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Enterprise, USS. - Featured on the science fiction series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69, this 23rd century starship was the largest of thirteen Constellation class starships in the space fleet of the United Federation of Planets. Registration number:NCC-1701.

USS Enterrpise - NCC -1701 - STAR TREK

Its five year mission was to "seek out new life and new civilizations" and act as a military deterrent against enemies of the Federation, i.e. Klingons, Romulans.

Crew of the USS Enterprise - STAR TREK

The ship houses a crew of 430 members-one third female. Among them:

  • Commander Captain James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner)
  • Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), the Vulcan science officer
  • Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, the ship's physician
  • Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), female communications officer
  • Montgomery Scott (James Doohan), chief engineer
  • Asian helmsman, Mr. Sulu (George Takei)
  • Russian navigator, Chekov (Walter Koenig)

Slightly larger than a 20th century naval battleship, the Enterprise is 947 feet long, 417 feet wide and has a maximum gross weight of 190,000 tons.

The primary saucer-shaped hull is 417 feet in diameter and eleven decks thick through the middle. In emergency, the hull could be disengaged from the rest of the ship. The ship is propelled by anti-matter engines, and capable of a top warp speed of 14.1, equivalent to one-half billion miles per second.

The two starship engines attached to the ship by slender pylons were each 504 feet long, 60 feet in diameter and contained a fusion matter/anti-matter energy generator.

The Warp engines generally propelled the starship through space in increments of Warp Factor One the speed of light) through Warp Factor Warp Eight (512 times the speed of light). However, the safest prolonged maximum speed was Warp Six (216 times the speed of light). Speeds higher than Warp Six put the ship's structure under considerable strain, and so only in emergency situations was the ship pushed to its limits.

The ship's weapons system included Phasers (lasers) and Photon Torpedoes (anti-matter suspended in a magnetic field).

The transporter beam (a molecular scrammbler/reassembly device) transported both crew and cargo from ship-to-planet or ship-to-ship.

Additional transportation was supplied by the on-board shuttlecrafts, six or seven passengers, limited range intra-solar vehicles, e.g., "Galileo"-Registry # NCC- 1701/7.

Crew of USS Enterprise - STAR TREK MOVIES

A revamped version of the U.S.S. Enterprise premiered in a series movie spin-off Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and subsequently, destroyed in the third Star Trek motion picture In Search of Spock (1984). It was replaced by a newer, larger, more sophisticated design of the same name housing 1000 crew members/families.

TRIVIA NOTE: Matt Jeffries designed/constructed the models used in the STAR TREK series. There was a 4-inch model, a 3-foot model and a 14 foot miniature. There was also a 2-foot and a 12-foot model equipped with exterior and interior lights used for complicated shots. The 14-foot model is now housed in the Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.


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