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A class-8 probe

A class-8 probe or more specifically class VIII mid-range multimission warp probe was a type of probe used by the Federation Starfleet in the 24th century.


In 2360, Captain Picard of the USS Portia ordered a class-8 probe dispatched to act as a log buoy, in case the ship's current, secret mission failed. (TLE novel: The Buried Age)


A modified class-8 probe

In 2365, Federation special emissary K'Ehleyr travelled from Starbase 153 to the USS Enterprise-D on an urgent mission in a heavily modified class-8 probe because no starship was available at the time. (TNG episode: "The Emissary")


A modified class-8 probe

Technical specificationsEdit

The probes were housed within modified photon torpedo casings and had a range of 1.2x102 light years. They were powered by a matter/antimatter warp field sustainer engine which could propel them at warp 9 for 6.5 hours. In addition to standard sensors the probes could be fitted with mission specific modules. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)

The typical uses of this type of probe ranged from the examination of particles and energy fields to early-warning and reconnaissance missions. However, they could also be modified to carry a single humanoid by removing all sensor systems and replacing them with a life-support system. Additionaly, they could serve as log buoys, much like the class-9 probes. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, TNG episode: "The Emissary", TLE novel: The Buried Age)


Starfleet probe classes
numbered classes class-1class-2class-3class-4class-5class-6class-7class-8class-9class-10 Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
Quadros series Quadros-1Quadros-3Quadros-4
other types class-Aatmosphericdeep spaceinterfacemicroprobemultispatialsensorSeries AlphaVega Nine

External linkEdit

Class 8 probe article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

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