Registry: USS Enterprise / NCC-1701 (refitted)
First Seen On: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (movie: 1979)
Conceptual artist Andrew Probert designed this sparkling revamp for the first Star Trek movie. While obviously a completely new ship, Scotty explains to Kirk that the Enterprise (last seen in the original series) has simply been undergoing a “refit” for eighteen months. Based on the designs of the Enterprise from the canceled Phase II Star Trek series, it was a bold departure from a popular design.
While the original was dark gray, smooth, almost windowless, with rounded, trippy-looking warp engines; this “new” ship was a handsome white gray, had a paneled exterior, and boasted plenty of windows and thin, go-faster nacelles. One other thing had changed, too: The jump to warp speed now involved the ship seeming to enter a cool-as-hell geometrical void, rather than just vanishing from screen quickly. This was truly an Enterprise for the fast-approaching 1980s.