Nova-class starships are small planetary research vessels that were designed in the late 24th century. They have a crew compliment of only 80, 8 decks and about 180 meters in length. The ships are armed with several phasers and photon torpedoes. The shuttlebay is located in the back on deck 4. The Nova may be a replacement for the Oberth-class. The aeroshuttle is on the ventral side of the saucer, it is designed for both interstellar and atmospheric travel.

The Nova-class, USS Equinox, was lost in the Badlands while on a science mission. Unknown to Starfleet records the Equinox was transported to the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker and spent serveral years trying to get back to the Alpha Quadrant. Most of its crew were killed shortly after they came to the Delta Quadrant, and more by an alien race that attacked the Equinox because the crew had used the species as warp fuel to go faster than the ship was ever designed to go.

Rick Sternbach based the Nova-class design on the Defiant Pathfinder out of the DS9 Technical Manual. The Nova-class was, according to the TNG Technical Manual, suppose to be a replacement for the Galaxy-class. Voyager's final episode "Endgame" featured a Nova variant, which had changes to the secondary deflector dish, bridge module, better weapon systems, and nacelles. However it's registry suggests the variant came shortly after the USS Equinox. The quote on its dedication plaque is "The night of time far surpasseth the day." -Sir Thomas Browne, 1658.

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Designing the Equinox

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USS Equinox NCC-72381
   Starship lost in the Delta Quadrant sometime prior to the USS Voyager NCC-74656. The Equinox was destroyed in an attack by beings    from a different spatial realm.
   "Equinox" - VOY.
USS Nova NCC-73515
   Part of the fleet to rendezvous with the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E to intercept the Reman warship Scimitar.
   "Star Trek: Nemesis"
USS Rhode Island NCC-72701 Refit
   Under the command of Captain Harry Kim in an alternate future.
   "Endgame" - VOY.

Type: Science
Length: 180m
Speed: 8
Crew: 80
Armament: Eleven Type 10 phasers
Two torpedo launchers