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The USS Spirit (NX-79995) was a Federation Starfleet starship in service in the late-24th century, or beyond, which utilized quantum slipstream drive propulsion technology, in addition to warp engines.
The class was relatively small, approximately five decks high, and featured a tapered streamline hull with small wings near the front of the vessel and tailfin at the rear. The ship's warp nacelles were suspended on pylons extending out and down from the top of the rear of the vessel. (ST calendar: Ships of the Line 2009)
This ship, designed by Mark Rademaker, has so far only appeared as an image titled "Around the Quadrant in Eighty Days" in the 2009 Ships of the Line calendar, and as a result only information which can be obtained visually is available.
In a post on the TrekBBS and email correspondence the artist Mark Rademaker provided some specifications and service history for the vessel which he identifies as a member of the Spirit-class: Initially he envisioned the class in service in the 2390s, but following the introduction of the quantum slipstream enabled Vesta-class in Star Trek: Destiny revised that date to specifically November 2378, as a test-bed for quantum slipstream technology brought back from the Delta Quadrant by the USS Voyager, and a prelude to the larger Vesta-class design. Rademaker also suggests that following from this prototype vessel the Spirit-class would enter production with the USS Amsterdam (NCC-80005), to be used as a corvette/medical transport.
Rademaker describes the USS Spirit as being designated an explorer scout, approximately one-hundred-and-ten meters long, fifty-eight meters across and twenty-four meter tall, with five decks. The Spirit has a crew complement of between twelve and thirty personnel. The bridge, located on deck two, features both a viewscreen and window. And the small shuttlebay can house a single shuttlecraft and work bee.
Rademaker goes on to describe how the Spirit features an extensive sensor network, including the sensor pod, used primarily for collecting slipstream data. The Spirit is armed with four torpedo launchers (two forward and two aft), along with eight rapid fire pulse phaser outputs, each capable of firing in three different modes and five phaser strips.