The Palisade Science Vessel boasts enhanced scientific capabilities, having first been designed for use as a combination exploration and research vessel. Despite being focused on the gathering of knowledge, this ship design is still fully capable of defending itself in a direct confrontation. Identical to the Voth research ship seen in the Voyager episode Distant Origin, the Palisade bears a similar design philosophy to the Voth Bastion Flight-Deck Cruiser. Flat and angular in shape, the ship has a larger command section in relation to the overall length of the ship compared to the Bastion, with two vestigial wing-like protusions beside the engines.

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