USS Kitty Hawk Design Information
Yet another lesson in Trek Tech coming your way. Tonight's discussion
is on the physical structure of and arrangement of the Kitty
The Kitty Hawk is composed of 21 decks (sometimes identified
alphabetically). The saucer section is composed of the first 11 decks,
the Secondary Hull is composed of decks 14-21. The neck connecting the
two is composed of decks 9 - 13. The beloved Jeffries Tube runs the
spine of the neck, stretching from the Impulse Engine Room at level 6 to
the floor above Main Engineering, deck 14.
Here is a basic deck-by-deck description of the Kitty Hawk.
Deck One -- Main Bridge
This deck is, surprisingly enough, composed almost entirely of the main
bridge. From the outside, this is the small disk on top of the saucer
section. There are two turbolifts on the rear port and starboard sides.
Directly behind the bridge, and accessible through the port turbolift, is
an airlock, complete with security lobby and toilet. There is a panel in
front of the helm/navigation stations that opens to a ladder leading to
Deck Two -- Main Security
This deck, not much larger than the bridge, is composed of the Security
Chief's office, as well as a break room and three small holding cells.
The [M-6} computer core, which stretches from the bottom of Deck One to
the base of the saucer section (deck 11 and the sensor array below),
dominates the center of the deck area.
This deck is comprised mostly of the officer's mess (only the 428
ensign-grade [and non-commissioned] crew [are discouraged from eating]
here). In the center area is a real kitchen, to accomodate VIPs and special
meals. The rear of the deck is composed of the Officer's Lounge, with its
adjoining library and privacy room. [note: Kitty Hawk's crew is
also composed of non-commissioned personnel.]
This deck houses the VIP staterooms, a conference room, and the ship's
junior officers quarters. The upper phaser banks are also housed
This deck houses the senior officer's quarters.
Crew quarters and crew's lounge are located on this deck. The crew's
mess is located in the center of the deck. The Impulse Engine room is
located on the aft section of the deck, where five large fusion reactors
are also located. An elevator maintenance shop is located just forward of
the Impulse Engine room.
Deck Seven -- Main Deck
In the center of the deck, surrounding the computer core, is the
auxiliary bridge, used in case of destruction of the Main Bridge, or great
danger to the ship. Sick Bay is located here also, forming a half-ring
just aft of the auxiliary bridge. Most of the emergency and standard
transporter rooms are located just fore of the auxiliary bridge. One
transporter is specifically for medical emergencies, and adjoins Sick Bay.
The main briefing room is also on this deck, near the transporter complex.
When the Captain calls a meeting in the main briefing or conference room,
this is where he's talking about. Adjoining the briefing room is the
armory. The starboard rear of the vessel is composed of the two-level rec
deck. The chapel is found on this level, with the adjoining chaplain's
office. Science labs, the main brig, and the ship's gymnasium lie around
the outer perimeter of the deck.
Deck Eight -- Docking Level
The ship's two main docking port complexes are located here, with an
adjoining staging area. The ship's auxiliary fire control center
surrounds the computer core at the center of the deck. At the rear of the
deck is ship's laundry, where uniforms are broken down into component
parts and re-assembled. More complex uniforms, such as engineering rad
suits and marine armor cannot be broken down, and must be cleaned
sonically. The main fabricators are also here. Should emergency saucer
separation occur, this is the deck it would separate at.
This deck is dominated by three viewing lounges and [M-6]'s main backup
This is the primary hull circuit breaker room, insuring that all power
is distributed correctly to various ship's systems.
This deck is composed entirely of the Main sensor array. Two science
specialists man this array.
In the connecting dorsal, there are a few specialized VIP staterooms,
capable of fully altering their environment for specialized VIPs.
The fore of this deck houses the two-story facilities that handles the
storage, arming, and loading of the ship's twenty photon torpedoes. A
backup firing computer is located behind the facilities on this deck.
There is a photon exhaust system at the rear of this deck.
This deck houses the port and starboard docking ports, as well a the
bottom floor of the photorp system. It was one of these docking ports
that Kirk entered through in the beginning of Star Trek II: TWOK.
[note: of course, that's in Kitty Hawk's future]
This deck is the structural spinal column of the vessel. It is where
the structural supports for the warp nacelles are located.
Deck Fifteen -- Main Engineering
This deck is the location of the Warp Engine Room, seen in many cenes
in the movies. It's the room with a huge blue column in it. This s the
vertical linear intermix chamber. The horizontal intermix shaft extends
rearward from this location as well, before separating into two sections
which lead into the warp nacelles. At the rear of the deck, the landing
bay control room is located, which overlooks the Shuttlebay and controls
the rear doors. The dilithium reactor room is also locate here (the place
where Spock met his demise in ST:TWOK).
This is mostly engineering support deck. At the forward end of the
deck are the twin energy converter units, which translate the ship's raw
matter/antimatter into a form which is usable. The main battery room,
with twelve nuclear generator cells are located here. The Chief
Engineer's briefing room and office are here, as is his exec's office.
Just aft of the briefing room is the maintenance facilities, where all the
ship's tools are located. At the aft of the ship are two galleries which
overlook the Shuttlebay.
At the fore of this deck is the emergency transporter systems for the
Secondary Hull. There is also a circuit breaker room that handles Deck
Twelve through Deck Twenty-One. A large open area in the center of the
deck serves as the Cargo Section's m ain observation and inspection room.
On this deck is also the floor of the Shuttlebay. There is an elevator
here which leads down to the hanger and repair facilities below.
This is the shuttlecraft hangar level (which holds four shuttles), the
cargo facility (which holds thirty-two pods), the secondary auxiliary
bridge (for command of the Secondary Hull), and an auxiliary [M-6]
computer system (for command of the Secondary Hull). The lifeboats are
also located on this level.
Deck Nineteen -- Cargo Deck
This deck is mostly composed of Cargo Storage, but there is also a
fabrication facility, a shuttlecraft maintenance shop (accessible by the
two elevators from Deck Seventeen). The recorder-marker system is located
At the fore of this deck is the matter/antimatter containment system.
The tractor beam is located aft of these systems, and the botanical
gardens, with botany lab, are located aft of this. A spacious messroom is
connected to the garden, with a specialty kitchen. There is also a
regulation pool here.
The sanitary wastes recovery system is located here, as is the
fresh-water tanks and swimming pool maintenance systems.
As an aside, an emergency saucer separation is a permanent thing,
there's no re-connecting without full facilities.
My thanks to Rodney Morris for allowing me to adapt the design
information he prepared for his unfortunately defunct roleplaying game,
Exeter, to the Kitty Hawk. Both ship's are of the redesigned
Constitution-class, so few changes were necessary. I hope it helped
you get a real feel of the Kitty Hawk.
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