Although the Official Star Trek Fact
Files lists the key Federation starships seen throughout the history
of Star Trek, there are still some bit players not given their own files.
While the Constitution-class (31/4), Freedom-class (31/16), Akira-class (31/18)
and Nova-class (31/22), to name but a few, are well represented, some classes
appear to have been overlooked. This is an attempt towards rectifying the
situation by depicting some of the more notable omissions.
Many were "kit-bashed" (ie. created with parts from existing model kits) from various sources, not only spaceship kits but also aircraft and sea vessels, as well as other materials. Marker pens were even used to create warp nacelles in some cases (see the Cheyenne and Springfield-class vessels below).
New Orleans - top and starboard
From Neutral Zone
The New Orleans-class frigates include
USS Kyushu NCC-65491, USS Renegade NCC-63102, USS Rutledge NCC-57295 and
USS Thomas Paine NCC-65530. The Kyushu was destroyed by the Borg in 2367
at the Battle of Wolf 359 in The Best of Both
Worlds (69/73). The Renegade was commanded by Captain Tryla Scott
and the Thomas Paine by the Bolian Captain Rixx, who both rendezvoused with
the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D at Dytallix B in 2364 when alien symbiotes
infiltrated Starfleet Command in
Conspiracy (69/24). Benjamin Maxwell
was captain of the Rutledge in 2347 during the Cardassian War
[The Wounded (69/84)], while Miles O'Brien
was tactical officer. It was still in service in 2373 and was mentioned briefly
in Nor the Battle to the Strong (70/96)
New Orleans-class ships have an elliptical saucer, similar to the Galaxy-class only smaller. The engineering hull extends from the centre of the ventral side of the saucer back to support the warp nacelles on angled pylons. It was originally built as a study model by Ed Miarecki.
Length: @ 345m Width: @ 246m
Cheyenne - top and starboard
From Neutral Zone
Cheyenne-class* deep-space exploration
vessels include USS Ahwahnee NCC-71620.
It was almost destroyed by the Borg at the Battle of Wolf 359 in 2367 [The Best of Both Worlds (69/73)]. But it was back in service in the following year to serve in the tachyon detection grid used to detect the Romulan fleet during the Klingon Civil War in Redemption (69/98).
Cheyenne-class vessels have an elliptical saucer much like the Galaxy-class only smaller, with four warp nacelles mounted on pylons to the rear. Like the Miranda and Centaur-class vessels it has no apparent navigational deflector dish. It was also built by Ed Miarecki.
Length: @362m Width: @262m
Challenger - top and starboard
Curry - starboard and top
Challenger-class* vessels include USS
Buran NCC-57580, USS Armstrong NCC-57537 and USS Kearsage NCC-57566. The
Buran was destroyed in the Battle of Wolf 359 in The
Best of Both Worlds (69/73). The Armstrong was ambushed by a Klingon
squadron in 2373 [Apocalypse Rising (70/93)]
and the Kearsage was scheduled to meet the USS Enterprise 1701-D in 2370
[First Born (69/164)].
Challenger-class ships had an elliptical saucer like the Galaxy-class but with the two warp nacelles mounted one above the other. The engineering hull was joined to the rear of the saucer like the Miranda-class and there was no discernible navigational deflector. This too was constructed by Miarecki.
The USS Curry* NCC-45617 was an ungainly
Excelsior-class variant, wherefore the saucer is mounted directly above the
secondary hull which includes front and rear shuttle bays. The warp nacelles
are mounted on pylons to either side of the saucer. The layout of the vessel
suggests that the secondary hull may have been capable of being ejected in
an emergency, leaving the warp nacelles attached to the saucer.
The Curry was seen in A Time to Stand (70/119), when Sisko attacks a Dominion base in a captured Jem'hadar vessel.
Length: @354m. Width @240m.**
USS Raging Queen
There were two more starships briefly seen in seen in A Time to Stand. The first of these was the USS Elkins NCC-74121 an Intrepid-class variant with a different (F-14 aircraft) engineering hull and Constitution-type warp nacelles located via Danube-style pylons. The name Elkins is from Judy Elkins, VFX coordinator on DS9 and an animator on "Star Trek II". Length: @360m
The USS Raging Queen NCC-42284 was a variant of the USS Curry that appeared to employ Excelsior and Constitution components. In comparison with the Curry, the warp nacelles were rotated through 90 degrees, and attached to the saucer with larger pylons, an additional small pylon extended into the impulse engine housing. Length: @354m
Springfield - starboard and top
Argo- starboard and top
Springfield-class* Federation vessels
include USS Chekov NCC-57302 which was lost at Wolf 359
[The Best of Both Worlds (69/73)] in
a confrontation with a Borg cube.
A Galaxy-class type saucer extends rearward into an angular engineering hull to which two warp nacelles connect via up-curved pylons. A large upper pod between the nacelles may contain sensor equipment, cargo bays or weapons arrays. Sometimes an additional gondola structure is added below, possibly as a supplementary cargo bay or to house research equipment. This was another Miarecki creation. Length @325m**
The Argo* was a new warp-capable freight shuttle seen in Star Trek X: Nemesis. In 2378, Enterprise-E visited Kolarus III investigating an unexplained positronic energy signature. Picard, Data and Worf used the Argo to transport to the surface, atmospheric conditions making it inadvisable to use a teleporter. The shuttle was larger than standard auxiliary craft allowing it to incorporate a 4WD jeep that exitted and entered the vessel through an aft hatch. The Argo had downswept wings for atmospheric flight and was able to be remotely piloted by Data from the ground. Length: @20m
Starfleet trainer - top and starboard
From the IDIC Page
At Starfleet Academy in 2368, five Cadet training
vessels were destroyed in an accidental collision by Wesley Crusher's
Nova Squadron during their practicing of the illicit Kolvoord Starburst
manoeuvre (19/8). Cadet Joshua Albert was killed in the incident on the Academy
Flight Range near Saturn and subsequently Nick Locarno was expelled from
Seen in The First Duty (69/115), these are small winged one-man craft used for the instruction of Starfleet cadets in flight and combat techniques.
Designed and built by Greg Jein, I guess they must be @12m in length by 11m in width.
(Now included at 30/9)
Defence Drone - port and top
Soliton Test Drone
When the Borg first attempted to assimilate Earth in 2367, following the
destruction of the amassed Federation fleet at Wolf 359
[The Best of Both Worlds (69/73)], the
Borg cube was intercepted by unmanned drones from the
Mars perimeter defences, Earth's last
line of resistance! The engagement was brief and futile as the drones were
quickly dispatched without firing a shot.
Similar in configuration to a Federation shuttle, a pair of propulsion nacelles flank a bulbous, tapering hull. There is a sensor/deflector dish at the front and what appears to be a weapons platform on the top.
In 2368, Dr Ja'Dar of Bilana III proposed a new form of propulsion, the
Soliton Wave (64/7). This was an
artificially-generated, faster-than-light energy field intended to propel
an unpowered vessel through space. In the episode
New Ground (69/106), his theory was put
to the test and USS Enterprise was assigned to monitor the trial. The experiment
was a failure as the wave power proved erratic, increasing exponentially,
destroying the test vessel and threatening to strike Lemma II. Only the
intervention of Enterprise prevented a catastrophe.
The small unmanned test drone used in the experiment was of the same basic design as the Mars defence drone. It was unable to withstand the great shearing stresses of the unstable soliton wave and exploded.
Excelsior variant 1 - Neutral Zone
Excelsior variant 2 - Neutral Zone
Four Nacelle Excelsior variant 3 - Neutral Zone
Four Nacelle Excelsior variant 4 - Neutral Zone
Several unidentified starships can be seen in the Wolf 359 debris field of The Best of Both Worlds (69/73) and the Starfleet Qualor II surplus yard of Unification (69/104). Four of these were Excelsior study models originally build for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (File74) by Bill George from drawings supplied by the art director Nilo Rodis. The original idea was for a long flat vessel and two were built with four warp nacelles like the Constellation class, but director Leonard Nimoy opted for the more conventional Enterprise-shaped ship seen above as variant 1. It was from this model that the definitive "transwarp" Excelsior was developed, while the abandoned proposals were eventually dusted off for bit parts in TNG.
Phase 2 Enterprise
Phase 2 Enterprise variant
The study models for the stillborn Star Trek Phase 2 of 1977 have also made appearances in later productions. The Enterprise, above left, briefly appeared in the Qualor II shipyards while the variant, right, could be seen in the spacedock behind USS Excelsior in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. They may also have featured in The Best of Both Worlds. Both were built by Ralph MacQuarrie and only crudely finished, but they served well enough for backround shots.
Although Star Trek: The Animated Series is not strictly considered canon, I have included three interesting shuttles from it. The first is the Aquashuttle seen in The Ambergris Element which, as its name suggests, could navigate underwater. The ship had a crew complement of nine and was equipped with two forward mounted phaser emitters. In 2269, an aquashuttle was used by an away team from the USS Enterprise to survey the planet Argo where it was destroyed by a huge sur-snake.
The Personal shuttle seen in The Survivor was a small, one-man vessel owned by the noted philanthropist Carter Winston. In 2264, Winston crashed his spacecraft on the planet Vendor and although nursed by a native shapeshifter he died of his wounds. His Vendorian benefactor took his form and identity, allying himself with the Romulans. In 2269, Winston's repaired vessel was used to lure the USS Enterprise into the Neutral Zone, where the Vendorian took Kirk's form and ordered the starship into Romulan space.
The shuttle Copernicus NCC-1701/10, seen
in The Slaver Weapon, was of a rakish
design carried aboard the USS Enterprise for long-range missions. In 2369,
Spock led a party in the Copernicus to transport an ancient Slaver stasis
box to Starbase 25. Detecting a second Slaver box, Spock landed on an icy
planetoid where the feline Kzinti seized the container, which contained a
Slaver spy's multifunctional weapon. However the rather dim-witted Kzinti
accidentally activated the weapon's self-destruct and were killed.
TAS images by Kris (except Copernicus) from Journal of Applied Treknology.
More about TAS technology at Animated STAR TREK.
|Captain Jonathon Archer was introduced to the
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-J when Daniels
whisked him into the 26th Century in Azati
Prime. While it still exhibited the design influences of its forerunners,
it was a much larger, more sleek vessel. It retained the elliptical forward
hull of the 24th Century Enterprises but with the deflector array apparently
mounted at the prow. The narrow engineering hull emerged from the rear and
the warp nacelles were mounted above on elegant upward curving pylons. While
it can be considered to be significantly advanced than its predecessors,
no details of its specification are known.
The Enterprise-J was seen to be involved in the Battle of Procyon V, presumably in the 2550s, where the invasion of the transdimensional Guardians was finally thwarted. Daniels tried to convince Archer that his survival was crucial to the foundation of the UFP and thus the eventual routing of the Makers' forces. Archer however was determined to lead a suicide attack on Azati Prime personally.
*Some of these images are derived from Berndt Schneider's excellent artwork. You can see his full-size originals as well as information on even more starships at Ex Astris Scientia. See my Links page.
**These sizes are guesstimations, assuming that the saucers are essentially the same size as Freedom and Excelsior-class vessels.
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