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Constitution class model

The eleven-foot model

During the production of the Star Trek television shows, most notably Star Trek: The Original Series, numerous studio models were created representing the Constitution-class, in particular the USS Enterprise, more than for any other class of starship. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, advances in technology have resulted in digital versions that were added to the array of models used in the Star Trek franchise.

As art director on the original series, Matt Jefferies was given the assignment to design the Enterprise itself. His only guideline was Gene Roddenberry's firm list of what he did not want to see: any rockets, jets, or fire-streams. The starship was not to look like a classic, and thus dated, science-fiction rocket ship, but neither could it resemble anything that would too quickly date the design. Somewhere between the cartoons of the past and the reality of the present, Matt Jefferies was tasked with presenting a futuristic design of his own.

The theory that space could be warped – a hypothetical means of faster-than-light travel – had first been proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Years later, Star Trek itself would establish that Zefram Cochrane had first demonstrated warp drive in 2063. In the 1960s, however, warp drive – a delicately balanced, intricate web of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mystery – initially perplexed Matt Jefferies.
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1917
John Newland is born.
1930
Robert Easton is born.
1953
Gary Faga is born.
1956
Monty Rex Perlin is born.
1964
James Castle Stevens is born.
First day of rehearsals for TOS: "The Cage".
1966
Sixth day of filming on TOS: "The Alternative Factor".
First draft script for TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon" is submitted.
1967
Salli Elise Richardson is born.
1981
Eleventh day of filming on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
1987
Second day of filming on TNG: "11001001". Several scenes in the Bourbon Street Bar are filmed today, including Carolyn McCormick's first scenes as Minuet.
1988
Thirty-second day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
1990
Second day of filming on TNG: "Clues".
1993
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Lower Decks".
CIC Video releases Star Trek - The Screen Voyages on VHS in the UK.
1994
Last day of filming on VOY: "Phage".
1998
Third day of filming on DS9: "Chimera".
DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels" airs on Sky One in the United Kingdom.
2004
Second day of filming on ENT: "The Aenar".
2006
Dave Cockrum dies.
2013
Jay M. Leggett dies.

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