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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 in November 2003, the character of Crewman Elizabeth Cutler had to be removed from future storyboards of Star Trek: Enterprise because of actress Kellie Waymire's sudden death?

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Today in Trek history

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Sunday
1918
Theodore Sturgeon is born.
1920
Robert Gary is born.
1928
Ric Estrada is born.
1931
Shay Duffin is born.
Lawrence Montaigne is born.
1942
Frank Orsatti is born.
1958
Michael Cumpsty is born.
1963
Chase Masterson is born.
1969
Jad Mager is born.
1972
The Twenty-Eighth UK Story Arc concludes in Valiant & TV21 #22 with the fifth of five installments.
1986
Third day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
1991
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "The Drumhead".
1992
First day of filming on TNG: "Imaginary Friend".
1994
TNG: "Eye of the Beholder" airs.
1996
VOY: "Lifesigns" airs.
Last day of filming on VOY: "Resolutions".
Final draft script for DS9: "For the Cause" is submitted.
CIC Video releases Deep Space Nine volume 4.1 and Voyager volume 2.1 on VHS in the UK, starting the fourth and second season releases respectively.
1997
VOY: "Rise" airs.
Third day of filming on DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire".
Seventh day of filming on VOY: "Worst Case Scenario".
1998
Eighth and final day of filming on DS9: "The Reckoning".
Seventh and final day of filming on VOY: "One".
2002
Lawrence Tierney dies.
Tony Young dies.
Fifty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
First day of filming on ENT: "Fallen Hero".
2003
ENT: "Canamar" airs.
Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "Cogenitor".
2004
Third day of filming on ENT: "Countdown".
Second-unit filming on ENT: "The Council".
2010
Robert McCall dies.

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