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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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Today in Trek history

Today is
Dec 2014
Charles Maxwell is born.
Stan Lee is born.
Robert Scheerer is born.
Nichelle Nichols is born.
George Zebrowski is born.
Daniel Leonard Bernardi is born.
Second day of filming on TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon".
Revisions to final script draft for TOS: "This Side of Paradise" are submitted.
Revisions to final script draft for TOS: "The Devil in the Dark" are submitted.
101th day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Thirty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Thomas Dekker is born.
Fifty-fourth and last day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. A press conference is also held today with the main Star Trek cast, Harve Bennett and Ralph Winter.
Musical score for TNG: "Loud As A Whisper" is recorded.
Fifth draft script for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is submitted.
William Frankfather dies.
DS9: "Waltz" airs on Sky One in the United Kingdom.
CIC Video releases Deep Space Nine volume 6.13 and Voyager volume 4.13 on VHS in the UK. It also rereleases the first eight Star Trek films in unified packaging, in both pan&scan and widescreen editions.
Joseph Ruskin dies.

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