USS Challenger (NCC-71099)

"The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave." - Ronald Reagan


“We will not forget them, nor the last time we saw them, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God'”

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, killing its crew of 7.  The adventurous spirit of those early pioneers of Earth’s space program lives on more than 3 centuries later and continues to inspire people to follow in their footsteps and explore the unknown corners of the galaxy.  When Starfleet began deciding on names for their new Galaxy-class explorers in the mid-2360s, they decided to honor the Challenger and her crew by giving that name to the fifth ship to be completed; U.S.S. Challenger.

For the next three decades, the Challenger served Starfleet in a multitude of mission profiles, including as a warship during the Dominion War, a deep space explorer and ferrying Romulan refugees during the early 2380s.  The Challenger has proven herself time and again as a capable platform capable of taking on whatever mission Starfleet Command requires of her.

Finishing up a minor refit in late 2399, the Challenger was placed under the command of Captain Thomas Forrester and given an assignment that would take her into the Gamma Quadrant for the first time in over 20 years.

USS Challenger



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17 September 2021

Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again?

USS Challenger: The Obelisk of the Gods

Getting through the door had proved relatively easy. With a performance worthy of acting awards aplenty, Commanders Bennett and Calloway managed to distract the guard so the Captain could press the hypospray against his neck and administer a dose of anesthezine big enough to knock him out for a few [...]

9 September 2021

The Will of the Gods

USS Challenger: The Obelisk of the Gods

“So much for keeping a low profile.” Forrester remarked sourly as the away team made its way through the bustling city of Talam. “We stick out like a sore thumb.” Turns out when your fashions are twenty years out of date, people notice you. As they walked along the street, the team was [...]

4 September 2021

Pack Your Bag, We Have A Mission

USS Challenger: The Obelisk of the Gods

“Pack your bag, we have a mission.” Captain Forrester ordered as he ducked into the Mitchell family kitchen to find his friend sitting at the breakfast bar. The two men had been staying with Alexander’s parents in Baltimore. When the Trafalgar docked to begin her year-long refit, Tom had [...]