This class of ship is the testbed for new technologies that are meant to carry the Telian civilization far beyond the edge of the Shiss System. With the most powerful engines and the largest reactors available, the Ivann-ta class ships are designed first and foremost for exploration. Extensive sensor technology allows the crew of these ships to perform astronomical observation, planetary surface analysis, and remote lifeform analysis. On-board laboratories and research facilities further extend these capabilities and serve to increase the knowledge of the Telian people. The crew complement of the Ivann-ta class ship is 450, with a large portion of this number being specialists in specific scientific fields.