|Star Trek: The Next Generation - U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)|
Find out everything you didn't know about the most famous spaceship in the universe. While the Enterprise for Star Trek: The Original Series is iconic, the reality is that most people grew up watching the Next Generation. It's the ship that everyone knows and everyone loves, but here are some fast facts about the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D you may not know.
This was originally supposed to be a review of Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection which was sent to us by Eagle Moss Collections and was released in the U.S. last week. It's a beautiful series and comes with wonderful models that display perfectly. There's a fascinating article on the concept design of the Enterprise and many other well-written articles. Unfortunately, I discovered the articles have a small number of incorrect facts like saying there were two four-foot physical models of the Enterprise. Even the awesome die-cast model is the wrong color, looking tan instead of gray or blue-gray. While I can recommend it for the casual fan, for nitpickers, it's lacking. You can learn more about the collection by going to http://www.startrek-starships.com.
Here are some things I learned from the book and other sources.
1. The U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is a Galaxy-class ship and the fifth Federation starship in the Star Trek universe to carry the name Enterprise.
2. In the episode "Encounter at Farpoint", it was the first new Star Trek ship to appear on television in 20 years.
3. While working on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, concept artist Andrew Probert made a personal painting of what he thought the U.S.S. Enterprise would look like in the far future. He was working on the bridge for Star Trek: The Next Generation and put it up for inspiration. Producer David Gerrold borrowed it for a meeting and it was immediately approved for the new Enterprise.
4. In 1990, Probert received a patent on the Enterprise-D design.
5. The warp nacelles for NCC-1701-D were originally designed to be much smaller than the original Enterprise since technology had advanced, but creator Gene Roddenberry felt the ship looked "underpowered" so he said, "Make the engines a little bit longer."
6. While the original U.S.S. Enterprise was capable of splitting the saucer section from the main body, it wasn't until the design of the Enterprise-D was nearly complete that the producers told Probert that the ship would split into two parts. He had to redesign the ship to do it.
7. At one point the ship was designed to split into as many as 14 parts.
8. There were three physical models of the NCC-1701-D used on the show: a six-foot model, a two-foot model, and a four-foot model.
9. An original shooting miniature of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D was sold at auction for an expected price of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for almost $600,000.
10. Originally, the show was supposed to reuse visual FX footage of the Enterprise-D similar to what was done in the original series. However, the use of video technology instead of film was so fast and cheap that more effects shots were created.
11. The ship was 1521.42' (463.73 m) long.That's more than four football fields long and twice the size of Kirk's ship.
11. The ship in the original series was gray but looked blue because of filming. The new Enterprise had a blue-grey colored pattern but looked gray on TV.
12. The ship was supposed to be so advanced that the engines would never malfunction. But a chief engineer was added because engine malfunctions were useful for the writers.
13. In the opening credits, you can see someone walking past the windows in the Enterprise. It's Captain Picard.
14. The Escape Pods (or "autonomous survival and recovery vehicles") on the ship could sustain four occupants for 86 days.
15. In the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" it's said the ship was traveling faster than Warp 10 which meant that it occupied literally every point in the universe. Later it was explained that the ship was actually at Warp 9.99999.
16. The Enterprise-D weighs about
Updated: The accepted weight (displacement) of the Enterprise is closer to 4,500,000 metric tons.
16. The ship had only one commanding officer, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, with the exception of brief commands by Captain Jellico and Commander Riker.
17. According to the dedication plaque, the ship was dedicated on October 4, 2363, in honor of the anniversary of the launch of man's first spacecraft named Sputnik. (updated picture)
18. The Captain's Yacht was named Calypso, after the research vessel of the French explorer Jacques Cousteau. It was on the bottom of the saucer section and never seen in the series.
19. The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D has made an appearance in
|Star Trek: Deep Space 9|
20. The ship could hold 1,014 crew members and up to 15,000 in an emergency. That's the same capacity as Chicago Stadium.
21. It's the only Federation starship to become sentient and have a baby.
22. The idea of crash-landing the saucer section came from an illustration in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Writers' Technical Manual. They had planned to have the crash happen in the season six finale episode "Descent," but it was too expensive.
23. The fish in Captain Picard's Ready Room was named "Livingston" after producer-director David Livingston.
24. Patrick Stewart repeatedly petitioned to have the fish taken out because he felt fish tanks were inhumane.
25. Producer Rick Burman wanted to avoid making the ship look like the Original Series. He banned the color purple.
Did you learn anything new about the Enterprise-D? Which is your favorite starship from Star Trek?
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