The Federation-class exploration cruiser is the measuring stick all other explorer ships are compared to. It is the pride of the New England Federation Starfleet, and can be found throughout the outer rim of human expansion and exploration. One of the defining features of the class is the detachable survey saucer that can fly down to a planet to perform greater study while the starship core continues exploring the star system. During the infamous “Test that assumption at your convenience” incident, the captain detached the survey saucer to hold the Shang’s attention, launched armed small craft to protect it, and fired a volley of missiles and long-range laser fire. He then performed a dangerous short-range hyperspace transit that brought them out on the other side of the foe for a perfect crossfire scenario. They lost the hyperdrive but won a victory that changed our history.