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Old April 23 2014, 05:27 AM   #1
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UESPA Announces the Launch of Earth's First Warp Ship

The launch of the S.S. Valiant ADC-11031 in February 2065 will be a landmark occasion. For the first time humanity will reach beyond the limits of our star system at faster than light velocities.

The S.S. Valiant began life as a cargo freighter primarily serving the asteroid belt and nearby colonies. The Valiant fell into the hands of its current owner and operator after the initial nuclear strikes in 2054. It was used to rescue several survivors and transport them to safety. After this it remained in service among the various solar colonies and even bringing aid to areas of the earth devastated by the war.

With Zefram Cochrane's historic discovery on April 5, 2063 and many subsequent tests; Mr. Cochrane, working in conjunction with the United Earth Space probe Agency(UESPA), was finally ready to test Warp drive in a fully functional ship for extended durations.

The Valiant was selected to host this experiment because of its durability and service history. In addition to the new warp drive, the crew compliment of the Valiant will be upgraded from five to eleven.

The first mission of the Valiant will be to deliver supplies to the colonies at Alpha Centauri (founded by the Icarus 2048) and Bernard's Star (founded by the Adameve in 2050).

Our hopes and dreams ride with the Valiant and her crew.

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I had an idea to make a fan mini or short series about earth's first warp starship, the S.S. Valiant. I've been working on a model which is based on Greg Jein's model, as well as some back ground information.

I thought it would be fun to promote this project by making it seem like a current event. I'm working on a website and facebook page for "live" update. So it would seem like we are experiencing the "real" project. The website would include "historic" information about UESPA and the Valiant. It would also have "archival" footage of the Valiant. This would It would be cool if I could set of a "live" webcam of the Valiant so website visitors could watch the upgrade of the Valiant. All CG of course.

My brother, my cousin, and I were discussing making a video project and I think this would be something fun.

Here are some renders of the model so far. I've also made the UESPA logo from the Friendship 1 Probe which was launched in 2067; and a morphed image of Zefram Cochrane for potential use on the website.







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Old April 23 2014, 08:23 AM   #2
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Looking good. I am interested in how your ship will turn out.
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Old April 23 2014, 01:35 PM   #3
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Cool. Nice balls too. Er- spheres.
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Old April 24 2014, 04:55 AM   #4
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Great illustration and really neat story.

Just keep one thing in mind: the term "warp drive" was never used in all of ENT. The FTL propulsion system was consistently called a "warp engine" only.
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Old April 24 2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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Some paneling work and the equipment attachment port.



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Old April 25 2014, 02:41 PM   #6
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Thank you for the terminology advice Wingsley. I redid the paneling and added most of the greeblies to the upper hull.



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Old April 28 2014, 12:55 AM   #7
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I've been working on the aft details. I've also started on the engine. I'll just model one then make three copies.



As far as scale I was really debating between one and two decks. However I really wanted to have a small crew of about five for it's regular use as a cargo ship. Also based on the how cramped my S.S. Enterprise is (almost 100 years later) I felt this ship needed to really be cramped. Lastly there is what seems to be a window on the Greg Jein model command section. All of this information is how I arrived at the scale I did. I think having such a small ship out there in the great void of space would really help give a sense of isolation and wonder.



My approximate scale:
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Old April 28 2014, 10:48 AM   #8
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Whether this is a former freighter whose cargo was carried in those big cylinders, or a former general spacecraft whose fuel for somewhat conventional rockets was held there, I'd assume the tanks (or at least the central one) would now be left empty, what with the miracle technology of warp engines aboard. The Phoenix didn't seem particularly fuel-endowed, either...

There might be plenty of room for habitation inside the cylinder(s), then, making it realistic to go for the smallest possible interpretation of the bow detail. If the cylinder is not habitable, or is about 90% warp engine, then I'd give the bow at least three decks, with the window being "full-height", about six feet from bottom to top vertically. Otherwise, there wouldn't be a need for a mysterious energy barrier for driving the crew crazy...

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Old May 3 2014, 09:15 PM   #9
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Actually, in order for a spacecraft to go, quote "serving the asteroid belt and nearby colonies", a form of propulsion, based off of nuclear energy, would be a must. Nuclear would provide much more energy than the fuel that we use now, and I'd sure feel a lot more confident if the fuel I used was something whose measurement wasn't so vital to the crew's safe arrival.
I think that the Valiant would most likely use a form of plasma or NERVA propulsion. She might even use them as a primitive alternative to impulse drive, even with warp drive installed.

After all, you don't want to run out of gas in space.
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Old May 4 2014, 03:27 AM   #10
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^Agree with that one.
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Old May 4 2014, 03:35 AM   #11
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^Agree with that one.
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Old May 4 2014, 09:55 PM   #12
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I've added some engine details. I've also done a position test and I can see that compared to the model my engines appear to have a slightly larger diameter. So I will have to scale them down a smidge.



And the underbelly which has not yet been greebled.



A far as the sub-light engines are concerned they are some form of fusion engines. It seems to be the prevalent type of engine around that time in the book Star Trek: Spaceflight Chronology. I'm roughly basing my time line roughly on this book.

The warp engine is going to be a something related to fusion with anti-matter spiked deuterium for fuel. The fusion reactor would roughly be a primitive equivalent of the Warp reactor in later designs. This matches the Spaceflight Chronology book they have some their warp ships using this anti-matter spiked deuterium. I think this also ties in nicely with VOY: Friendship One. Because the Friendship One probe had antimatter for fuel. Yet, it doesn't make sense that earth would have the technology to make anti-matter that can be used at the same 1:1 ratio we see in 23rd century designs. Thus I would conclude that technology for making anti-matter was developed enough by 2035 to be used in small amounts for space craft.


Side note: As for the Phoenix I'm betting it didn't use anti-matter as WW3 would have made it in short supply. I'm also thinking that Cochrane used the nuclear warhead to make the reactor for the Phoenix.
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Old May 10 2014, 09:06 PM   #13
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For the engines I just need to work on the port and starboard engine struts.



I wanted to mock up what it looks like when the ship lands. It will help me figure out the cargo door details and landing legs.

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Old May 11 2014, 01:53 AM   #14
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Awesome model so far! I can imagine some awesome landing gear coming down with that sort of hull shape.
Cool details in the engines, too.
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Old May 13 2014, 04:31 PM   #15
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Logo for the birth place of one of the main characters:

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