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The Challenger-class was a type of Federation starship in use by Starfleet in the 24th century. (ST reference: Star Trek Encyclopedia; TTN novel: Taking Wing)



The Challenger-class was a 24th century design, consisting of a commonly-used type of saucer section, with a secondary hull attached directly to the aft saucer. Two warp nacelles were attached above and below the stardrive hull extension.

One of the famous members of this starship class was the USS Buran, lost at the Battle of Wolf 359. (TNG episode: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

Known vessels




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The Buran model was built for the battle sequence in "The Best of Both Worlds" and later described to Star Trek fans by Michael Okuda's appearances at conventions, where he showed slide with images of the behind-the-scenes models.


The RPG The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek license lists the USS Veliko (NCC-62503) as a Challenger-class vessel.

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The Challenger-class light cruiser was a type of starship on active duty in Starfleet during the late 24th century.

The four vessels of this class were commissioned in 2344. (Ships of the Star Fleet, Vol. 1: Cruisers. )

The design of the class was based in part on the USS Challenger (NCC-2032). The design is little more than a saucer section adapted from the Galaxy-class with a pair of warp nacelles attached aft. Two variants exist, one with the nacelles above and behind the saucer and the other with one nacelle above and one below the saucer. Compared to other light cruisers the Challengers were underpowered despite upgrades throughout its service history. The vessels of the class have served well as patrol ships, short-range explorers and scouts and as diplomatic couriers. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet)

According to the SRMV1 the class entered service in 2355.

The Challenger-class USS Buran was one of the ships lost during the Battle of Wolf 359. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

Background information

  • Specifications from the Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 1: The Ships of Starfleet.
  • USS Marco Polo is designated Challenger class in a TNG comic story "Thin Ice" — but bears little resemblance to the Buran. There may have been another Challenger class extant earlier in the 24th century.

Challenger-class starships

Notable ships: Armstrong - Buran - Constance - Frontier - Kearsarge

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