid-class' most notable characteristics were its warp nacelles, which angled when going to warp, a quality which has not been observed in any other starship to date. The vessels use a duranium hull structure, a plasma-based power distribution system, and tricyclic life-support systems. (VOY: "Drone").
- Type: Cruiser
- Production Base: ASDB Integration Facility, San Francisco Fleet Yards, Earth
- Complement: 168 officers and crew
- Accommodation: 52 visiting personnel
- Evacuation Limit: 1500 personnel
- Power Plant: One warp core feeding two nacelles; one impulse system
- Length: 344.5 meters
- Beam: 132.1 meters
- Height: 64.4 meters
- Mass: 700,000 metric tons
- Performance: Warp 8 cruising; Warp 9.799 for 12 hours
- Armament: Six phaser emitters; four photon torpedo launchers (two forward; two aft)