During the mid-2360s, this science vessel had a crew complement of thirty-five, among which included Captain Chantal Zaheva, her first officer Commander Brink, and Betazoid scientific advisor Andrus Hagan.
In mid-2367, the Brattain was trapped in a Tyken's Rift near an uncharted binary star system, when it sent a distress call. Its effects rendered the engines inoperative and its power levels slowly dropped. In the next few weeks, the crew became unable to operate the ship and eventually died under circumstances of violent suicides and homicides, determined to be caused by severe REM deprivation. This left the ship adrift.
The ship was re-discovered by the USS Enterprise-D, on stardate 44631.2, following Starfleet's receipt of its call and subsequent silence. The Enterprise crew boarded and found the engines inoperative. Attempting to tow the ship, the Enterprise crew found itself trapped by the same mechanism. However, they learned of the alien ship that was trapped in the Rift and disabled the effects.
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The Brattain was named after physicist Walter Houser Brattain, one of the inventors of the transistor.  The name was mistakenly spelled "Brittain" on the studio model. (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 101)) The correct spelling, "Brattain", was legible on several display graphics seen in the episode. It was also the spelling used in the script.