Star Trek: The Original Series had the Enterprise that most of us have only heard of. It was already a legend during the growing up years of many, when the franchise reached its heights of popularity. At that time, it was the U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-D that we saw in The Next Generation. The starship is an enigma in itself, with so much about its concept and design intriguing many fans, and becoming the subject of many books and discussions. If you are one of the collectors or fans of the Enterprise, then you could check out http://www.startrek-starships.com, to get a detailed version of the origin of the starship. For getting a gist of it all, read on to know 25 facts about the starship that you probably did not know till now:
1)U.S.S Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is the fifth Federation ship in the vast universe of Star Trek, which carries the name Enterprise. It is also a Galaxy-class ship.
2)The episode “Encounter At Farpoint” introduced the first new Star Trek ship on the television in 20 years.
3)It was the personal painting of concept artist Andrew Probert that inspired the new ship. He was working on a futuristic model for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and was working on the bridge for Star Trek: The Next Generation. At this time, producer David Gerrold asked for the model, and it got unanimous approval as the new Enterprise in the meeting that happened about the design of the new Enterprise.
4)Probert got a patent on the design of the Enterprise-D in the year 1990.
5)The original design of the NCC-1701-D had smaller warp nacelle than the original Enterprise. This design was logical considering the technological advancements, but Gene Roddenberry intervened as he felt that the new design made the ship look ‘underpowered’. As a result, the ‘engines were made longer.’