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The USS Kobayashi Maru was a Federation starship that served as a component of the Kobayashi Maru simulation, a no-win-scenario at the Starfleet Academy. In the scenario, the vessel was under attack by several Klingon Warbirds. (Star Trek)

John Eaves and Alex Jaeger designed the USS Kobayashi Maru for Star Trek. They based the design on Roger Sorensen's blueprints from 1983 of the prime universe class 3 neutronic fuel carrier Kobayashi Maru [1] and its image on the cover of the novel The Kobayashi Maru. [2] which in turn was a depiction of a Tritium-class starship (β), originally designed by Rick Sternbach for the Spaceflight Chronology. (p. 130)
In the opinion of Industrial Light & Magic art director Alex Jaeger, the starship Kobayashi Maru had a similar design to the USS Excelsior (β) that was planned to feature in the film Star Trek but did not make the transition to the screen (although it was essentially a dark-colored variant of the Armstrong-type). Jaeger specifically commented about the Kobayashi Maru, "It resembled the Excelsior, but was more of a cargo version." (Cinefex, No. 118, p. 60; Star Trek - The Art of the Film, p. 59)
According to the virtual collectible card battle game Star Trek: Rivals, card #41, the USS Kobayashi Maru has the registration NCC-S3700.

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