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Original

The Constitution class was commissioned in 2240 with the launch of the USS Constitution NCC-1700 (not NX.)  It was Starfleet's first real deep space explorer and is known to have been one of the best designs, they carried Starfleet's latest technology aboard for the time.

Classification: Constitution
Length: 289m Width: 130m Height: 67m Decks: 23
Weapons: Phasers: 6 Type VII phasers - 4,250 terawatts
  Torpedoes: 2 Class II photon torpedo tubes - 120 torpedoes
Shields: Shield capacity: 189 000 teraJules
Max. warp: 8.5-9 Mass: 600 000 Crew 400 later increased to 430

Original USS Enterprise NCC-1701 top view

Original USS Enterprise NCC-1701 side view

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Original Refit and Type 2

Most Constitution class vessels had a major refit in the early 2270's after coming back from deep space mission, Captain James Kirk was the only captain to bring back his ship and crew intact and with little deaths.  Although these refits keep the Constitution at the front of the Fleet most of the Constitution class vessels are decommissioned or taken out of active duty for trainee crews.

In 2285 with only 3 Constitution class vessels left for training 2 new ones are built the USS Hawking and the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A (in recognition of Captain Kirk's work.)  These to serve active service and the Enterprise returns to StarFleets Flagship the Enterprise is decommissioned in 2293, and the Hawking in 2295 marking the end of the Constitution class starships which served for 50 years.

Classification: Constitution Refit
Length: 305m Width: 140m Height: 75m Decks: 23
Weapons: Phasers: 12 Type VII phaser banks - 6000 terawatts
  Torpedoes: 4 Class II photon torpedo tubes - 120 torpedoes
Shields: Shield capacity: 283 500 teraJules
Max. warp: 8.5-9 Mass: 620 000 Crew 430

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A side diagram

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A top diagram

Starship Photo's

           

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