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The Archer-class was a type of Federation Starfleet scout vessel in service at least in the 2260s. Archer-class ships were designed to go "very far, very fast, and not be noticed." They go "to the edge of nowhere and peek behind the curtains."

The ships are small and cramped. Of the crew of 14, only the captain and first officer have their own quarters. The remainder of the crew shares 4 single-bed compartments by "hot bunking". The ship is also too small to have a turbolift system, instead crew rely on ladders to travel between decks.

The class was named for the famous 22nd century explorer and the fourth President of the United Federation of Planets, Jonathan Archer of United Earth and the United Federation of Planets. (VAN novel: Harbinger)

Known vesselsEdit

Archer-class starships
Ufp-emblem ArcherArjunaArtemisBowmanHuang ZhongKyūdōLocksleyLongbowSagittarius Starfleet Command logo


The Archer class was designed by Masao Okazaki, he described the designs development at the Trek BBS:

Marco (Palmieri) suggested I base Sagittarius on one of the ships in the Starfleet Museum. Because of the capabilities Marco requested and the description in Vanguard: Harbinger, I thought my Paris class was the best fit. However, the ships's been radically rescaled and is now only about 50 m long, with a single deck in the disc (barely thick enough for a standard docking port) and an open-ceiled engineering department in the secondary hull. I also added a big deflector since it's a scout. The primary hull is round, but its dorsal bulge is pushed forward to make it look a bit speedy. The other candidate was an "unpublished" design of mine called the Capella-class, a "jeep ship" that was intended as a precursor of both Oberth and Miranda.

In the same discussion Vanguard series editor; Marco Palmieri described the Archer classes landing capabilities:

The structure aft of the deflector dish has a long footpad, and two landing struts deploy from the underside of the saucer, directly behind the port and starboard hatches.

To which Okazaki responded with a further explanation and description of the interior arrangement:

Archer-class internal layout
CyfaAdded by Cyfa
The interior was designed to give a submarine-like feel, with the cabins only being full height near the center of the dorsal dome. At the outer areas, the rooms are only tall enough for bed alcoves, desks/tables, storage lockers, and various types of equipment.
The interior was designed to match the description in Harbinger exactly, meaning that Xiong is able to leave his cabin, travel aft past the mess hall, shake hands with the burrito-eater, then ascend by ladder to a small transporter alcove.
The landing legs are, for me, the neatest part of the ship. I designed a foot pad that opens like an umbrella and folds in around the leg when the landing gear is stowed. This allowed the feet to be large enough to support the ship's weight (I calculated the ground-pressure tolerances without considering any antigrav assist) but also small enough to be stowed out of sight. Before I hit upon the umbrella mechanism, we considered various non-tractable and semi-retractable landing gear that made Sagittarius look a bit like a 1930s airplane. However, they didn't fit so well with TOS design principles, and the feet were too small (the high ground pressure meant they would either sink into the ground or crack most hard surfaces). The doors covering the landing gear have a very nice, elegantly curved shape.
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