Reconnaissance Science Vessel
The Reconnaissance Science Vessel (sometimes shortened to Recon or RSV) is an Admiral (Tier 5) level Federation Science Vessel. The Reconnaissance Science Vessel is one of the newer line of Federation scientific starships and was built not long after the Dominion War had ended, with the purpose of exploration and research. One notable vessel of the Recon line (or more specifically the Luna class) is the USS Titan. These vessels are quite maneuverable due to a high turn rate and inertia rating. Also of note, all Recon Science Vessels can mount a "Mission Pod" through the starship customization in-game.
 Luna class
The Luna class has a very slender and curved design. It has a typical saucer section at the fore end of the ship which intersects with the hull. The hull is quite small and is predominantly located on the under-side of the ship. The aft section of the hull also slopes on roughly a 20 degree angle. The hull connects to two pylons which split off at a 45 degree angle to connect to the nacelles.
 Polaris class
 Sol class
 Comet classStar Cruiser style middle row that extends to the neck. This class was an extra add-on available through the C-Store, but is no longer available.
The Reconnaissance Science Vessel performs exceptionally well in space combat, being highly suited to a damage dealing role. The RSV has high maneuverability, comparable to an Escort of the same tier. This is primarily due to the vessel's high inertia rating; an attribute that heavier starships cannot improve using consoles or abilities. This agility lends the RSV to Dual Beam Banks, as a player can easily keep even a Klingon Bird-of-Prey within their narrow forward firing arc. Furthermore, an all-fore weapons load-out using Turrets aft is highly recommended, in order to maximize forward DPS. The vessel gains a further boost to DPS owing to a third tactical console over the other tier 5 science vessels.
Compared to the Deep Space Science Vessel and Advanced Research Vessel Retrofit, the Recon Science Vessel has a reduced tanking capability, having a lower hull strength and lacking engineering consoles. The ship also has a lower hull strength than the tier 5 Escorts. It does, however, retain the 130% shield capacity bonus common to all science vessels, giving ample opportunity to keep the weak hull protected. RSV captains are advised to capitalize on this by maximizing shield capacity, and investing in shield healing and damage resistance bridge officer abilities.
 Comparison with Equivalent Variants
|Deep Space||Reconnaissance|| Mirror
|Consoles||2 3 4||3 2 4||2 3 4||3 2 4||2 3 4||2 3 4||3 3 4|
|Universal Console|| Tipler|
 Standard Configuration
Federation starships come with standard equipment and weapons of the lowest mark available at the ship's minimum rank. The items provided are appropriate to the type of vessel and its related playing style.
Federation Science vessels come with built-in abilities. These abilities do not automatically rank up when acquiring higher tier Science starships and must be gained through Tactical Space Bridge officer abilities.
- Beam Target Auxiliary Subsystems I
- Beam Target Weapons Subsystems I
- Beam Target Engines Subsystems I
- Beam Target Shields Subsystems I
- Sensor Analysis
After activating a subsystem targeting ability, the player will have 30 seconds to attack an enemy ship with any form of beam weapon. The attack will lower power to that system, and have a small chance of completely taking the system offline. If the system is taken offline it renders all abilities that use that subsystem temporarily inert. For example, if you target the shields and subsequently take them offline, then all of the enemies shield facings will go down.
The Sensor Analysis passive ability grants the player a stacking damage bonus of 3.33% per minute against a single target whilst the player maintains target lock on an enemy. Once the player switches targets the bonus is reset.
Comet class image from the C-Store
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