SSC Harrison, SSC Viper, SSC Sierra
Registry: - - -
Class: Paris (modified)
Type: General Operations Support Craft
Mission: Reconnaisance, survey operations, insertion
Overall Length: 21.0 meters
Overall Beam: 12.2 meters
Overall Draft: 5.3 meters
Displacement: 180.6 metric tons
Crew: 1 pilot; 1 OPS manager, 1 tactical operator.
Passenger capacity: 12
Cruising: Warp Factor 4
Maximum: Warp Factor 7
Rest-onset Critical Momentum: 8.21 sec.
Onset Critical Momentum-Warp Engage: 1.2 sec.
Warp 1-Warp 4: 4.82 sec.
Warp 4-Warp 7: 3.27 sec.
Standard Mission: 10 days
Recommended Yard Overhaul: 4 months
Warp: (2) Tuned Circumferential Warp Drive Units
Impulse: (2) Modified Compact Subatomic Unified Energy
8 Type V Collimated Phaser Arrays
2 Mk 35 Direct-Fire Photon Microtorpedo Tubes
Primary Computer System: DF-class Isolinear III Processor
Primary Navigation System: RAV/ISHAK Mod 3 Warp Celestial
Deflector Shield Grid: FSQ-2 Primary Force Field and Deflector
Stealth Device: Mk IV Low-Output Small Craft Stealth Emitters;
The cockpit of the Paris-class support craft is unusual, in
that all personnel are not sitting at the same level. The OPS manager
and tactical officer sit on either side of a cleft rampway running
down the center of the room; the pilot, whose station is at the bottom
of this rampway, is sitting more towards the nose of the craft. This
vantage point allows the pilot to operate the craft from a
non-distracted position away from the other operators of the vessel.
When Starfleet took over production of the Paris-class
support craft, it modified the blueprints from those originally
provided by USS Voyager's Thomas Paris. Among other modifications
(Borg components are absent on the Alpha Quadrant version of the
ship), custom-built internal consoles have been replaced with standard
Starfleet interfaces and LCARS database controls. However, Starfleet
did retain elements of the pilot's station, and though the controls no
longer resemble those of "Captain Proton's" ship, they are just as
functional and aesthetic. Vector exhaust, impulse, and warp engine
control have been replaced by standard touchscreens, but the true
sub-impulse flight of the craft is still controlled by a joystick,
steering column, or V-stick--depending on the model. The Viper and
Sierra are controlled by a "steering wheel" type controller; the
Harrison has been fitted with complex joystick control. This
unorthadox arrangement makes the Paris-class support craft one of the
more exciting vehicles to operate (of course, the on-board computer
can also be programmed to pilot the ship on longer missions).
The SSC Sierra, SSC Harison, and SSC Viper are two
Paris-class support craft donated to the Mercutio by Starfleet
Security, Special Operations division. They are outfitted with CAD9
generators and stealth emitters, and painted in a black matte EM
absorbing coating to minimize their own EM emissions as well as make
the crafts more difficult to see visually or "find" on another
vessel's sensors. Though these emitters are not quite a full cloak,
they do make it easier for the the two ships to accomplish covert
operations missions. The Viper and Scorpion are usually used for such
missions, though the Mercutio's aeroshuttle has also been fitted with
stealth emitters (the matte paint and sensor damping armor of the
Sierra, Harrison, and Viper makes them usually a better choice).