By the mid-2190s, transtator based subspace transmitters were
compact enough to be suitable for fitment to Starfleet vessels other
than specialized communications ships. The first ships to carry the
new compact transmitters were the Hyperion Class Cruisers launched
in 2194. The class had initially been designed as a exploratory
follow-up to the Moskva class of 2179. However, when the Mercury
subspace communication and sensor system became available, the
Hyperion class was seen as an ideal platform. The Mercury system was
mounted in a specially shielded housing on the primary hull.
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