The Luna/Recon Science Vessel can't use dual cannons, if that's what you mean. Every ship can use regular cannons.
I would have guessed it might be a Star Cruiser. If you say it's more a Science Vessel with a more tactical focus, I suppose we could do what some people proposed (inapporitately IMO) for the new Vulcan ship.
the Vesta will not be a skin. It will be a ship.
It is also more advanced than the star cruiser and would probably have a ltcm science and a ensign tactical with a lt tactical a commander engineering since it is a cruiser and a lt engineering. something like this may be closer to what it would look like.
With it known that the Vesta-class will make its way into the game sometime in the future, I thought it might be fun to speculate on just what this new class will offer to the game ... How it will fit in.
Where do you see this ship fitting in and what do you see her being able to do?
I wouldn't exactly say it is "known" that the Vesta will be in-game. It is on a list of possible upcoming ships in the Engineering report, but all that tells me is that they *want* to do it, not that they can or will. The Vesta has only appeared in books, and as such is not canon. I imagine some dealings may have to be done with CBS to actually get this ship in-game, just as they have to get even their own ship designs passed by CBS (remember the Star Cruiser being delayed?). That being said, it is one of my favorite ship designs and I hope it will make it in-game at some point.
As to where it would lie, I would have to agree with the creator that it seems to be a science/tactical hybrid of some sort. It seems quite a bit smaller than the Sovereign, to the point where I wouldn't consider it a full cruiser. I'm not sure where this ship would lie as it's main class. It seems more science-y than the current science-leaning escort (Prometheus), but more aggressive than the tactical-leaning science ship (Luna).
If they wanted to inflate its size, they could make this thing into another skin for the Star Cruiser, as it shares most of the structure points already. A Star Cruiser using the Nomad hull and Avenger pylons (iirc) can make a vague facsimile of the Vesta's shape, even though it's a lot larger than the Vesta should be.