As "Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters this week, get a refresher on the prominent starships seen throughout the "Star Trek" saga.
Over the last 47 years of "Star Trek," fans have seen many captains and crews zipping around the cosmos aboard colossal Starfleet spacecraft. As "Star Trek Into Darkness" launches into U.S. theaters, we look back at the main ships seen in the 5 television series and 12 movies.
This photo shows a CGI version of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, launched in 2245, which Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and crew flew aboard in the original television series. According to the 2011 book "Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise: Haynes Manual," art director Matt Jefferies' Enterprise design was influenced from aviation designs and an electric stove coil. The ship used deflector shields for protection and photon torpedoes and phasers to fight back against hostile alien ships. To get around, the Enterprise (and most other Federation ships) uses a warp drive to bounce around from system to system.
Even though the 1993 television show "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" mostly took place aboard a floating space station of the same name (previously referred to as Terok Nor), the series introduced its primary Starfleet vessel, the USS Defiant, led by Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) in the third season. The ship, launched in 2370, featured an array of torpedoes, a cloaking drive, and was made to fight off those pesky Dominion.
Jim Martin, Gary Hutzel and Tony Meininger collaborated on the creation of the Defiant for the show.
Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) commanded the Enterprise NX-01, one of the earliest Starfleet ships in the series canon. The ship was the main setting for the television show "Star Trek: Enterprise", which first aired in 2001 and ended four years later.
During one episode, the show gave fans a brief look at a 26th century Enterprise called NCC-1701-J.