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Rigelian freighter (22nd century)

A 22nd century Rigelian freighter

For the similarly named ship type, please see Rigelian freighter (24th century).

The Rigelian freighter was a type of freighter that was operated by Rigelians during the 22nd century.

In 2154, a group of Rigelians kidnapped Dr. Phlox from Earth aboard a Rigelian freighter. Their flight plan logged their destination as being the Proxima colony. However, its trajectory was, in fact, on a course near Klingon territory for a transfer-rendezvous. The freighter made the rendezvous with a Klingon starship, and was subsequently destroyed.

At the same time, the freighter's warp trail was being tracked by Enterprise NX-01, which was several hours behind. When Enterprise arrived at the rendezvous coordinates, it discovered the freighter had been destroyed, and a number of Rigelian bodies were found in the debris. Due to a deception made on behalf of Section 31, it was initially believed that the ship had been attacked by Orion raiders based on the weapons signatures, but its destruction was later determined to have been caused by Klingon disruptors. (ENT: "Affliction")

In the final draft script of "Affliction", the wreckage of the Rigelian freighter was described thus; "A Rigelian freighter lists in space, surrounded by drifting debris. The vessel has been nearly sheared in half... only a few tendrils of superstructure connect the two sections."
For more information on this studio model, please see studio models (ENT).

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