The USS Enterprise Flying Saucer

I have been obsessing on this for about a week now, considering the shape of the starship Enterprise, the most filmed fiction spaceship in history.

Saucer section of the starship Enterprise

Saucer section of the starship Enterprise, top view

Saucer section of Enterprise, bottom view

Saucer section of Enterprise, bottom view

 

The primary hull of the Enterprise really is a flying saucer.  It is propelled by twin impulse engines at the aft.  In case of extreme emergency, when the secondary hull and / or the warp engines have been destroyed, the saucer section can detach from the rest of the ship.

Enterprise primary hull refit

Enterprise primary hull refit

Enterprise refit saucer section, bottom view

Enterprise refit saucer section, bottom view

 

The design of the Enterprise is pure 1960s “space culture,” a flying saucer attached to a cylinder with two “rockets” out the rear.  The fact that the Enterprise is basically just a “flying saucer” with some rockets attached is obscured by our shared cultural familiarity with the ship’s design.  But if the Enterprise had been designed today, without any prior history, I doubt very much it would have looked anything like the spaceship from the ’60s.

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