The Hope and her sister ships become available once the player attains the rank of Commander 1. Like most science ships, the Hope has moderate maneuverability and crew ratings, falling between those of Heavy Escorts and Cruisers. The hull is relatively weak but is protected by enhanced shielding technology due to the Hope being a Science class vessel. In addition, advanced sensor technology allows the detection of cloaked vessels and subsystem targeting.
- Minimum Command Rank: Commander 1
- Crew: 400
- Weapons: 3 Fore, 2 Aft
- Device Slots: 2
- Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical; 1 Lieutenant Engineering; 1 Lieutenant Science; 1 Lieutenant Commander Science
- Console Upgrades: 1 Engineering, 3 Science, 1 Tactical
- Turn Rate: 13