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Centaur-type
USS Centaur.jpg

Ventral view

Ventral view
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Type: Destroyer
Active: 24th century
Speed: Warp 7 (observed maximum)
Armament: Phasers, photon torpedoes
Defenses: Deflector shields
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The Centaur-type was a Federation starship design operated by Starfleet during the 24th century. A vessel of this class saw action during the Dominion War and was present during Operation Return.

Ships commissioned

Appendices

Appearances

Background

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual describes this vessel as an Excelsior-class starship variant, describing it as being among the ships "constructed from salvaged components, components in work, and custom assemblies fabricated by the individual fleet yards."

Studio model

The episode "A Time to Stand" needed a shot of a retreating flotilla of Starfleet vessels. To beef out the scene, the production staff built several new ships, kitbashing them out of parts from commercially available AMT/Ertl-Star Trek model kits.

Physical model
Centaur-Name-Detail

Close-up detail of the studio model

Among the kitbashes was the USS Buckner, which was referred to as the USS Centaur in a later scene of the episode, although a recent photo of the model still shows the original name. The model was not present in the opening flotilla scene, but was featured more prominently later in the episode. The Buckner was constructed from parts of the Reliant (no. 8766) and Excelsior (no. 6630) AMT/Ertl model kits. It was built by Adam Buckner, who still owns the model. [1] Buckner commented on his build, "The USS Buckner was a ship I built while at Paramount working on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for a little boy who wanted a Star Trek ship. Gary Hutzel saw the ship and asked if it could be featured in one of his upcoming episodes. I let Gary use the ship. He added the green fluorescent tape for windows and the pink fluorescent paint for engines. As this ship would now be a shooting model, I produced a second model which I sent on to the boy as promised." [2]

As for the use of the fluorescent tape on the model Buckner explained, "The Paint and Tape were for work under UV lights (read "glow in the dark when struck with strong UV radiation"). We used UV for the matte process and some of the window and engine passes. By mixing the paint and selecting the appropriate tape color, the material would glow in a chosen color range, allowing the separation of windows, engines and mattes to different layers by selecting the desired color during transfer from 35mm film to digital, or in the compositing process." [3]

CG model

A somewhat redesigned CG model of the Centaur was commissioned by Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz and built by Ed Giddings for use in various licensed publications. [4] [5] Orthographic views of this model were published in Star Trek Fact Files, no. 298, 2002 and Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 6.

Technical manual

The following specifications were given in the DS9 Technical Manual:

  • Production Base: ASDB Integration Facility, Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, Mars
  • Type: Medium Cruiser
  • Accommodation: 315 officers and crew
  • Power Plant: One 1,500 plus Cochrane warp core feeding two nacelles; two impulse systems
  • Dimensions: Length, 381.87 meters; beam, 320.16 meters; height, 78.54 meters
  • Mass: 870,000 metric tonnes
  • Performance: Warp 9.6 for 12 hours
  • Armament: Nine type-9 phaser emitters; two photon torpedo launchers

Apocrypha

  • Centaur is playable in Star Trek: Legacy. The player can command the ship in the TOS and TNG eras.
  • The Centaur is also playable in Star Trek Online, where it is one of the three starting designs for Federation players' starships. It is on the same tier as (and interchangeable with) the Miranda and Shi'Kar classes.

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