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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

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1950
Norman Snow is born.
1955
Marina Sirtis is born.
1958
Marc Silvestri is born.
1967
Story outline for the undeveloped Original Series episode "Machines Are Better" by A.E. van Vogt.
1968
TOS: "Assignment: Earth" airs.
1969
The Third UK Story Arc begins in Joe 90: Top Secret #11 with the first of four installments.
1989
Second revised final draft script for TNG: "Manhunt" is submitted.
1991
Last day of filming on TNG: "The Mind's Eye".
1993
TNG: "Starship Mine" airs.
Final draft script for TNG: "Timescape" is submitted.
1994
Thirteenth day of filming on TNG: "All Good Things..."
Filming begins on Star Trek Generations.
Final draft script for DS9: "Tribunal" is submitted.
1995
Seventh day of filming on DS9: "Shakaar".
1996
Third day of filming on VOY: "Flashback".
The original release of Star Trek: The Original Series on VHS in the UK is deleted, in preparation for a re-release later in the year.
1999
DS9: "Time's Orphan" airs on Sky One in the United Kingdom.
Shooting for the last Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "What You Leave Behind" begins.
Final draft script for DS9: "What You Leave Behind" is revised.
2001
Ninth day of filming on VOY: "Endgame".
2002
Second day of filming on ENT: "Shockwave".
2009
Jeffrey D. Deacon dies.
2012
Fifty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.
2013
James Mees dies.
IDW's Star Trek Archives volume 4, Best of DS9, released.

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