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Luna-class exploration cruisers were a class of starship introduced in 2378, and quickly became the top of the line in the Federation Starfleet's scientific and exploratory pursuits on behalf of the United Federation of Planets. Each had an average crew of 350 individuals and was approximately 450 meters long.
The Luna class was designed by Dr. Xin Ra-Havreii, of Utopia Planitia Starfleet Yards on Mars, and initially conceived for scientific exploration of the Gamma Quadrant following the discovery of the Bajoran Wormhole. The project was sidelined by the impending threat from the Dominion, then restarted following the end of the Dominion War. The prototype, USS Luna was launched for a shakedown cruise in 2377 but she was destroyed by a warp core breach. In 2380, after the launch of the USS Titan, and the USS Europa, a second USS Luna was launched. (Star Trek: Titan novel: Taking Wing; Star Trek: Luna)
Their shuttlebays were reminiscent of the old Constitution-class shuttlebays, having a more rounded opening door. They also featured a longer "runway" for shuttles as they entered and exited the ship.
After the Borg invasion of 2381, the Federation President promised that more Luna-class starships would be commissioned, pledging to continue Starfleet's mission of exploration in the wake of the recent disaster. (Star Trek: Destiny novel: Lost Souls)
With the growing threat from the Dominion, the Luna-class starships originally intended for scientific exploration of the Gamma Quadrant were reallocated towards the war effort. After the war, a number of Luna-class ships, including the USS Titan were temporarily decommissioned and refit for eventual exploration of the Beta Quadrant. The USS Lambda Paz and USS Europa, however, were among the ships that remained in service as part of the peacekeeping force in Cardassian space. (Star Trek: War Aftermath, The True Way)
Although the Luna-class was originally designed as an exploration cruiser, at least one ship of that class, the USS Bianca was also used to chase out pirates, as she was used in Operation Telenoes to fight the Prime Industries cartel. (RIS Bouteina: "Distress Call")
Also, the Pac-Men designed the predecessor of the class (as the Pac-Man Dreadnought) and demanded that the Federation grants the Pac-Men the right to build Luna-class ships as Mark II Pac-Man dreadnoughts. (RIS Bouteina: "Extraordinary Summit")
Initial spaceframe tests were conducted on the class ship USS Luna in 2372, but the outbreak of the Federation Civil War delayed its launch and the Luna Class Development Project was abandoned for more than two years. Work resumed by late 2374, though progress was slow as the focus at that time was on rebuilding Starfleet and shoring up the Federation's defenses.
As the political climate changed, the project was fast-tracked in 2377, and a half-dozen ships were ready for launch by the end of 2379, ready to fulfill Starfleet's exploration mandate. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Restoration")
After the initial batch of vessels were launched, one of the next Luna-class starships to be commissioned was the USS Jeraddo. Launched in the mid-2380s, the Jeraddo was assigned to a long-term exploration mission in the Gamma Quadrant. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "To Follow a Sinking Star")
The design of the Titan, and her sister ships of the Luna class, was made a contest by Pocket Books, allowing fans to send in ideas for the ships appearance. The winning design, pictured, was created by Sean Tourangeau, and announced on October 6, 2005.
|USS Alcubierre - USS Amalthea - USS Bianca - USS Callisto - USS Charon - USS Europa - USS Hyperion - USS Io - USS Jadzia Dax - USS Lambda Paz - USS Luna (I) - USS Luna (II) - USS Tethys - USS Titan - USS Triton|
|Starfleet Command (RPG): USS Argonaut - USS Cronus - USS Paul Revere - USS Poseidon - USS Tokyo|