Science Fiction Art by David C. Mueller / dcmstarships

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Star Trek Alternative Universe Projects 1

The USS Enterprise has inspired so many artists to do their own version of it. As a Star Trek fan who has been so influenced by it in my own work, I offer this tribute to the vision of Matt Jefferies, Andrew Probert, and Ryan Church. None of my designs are meant to be part of the canon Star Trek universe. They are merely expressions of how I would like Federation ship designs to look.

Constitution Class Explorer – 2018 Project

The Constitution Class Explorer is my latest, and hopefully final version of an USS Enterprise design. It has been an interesting challenge taking details from the various incarnations of the USS Enterprise and integrating them into a design aesthetic that reflects my personal tastes. It is a low-key, somewhat retro, and almost abstract design whose main influence is the USS Enterprise from the original TV series. I am proud to say that I modeled the entire hull myself and used just a few detailing parts from other artists.  As of the start of 2019, the set of deck plans begun in mid-2018 is about 50% finished.  I have hopes of finishing the deck plans by the end of 2019.  Once these deck plans are finished, the Venerable Class shown below will be removed from the website.

I envision the Constitution Class Explorer as the largest example of long-range, long-duration exploration vessels that form the core of Star Fleet. In the era of the Constitution class, they are the flagships of the fleet. In this alternate Star Fleet, ship types do not use the naval inspired categories that most fan artists employ. The bulk of the fleet is composed of various classes of small Surveyors performing scouting missions supplemented by a modest number of Patrollers serving on military missions.

Klokal E’Kang Class Deep Space Cruiser – 2018 Project

The Klokal E’Kang Class Deep Space Cruiser is the Klingon counterpart to my Constitution Class Explorer. Its design departs more from the classic version of the D7 Class Battle Cruiser than my Constitution Class does from the classic USS Enterprise. The Klokal E’Kang Class has a much large hangar space than its Federation Starfleet equivalent. It is the flagship class of the Klingon Defense Force serving a Klingon Empire that is more unified and less warlike than that of classic Star Trek. This alternate universe Klingon Empire usually sees the Federation as its competitor but will work with the Federation when both governments have common goals.

Venerable Class Long Range Explorer – 2014 Project

The Venerable Class Long Range Explorer is my response to the Star Trek deck plans of the original USS Enterprise by Franz Joseph, the USS Enterprise-A deck plans by Shane Johnson and David Schmidt, and the USS Enterprise-D deck plans by Rick Sternbach. I hope my deck plans evoke for the viewer the same sense of wonder that I experienced looking at those by these other artists. As my personal, and no doubt eccentric, vision of what a Star Trek Federation starship could be, the viewer will discover many features that differ from that of the canon Star Trek universe. For example, my alternative design is part of less militarized exploration fleet than Starfleet. Another major difference is my use of a modified warp-jump technology in place of the canon warp cruising drive. Finally, I do not have transporter technology as part of this particular alternative version of the Star Trek universe.

Titania Class Star Cruiser – 2017 Project

The Titania Class Star Cruiser is the flagship class of the United Star Systems exploration fleet. Obviously inspired by Star Trek, the Titania is my version of a starship that has roughly the same capabilities as the Constitution class in the Star Trek universe. The main differences are that the United Star Systems exploration fleet is much smaller than Star Fleet in Star Trek, has no transporter technology, and makes much greater user of robots. Also, in the United Star Systems universe, humans do not develop starships until the late 23rd century.

Even though the Titania is larger than the Constitution, I have given it a noticeably smaller crew in order to devote more ship volume to food production. Supplementing the eight Titania class starships in the United Star Systems exploration fleet are sixteen smaller Constellation class star cruisers. The design of the Constellation class consists of the same components as the Titania class, but had no middle hull and only a single connecting hull. It has a much smaller crew, small hangar bay located in the connecting hull, and more limited recreation facilities.

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