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In an alternate timeline, the Yellowstone-class runabout was an upgraded design of the Template:ShipClass runabout designed in the late-24th century. The Yellowstone-class was equipped with tetryon plasma warp nacelles and designed for a variety of mission profiles.
The prototype vessel of this class was the USS Yellowstone (NX-74751), which was designed by the Starfleet Engineering Corps and constructed in 2371. Two key members of the design team were Lieutenant Lasca and Ensign Harry Kim. Kim was responsible for designing the new tetryon plasma warp engines.
The Yellowstone had one key design flaw in terms of working out a dilithium fracture problem. Several weeks were spent on resolving the problem, which was "cured" with new plasma flow equations. On stardate 49011, after six months of work, Lasca and Kim conducted a presentation to Admiral Strickler on the Yellowstone, focusing on the fracture problem. Strickler found the design of the Yellowstone to be interesting.
Although spaceworthy, construction on the Yellowstone was still underway in early 2372. Many of the ship's defensive systems were yet unfinished, including unplaced safety interlocks. The runabout was stored in spacedock. (VOY: "Non Sequitur")