Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and advanced

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  1. kent

    kent Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    This is a debate i like.

    The Intrepid class starship....how powerful was it, and if it went up against a galaxy what would happen?

    Or for that matter, what if it went up against other genre's of sci-fi?? What would happen then??

    Discuss....
     
  2. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    Judging by the performance of these ships against "impartial" targets, the Intrepid would quickly lose: she had trouble with ancient Klingon battle cruisers and medium-sized asteroids, which the E-D shrugged off easily enough.

    And if either of the ships ventured to an alternate scifi realm, they would simply stall for the lack of pseudophysics that allow for warp drives and phaser beams.

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  3. Bonzo the Fifth

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    As opposed to the magibabble that is turbolasers and hyperdrive?

    Sorry, couldn't help it... :-P
     
  4. Bonzo the Fifth

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    More seriously, though... I think it's a simple matter of specs and mission statement. The Galaxy Class seems to have been a showcase model for Starfleet... essentially, the best of everything they had at the time in a embodiment of what I think can be safely called the Golden Age of the Federation (The time that roughly corresponds to the period between the Khitomer accords post ST:VI and the Wolf 359 incident, as it seems the Federation has been a bit of a decline from that point onward). As far as I'm given to know, these ships are continued to be maintained as such, with the latest in everything (within reason) installed on those vessels. The Intrepid class is a different animal, namely a science and research vessel, with a de-emphasis on weapons and tactical systems, a substantial size reduction and an overabundance of sensors and computing capacity. This makes it all the more bewildering that a vessel like that not only made it back from the Delta Quadrant, but, for much of it's journey, was considered one of the most powerful vessels in that area (excepting the Borg, of course) by it's denizens.

    So tactically, hands down, the Galaxy Class.
     
  5. TheHungarian

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    The interpid class ship is a less powerful scout like ship. It's meant more for recon missions or transport missions, although obviously they are proficient in battle.

    Galaxy class starships and the beastly mammoth warships that carry large crew compliments, which I would guess could be used for a ground assault during war, and they are far more heavily armed.
     
  6. VulcanGuy

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    What warships does the federation have? The most powerful ship I've seen was the Promethius but that was for deep space missions, not really a warship.
     
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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    Actually, the Intrepid class would win easy. It could survive a mission against a heavily armed cube ( Unimatrix zero ) whereas the Enterprise was scared stiff ( Q Who ) . Of course TNG Borg and Voyager Borg are very different, so you couldn't call it impartial..
     
  9. JNG

    JNG Chief of Staff, Starfleet Command Rear Admiral

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    A Galaxy-class ship is larger and more powerful than an Intrepid-class ship. Both are capable of carrying out missions to defend the Federation, and clever tactics could always alter the outcome, but by the numbers, the Galaxy-class ship is superior. Ships of the Intrepid class, however, are a slightly more recent design and probably have a higher warp speed, at least in the short term.

    I don't know of any evidence supporting this idea. It was sent into a physically dangerous area to capture Maquis, and Janeway strongly contrasts its capabilities with those of Equinox, which is much more along the lines you describe. The ship's designer stated that it was an Explorer, although probably the smallest of its kind; this category sits at the top of the classification system, and also includes Galaxy-class ships. (In fact, his article on the genesis of the Intrepid class suggests the armament was chosen for equivalency to that of the Galaxy class. The equivalency probably refers to type rather than number.)

    Seems obvious this would have much more to do with the intel to which Voyager had access. With someone like Seven of Nine on board providing detailed inside technical data about the Borg systems, it is only reasonable they'd have a better chance. In ST: First Contact, for example, Picard is able to provide similar insight to notable effect.

    It's worth noting that the cube in "Q Who?" was notably larger than the tactical cube from "Unimatrix Zero." (The latter appears the same size as the other cubes that appeared on Star Trek: Voyager.)

    We must be careful not to use Voyager-specific incidents to evaluate all examples of the class. Voyager suffered somewhat for the lack of regular supplies, maintenance and upgrades that she'd have received in the Federation, but she also had some modifications and information that gave her advantages in certain situations. For trying to learn about baseline performance of a ship of that class, her adventures aren't much to go on; we're mainly left with some comments from the pilot and backstage information.
     
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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    www.ditl.org has the most accurate strength indices of each ship class. His mathematics in figuring them out are the msot I have seen includign canon and backstage sources to find a medium.

    In a level playing field one on one battle, Galaxy would wipe the floor with an Intrepid rather easily.

    As for show specific examples, voyager got upgrades, it did have brog upgrades to shields prior to endgame I beleive, Seven of Nine insituted many upgrades to voyager using her Borginess and that crappy catsuit which amde her body look much better than it really was.

    This discussion is not Voyager vs Enteprise D, its base Galaxy class vs base intrepid.

    Galaxy class wins in virtually everything except speed, agility and computer power.

    Agility will have little factor fighting against a galaxies 360 degree firing arc for its STRONGER phaser arrays, that and torpedoes can home in on moving targets.
     
  12. Timo

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    Well, considering that a Nimitz's only hope of defense against the likes of Ticonderoga is having another Ticonderoga ride shotgun for her - whereas a Ticonderoga is specifically designed to stop what a Nimitz can throw at her...

    Frankly, it would be nice to know what Starfleet intended the Galaxy and the Intrepid to do, respectively. But both seem to be jacks-of-all-trades. Except that the bigger ship may actually be an ace-of-all-trades instead...

    Dunno about the latter point. While assorted giga- and teraquads are thrown about in dialogue, there's never an estimate on the total computing power of either ship. And one would suppose that a bigger computer would have more power, and a bigger ship would hold a bigger computer.

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  13. Lashmore

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    Galaxy relies soley on isolinear technology, intrepid incorporates Bioneural gel packs to increase the flow of computer information hence computer response time.

    Galaxy does not have these ice-gel packs one has in their freezer in the 21st century for when you bump your head, intrepid incorporates these props.

    Hence the intrepid has a more efficient computer system in at least running speed.
     
  14. Timo

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    But we don't know which would win out, a small computer with a few gel-packs and a few isolinear chips, or a large one with a gadawful number of isolinear chips. Perhaps the Intrepid is just barely on par with Galaxy after the unfair advantage of gel-packs is factored in?

    And to be sure, we don't even known that the gel-packs would be better than the isolinear chips. We just know that the Voyager has the gel-packs, and that she is a new ship. Perhaps the packs are cheaper and thus preferred, even though inferior otherwise? The technobabble at Memory Alpha isn't canonically supported...

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  15. Lashmore

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    I never use memory alpha, or beta, I find them poor resources.

    But to use more clean examples. Think of how within less than ten years, you compare the computer revolution of early 1990's to the late 1990's, the same could have happened between the galaxy and intrepid....it's viable that the intrepids computer core is a slimmed down upgrade fo the galaxy. Virtually everything on the intrepid computer wise seemed to agree to that fact.

    On another note, mass has little meaning in space, so a smaller warp core and nacelles dealing more speed? That suggests, another evolution in advancing technology.

    Still overall, in battle Galaxy is more a hard hitter than an Intrepid. An Intrepid is an advanced scout/explorer and science vessel.
     
  16. Ezri II

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    During DS9 you never did see an Intrepid class in the battle.
     
  17. Timo

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    ...They moved too fast to be seen. :vulcan:

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  18. VulcanGuy

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    Okay, two things.

    1. How does a catsuit make a body look better? Any tight fitting material will only make an appealing body more apparent.

    2.What does that have to do with anything?

    I just read another thread where you bash the character and her catsuit. Chill out buddy.
     
  19. kent

    kent Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    I like some of the answers that have been given.

    In one of the quotes, it is stated that the website DITL.org is one of the most accurate sources for ship specs and general info. This is true...with the EXCEPTION of the Intrepid class. There are also other instances where there are factual misrepresentations.

    On that website, it states the intrepid class has type 9 phasers. This is incorrect. Based of info from interviews and articles, including the article on the design lineage of the Intrepid class in Star Trek: The magazine, the ship should have type 10 phasers with a similar output to a galaxy class. The ship, according that article, was designed as a smaller counterpart with almost equal overall capability to the galaxy class, with the direct purpose of being more manuverable and easier to build.

    Also, the Intrepid class has an extremely advanced warp core. Notice that you never see a central dilithium chamber? This is because, like the 1701-A, the entire warp core is lined with dilithium thus creating a swirl matrix that makes the entire warp core a matter/antimatter reaction chamber. This allows the Intrepid class' warp core to achieve far higher power output even though it is generally smaller than warp cores of the Galaxy class.

    The torpedo launchers are also dual purpose...they can fire photon torpedo's or quantum torpedo's. Generally speaking the Intrepid class' also carry more advanced photon torpedo's, type 6 versus the type 4 carried by Galaxy class starships. The computer cores are also way more advanced, allowing the tactical systems to respond more quickly and efficiently, as well as allowing the Intrepid class to manuver quickly and way more accurately than a Galaxy class starship.

    Also, in an episode of Voyager where Kim was playing his clarinete (or however you spell that.) and complaining about the sound accoustics, Lt. Paris specifically states in dialogue that the ship was built for combat. The ship, as described in the writers bible of Voyager, was a medium cruiser and explorer, and would thus have the abilities of a Galaxy class ship. To note, the designation of a ship has traditionally nothing to do with firepower, and only size. The Federation usually groups the two togther though.

    It should also be said that Voyager went up against the tactical cube with only a ruptured port nacelle and some hull breaching. Granted the crew probably had inside information from Seven, but even in that case it had a greater survivability than the Enterprise-D did against a regular cube. It might've been bigger, but it was also not a tactical cube. Voyager was able to get away and function without much repair time, where as the Enterprise-D cut sliced and diced and had to undergo weeks of repairs and refits.

    In addition to that, the USS Voyager was able to withstand a year of hellish punishment at the hands of Anorax in the episode the "Year of Hell." The Voyager seems to have a similar level of survivability to that of a Galaxy class. Also, the USS voyager was able to flye in between two binary nuetron stars with its shields intact, though it did suffer from some damage as a result. This indicates strong shielding systems, especially considering it was trapped in a black hole. To be mentioned, the USS Voyager was operating on limited resources and no outside help, and was still able to accomplish what it did and then some.

    Lastly, Admiral Ross's personal flagship was the USS Bellepheron, an Intrepid class starship. It is extremely unlikely that an admiral would choose a ship relatively weak in combat strength during a time of war, and that also indicates the Intrepid class is a lot stronger and greater in general ability than most give it credit for.

    In a battle, i think an Intrepid class and Galaxy class would be a more or less even match, with the Intrepid class eeking out in manuverability and speed over the Galaxy class.
     
  20. kent

    kent Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva

    not in battle, but Admiral Ross' ship, the USS Bellepheron, was an Intrepid and he and his crew did participate in multiple battles.