The science vessel is a type of terran starship used for general exploration and scientific research purposes.
The terrans of the Koprulu Sector built Explorer-class science vessels to conduct a wide range of research and development projects, stationed at points throughout the Koprulu Sector and beyond to study anomalous phenomena and early on, search for alien life. In addition, the Confederacy's Epsilon Squadron used science vessels extensively for border surveillance and study. Explorer-class commanders and crewmen required a PEB (Preferred Experience Base) of any hard science and electronic warfare. The primary function of the science vessel was the employment of its detection abilities. Other functions, with the appropriate equipment, included the creation of a defensive matrix, the generation of a short ranged EMP (alternatively this could be detonated at a distance via the launching of a warhead) and irradiation of a target via a high-energy stream of radioactive particles developed from technologies in nuclear waste disposal, saturating it with damaging energy. For increased energy output, a titan reactor could be installed. All science vessels possessed Ghost Program files, stored in a secure room at the bottom of the vessel, in case a ghost required "repair" (what amounted to medical aid in the program).
When contact with the protoss and zerg devolved into open warfare, many Explorers were requisitioned by military authorities to provide electronic warfare and support for forces in the field, along with aiding the research and development of new weapons and technologies.
During the Second Great War, Raynor's Raiders were able to develop a new class of science vessel. This model can carry out hull repairs through nano-technology and retains the irradiation function from its predecessor. The Dominion Armed Forces were seen using this type of science vessel later in the war.
- For StarCraft gameplay information see: Science vessel (StarCraft).
- For StarCraft in-game quotations see: StarCraft I Science vessel Quotations.
This article or section contains information about StarCraft: Ghost, which has been declared non-canon. Elements may be taken as 'flavor lore' however.
- For StarCraft II gameplay information see: Science vessel (StarCraft II).
- For StarCraft II in-game quotations see: StarCraft II Science vessel Quotations.