The Walker class was a type of Federation starship in service during the mid-23rd century. By 2249, it was considered "old" compared to other ships in the fleet.

Physical arrangement Edit

The design of the Walker class consisted of a saucer section with an integrated, laterally-positioned navigational deflector, a compact secondary hull, and two nacelles attached by pylons extending beneath the ship's superstructure.

The Walker class had at least fifteen decks and two shuttlebays. It carried a compliment of shuttlecraft and worker bees, as well as escape pods which could be launched from breakaway panels lining the top of the saucer section.

This ship class was capable of atmospheric flight by means of thrusters scattered over its ventral hull. The ship's armament included phase cannons, phasers, and photon torpedoes.

Atypically for a Starfleet vessel, the bridge was located on the underside of the saucer, on deck seven, and had an adjacent captain's ready room. The internal arrangement of the Walker class was not dissimilar to that of the more advanced Crossfield class, with nearly identical corridors and crew quarters. The Walker class possessed transporter systems similar to that off the Crossfield class, however it was equipped with lateral vector transporters, a design deemed obsolete by the late 2240s. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")

A picture of a Walker class ship could be seen in the mess hall of the USS Discovery. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")


The Walker class was named for NASA test pilot Joe Walker. [1]

The Walker class, represented by the USS Shenzhou, was designed by John Eaves in conjunction with Star Trek: Discovery production designer Todd Cherniawsky, under guidance from co-creator Bryan Fuller that the ships have lower than that of the original USS Enterprise and possess angular nacelles. In order to rationalize this divergent design ethic, Eaves and Cherniawsky speculated that Starfleet of this era might have deviated from earlier, Vulcan-inspired designs, or that the Shenzhou and Discovery originated from a different production base than the Enterprise. (Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection, issue 1, pp. 9-10)

The Walker class was meant to incorporate elements from the NX-01 from Star Trek: Enterprise and USS Reliant from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, as well as 1940s aircraft. The distinctive red livery adorning the Shenzhou was added after the design was finalized and the Atzec-patterning deemed too subtle. Eaves also created a rendering of the ship with turquoise livery, but this was not utilized in the final design. (Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection, issue 1, pp. 10-13)

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