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{{Sidebar starship class
|Name= ''Steamrunner'' class
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| name = ''Steamrunner'' class
| image= Steamrunner class, forward view.jpg
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| image = Steamrunner class, 2375.png
|imagecap= Forward view
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| caption = Starboard dorsal profile
|owner={{Federation}}
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| owner = {{Federation}}
|operator=[[Starfleet]]
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| operator = [[Starfleet]]
|Active= [[2370]]s
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| active = [[2370]]s
|Armament= [[Phaser]]s, [[Photon torpedo]]es
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| armament = [[Phaser]]s<br>[[Photon torpedo]]es
| image2= Steamrunner class, profile view.jpg
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| image2 = Steamrunner class, forward view.jpg
|imagecap2= Port dorsal profile
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| caption2 = Forward view
| image3= Steamrunner class-destroyed, fc.jpg
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| image3 = Steamrunner class, profile view.jpg
|imagecap3= Wreckage of a ''Steamrunner''-class vessel
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| caption3 = Profile view
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The '''''Steamrunner'' class''' was a type of [[Federation]] [[starship]] in service with [[Starfleet]] during the late [[24th century]].
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The '''''Steamrunner'' class''' was a type of [[Federation]] [[starship]] in service with [[Starfleet]] during the late [[24th century]]. [[Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards]] was one of the sites this class was constructed at in [[2371]]. ({{VOY|Relativity}})
   
Ships of this class saw action at the [[Battle of Sector 001]] in [[2373]], where several were lost. Several other ''Steamrunner''-class starships were involved in the [[Dominion War]], and participated in [[Operation Return]] in [[2374]] and the [[second Battle of Chin'toka]] in [[2375]]. Several ships of the class were stationed near [[Deep Space 9]] during the war. ({{DS9|Favor the Bold|Sacrifice of Angels|The Changing Face of Evil}})
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== History ==
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Entering service some time during the early-[[2370s]], the ''Steamrunner''-class was a common fixture in Federation [[fleet]] deployments, appearing on the [[front line]]s of numerous engagements, including against the [[Borg]] and the [[Dominion]].
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The ''Steamrunner''-class saw action at the [[Battle of Sector 001]] in [[2373]], where several were lost. ({{film|8}})
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In the years to follow, several vessels of this class were assigned to Starfleet's [[Second Fleet]] during the [[Dominion War]], which participated in [[Operation Return]] in [[2374]], the [[second Battle of Chin'toka]], and the [[Battle of Cardassia]] in [[2375]]. ({{DS9|Favor the Bold|Sacrifice of Angels|The Changing Face of Evil|What You Leave Behind}}) They were also frequently stationed near [[Deep Space 9]] during the war. ({{DS9|Statistical Probabilities|The Magnificent Ferengi|Afterimage|Field of Fire}})
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At least one member of the class was within a [[light year]] of [[Earth]] in [[2378]]. ({{VOY|Endgame}})
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== Design ==
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The ''Steamrunner''-class was a somewhat drastic departure from other Starfleet vessels of the era, in that it featured a large [[saucer section]], and a detached [[secondary hull]], not completely unlike the design employed in the {{class|Oberth}}, but was joined at the aft to the ship's [[nacelle]]s. The nacelles themselves were directly attached to the saucer section by large cowlings, which housed the [[Bussard collector]]s. The ship's [[deflector dish]] was housed in the rear, on the detached secondary hull, while the [[bridge]] module was inset between the Bussard cowlings. ({{film|8}}, et al.)
   
 
==Ships of the class==
 
==Ships of the class==
 
;Named:
 
;Named:
*{{USS|Appalachia}} (NCC-52136)
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*{{USS|Appalachia}} ([[NCC]]-52136)
 
;Unnamed:
 
;Unnamed:
*[[Unnamed Steamrunner class starships|Unnamed ''Steamrunner''-class starships]]
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*[[Steamrunner unnamed 000|Unnamed ''Steamrunner''-class starships]]
   
 
==Appendices==
 
==Appendices==
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===Background===
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=== Background information ===
According to the ''Star Trek Encyclopedia'', a USS ''Hiroshima'' was a ''Steamrunner''-class vessel, but such a ship was never mentioned on screen. This ship name referenced in the ''Encyclopedia II'' is from behind-the-scenes source from ILM by John Eaves and Alex Jaeger. The original ship scale with alternate names can be found on [http://johneaves.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/ship-scales-from-st-first-contact/ John Eaves' blog]. Nevertheless, the reference to the vessel was removed from the third version of the ''Encyclopedia''.
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According to the {{STE|4|519}}, the USS ''Hiroshima'' was a ''Steamrunner''-class vessel. This ship name was referenced in the 2nd edition from behind-the-scenes sources [[ILM]], [[John Eaves]], and [[Alex Jaeger]] and was absent from the 3rd edition. The original ship scale with alternate names can be found on {{Eavesdropping|2009/06/15/ship-scales-from-st-first-contact/|John Eaves' blog}}.
   
====Studio model====
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For information on the [[studio model]], see [[Film studio models#Steamrunner class|''Steamrunner'' class model]].
=====Design=====
 
[[File:Steam Runner class final design by Alex Jaeger.jpg|thumb|Final production concept art]]
 
The ''Steamrunner''-class starship was designed by [[Alex Jaeger]] at [[ILM]].The original name was apparently intended to be "''St'''r'''eamrunner''," based on the name appearing in Jaeger's sketch of the revamped "USS ''St'''r'''eamrunner''," dated {{d|4|April|1996}}. This name was a homage to a song by the band {{w|Fold Zandura}}. The reasoning for the name change to ''Steamrunner'' is unknown, and would be subsequently adapted (or adopted) by the ''[[Star Trek Encyclopedia]]'' and ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual]]''. Jaeger, in far more detail, recalled in 2009,
 
<blockquote>"Here's a bit of background on the ''Steamrunner'': As one person pointed out, it was originally to be called the ''StReamrunner''. This was the name of a song from a band called 'Fold Zandura' (formerly 'Mortal') It had a sci-fi feel to it and I thought it made a cool ship class name. But somewhere in the process the 'R' got dropped in one of the approval pages and it became the ''Steamrunner'', which is still kinda cool retro-steampunk sounding. So the name stuck. Also on the design, it is actually the merging of two different designs I did. The front saucer section of one ship combined with the catamaran nacelles and boom section of another. The boom section of the second ship was then flipped upside down so the deflector was underneath. The first design had a secondary hull, but instead of struts to hold the nacelles, they where instead mounted to the saucer section and then cowled over. There was even a 3rd version with 4 nacelles, two on the top and two more attached to the lower secondary hull.
 
 
"The second design was more to my liking, it was a bit more 'automotive' in its design shapes. It featured the catamaran nacelles, but instead of being mounted on top of the saucer, they were mounted underneath and the saucer sort of bent around them. The Deflector dish boom was then mounted more like the boom on the ''Akira'' class only this wasn't a weapons pod per say. In the end I was asked to combine the front of #1 with the tail of #2 and after some adjustments, bam the ''Steamrunner'' as it appears in First Contact. Some of the more angular features were also a result of the rough model as well. So the more rounded #2 design would've been less ecomnomical from a VFX standpoint too." {{DrexFiles|2009/06/11/alex-jaeger-week-steamrunner-class/#comment-13163}}</blockquote>
 
 
=====CGI model=====
 
{| class="wiki-sidebar"
 
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| colspan="1" align="center" | [[File:Steamrunner class CGI model by ILM.jpg|150px]]
 
| colspan="1" align="center" | [[File:Steamrunner Class CGI model by Digital Muse.jpg|150px]]
 
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| class="even" | <center>ILM's original CGI model of the ''Steamrunner''-class</center>
 
| class="even" | <center>Digital Muse's CGI revised model of the ''Steamrunner''-class</center>
 
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The model was rendered as a [[CGI model|computer-generated model]] and built by [[Larry Tan]] and Paul Theren. According to designer Jaeger, the software used to build the models consisted of software that, "''(...)ILM was using {{w|Electric Image Animation System|Electric Image}} for animation and {{w|Form-Z}} for the models of these ships back then.''" {{DrexFiles|2009/06/10/sabre-class/#comment-13012}} A year later ILM was requested by Paramount to hand over their models made for {{film|8}}, amongst them the ''Appalachia'', to [[Digital Muse]] in preparation for use in the upcoming DS9 episode {{e|Sacrifice of Angels}}. Due to software differences, the model had to be largely rebuilt in {{w|LightWave 3D}} and was remapped at a higher resolution in the process, but was completed early enough to be already showcased in {{e|Call to Arms}}.{{DrexFiles|2009/06/11/alex-jaeger-week-steamrunner-class/}}
 
 
====Size====
 
Visual Effects Supervisor [[David Stipes]] said that an overall length of 800 feet (243.8 meters) was generally used onscreen. [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.tv.star-trek.ds9/msg/f3804ef9a7be443a?hl=en]
 
   
 
===Apocrypha===
 
===Apocrypha===
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It also appeared in ''[[Star Trek: Legacy]]'' as a playable ship.
 
It also appeared in ''[[Star Trek: Legacy]]'' as a playable ship.
   
In [[Star Trek Online]] The Steamrunner-class Blockade Runner Escort is an unlocakable ship obtained by installing the game with Valve's Steam DRM software and purchasing the "Steam Starter Pack".
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In ''[[Star Trek Online]]'', the ''Steamrunner''-class Blockade Runner Escort is an unlockable ship obtained by installing the game with Valve's Steam DRM software and purchasing the "Steam Starter Pack". It would come with a Tier 1 and a Tier 5 version of the ship with the Tier 1 version coming with a Console which would grant it the power "Team Fortress", named after one of Valve's flagship titles. After the revelation that Steam users were exploiting Steam's refund procedure with DLC, it was removed from Steam and put into the main game
   
The following specifications are given in the [[Starfleet Operations Manual]] supplement for Decipher's Star Trek RPG:
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The following specifications are given in the ''[[Starfleet Operations Manual]]'' supplement for Decipher's ''Star Trek RPG'':
   
 
* Type: Heavy Frigate
 
* Type: Heavy Frigate
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* Performance: Warp 9.6 for 12 hours
 
* Performance: Warp 9.6 for 12 hours
 
* Armament: Four type-10 phaser emitters, two photon torpedo launchers.
 
* Armament: Four type-10 phaser emitters, two photon torpedo launchers.
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[[File:Star Trek Official Starships Collection Issue 54.jpg|thumb|Issue #54]]
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According to issue #54 of the ''[[Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection]]'', the ''Steamrunner''-class was a type of [[frigate]] with a length of 356 meters, an approximate crew of 200, and a top speed of [[warp factor|warp]] 9.6. This class was equipped with Type-10 [[phaser emitter]]s and photon torpedoes.
   
 
===External link===
 
===External link===
*{{NCwiki}}
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*{{mbeta|Steamrunner class|''Steamrunner'' class}}
   
 
[[cs:Třída Steamrunner]]
 
[[cs:Třída Steamrunner]]

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The Steamrunner class was a type of Federation starship in service with Starfleet during the late 24th century. Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards was one of the sites this class was constructed at in 2371. (VOY: "Relativity")

History Edit

Entering service some time during the early-2370s, the Steamrunner-class was a common fixture in Federation fleet deployments, appearing on the front lines of numerous engagements, including against the Borg and the Dominion.

The Steamrunner-class saw action at the Battle of Sector 001 in 2373, where several were lost. (Star Trek: First Contact)

In the years to follow, several vessels of this class were assigned to Starfleet's Second Fleet during the Dominion War, which participated in Operation Return in 2374, the second Battle of Chin'toka, and the Battle of Cardassia in 2375. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", "The Changing Face of Evil", "What You Leave Behind") They were also frequently stationed near Deep Space 9 during the war. (DS9: "Statistical Probabilities", "The Magnificent Ferengi", "Afterimage", "Field of Fire")

At least one member of the class was within a light year of Earth in 2378. (VOY: "Endgame")

Design Edit

The Steamrunner-class was a somewhat drastic departure from other Starfleet vessels of the era, in that it featured a large saucer section, and a detached secondary hull, not completely unlike the design employed in the Oberth-class, but was joined at the aft to the ship's nacelles. The nacelles themselves were directly attached to the saucer section by large cowlings, which housed the Bussard collectors. The ship's deflector dish was housed in the rear, on the detached secondary hull, while the bridge module was inset between the Bussard cowlings. (Star Trek: First Contact, et al.)

Ships of the classEdit

Named
Unnamed

AppendicesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Background information Edit

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., p. 519), the USS Hiroshima was a Steamrunner-class vessel. This ship name was referenced in the 2nd edition from behind-the-scenes sources ILM, John Eaves, and Alex Jaeger and was absent from the 3rd edition. The original ship scale with alternate names can be found on John Eaves' blog.

For information on the studio model, see Steamrunner class model.

ApocryphaEdit

The Steamrunner appeared in Activision's Star Trek: Armada and Star Trek: Armada II as a long-range artillery ship firing tricobalt torpedoes.

It also appeared in Star Trek: Legacy as a playable ship.

In Star Trek Online, the Steamrunner-class Blockade Runner Escort is an unlockable ship obtained by installing the game with Valve's Steam DRM software and purchasing the "Steam Starter Pack". It would come with a Tier 1 and a Tier 5 version of the ship with the Tier 1 version coming with a Console which would grant it the power "Team Fortress", named after one of Valve's flagship titles. After the revelation that Steam users were exploiting Steam's refund procedure with DLC, it was removed from Steam and put into the main game

The following specifications are given in the Starfleet Operations Manual supplement for Decipher's Star Trek RPG:

  • Type: Heavy Frigate
  • Dimensions: Length, 375 meters; width, 270.9 meters; height, 79.5 meters.
  • Complement: 200 officers and crew
  • Performance: Warp 9.6 for 12 hours
  • Armament: Four type-10 phaser emitters, two photon torpedo launchers.
Star Trek Official Starships Collection Issue 54

Issue #54

According to issue #54 of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, the Steamrunner-class was a type of frigate with a length of 356 meters, an approximate crew of 200, and a top speed of warp 9.6. This class was equipped with Type-10 phaser emitters and photon torpedoes.

External linkEdit

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