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Throughout the various series, we see many classes of probes launched, What do the various classes do? I would think a class 1 probe would be the least advanced whereas a class 4 would be one of the more advanced probes.

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Your best source is the Star Trek TNG: Technical Manual which details the nine classes of probes.

The manual is at least semi-canonical, being authorised by Roddenberry and written by people involved with the show.


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  • Posting a link to an entire ebook is a no-no. Be selective and post just the page :-)
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    @Tim - See edit.
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