Science Fiction Art by David C. Mueller / dcmstarships

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Deep Space Exploration Group Large Exploration Ships

Large Deep Space Explorers

Large Deep Space Explorers are the most capable and rare of the starship types serving in the Deep Space Exploration Group. They typically perform long-range, long-term exploration missions lasting from three to five years.  As such, they have living accommodations for families and visiting scientists in addition to regular Deep Space Exploration Group personnel.  Large Deep Space Explorers are not capable of landing on planetary surfaces and thus carry a sizable number of shuttlecraft.  Second and Third generation Deep Space Explorers also carry two or three small Deep Space Scouts to assist in their exploration duties.

First Generation Deep Space Explorer Aquarius

 

 

Concept: The design for the Deep Space Explorer Aquarius is based on a Star Trek-inspired ship I did as a teenager around the time of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It is meant to reflect the optimistic, non-militaristic view of the Star Trek universe depicted in that movie. The primary design influences for the ship are Spaceship Discovery from the science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey and Starship Enterprise from the science-fiction TV series: Star Trek – Classic / The Original Series.

The conceptual inspiration for Deep Space Explorer Aquarius is the USS Enterprise from the original Star Trek TV series. I see both vessels as romanticized versions of future human starships. The style of the deck plans I have created for Deep Space Explorer Aquarius is based on that used by Franz Joseph for his Star Trek Blueprints: General Plans Constitution Class U.S.S. Enterprise from 1975. The star-faring technology presented in my deck plans is roughly analogous to that of the original USS Enterprise and thus represents a late 20th century rather than an early 21st century conception of such technology.

History: Deep Space Explorer Aquarius was the Human flagship for the Deep Space Exploration Group from 2344 AD – 2392 AD. Human space vessels of this era were outfitted with tech level 6 star-faring technology.

Second Generation Deep Space Explorer Inspiration

Concept: The design for the Deep Space Explorer Inspiration is based on a Star Trek-inspired ship I did as a teenager around the time of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The conceptual inspiration for Deep Space Explorer Inspiration is the Galaxy Class USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The primary design influences for the ship are Spaceship Discovery from the science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey and Starship Enterprise from the science-fiction TV series: Star Trek:The Next Generation.

History: Deep Space Explorer Inspiration was the Human flagship for the Deep Space Exploration Group from 2392 AD – 2463 AD. Human space vessels of this era were outfitted with first generation tech level 7 star-faring technology. Inspiration Class Deep Space Explorers normally carried two Alavian Class Deep Space Scouts to assist in their long-range, long-term exploration missions.

Third Generation Deep Spaced Explorer Celestial

 

Concept: The conceptual inspiration for Deep Space Explorer Celestial is the Celestial Class USS Enterprise-J from Star Trek: Enterprise.

History: Deep Space Explorer Celestial was the Human flagship for the Deep Space Exploration Group from 2463 AD – 2555 AD. Human space vessels of this era were outfitted with second generation tech level 7 star-faring technology. Celestial Class Deep Space Explorers normally carried three Alavian II Class Deep Space Scouts to assist in their long-range, long-term exploration missions.

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