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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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1939
Michael J. Pollard is born.
1942
Buddy Joe Hooker is born.
1944
Peter E. Berger is born.
1948
Michael Piller is born.
1952
Mike W. Barr is born.
1953
Colm Meaney is born.
1957
John Nesterowicz is born.
1963
Cynthia Gouw is born.
Scott Chambliss is born.
1964
Tom Morello is born.
Mark A. Sheppard is born.
1970
The Thirteenth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #36 with the fifth of seven installments.
1991
Thirty-second day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
1993
DS9: "Dramatis Personae" airs.
1996
Thirty-eighth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
Star Trek Monthly issue 16 released.
2001
Twelfth day of filming on ENT: "Broken Bow".
2007
Nick Ramus dies.

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