UPDATE: Intel, a promotional partner for the new Star Trek movie, has updated their boldlygo.intel.com site with an interactive tour of the USS Kelvin revealing more images and details of the ship and its crew. There is also new contest site with a Kelvin desktop, a sweepstakes for a laptop and a promise of a 2009 contest for tickets to the premiere of the Star Trek movie. [SPOILERS]
UPDATE: USS Kelvin Interactive at Main Intel site
The main boldblygo.intel.com/ has been updated with a new section on the USS Kelvin. After entering the site, click on the USS Kelvin image on the right and it will access a 3D interactive image of the Kelvin that includes many ‘clickable’ info areas.
Kelvin’s bridge crew
When you click on the ‘THE BRIDGE’ you can learn about four members of the Kelvin bridge crew:
- Richard Robau, Captain [played by Faran Tahir]
- George Kirk, First Officer [played by Chris Hemsworth]
- Mike Johnson, Helmsman
- Alnschloss K’Bentayr (alien from planet Monchezke), Security Officer
The images reveal bits of the Kelvin uniforms which appear different than the uniforms seen in the trailer for the USS Enterprise crew. As TrekMovie has previously reported, the USS Kelvin will be seen over 20 years before the launch of the USS Enterprise.
More Kelvin tecnhobabble on phasers, engines + more
Other parts of the interactive tour are just chock full of glorious Star Trek tecnhobabble. When you click on the PHASER TURRETS you find out:
The Kelvin’s phaser turrets can either fire bolts of high concentrated energy, or beams of less power to slice through the shield or hull of an attacking vessel. Plasma is passed to a phaser emitter resulting in a discharge of nadion particles
The site also resolves an ongoing debate on whether or not the Kelvin has one or two warp nacelles. And apparently there is just one, when you click on NACELLE you learn:
The Kelvin has a single warp nacelle housing the ship’s warp drive engine. Two rows of massive semi-circular warp-field coils produce a powerful subspace field that bends space around the ship, allowing for faster than light travel.
And when you click on IMPULSE ENGINE you learn:
The USS Kelvin employs massive engines at sublight speeds. Full impulse power is approximately one-quarter of the speed of light, suitable for traveling within a single star system. Its four deuterium fusion reactors power the impulse engines.
The other areas you can click on are: HANGER BAY and NAVIGATIONAL DEFLECTOR.
Respect for the Treknology
Some fans have worried that this new film will be re-writing the book on Trek, but from the above we can see that one they are paying attention to is the technical manual. Deflectors, shuttles, warp, impulse, deuterium reactors, phasers, and even nadion particles are all part of Star Trek canon. It even appears that they are trying to ‘bridge the gap’ here in terms of Star Trek Enterprise and The Original Series, with the phaser turrets. Obviously those making this film did their homework when it came to Trek tech.
Get the desktop – find out something about the Kelvin
To get the new desktop you click on ‘QUIZ’ and answer four questions. The first two are about Lenovo laptops and the second two are about Star Trek, with the third question asking how many deuterium fusion reactors power the Kelvin’s impulse engines. The answers to the questions are found by exploring the site before you start the quiz. When done you can download the image below in multiple sizes [note: image is very similar to one already available at the main Intel Trek site].
New USS Kelvin Desktop
2008 Contest for laptop + 2009 Contest to include premiere tickets
If you click on ‘SWEEPSTAKES’ you can enter a contest to win a laptop or a messenger bag. This is the same bag Intel gave out at Comic Con over the summer.
Like the main boldlygo.intel.com site itself, this contest site looks like it will be adding more. If you click on ‘FUTURE FRONTIERS’ you can sign up for updates and they promise a new contest ‘starting in 2009’ where you ‘Build your crew’ and win many prizes including four tickets to the premiere of the movie.
More at boldblygo.intel.com/newfrontiers