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Author(s): Franz Joseph
Illustrator(s): Franz Joseph
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Titan Books
Del Rey
(40th anniversary reprint)
Published: 1 November 1975
12 July 1986
(20th Anniversary reprint)
24 October 1991 (Titan Books)
September 1996
(30th Anniversary reprint)
5 September 2006
(40th Anniversary reprint)
Pages: 192
Reference(s): ISBN 0345247302 (hardback)
ISBN 0345270509 (softback)
ISBN 0345340744
(20th Anniversary reprint)
ISBN 185286396X (Titan Books)
ISBN 0345495861
(40th Anniversary reprint)
Not to be confused with The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine Technical Manuals.

The Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual is a reference book, ostensibly created as a compilation of material accidentally transmitted by the USS Enterprise during the events of "Tomorrow is Yesterday", and detailing the technology of the 23rd century.

This work is noted as providing the basis for the Star Fleet Universe series of games.

SummaryEdit

All sections of the manual except the Introduction have "flysheets" that bear the Enterprise ship badge with various symbols in the centers.

IntroductionEdit

Foreword I 
1973 memorandum to Franz Joseph from the US Director of Security Control regarding the computer data from USS Enterprise accidentally dumped at Omaha Air Force Base in 1969.
Foreword II
Stardate 3150.10 (2267) memorandum regarding Star Fleet investigation of the sensitive data given to 20th century Humans.

General SectionEdit

  • Articles of Federation
    • Declaration
    • Chapters 1 - 19 (containing 110 articles)
  • Statute - Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice - not printed
  • Statute Regulating Interplanetary Commerce - not printed
  • Romulan Treaty of Peace
  • Organian Treaty of Peace
  • United Federation of Planets Banner
  • United Federation of Planets Seal
  • United Nations Planet Earth, Sol system Flag
  • United Nations Planet Earth, Sol system Seal
  • Planetary Confederation of 40 Eridani Banner
  • Planetary Confederation of 40 Eridani Signat
  • United Planets of 61 Cygni Shield
  • United Planets of 61 Cygni Arms
  • Star Empire of Epsilon Indii Standard
  • Star Empire of Epsilon Indii Seal
  • Alpha Centauri Concordium of Planets Pennant
  • Alpha Centauri Concordium of Planets Arms
  • Official Type Style - Earth, Sol system - Star Fleet Specification
  • Official Type Style - Alpha Kentaurus - Star Fleet Specification
  • Uniform Color Code - Star Fleet Specification

Command SectionEdit

  • Star Fleet Armed Forces - Organization
    • SFAF - Org - Mil. Staff Comm./Star Fleet Command
    • SFAF - Org - Fleet Operations/Base Operations
    • SFAF - Org - Logistics/Inspector General - not printed
    • SFAF - Org - Personnel/Judge Advocate General - not printed
    • SFAF - Org - Surgeon General/Sciences - not printed
    • SFAF - Org - Engineering/Comptroller General - not printed
    • SFAF - Org - Technology/Communications - not printed
    • SFAF - Org - Nav. Gen/Planetary Rel./Galaxy Exp - not printed
    • SFAF - Org - Tactician/Cosmologist/Alienologist - not printed
  • The Star Fleet Academy - Organization
  • Fleet Headquarters - External Arrangement
    • SFHQ - Typical Cross-Section
    • SFHQ - Typical Section Thru Dock
    • SFHQ - Typical Long. Section
    • SFHQ - Ground Plan - Bays 1 & 2
    • SFHQ - Ground Plan - Bays 3 & 4
    • SFHQ - Ground Plan - Bays 5 & 6
  • Insignia and Rank - Star Fleet Armed Forces
    • Duty Uniform - Male - All SFAF
    • N/C (Non-Computerized) Tunic Pattern
    • Duty Uniform - Female - Officers SFAF
    • N/C (Non-Computerized) Tunic and Panty Pattern
    • Duty Uniform - Female - Ensigns SFAF
    • N/C (Non-Computerized) Tunic and Panty Pattern
    • Duty Uniform - Male - Medical SFAF
    • N/C (Non-Computerized) Tunic and Panty Pattern
    • Duty Uniform - Academy Cadet - Male - not printed
    • N/C (Non-Computerized) Tunic Pattern - not printed
    • Duty Uniform - Academy Cadet - Female - not printed
    • N/C (Non-Computerized) Tunic and Panty Pattern - not printed
  • Fleet Ship Classifications - SFAF - Class I Starships
    • Class I Heavy Cruiser - MK-IX
    • Authorized Construction
    • Class I Destroyer - MK-VIII
    • Authorized Construction
    • Class I Scout - MK-VII
    • Authorized Construction
    • Class I Transport/Tug - MK-VI
    • Authorized Construction
    • Class I Transport Containers - MK-V and MK-III
    • Class I Transport Containers - MK-II and MK-I
    • Class I Transport Containers - MK-IV Starliner
    • Class I Transport Containers - MK-IV Deck Plans
    • Class I Dreadnought - MK-X
    • Authorized Construction
    • Shuttlecraft - 7 person - MK-12B - External Arrangement
    • Shuttlecraft - 7 person - MK-12B - Internal Arrangement - only partially printed
    • Typical Single Stateroom - Primary Hull - Class I SS
    • Typical Double Stateroom - Primary Hull - Class I SS
    • Main Bridge - Primary Hull - Class I SS - Deck Plan
    • Main Bridge - Primary Hull - Class I SS - Elevations
    • Command Module - Main Bridge - Plan & Profile
    • Command Module - Main Bridge - Elevations
    • Main Bridge - Primary Hull - Helmsman's Station
    • Main Bridge - Primary Hull - Navigator's Station
    • Main Bridge - Primary Hull - Command Con
    • Main Bridge - Primary Hull - Astrogator
  • Security Section - Primary Hull - Class I SS (This actually depicts the main brig.)
  • Defense & Weapons Station - Main Bridge - not printed
    • Controls Console - not printed
  • Hand Phaser - Type I - General Arrangement
  • Hand Phaser - Type II - General Arrangement
  • Hand Phaser - Type II - Details
  • Offensive/Defensive Ray Gun - General Arrangement (This is actually the hand beacon used unsuccessfully in "The Squire of Gothos".)

Sciences SectionEdit

  • Command Intelligence - Main Bridge Station-Class I Starships
    • Controls Console (Bridge Science Station)
  • Sciences Tricorder
    • Sciences Tricorder - Arrangement-Unit Open
    • Sciences Tricorder - Internal Arrangement
    • Sciences Tricorder - Case Details
  • Galactic Coordinate System - Great Spiral Milky Way Galaxy M-O
    • S.I.N.S. Database Datum - In Galactic Coordinate System
    • Course Tracking Element Schematic Diagram - Class I Starships
    • Velocity/Time Relationship - Interstellar Space/Warp Technology
    • Standard Orbits - Class I Starships
  • Medical Section
    • Deck 7 - Plan - Primary Hull - Class I Starships
    • Medical tricorder - Standard Field Equipment Item - Type I
    • Medical tricorder - Open Arrangement
    • Medical tricorder - Internal Arrangement
    • Medical tricorder - Details
    • Heartbeat Reader - Star Fleet College of Medicine Standard
    • Spray Applicator - Star Fleet College of Medicine Standard
    • Medical Scanner - Star Fleet College of Medicine Standard (This is the "Feinberger" McCoy often carried; see the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual.)
    • Anabolic Protoplaser - Star Fleet College of Medicine Standard - Minor Injury Version
    • Anabolic Protoplaser - Star Fleet College of Medicine Standard - Massive Injury Version
    • Surgical Scalpels - Star Fleet College of Medicine Standard

The two "technical orders" for the anabolic protoplasers are actually printed in REVERSE order; the large version, according to the table of contents, should have been printed first. Orientation of the page headings suggests that the page was bound on the wrong edge.

Support Services SectionEdit

The circuitry diagrams of the Main Bridge Ear Receiver, MK05 and the hand-held model of the Universal translator are not printed.

The internal arrangements of the impulse and main warp engines are marked CLASSIFIED, as their technology is considered subject to the Prime Directive.

Miscellaneous SectionEdit

  • Appendix A

Background informationEdit

Production useEdit

While this book is now considered to be non-canonical, it was used as a source and reference for four Star Trek motion pictures, and at least one episode.

Reprints Edit

The Technical Manual was first published as a vinyl-jacketed hardcover in 1975. The actual book, removable from the vinyl jacket, was labeled "Star Fleet Technical Manual" on a solid red cover, printed in a fashion to look like a real technical manual or textbook, with no mention of Star Trek at all. Later printings have all been paperbacks with updated covers, all mentioning Star Trek prominently:

  • 1986 – a "Star Trek 20 years 1966–1986" logo was added to the top left of the cover
  • 1996 – an all-new cover with a "Star Trek 30 years" logo in the same corner
  • 2006 – "Star Trek" portion of title enlarged, with the "40 Years" logo on the middle right and "Starfleet" written as one word rather than two

Titan Books also published their own version of the book in the UK in 1991, coinciding with the 25th anniversary.

Cover gallery Edit

ReferencesEdit

40 Eridani A; destroyer; dreadnought; Entente, USS; Federation-class; heavy cruiser; Hermes-class; NCC-500; NCC-585; NCC-3801; NCC-4000; Ptolemy-class; Saladin-class; scout; Valiant, USS; warp factor scale

See alsoEdit

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