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McKinley Station
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) docked at Earth Station McKinley
Type: Spacedock
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2377)
Earth viewed from McKinley Station
View of Earth from McKinley Station

The McKinley Station, or Earth Station McKinley, was a Federation spacedock type that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. This docking facility was located in Earth's orbit, and was designed for starship construction, refitting and maintenance layovers. (TNG: "Family", "All Good Things..."; VOY: "The Swarm")

The USS Enterprise-D was transferred to this station from the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards shortly after its launch in 2364, before it departed for Farpoint Station. Captain Jean-Luc Picard took command of the ship while it was docked at the station. In the anti-time past timeline, Picard called for a red alert while at McKinley Station. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

In 2367, the Enterprise-D underwent a major refit at this station in order to repair damage suffered following the Borg incursion. The refit was estimated to last six weeks. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II") Several systems were upgraded, including the ship's phasers (TNG: "Family") and warp core, which received a new dilithium chamber hatch. An undetected defect in the hatch caused an explosion later that year, initially blamed on joint Romulan/Klingon sabotage. (TNG: "The Drumhead")

The USS Voyager was launched from this station on stardate 48038.5. (USS Voyager dedication plaque)

In 2373, when The Doctor was suffering from a level 4 memory fragmentation, the recreation of Doctor Lewis Zimmerman in Jupiter Station Diagnostic Program Alpha-11 suggested an expansion of The Doctor's memory circuits at this station. This, however, was not possible to Voyager's being stranded in the Delta Quadrant. (VOY: "The Swarm")

In 2377, Voyager received pictures of Earth from this station courtesy of a transmission set up by Lieutenant Reginald Barclay at Starfleet Communications. (VOY: "Author, Author")

In an unknown, alternate future timeframe, the USS Pasteur was due to dock at Earth Station McKinley upon arrival at Earth. However, the rendezvous was delayed when Captain Beverly Picard decided to investigate Jean-Luc Picard's claims of a temporal anomaly in the Devron system. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

Background information

McKinley type studio model on stage at Image G prepared by model maker Dana White and effects supervisor Dan Curry
Modeler Dana White and Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Curry with the studio models at Image G

The same basic drydock design was also employed at Starbase 234, as seen in TNG: "Redemption", and Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards, as seen in VOY: "Relativity". It was not clear why McKinley Station looked much farther from Earth in "Author, Author" than it did in "Family".

It was designed by Rick Sternbach and the studio model was built by Greg Jein. (See McKinley-type for further info)

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