Light cruiser hanger pet
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Join Date: Jul 2012
03-21-2013, 08:42 PM
There are some really small instances of BoPs; the smallest it could be is about 50-60m in length, meaning you could hypothetically have a BoP half the length of the Defiant or smaller.
The size of the Miranda-class has never been established, and the Defiant regularly changes sizes, but the Miranda on screen is at least 170m and possibly as much as 260m; the Defiant is between 110 and 180m depending on who you ask.
I don't know exactly how the BoP hangar pets are scaled in STO, but it's quite possible that they are in fact the very, very small variants, more like torpedo boats than full birds of prey.
The Aquarius Escort is probably in the 30-60m range; it may have been mentioned somewhere but if so I don't know it off the top of my head.
On the other side of the range, the Danube-class is the largest Federation smallcraft in the game and is about 23m in length.
Finally, the Jem'Hadar Attack Ship appears to be between 65 and 130m, depending on who you ask.
We can therefore divide the available smallcraft pets into a couple of general categories:
Small (Fighter, up to about 25m length):
Peregrines, Stalkers, shuttles.
Medium (large auxiliary ships, probably in the 25-60m range):
Large (frigate hangar pets, probably between 60-110m length):
Bird of Prey Hangar
Jem'Hadar Attack Ship Hangar
(presumably the Kar'fi's frigates?)
Using Defiants or Mirandas as Federation frigate-grade hangar pets is probably inappropriate; they are almost certainly too large.
There are a couple of potential options for Federation craft in that range, however.
1. Mission Scoutship, Insurrection. In the ~25m range, much like the Danube, but apparently built around the same design ethos as the Defiant.
2. Calypso-class Captain's Yacht, Insurrection. In the 30-35m range, larger than the Danube but nowhere near as the large as the others.
3. Aeroshuttle (Voyager). In the 25-30m range; apparently similar in design to the Danube.
I don't believe we have seen any mid-size frigates that would fit into the 'large/small' category, and they don't really suit the Federation's design ethos, anyway; both the Dominion and the Klingons seem to use theirs as raiders, while the Federation's Mirandas and Defiants stand in the line of battle, even though they're small.
What you're likely to get instead is basically a 'large shuttle'; probably something similar in role to the Danube, where its control effects are more important than its direct damage. What exactly that would be I couldn't say; at one point I suggested something like the Aeroshuttle with phaser beam arrays and subsystem target: auxiliary and extend shields (or something in that line).