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Epsilon IX

Epsilon IX

Type: Communication array
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Destroyed (2273)
(Replaced by 2365)

A view of the Epsilon IX array

Assignment patch

The Epsilon IX station was a Federation communication array and subspace transceiver that was in service with Starfleet in the late 23rd century. This space station was located fairly close to Klingon space and, in 2273, was under the command of Commander Branch.

In that year, as the V'Ger crisis unfolded, Epsilon IX transmitted detailed information to Starfleet Command about the engagement, and subsequent destruction, by V'Ger of a Klingon cruiser task force led by the Amar. Epsilon IX was subsequently destroyed by V'Ger as it passed near the station and probably misinterpreted its sensor scans as a hostile action. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Two models of Epsilon IX were mounted on two separate walls of the Starfleet Officer's Lounge. One was near where Admirals Kirk and Morrow had a conversation, while another was in the lounge's entry room. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

By the year 2365, a new Starfleet facility, the Epsilon IX Center had been constructed. The USS Enterprise-D was to visit the station before joining an expedition to the Epsilon Pulsar Cluster. (TNG: "Samaritan Snare") The station was mentioned again in the personal logs of Lieutenant Keith Rocha. The relevant log entry was transcribed thus; "Stardate 46460: More heavy traffic to the Epsilon IX station. I think Starfleet's got some big science project brewing there with at least half a dozen starships running around." (TNG: "Aquiel")

Epsilon IX personnel

Background information

According to Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 141), the Epsilon IX station may have been located in the Epsilon IX sector, mentioned in TNG: "Samaritan Snare".

The set for the interior of Epsilon IX was built on Paramount Stages 12 and 14, the set's construction costing US$40,000. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, p. 95) The footage filmed on this set was shot during The Motion Picture's postproduction period. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, p. 193)

At least three studio models of the Epsilon IX station's exterior were built, to show the outside of the station at different scales. (text commentary, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition)) These were built by John Dykstra's company, Apogee, Inc.. (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, p. 211)

For the pair of Epsilon IX models in Star Trek III, two of the studio models were reused. (text commentary, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Special Edition) DVD)

An Epsilon IX uniform patch was among many items that were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

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