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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")
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-1 • class-2 • class-3 • class-4 • class-5 • class-6 • class-7 • class-8 • class-9 • class-10|
|Quadros series||Quadros-1 • Quadros-3 • Quadros-4|
|other types||class-A • atmospheric • deep space • interface • microprobe • multispatial • sensor • Series Alpha • Vega Nine|