|USS James E. McDonald|
The USS James E. McDonald in deep space
UFOs are entirely real and we do not know what they are, because we have laughed them out of court. The possibility that these are extraterrestrial devices, that we are dealing with surveillance from some advanced technology, is a possibility I take very seriously.
James E. McDonald statement before the US Congress, 1968Edit
The USS James E. McDonald is an experimental Deep Space Research vessel, and is tasked with the mission of surveying, cataloging, and researching cosmic and subspace anomalies in deep space. The vessel is the first of it's kind, and has been fitted with new technologies that include completely integrated station capabilities, top of the line sickbay and medical facilities, an advanced sensor package, and full facilities to enable the ship to remain away from Federation space for extended periods of time. Recognizing the need for crew accommodation with family, the vessel has also been fitted with suite sized crew quarters so that immediate family may accompany ship crew members during extensive voyages.
The USS James E. McDonald is named after the American Physicist James E. McDonald. McDonald became famous for his advocacy in the pursuit for scientific acknowledgment of the Unidentified Flying Object phenomenon. During the 1960's he, along with other prominent scientists of the time such as J. Allen Hynek, campaigned extensively for the expansion of study of the phenomenon, which included a speech to the United Nations on June 7th, 1967, and another speech before the United States Congress in 1968 during a UFO hearing.
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Production Base: ASDB Integration Facility, Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars
Type: Nimbus class Experimental Deep Space Research Vessel
Accommodation: 500 officers and crew; 230 visiting personnel; 12,500 personal evacuation limit
Power Plant: One 2200 plus experimental Cochrane warp core feeding two nacelles; one impulse system