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Starship Enterprise

This article is about the Star Trek ship name. For the NASA design proposal, see IXS Enterprise. For the TV series, see Star Trek: Enterprise. For a list of ships named Enterprise, see USS Enterprise.

Enterprise or USS Enterprise (often referred to as the "Starship Enterprise") is the name of several fictional spacecraft, some of which are the main craft and setting for various television series and films in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. The most notable were Captain James T. Kirk's USS Enterprise(NCC-1701) from the original 1960s television series, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard's USS Enterprise(NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

NCC-1701, main setting of the original Star Trek series
NCC-1701-D, main setting of Star Trek: The Next Generation
NX-01, main setting of Star Trek: Enterprise

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Pre-Federation era

Two spacecraft with the name Enterprise predate the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek's fictional timeline.

XCV 330
  • Registry: USS Enterprise (XCV 330)
  • Class: Declaration
  • Service: circa 2130s
  • Captain: Unknown

This USS Enterprise (XCV 330) appears in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) among a series of illustrations depicting ships named Enterprise. It also appears as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), together with models of the Wright Flyer, a V-2 rocket, a Bell X-1, a Vostok-3KA capsule, a Space Shuttle orbiter, and some Star Trek universe starships. A painting of this ship hangs on the wall of Earth's 602 Club in flashbacks that appeared in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "First Flight" (2003).

Non-canon sources give more details: The 1979 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology describes this "first interstellar liner" as a Declaration-class ship launched in 2123. Its length is given as 300 metres (980 ft), and it has a capacity of 100 crew and 850 passengers. The Star Trek Maps by New Eye Photography Editors, also published in 1979, listed this ship as a fusion drive probe that was Earth's first attempt to explore another star system. The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, published in 1980, describes the ship as "the very first starship U.S.S. Enterprise".

NX-01

United Earth Starfleet's Enterprise is the main setting of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). Enterprise was the first Earth built starship capable of reaching Warp 5. The ship was commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer and played an instrumental role in the founding of several proto-Federation alliances. Enterprise had significant engagements with the Klingons, Suliban, Xindi and the Romulans and playing a central role in the "Temporal Cold War." It is also featured as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness.

The Original Series era

Three ships named USS Enterprise are featured in the original Star Trek television series and the first through seventh Star Trek films.

NCC-1701

Registry: USS Enterprise(NCC-1701)
Class: Constitution
Service: 2245–2285 (40 years)
Captains: Robert April (James Doohan [voice]), Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter, Sean Kenney, Anson Mount), James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Willard Decker (Stephen Collins), Spock (Leonard Nimoy).
The Federation's first Enterprise is the main setting of the original Star Trek series (1966–1969) and Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–74). Having undergone an extensive rebuilding and refitting, Enterprise then appears in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) in which the starship is destroyed by its crew to escape capture by a Klingon Bird Of Prey. The bridge of the iconic vessel appears on the holodeck of the Enterprise-D in the TNG episode "Relics". The ship also appears in the Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", as well as in the closing montage of the final Enterprise episode "These Are the Voyages...". This version also appears briefly in the comedy film Airplane II: The Sequel.

Details of the ship's appearance differed prior to the time period of the original series, including a transparent dome ceiling for the bridge that appeared in the 1965 pilot episode "The Cage", as shown in a flashback to Captain Pike's command in "The Menagerie" (1966). A significantly redesigned version of Captain Pike's Enterprise appears in Star Trek: Discovery's second season, set several years after the events of "The Cage". The new design for the Enterprise, which more closely matches the aesthetic of Discovery, debuted in 2018 at the conclusion of the season 1 finale.

When the Enterprise was reintroduced in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the ship had just completed an extensive refit and redesign that included new slimmer warp nacelles, connected to the secondary hull by angled winglike struts. The updated design would be reused later for the Enterprise's replacement, an identical starship given the name Enterprise and registry number NCC-1701-A.

NCC-1701-A

Registry: USS Enterprise(NCC-1701-A)
Class: Constitution-class refit
Service: 2286–2293 (7 years)
Captains: James T. Kirk (William Shatner)
This ship first appears at the conclusion of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and is the main setting in the subsequent Star Trek movies which use the original crew. The ship is ordered "decommissioned" at the end of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Non-canon information concerning this ship includes paperwork included with the model kit, which indicated the ship was mothballed at the Memory Alpha ship museum, and the Shatnerverse novel The Ashes of Eden (1996), which depicted Enterprise-A's removal from the mothball fleet before being destroyed defending the planet Chal.

NCC-1701-B

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)
Class: Excelsior-class refit
Service: 2293–2329 (36 years)
Captains: John Harriman (Alan Ruck), Demora Sulu (portrayed in Generations by Jacqueline Kim)
The Enterprise-B was launched at the beginning of the film Star Trek Generations (1994). During the ship's maiden voyage, prior to it being properly fitted with essential systems, the crew encountered an energy ribbon known as the Nexus, through which James T. Kirk - captain of the two former Enterprise starships, NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A - was officially declared missing and presumed dead.

The design of the Enterprise-B is nearly identical to that of the USS Excelsior, which first appeared in the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Differences between the Enterprise-B and the Excelsior include: flarings on the outside of the secondary hull, additional and larger impulse engines, and slight differences between the nacelles as well as the bridge modules. Non-canon information concerning the Enterprise-B includes several licensed Star Trek novels in which Demora Sulu, daughter of Hikaru Sulu, followed Harriman as captain. There are also licensed guides, such as the Haynes Enterprise Manual, in which a list of the ship's captains includes Demora Sulu, William George, and Thomas Johnson Jr.

The Next Generation era

Three ships named Enterprise are featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and four TNG-era films.

NCC-1701-C

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C)
Class: Ambassador
Service: 2332–2344 (12 years)
Captains: Rachel Garrett (Tricia O'Neil)
This ship's first and only appearance is in the Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" (1990). It was destroyed attempting to defend the Klingon outpost Narendra III from Romulan attack. Survivors included Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby), whose alternate timeline version from "Yesterday's Enterprise" travels with the ship back in time to the battle over Narendra III. The actions of the Enterprise-C's crew became a catalyst for the alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

NCC-1701-D

Registry: USS Enterprise(NCC-1701-D)
Class: Galaxy
Service: 2363–2371 (8 years)
Captains: Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox)

The main setting of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994). During Star Trek Generations, Enterprise was lost in 2371 after an attack by the Duras sisters' renegade Klingon Bird-of-Prey which caused extensive damage, leading to a warp core breach. Although the saucer section was safely separated before the breach, the shock wave from the exploding engineering hull threw it out of control, and caused it to crash-land beyond recovery on Veridian III. The ship also appears in the first Deep Space Nine episode "Emissary" and the final Enterprise episode "These Are the Voyages..."

NCC-1701-E

Registry: USS Enterprise(NCC-1701-E)
Class: Sovereign
Service: 2372–
Captain: Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)
The main setting for the films Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek Nemesis (2002). As a Sovereign class vessel, it was the most advanced vessel in Starfleet, and an active participant in the Battle of Sector 001 and the Dominion War.

Alternate timelines

Alternate future

NCC-1701-D refit

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Class: Galaxy refit
Service: circa 2395
Captain: Full Admiral William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes)
In "All Good Things...", the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Enterprise-D was shown in an alternate future where it had not crashed during the events of Star Trek Generations, and instead had been made Admiral William T. Riker's personal flagship. A third warp nacelle allowed the ship to reach at least Warp 13, and the Enterprise-D had also been equipped with a spinal phaser lance, large phaser cannons on the saucer section, and cloaking ability, making it one of the most powerful starships seen in the Star Trek franchise.

NCC-1701-J

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J)
Class: Universe
Service: 26th century
Captain(s): Dax
The "Azati Prime" episode of Star Trek: Enterprise involves time travel and features a scene in which Enterprise-J appears. Enterprise-J operates in a possible timeline during the 26th century. In this timeline, Enterprise-J participated in the Battle of Procyon V, a climactic battle in which the Federation successfully drove the invasive trans-dimensional beings known as the Sphere Builders back into their own realm. The ship's crew included a descendant of the Xindi scientist Degra.

Games (non-canon)

NCC-1701-F

Registry: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F)
Class: Odyssey
Service: 2409–ongoing
Captain: Va'Kel Shon
One version of USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) appears in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Trek Online. Its design is based on the entry submitted by Adam Ihle for the 2011 "Design the next Enterprise" contest, a joint venture between Cryptic Studios, CBS, and Intel, which ran shortly before the game went "free to play". Enterprise-F made its first appearance in the mission "Boldly They Rode", at the point where USS Enterprise-F appears to help the player defeat the Dominion fleet surrounding Deep Space Nine.

Mirror universe

The Mirror Universe first appeared in the original series as an alternate reality where the militaristic Terran Empire exists in place of the regular universe's United Federation of Planets ("Mirror, Mirror"). A montage in the opening credits of the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" shows the Terran Empire logo in use by at least World War II, with licensed novels putting the divergence before Shakespeare, or even classic Greek literature.

Registry: ISS Enterprise (NX-01)
Class: NX
Service: 2150s
Captains: Maximilian Forrest (Vaughn Armstrong), Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula)
The Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" features a Mirror Universe version of NX-01 Enterprise. This ship is equipped with a cloaking device, deflector shields, a tractor beam, a prototype agony booth, and different exterior markings. It is commanded by Captain Maximilian Forrest, although for a brief time his first officer, Commander Jonathan Archer, takes command following a mutiny. This Enterprise is destroyed by the Tholians.

Registry: ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Class: Constitution
Service: 2260s
Captains: Christopher Pike, James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
A Mirror Universe Enterprise appears in the original Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror". The ship is equipped with an agony booth and the mirror in the captain's quarters conceals Captain Kirk's deadly Tantalus device. ISS Enterprise was originally the same shooting model as the regular Enterprise. The remastered version of "Mirror, Mirror" includes a CGI version of Enterprise with "ISS" markings on the hull and minor physical differences from USS Enterprise, such as a larger deflector dish, a taller bridge, and altered nacelle details. The ship was also shown orbiting the planet in the opposite direction (clockwise instead of counter-clockwise).

Reboot (Kelvin timeline) films

The 2009 Star Trek film takes place in a new reality created when the Romulan Nero traveled through time via an artificial black hole created by red matter.

NCC-1701

Registry: USS Enterprise(NCC-1701)
Service: 2258–2263 (5 years)
Captains: Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)

The main setting for the films Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016). Enterprise is shown during its construction phase at the Riverside Shipyard in Iowa during the first film. A brief shot of the NCC-1701 is seen as the shuttlecraft carrying Kirk and the new recruits into space departs the shipyard later on in the movie. At the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, Enterprise started its five-year mission. The ship was later destroyed by Krall and his alien swarm attack during the events of Star Trek Beyond.

Measurements of this ship's length have ranged from 295 meters to 910 meters. In an article about the 2009 film's visual effects, Cinefex wrote, "The reconfigured ship was a larger vessel than previous manifestations – approximately 1,200 feet (370 m) long compared to the 947 foot (289 m) ship of the original series", and quoted Industrial Light & Magic art director Alex Jaeger discussing the design's growth in size during early production of the film: "Once we got the ship built and started putting it in environments it felt too small. The shuttle bay gave us a clear relative scale – shuttlecraft initially appeared much bigger than we had imagined – so we bumped up the Enterprise scale, which gave her a grander feel and allowed us to include more detail."

A special feature on starships in the Blu-ray (BD) version of the movie gives the length as 2,379 feet (725 m), which would be larger than the Next Generation D and E versions, making it the largest USS Enterprise in the franchise history (not counting the pre-Federation era Enterprise (XCV 330), seen only as a model). This would result in a height of 167m, and a beam of 339m.

Registry: USS Enterprise(NCC-1701-A)
Class: Constitution
Service: 2263–ongoing
Captains: James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)
Enterprise-A first appears at the end of Star Trek Beyond after the destruction of the original Enterprise when the crew resume their five-year mission.

Sean Hargreaves stated that he was given the brief to "beef up the neck and arms" on the Ryan Church design, but went further to give the ship echoes of Matt Jefferies' original design.

According to The Star Trek Encyclopedia, the registry number NCC-1701 was devised by Matt Jefferies, art director of the first Star Trek series, inspired by an old science fiction cover that Gene Roddenberry liked, with a starship flying through space.[citation needed] Jefferies, who was a pilot, based NCC on United States aircraft pre-1949 registration codes. In such pre-1949 usage, an "N" first letter refers to an aircraft registered in the United States. A "C" for a second letter refers to a civil aircraft. Jefferies added a second "C" because he thought it looked better.

The Franz Joseph Blueprints, the book The Making of Star Trek, and a handful of Star Trek novels speculate that NCC is an initialism for "Naval Construction Contract".

In an interview with the BBC, Jefferies explained that NC is the designation for U.S. commercial aircraft and the Soviet Union's space program used the CCCP designation. He concluded that any major future space projects would likely be a combined international effort, thus he invented the combined designation NCC. The 1701 had two functions, it represented the first (01) ship of a 17th federation cruiser design, and that the digits were unlikely to be misread, unlike 6, 8, or 9.

In Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek pitch, the starship is described as a "United Space Ship", and in two episodes of The Original Series (TOS), Kirk refers to the "United Space Ship Enterprise".

Redesign for Star Trek: Planet of the Titans

In 1976, before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Paramount had planned a Star Trek film to have been named Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. Early in the production, Ralph McQuarrie had been hired to redesign the Enterprise. The major feature of the redesign was to replace the cigar-shaped secondary hull with a larger, triangle-shaped "delta wing" section. McQuarrie's design was discarded in favor of keeping the general shape of the Enterprise intact for the redesign unveiled in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Three decades later, the McQuarrie design for the Enterprise was adopted as the basis for the design of the USS Discovery in Star Trek: Discovery, a 2017 series that takes place ten years earlier than the original Star Trek.

The captain's yacht is a large auxiliary starship built into the design of several Federation starship designs including the Galaxy-class and Sovereign-class. It was docked to the underside of the saucer section. On USS Enterprise-E, the name of the captain's yacht is the Cousteau. In 2375, the crew of USS Enterprise-E used the Cousteau to travel to the surface of the Ba'ku homeworld, in the film Star Trek: Insurrection.

Designer Andrew Probert came up with the concept of the captain's yacht while designing the USS Enterprise-D. Although it was never seen in use, it is labeled on the master systems display screen in main engineering, docked at the bottom of the saucer section almost directly opposite the main bridge. Probert suggested possible ways for the yacht to be used during the first season, including not showing the yacht but mentioning it in dialogue, but his ideas were rejected. The producers almost used the yacht in the episode "Samaritan Snare", but decided to use an "executive shuttlecraft" due to budgetary constraints. According to Patrick Stewart, the yacht would have been called the Calypso. Producer Ronald D. Moore noted in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual that real-life naval tradition would insist on calling such a craft the captain's gig, rather than the captain's yacht.

Rick Sternbach later designed similar craft for USS Voyager and USS Equinox, known as the aeroshuttle and the waverider, respectively. As on the Enterprise-D, however, these vessels were only depicted on technical schematics and never seen in operation or referred to in dialog.

Gizmodo's Io9 blog ranked the original design of the USS Enterprise(NCC-1701) as the best version of the Enterprise, characterizing the original as still superior to 11 later versions of the Enterprise that had appeared in the Star Trek franchise. By contrast, in 2019, SyFy ranked the refit design of the Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A) as the franchise's best, ranking the original design as only the fourth best version of the starship.

Time described each iteration of the Enterprise as "a character in its own right". Over many decades, the starship has influenced real-life activities of NASA and the U.S. Navy:

  • In 1976, as the result of a successful letter writing campaign by fans, NASA named the initial flight-test Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  • For three days in October 1994, the real aircraft carrier USS Enterprise(CVN-65) hosted half-hour tours for thousands of fans attending a Star Trek convention in Norfolk, Virginia, and Star Trek memorabilia could be found throughout the ship.
  • In 2014, NASA named its IXS Enterprise advanced propulsion concept vehicle after the Star Trek vessel.

Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has spoken highly of the influence and legacy of the original Enterprise on other fictional spaceships. Drawing a parallel to comparing athletes between eras, he said of spaceship design, "What matters is not what they look like now, but what they looked to others at the time that they prevailed... There is only one spaceship that's earlier than [the original Enterprise], and that's the flying saucer from The Day the Earth Stood Still. So, what matters here is, what did [the Enterprise] look like at the time it came out (1966) compared with anything that had been imagined before? And when you consider that, that is the most astonishing machine that has ever graced the screen." On the ship's influence upon scientists, Tyson wrote, "The Enterprise was the first ever spaceship represented in storytelling that was not designed to go from one place to another; [it was] only designed to explore. It was revolutionary in terms of what we would think space would, and should, be about."

NetDragon Websoft, a gaming and mobile Internet company in Fuzhou, China, based the architectural design of its headquarters building on the Next Generation-era Enterprise (primarily the Enterprise-E), under an official license from CBS.

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Starship Enterprise
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canon 1 4 3 Mirror universe 1 4 4 Reboot Kelvin timeline films 2 Development 2 1 Redesign for Star Trek Planet of the Titans 3 Captain s yacht 4 Reception and influence 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksDepiction EditPre Federation era Edit Two spacecraft with the name Enterprise predate the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek s fictional timeline XCV 330 Registry USS Enterprise XCV 330 Class Declaration Service circa 2130s Captain Unknown This USS Enterprise XCV 330 appears in Star Trek The Motion Picture 1979 among a series of illustrations depicting ships named Enterprise It also appears as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 together with models of the Wright Flyer a V 2 rocket a Bell X 1 a Vostok 3KA capsule a Space Shuttle orbiter and some Star Trek universe starships A painting of this ship hangs on the wall of Earth s 602 Club in flashbacks that appeared in the Star Trek Enterprise episode First Flight 2003 Non canon sources give more details The 1979 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology describes this first interstellar liner as a Declaration class ship launched in 2123 1 Its length is given as 300 metres 980 ft and it has a capacity of 100 crew and 850 passengers 1 The Star Trek Maps by New Eye Photography Editors also published in 1979 listed this ship as a fusion drive probe that was Earth s first attempt to explore another star system The Making of Star Trek The Motion Picture published in 1980 describes the ship as the very first starship U S S Enterprise 2 NX 01 Registry Enterprise NX 01 Class NX Service 2151 2161 10 years Captain Jonathan Archer Scott Bakula United Earth Starfleet s Enterprise is the main setting of Star Trek Enterprise 2001 2005 Enterprise was the first Earth built starship capable of reaching Warp 5 The ship was commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer and played an instrumental role in the founding of several proto Federation alliances Enterprise had significant engagements with the Klingons Suliban Xindi and the Romulans and playing a central role in the Temporal Cold War It is also featured as a model in Star Trek Into Darkness The Original Series era Edit Three ships named USS Enterprise are featured in the original Star Trek television series and the first through seventh Star Trek films NCC 1701 Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 Class Constitution 3 Service 2245 2285 40 years Captains Robert April James Doohan voice Christopher Pike Jeffrey Hunter Sean Kenney Anson Mount James T Kirk William Shatner Willard Decker Stephen Collins Spock Leonard Nimoy The Federation s first Enterprise is the main setting of the original Star Trek series 1966 1969 and Star Trek The Animated Series 1973 74 4 Having undergone an extensive rebuilding and refitting Enterprise then appears in Star Trek The Motion Picture 1979 Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan 1982 and Star Trek III The Search for Spock 1984 in which the starship is destroyed by its crew to escape capture by a Klingon Bird Of Prey 4 The bridge of the iconic vessel appears on the holodeck of the Enterprise D in the TNG episode Relics The ship also appears in the Deep Space Nine episode Trials and Tribble ations as well as in the closing montage of the final Enterprise episode These Are the Voyages This version also appears briefly in the comedy film Airplane II The Sequel Details of the ship s appearance differed prior to the time period of the original series including a transparent dome ceiling for the bridge that appeared in the 1965 pilot episode The Cage as shown in a flashback to Captain Pike s command in The Menagerie 1966 A significantly redesigned version of Captain Pike s Enterprise appears in Star Trek Discovery s second season set several years after the events of The Cage 5 The new design for the Enterprise which more closely matches the aesthetic of Discovery debuted in 2018 at the conclusion of the season 1 finale 5 When the Enterprise was reintroduced in the 1979 film Star Trek The Motion Picture the ship had just completed an extensive refit and redesign that included new slimmer warp nacelles connected to the secondary hull by angled winglike struts 6 The updated design would be reused later for the Enterprise s replacement an identical starship given the name Enterprise and registry number NCC 1701 A NCC 1701 A Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 A Class Constitution class refit 7 8 Service 2286 2293 7 years Captains James T Kirk William Shatner This ship first appears at the conclusion of Star Trek IV The Voyage Home 1986 and is the main setting in the subsequent Star Trek movies which use the original crew The ship is ordered decommissioned at the end of Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country 1991 4 Non canon information concerning this ship includes paperwork included with the model kit which indicated the ship was mothballed at the Memory Alpha ship museum and the Shatnerverse novel The Ashes of Eden 1996 which depicted Enterprise A s removal from the mothball fleet before being destroyed defending the planet Chal NCC 1701 B Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 B Class Excelsior class refit 9 Service 2293 2329 36 years Captains John Harriman Alan Ruck Demora Sulu portrayed in Generations by Jacqueline Kim The Enterprise B was launched at the beginning of the film Star Trek Generations 1994 During the ship s maiden voyage prior to it being properly fitted with essential systems the crew encountered an energy ribbon known as the Nexus through which James T Kirk captain of the two former Enterprise starships NCC 1701 and NCC 1701 A was officially declared missing and presumed dead 10 The design of the Enterprise B is nearly identical to that of the USS Excelsior which first appeared in the 1984 film Star Trek III The Search For Spock 6 Differences between the Enterprise B and the Excelsior include flarings on the outside of the secondary hull additional and larger impulse engines and slight differences between the nacelles as well as the bridge modules Non canon information concerning the Enterprise B includes several licensed Star Trek novels in which Demora Sulu daughter of Hikaru Sulu followed Harriman as captain There are also licensed guides such as the Haynes Enterprise Manual in which a list of the ship s captains includes Demora Sulu William George and Thomas Johnson Jr The Next Generation era Edit Three ships named Enterprise are featured in Star Trek The Next Generation television series and four TNG era films NCC 1701 C Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 C Class Ambassador Service 2332 11 2344 12 years Captains Rachel Garrett Tricia O Neil This ship s first and only appearance is in the Next Generation episode Yesterday s Enterprise 1990 10 It was destroyed attempting to defend the Klingon outpost Narendra III from Romulan attack 10 Survivors included Tasha Yar Denise Crosby whose alternate timeline version from Yesterday s Enterprise travels with the ship back in time to the battle over Narendra III 10 The actions of the Enterprise C s crew became a catalyst for the alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire 10 NCC 1701 D Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D Class Galaxy Service 2363 2371 8 years Captains Jean Luc Picard Patrick Stewart William T Riker Jonathan Frakes Edward Jellico Ronny Cox The main setting of Star Trek The Next Generation 1987 1994 10 During Star Trek Generations Enterprise was lost in 2371 after an attack by the Duras sisters renegade Klingon Bird of Prey which caused extensive damage leading to a warp core breach Although the saucer section was safely separated before the breach the shock wave from the exploding engineering hull threw it out of control and caused it to crash land beyond recovery on Veridian III 10 The ship also appears in the first Deep Space Nine episode Emissary and the final Enterprise episode These Are the Voyages NCC 1701 E Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 E Class Sovereign Service 2372 Captain Jean Luc Picard Patrick Stewart The main setting for the films Star Trek First Contact 1996 Star Trek Insurrection 1998 and Star Trek Nemesis 2002 As a Sovereign class vessel it was the most advanced vessel in Starfleet and an active participant in the Battle of Sector 001 and the Dominion War Alternate timelines Edit Alternate future Edit NCC 1701 D refit Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D Class Galaxy refit Service circa 2395 Captain Full Admiral William T Riker Jonathan Frakes In All Good Things the final episode of Star Trek The Next Generation Enterprise D was shown in an alternate future where it had not crashed during the events of Star Trek Generations and instead had been made Admiral William T Riker s personal flagship A third warp nacelle allowed the ship to reach at least Warp 13 and the Enterprise D had also been equipped with a spinal phaser lance large phaser cannons on the saucer section and cloaking ability making it one of the most powerful starships seen in the Star Trek franchise 12 NCC 1701 J Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 J Class Universe Service 26th century Captain s Dax The Azati Prime episode of Star Trek Enterprise involves time travel and features a scene in which Enterprise J appears Enterprise J operates in a possible timeline during the 26th century In this timeline Enterprise J participated in the Battle of Procyon V a climactic battle in which the Federation successfully drove the invasive trans dimensional beings known as the Sphere Builders back into their own realm The ship s crew included a descendant of the Xindi scientist Degra 13 Games non canon Edit NCC 1701 F Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 F Class Odyssey Service 2409 ongoing Captain Va Kel Shon One version of USS Enterprise NCC 1701 F appears in the massively multiplayer online role playing game Star Trek Online Its design is based on the entry submitted by Adam Ihle for the 2011 Design the next Enterprise contest a joint venture between Cryptic Studios CBS and Intel which ran shortly before the game went free to play Enterprise F made its first appearance in the mission Boldly They Rode at the point where USS Enterprise F appears to help the player defeat the Dominion fleet surrounding Deep Space Nine Mirror universe Edit The Mirror Universe first appeared in the original series as an alternate reality where the militaristic Terran Empire exists in place of the regular universe s United Federation of Planets Mirror Mirror A montage in the opening credits of the Star Trek Enterprise episode In a Mirror Darkly shows the Terran Empire logo in use by at least World War II with licensed novels putting the divergence before Shakespeare or even classic Greek literature Registry ISS Enterprise NX 01 Class NX Service 2150s Captains Maximilian Forrest Vaughn Armstrong Jonathan Archer Scott Bakula The Star Trek Enterprise episode In a Mirror Darkly features a Mirror Universe version of NX 01 Enterprise This ship is equipped with a cloaking device deflector shields a tractor beam a prototype agony booth and different exterior markings It is commanded by Captain Maximilian Forrest although for a brief time his first officer Commander Jonathan Archer takes command following a mutiny This Enterprise is destroyed by the Tholians Registry ISS Enterprise NCC 1701 Class Constitution Service 2260s Captains Christopher Pike James T Kirk William Shatner Spock Leonard Nimoy A Mirror Universe Enterprise appears in the original Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror 4 The ship is equipped with an agony booth and the mirror in the captain s quarters conceals Captain Kirk s deadly Tantalus device 4 ISS Enterprise was originally the same shooting model as the regular Enterprise 4 The remastered version of Mirror Mirror includes a CGI version of Enterprise with ISS markings on the hull and minor physical differences from USS Enterprise such as a larger deflector dish a taller bridge and altered nacelle details The ship was also shown orbiting the planet in the opposite direction clockwise instead of counter clockwise 14 Reboot Kelvin timeline films Edit The 2009 Star Trek film takes place in a new reality created when the Romulan Nero traveled through time via an artificial black hole created by red matter NCC 1701 Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 Service 2258 2263 5 years Captains Christopher Pike Bruce Greenwood James T Kirk Chris Pine The main setting for the films Star Trek 2009 Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 and Star Trek Beyond 2016 Enterprise is shown during its construction phase at the Riverside Shipyard in Iowa during the first film A brief shot of the NCC 1701 is seen as the shuttlecraft carrying Kirk and the new recruits into space departs the shipyard later on in the movie At the end of Star Trek Into Darkness Enterprise started its five year mission The ship was later destroyed by Krall and his alien swarm attack during the events of Star Trek Beyond Measurements of this ship s length have ranged from 295 meters 15 to 910 meters 16 17 18 19 In an article about the 2009 film s visual effects Cinefex wrote The reconfigured ship was a larger vessel than previous manifestations approximately 1 200 feet 370 m long compared to the 947 foot 289 m ship of the original series 20 and quoted Industrial Light amp Magic art director Alex Jaeger discussing the design s growth in size during early production of the film Once we got the ship built and started putting it in environments it felt too small The shuttle bay gave us a clear relative scale shuttlecraft initially appeared much bigger than we had imagined so we bumped up the Enterprise scale which gave her a grander feel and allowed us to include more detail 20 A special feature on starships in the Blu ray BD version of the movie gives the length as 2 379 feet 725 m which would be larger than the Next Generation D and E versions making it the largest USS Enterprise in the franchise history not counting the pre Federation era Enterprise XCV 330 seen only as a model This would result in a height of 167m and a beam of 339m Registry USS Enterprise NCC 1701 A Class Constitution Service 2263 ongoing Captains James T Kirk Chris Pine Enterprise A first appears at the end of Star Trek Beyond after the destruction of the original Enterprise when the crew resume their five year mission Sean Hargreaves stated that he was given the brief to beef up the neck and arms on the Ryan Church design but went further to give the ship echoes of Matt Jefferies original design Development EditAccording to The Star Trek Encyclopedia the registry number NCC 1701 was devised by Matt Jefferies art director of the first Star Trek series inspired by an old science fiction cover that Gene Roddenberry liked with a starship flying through space citation needed Jefferies who was a pilot based NCC on United States aircraft pre 1949 registration codes In such pre 1949 usage an N first letter refers to an aircraft registered in the United States A C for a second letter refers to a civil aircraft Jefferies added a second C because he thought it looked better 10 The Franz Joseph Blueprints the book The Making of Star Trek and a handful of Star Trek novels speculate that NCC is an initialism for Naval Construction Contract In an interview with the BBC Jefferies explained that NC is the designation for U S commercial aircraft and the Soviet Union s space program used the CCCP designation He concluded that any major future space projects would likely be a combined international effort thus he invented the combined designation NCC The 1701 had two functions it represented the first 01 ship of a 17th federation cruiser design and that the digits were unlikely to be misread unlike 6 8 or 9 21 In Gene Roddenberry s original Star Trek pitch the starship is described as a United Space Ship and in two episodes of The Original Series TOS Kirk refers to the United Space Ship Enterprise Redesign for Star Trek Planet of the Titans Edit Ralph McQuarrie s redesigned Enterprise from Star Trek Planet of the Titans In 1976 before Star Trek The Motion Picture Paramount had planned a Star Trek film to have been named Star Trek Planet of the Titans Early in the production Ralph McQuarrie had been hired to redesign the Enterprise The major feature of the redesign was to replace the cigar shaped secondary hull with a larger triangle shaped delta wing section McQuarrie s design was discarded in favor of keeping the general shape of the Enterprise intact for the redesign unveiled in Star Trek The Motion Picture Three decades later the McQuarrie design for the Enterprise was adopted as the basis for the design of the USS Discovery in Star Trek Discovery a 2017 series that takes place ten years earlier than the original Star Trek 22 Captain s yacht EditThe captain s yacht is a large auxiliary starship built into the design of several Federation starship designs including the Galaxy class and Sovereign class It was docked to the underside of the saucer section On USS Enterprise E the name of the captain s yacht is the Cousteau In 2375 the crew of USS Enterprise E used the Cousteau to travel to the surface of the Ba ku homeworld in the film Star Trek Insurrection Designer Andrew Probert came up with the concept of the captain s yacht while designing the USS Enterprise D Although it was never seen in use it is labeled on the master systems display screen in main engineering docked at the bottom of the saucer section almost directly opposite the main bridge Probert suggested possible ways for the yacht to be used during the first season including not showing the yacht but mentioning it in dialogue but his ideas were rejected The producers almost used the yacht in the episode Samaritan Snare but decided to use an executive shuttlecraft due to budgetary constraints 23 According to Patrick Stewart the yacht would have been called the Calypso 23 Producer Ronald D Moore noted in the Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual that real life naval tradition would insist on calling such a craft the captain s gig rather than the captain s yacht 23 Rick Sternbach later designed similar craft for USS Voyager and USS Equinox known as the aeroshuttle and the waverider respectively As on the Enterprise D however these vessels were only depicted on technical schematics and never seen in operation or referred to in dialog Reception and influence EditGizmodo s Io9 blog ranked the original design of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 as the best version of the Enterprise characterizing the original as still superior to 11 later versions of the Enterprise that had appeared in the Star Trek franchise 24 By contrast in 2019 SyFy ranked the refit design of the Enterprise NCC 1701 and NCC 1701 A as the franchise s best ranking the original design as only the fourth best version of the starship 6 Time described each iteration of the Enterprise as a character in its own right 25 Over many decades the starship has influenced real life activities of NASA and the U S Navy In 1976 as the result of a successful letter writing campaign by fans NASA named the initial flight test Space Shuttle Enterprise 26 27 For three days in October 1994 the real aircraft carrier USS Enterprise CVN 65 hosted half hour tours for thousands of fans attending a Star Trek convention in Norfolk Virginia and Star Trek memorabilia could be found throughout the ship 28 29 In 2014 NASA named its IXS Enterprise advanced propulsion concept vehicle after the Star Trek vessel 30 Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has spoken highly of the influence and legacy of the original Enterprise on other fictional spaceships Drawing a parallel to comparing athletes between eras he said of spaceship design What matters is not what they look like now but what they looked to others at the time that they prevailed There is only one spaceship that s earlier than the original Enterprise and that s the flying saucer from The Day the Earth Stood Still So what matters here is what did the Enterprise look like at the time it came out 1966 compared with anything that had been imagined before And when you consider that that is the most astonishing machine that has ever graced the screen 31 On the ship s influence upon scientists Tyson wrote The Enterprise was the first ever spaceship represented in storytelling that was not designed to go from one place to another it was only designed to explore It was revolutionary in terms of what we would think space would and should be about 32 NetDragon Websoft a gaming and mobile Internet company in Fuzhou China based the architectural design of its headquarters building on the Next Generation era Enterprise primarily the Enterprise E under an official license from CBS 33 See also EditVSS Enterprise proposed first commercial spacecraftReferences Edit a b Goldstein Stan Fred Goldstein Rick Sternbach 1980 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology The Human Adventure Beyond Our World from the First Small Steps to the Voyage of the New U S S Enterprisein the Twenty Third Century New York Pocket Books p 112 Sackett Susan Roddenberry Gene 1980 The Making of Star Trek The Motion Picture Pocket Books p 93 ISBN 978 0 671 25181 9 General Plans Constitution Class U S S Enterprise Star Trek Blueprints CBS Paramount Archived from the original on June 14 2013 The following ships of this class were constructed under authorization of the original articles of the United Federation of Planets Enterprise NCC 1701 a b c d e f Asherman Allan 1993 The Star Trek Compendium Titan ISBN 978 1 85286 472 9 a b Adams Nathan March 24 2018 7 Things We Learned About Star Trek Discovery Season 2 at WonderCon Visionaries Panel TrekMovie com Archived from the original on August 26 2018 USS Enterprise design evolved and grew to match Discovery universe Production designer Tamara Deverell and VFX supervisor Jason Zimmerman offered some insights into the approach for developing the look of the USS Enterprise seen at the end of the season one finale Tamara Deverell For the Enterprise we based it initially off of The Original Series We were really drawing a lot of our materials from that And then we particularly went to more of the Star Trek movies which is a little bit fatter a little bit bigger Overall I think we expanded the length of it to be within the world of our Discovery which is bigger so we did cheat it as a larger ship Jason Zimmerman It starts with them giving us designs to work with and then there is a lot of back and forth between VFX and Tamra s department to make sure that we get everything right There were a lot of conversations and more emails than I could remember about how the design would evolve and sort of match our universe and that is how we sort of arrived where we are now a b c Brigden Charlie January 21 2019 From one generation to the next Ranking the Starships Enterprise SyFy Wire Star Trek The Motion Picture Official Blueprints CBS Paramount p 1 Archived from the original on February 6 2007 The refitted Enterprise is more powerful than any vessel in Starfleet because of its linear inter mix chamber 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