Challenger Shuttlebay Access, Fore and Aft
The Akira Class is extremely well-armed; with an impressive array of torpedo tubes and carrying a squadron of fighters, she can stand up against just about any known ship in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. An interesting item is the class's through-deck hangar bay, allowing it to launch fighters from the front while recovering them aft or vice versa. The hangar deck spans the entire length of the primary hull.
Three separate, but adjoining, shuttle bay doors stretch across the middle of the saucer's forward edge, between the split engineering hulls; two bay doors are located aft, on either side of a specially-designed control tower, that dominates the saucer's trailing edge. At maximum efficiency, the structure is designed to allow shuttles to depart from the forward saucer, and return to land at the aft doors near the control tower - a site protected by the surrounding ship's structure, making it less vulnerable than on other vessels. The launching and landing bays are connected, through the saucer's decks, by maintenance and logistical support facilities.
General Overview: Located at the dorsal bow of the ship, the Flight Bay module has replaced the shuttlebay module that is in previous classes of starships. This Flight Bay contains support services for the latest in Starfleet shuttle and runabout designs. The Flight Bay is controlled by a space/air-traffic control room, known as "Flight Operations". This is located against the forward wall of the Flight Bay, next to the exit for the turbolift, which in turn is supervised by the TIC.