CLASSIFICATION: Experimental Transwarp Prototype
The Mariah Class Transwarp Prototype is the result of the propulsion data brought back from the Delta Quadrant with Voyager. Utilizing the Borg technology provided by Seven of Nine, Starfleet's propulsion specialists developed the first working Federation Transwarp coil. Mounted in a warp torus reminiscent of centuries old Vulcan design, these coils, along with the triad of transwarp stabilizers on the underside of the command disk, allow Federation vessels to use transwarp technology for short periods safely.
The Mariah appears to have a retro design ethic, driven mainly by it's status as a prototype test vehicle for the new coils. The ship is utilitarian, taken over heavily by research facilities monitoring the ship test runs, and enhanced power transfer hardware. The prototype is designed to house a small compliment of officers, scientists and crew, totally 70 at most. It is protected with a compliment of quantum torpedoes, and new prototype cascading phaser arrays
Atop the engineering hull, nestled in the torus, is a small craft, designed to ride the crest at the front of the Mariah, measuring alignment, corridor symmetry and deflector frequency to constantly study and improve the new propulsion technology.
If this ship proves as promising as R&D suspects, the Mariah could be the dawn of a new era of exploration for the Federation.
IMAGES: Scroll down to view holoimages of the vessel. Model notes follow below.
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This project was constructed from a Perry Rhodan Blues Ship (the warp torus and the command disk), part of a sphere from the Perry Rhodan Ship Sol (the underside of the command disk), and the tops from two Runabout kits (the engineering hull). The torus pylons were scratch built from styrene. Other smaller kit parts round out the details of this ship. The color scheme was light aircraft grey, with lighter aztecing and German Silver accents. The image background were created with Photoshop 6.