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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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Did You Know that the Whorfin-class ships, SS Lakul and SS Robert Fox, were the first fully computer-generated ships to appear in a Star Trek movie or series?

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1918
James Daly is born.
1935
Bruce Mars is born.
1953
Ira Steven Behr is born.
1959
Andrew Hill Newman is born.
1960
Randy Pausch is born.
1964
David Sobolov is born.
1966
Michael Westmore, Jr. is born.
1967
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion".
1968
Gary Erskine is born.
Bridge scenes are filmed for TOS: "The Mark of Gideon".
1971
The Twenty-Sixth UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #4 with the second of nine installments.
1978
Fifty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1982
Bradley Pierce is born.
1987
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "The Big Goodbye".
1989
Joshua Croughwell is born.
TNG: "The Bonding" airs.
1990
Final draft script for TNG: "The Wounded" is submitted.
1991
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "Hero Worship".
1992
Revised final draft script for DS9: "Captive Pursuit" is submitted.
1993
TNG: "Phantasms" airs.
1994
Robert Lansing dies.
1995
DS9: "Indiscretion" airs.
Seventh day of filming on DS9: "Our Man Bashir".
Final draft script for DS9: "Homefront" is submitted.
1996
First day of filming on DS9: "The Darkness and the Light".
1997
Third day of filming on DS9: "Waltz".
Third day of filming on VOY: "Hunters".
2000
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Lineage".
Paramount Home Entertainment releases Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Movie and Voyager volume 6.9 on VHS in the UK.
2002
First day of filming on ENT: "The Catwalk".
2003
Third day of filming on ENT: "Chosen Realm".
Unknown
Albert Stratton is born.
James Mapes is born.

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