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The Pathfinder-class was a type of science vessel fielded by the Federation Starfleet beginning in the year 2410. It was an advanced variant of the Intrepid-class starship of the 2370s. (STO video game: Delta Rising; STO website: [Intrepid Class Starship])
When planning for Operation Delta Rising began, the Starfleet Corps of Engineers decided that an updated version of the Intrepid-class was necessary. Most of the technologies used in the Pathfinder-class were tested aboard USS Voyager before it departed for the Delta Quadrant in 2410. With the approval of Rear Admiral Tuvok, the class entered full production. (STO website: [Intrepid Class Starship])
The Pathfinder-class featured a secondary deflector dish and could be equipped with the ablative generator pioneered on later Intrepid-class vessels, as well as the nadeon detonators used on Bellerophon-class starships. In addition it could deploy an Aeroshuttle from a berth at the bow to assist it during combat. (STO website: [Intrepid Class Starship])