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The Aurora class battleship is an interstellar warship in the science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis. The Aurora class was primarily used by the Ancients in their struggle against the Wraith. Two ships of this class have been identified, the Aurora and the Orion.
While it is not known what the Ancients' designation for this
class of vessel is, the Aurora was the first of the type to be encountered by
the Atlantis Expedition and the name has been used to describe further ships of
DESIGNS & TECHNOLOGY
|The Aurora class are large battleships, equipped with advanced technologies. The Aurora class was vastly superior to the warships used by the Wraith, including Wraith Hive-Ships, and are capable of destroying them while only suffering minimal damage. Specifications of the ship are not available, however it is large enough to carry a sizeable crew, several times the maximum capacity of the Daedalus. In the episode "No Man's Land", the Orion could be seen in comparison to the Daedalus, and appeared to be approximately 7-8 times longer in length, and 4-5 times wider in width.|
|Offensive systems consisted of Drone Weapons, self-guiding Ancient "missiles" capable of penetrating energy shields. It should be noted that the drones on the Aurora class were not controlled by an Ancient Control Chair, unlike the drones on Atlantis and the Ancient outpost in Antarctica. Defense of the vessel was provided by extremely powerful energy shields which had a yellow gold-like color. The shield of an Aurora class battleship was contoured around the ship, like an extra hull, instead of the ordinary bubble. The self-destruct, which was not only powerful enough to vaporize the vessel itself but also anything within at least a two kilometer radius, and could also be used to destroy ships in close proximity.||
Other technology on board included Ancient stasis pods, that were supposed to
be used by the crew in case of an emergency. These pods could be modified so
that their occupants could participate in a virtual construct, allowing their
minds to remain active during long voyages. The pods interface directly with
the ship's computer so the crew may work on tasks while they are asleep, even
allowing the alteration and deletion of files from the ships computers.
However, like all Ancient stasis pods, these devices can only prolong the
ageing process, not halt it, and in prolonged periods of time (such as entire
millenia) the person within the pod gets so old that, if revived, they will
The first Aurora class battleship contained 329 crew members, however the ship can hold more people in emergencies. The vessel can be operated by as little as 100 crew members.
The Aurora was also equipped with an interstellar hyperdrive to move between
solar systems. This hyperdrive however could be converted from interstellar to
intergalactic, allowing the ship to cross the vast distances between galaxies.
Sublight propulsion systems are used for travel over short distances. The ship
also has the capability to hover over the surface of a planet, indicating the
existence of anti-gravity engines.
Originally on a reconnaissance mission to deliver important information about a
weakness of the Wraith
to the Atlantean Council, the Aurora was badly damaged in a fight,
presumably with the Wraith, forcing her crew to enter the stasis pods and await
rescue from Atlantis.
However, they were believed dead by the Ancients and thus abandoned, leaving
the crew to slumber and slowly age over ten thousand years.
After the Atlantis Expedition installed a ZPM in Atlantis, a beacon calling all
Ancient ships back to Atlantis was automatically activated. The Aurora
subsequently activated its engines, although it would still take millions of
years for the Aurora to arrive at sub-light speed. The Daedalus
was dispatched with a team from Atlantis, in an attempt to access the vessel.
However, a Wraith scout ship also discovered the vessel, and gained access to its systems. After killing first officer Trebal, a Wraith took her place inside her stasis pod, accessing the virtual reality the crew was experiencing. This Wraith's ultimate goal was to manipulate the crew of the Aurora into teaching him how to upgrade their hyperdrive technology. The captain was no longer aware that they were in fact experiencing an artificial environment, and did not realize that he was being fooled by the enemy.
When John Sheppard entered the environment, the Captain suspected that he
might have been telling the truth, but the Wraith impersonating Trebal
convinced him Sheppard was lying. After Sheppard revealed that Trebal was a
Wraith and eventually managed to explain the situation, the Aurora captain
offered the information concerning the weakness in Wraith technology to
Sheppard, but it had already been deleted from the database by the invading
Wraith. With two Wraith cruisers approaching the Aurora and their bodies too
aged to function on their own, the Captain activated the self destruct
sequence. The Aurora and all hands on board were destroyed, taking two Wraith
cruisers with them. The Captain's last wish was that Sheppard and his team
would keep the memory of the Aurora and its valiant crew alive.
The Orion was discovered in a hangar bay of an Ancient outpost on the
planet Taranis in the Pegasus
Galaxy. There, the vessel had been abandoned thousands of years after being
damaged, probably by the Wraith, until a people settled there and began to
investigate the outpost. However, their technology was too unsophisticated to
repair it, and the Orion remained virtually inoperable until scientists from
the Atlantis Expedition arrived and salvaged it.
The name "Orion" was chosen by Sheppard, as the suggested name Enterprise
seemed unfitting to him (in contrast to Jack O'Neill's vocal support for giving
that name to the Prometheus).
The Ancient name
for the ship, Hippaforalkus (the name of a Lantean general), was not
However, the continuous drawing of geothermal energy to power the outpost's shield by the Taranians had destabilized the underlying supervolcano, eventually causing a cataclysmic eruption. In order to evacuate the remaining settlers, the hyperdrive was repaired by Rodney McKay and used to exit the bay. Orion emerged in Taranis's orbit, just as the volcano erupted below. The ship was subsequently loaned to the Atlantis Expedition by the Taranis chancellor in exchange for helping his people resettle.
Several weeks later, the Orion was under the command of Colonel
Sheppard, to be used defending Atlantis from a possible Wraith attack on the
city. At this time, Orion was unable to fire weapons, but had propulsion
and partial shields. Its drone weapons remained non functional.
After an alliance with a Wraith hive backfired, the Orion was sent to
stop two Wraith Hive
Ship from reaching the Milky Way. Major Lorne and Dr. Radek Zelenka
attempted to transfer shield power to the drone weapons, which resulted in
bringing the weapons online, but made Orion vulnerable to Wraith
weapons. Once Orion destroyed a Hive Ship, its partner opened fire on
the Orion's unprotected hull. As a result, the ship was destroyed, but
not before its crew was successfully evacuated to Daedalus. This does
however demonstrate the vast superiority of the Ancient's technology over that
of the Wraith, as a single ship with only enough power to activate one main
system at a time still managed to obliterate a Wraith Hive Ship.
During the testing of the network of Stargates connecting Atlantis
and Earth, the Daedalus
discovered an Ancient ship, said by Dr. McKay to possibly be Aurora class,
travelling to Earth at a speed of 0.999 the speed of light. Due to relativity,
only a few years had passed for the crew, and the hundred or so Ancients were
eventually returned to Atlantis. The ship's commander, Helia, took control of
Atlantis and sent the expedition back to Earth.
The fate of the Tria is unknown, as is not mentioned again in the
episode. It should also be noted that the Tria was not seen directly, however,
as it passed the Daedalus, traveling at .999 the speed of light, a trail of the
ship, as well as a somewhat clear shot of the Aurora class' rear
"wings", can be seen, thus confirming that the Tria was in fact an Aurora
In the episode "Progeny", a flashback sequence showed multiple
Aurora class battleship bombarding the Asurans' planet. The Ancient
fleet also included other warships of as yet unidentified design, confirming
that the Aurora class was not the only type used by the Ancients.