- It is a speculative predecessor to the Miranda class. Miranda is Prospero's daughter in Shakespeare's play The Tempest.
Like many Starfleet vessels, the ships have a saucer-shaped primary hull, a secondary hull and twin warp nacelles. It is unusual in that the engineering hull is very small, containing little more than the warp core and power generators. Other systems, including the shuttlebays, are crammed in to the saucer section. This reflects the newness of the linear warp drive technology: it allowed for the drive section to be jettisoned in an emergency.