NX class starship

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The Earth starship Enterprise (NX-01)
The Earth starship Enterprise (NX-01)

In the Star Trek fictional universe, the NX class was a variety of starship produced by Earth Starfleet prior to the United Federation of Planets. The design of the NX class has a unique approach to starship design with a large saucer attached to two warp nacelles attached to the saucer by pylons running upward. At the bow of the saucer is the gold navigational deflector while the observation lounge, aft torpedo tube and impulse engines are at the stern. The main bridge, crew quarters, sensors and thrusters are embedded into the top of the saucer section. The ship's weapons, the grappler, a sensor dome and cargo bays occupy the ventral section. This ship might contain lifeboats.

The ship was unique for its new and advanced technologies, most notably its transporter and its new warp engine, capable of propelling the ship to warp factor 5 (TOS scale). Ships of the NX class were intended to be multirole vessels capable of exploration, diplomacy, and warfare. The pathfinder of the class, the starship Enterprise (NX-01), was launched on April 16, 2151.

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Hope and Fear", a ship by the name USS Dauntless carries the number NX-01A; however, it is not a real Starfleet vessel but a redressed alien ship disguised by the alien Arturis.

The NX designation is also used in Star Trek series to denote "experimental" ship designs, such as the USS Excelsior.



These specifications are from Star Trek Technical Manuals and other official but non-canon sources. Weapons counts have been determined by observing on-screen footage as well as examining pictures of official models. The canonicity of this method is in dispute.

  • Production facility: Unknown shipyard located in Earth orbit
  • Type: Cruiser
  • Dimensions:
    • Height: 33.3 m
    • Length: 225 m
    • Beam: 133.5 m
  • Decks: 7
  • Accommodation: 83+
  • Propulsion:
  • Performance: Warp 5+ (Cochrane scale)
  • Weaponry:
  • Defenses: Polarized duranium hull plating and bulkheads
  • Auxiliary vessels: 2 personnel shuttlepods in a launch bay on F deck

Known NX class starships

  • Enterprise (NX-01)
    • Named for several Earth vessels, the Earth starship Enterprise was the pathfinder of her class. Commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer, the starship Enterprise was launched in April 2151 and embarked on her first mission to return a Klingon courier named Klaang to Qo'noS. The starship Enterprise made first contact with dozens of alien races, including the Romulans, the Andorians and the Tholians. The Enterprise returned to Earth in April 2153 after the Xindi attack on Earth for a refit. While in the Delphic Expanse, the Enterprise was severely damaged by Xindi forces and fought at the Battle of the Council on February 12, 2154. Two days later, the starship Enterprise destroyed the Sphere network and returned to Earth with the help of a Xindi-Aquatic cruiser. The Enterprise was later involved in the Augment crisis and the Romulan incursion of 2154. The starship Enterprise was decommissioned in 2161 shortly after the creation of the United Federation of Planets and became as a museum ship.
  • Columbia (NX-02)
    • Named for the Space Shuttle Columbia, the Earth starship Columbia was under construction in April 2153 and was scheduled to be launched in June 2154 but suffered from engine problems. The Columbia launched from drydock in late November 2154 commanded by Captain Erika Hernandez with Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker as her chief engineer. The Columbia helped Enterprise in dealing with the Klingon-Augment situation by coming to her aid when several Klingon subroutines interfered with the warp engines on Enterprise. Fate unknown.
  • Avenger (NX-09)
    • A Mirror Universe starship serving in the Terran Empire. Commanded by Admiral Black. The ship's motto, seen on the crew's mission patches, is Audentes Fortuna Imperii (roughly translated: 'the Empire is fortunate and bold'). The Avenger was later destroyed by the USS Defiant (NCC-1764).
  • The episode "Fortunate Son" indicated that, as of 2151, three additional NX ships besides Enterprise were in the planning stages. Aside from Columbia, the other two have never been identified.

Star Trek starship classes

List of Starfleet ship classes
Akira | Ambassador | Constellation | Constitution | Danube | Defiant | Excelsior | Galaxy | Intrepid
Miranda | Nebula | Nova | Oberth | Olympic | Prometheus | Sovereign | Steamrunner | Wells
NX class

Klingon Empire
Klingon starships

Borg Collective
Borg starships

Romulan Star Empire
Romulan starships

The Jem'Hadar
Attack ship | Battlecruiser

Cardassian Union
Cardassian starships

Ferengi Alliance

Suliban Cabal
Suliban cell ship

Andorian Imperial Guard

The Xindi
Reptilian ship | Insectoid ship

– Pre-Federation

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