One of the exciting elements of last week’s season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Picard was the appearance of a number of new and familiar Starfleet ships. Now production designer Dave Blass is breaking down all the space ships from the episode.
Dave Blass breaks down the fleet
The following copy and images are based on an extended Twitter thread from Dave Blass, reformatted here for the web with his permission, along with illustrations and details on the designers and artists. The graphics on all charts are by Geoffrey Mandel.
The first ship we see having issues with the anomaly is the lone U.S.S. Avalon NCC-63887, an Akira-class Starship, one of the few that is called out by name.
The original Akira design is by Alex Jaeger with modeling done by Thomas Marrone.
When Admiral Whitley sends Picard to deal with a new anomaly in space, she makes sure she sends plenty of backup. We get a look at 34 Starfleet vessels in “The Star Gazer,” some old friends and some new.
Jörg Hillebrand already made a chart so I am going to steal his. [UPDATED with ship names]
Our new Hero ship U.S.S. Stargazer NCC-82893 drops in.
It is soon joined by the (new, not refit) U.S.S. Excelsior NCC-42037.
The Sutherland Class U.S.S. Almagest NCC-91870.
The U.S.S. Gagarin NCC-97930.
The Ross Class U.S.S. Vanguard NCC-75148.
The Inquiry Class U.S.S. Rustazh NCC-86503.
It brings us joy to bring back the Sovereign Class and the U.S.S Gilgamesh NCC-74669 and another Sovereign U.S.S Valkyrie NCC-74877.
Making Sean P. Torangeau’s Luna Class a [live-action] canon ship was a great honor as his passion for design inspires us all with the U.S.S. Europa NCC-80104.
The Reliant Class U.S.S. Uhura NCC-90214 is a salute to Nichelle Nichols.
A wider annotated shot shows more ships (also annotated by Jörg Hillebrand).
This includes a classic Akira U.S.S Thunderchild NCC-63549.
USS Huygens NCC-91814, another Sutherland class.
Another Reliant Class U.S.S Clark NCC-90206,
Next are a pair of Sutherland Class ships U.S.S. ibn Al-Haytham NCC-91965 and the U.S.S Sutherland NCC-91800.
Another Akira Class, the U.S.S. Helios NCC-63284.
Next up are two Inquiry Class ships, U.S.S. Magellan NCC-86509 and USS Shackleton NCC-86517
The Reliant Class U.S.S. Reliant NCC-90200. Hopefully, [Star Trek Online designer] Thomas Marrone can chime in on the design.
The Luna Class U.S.S. Oberon NCC-80103.
A different shot as the fleet heads to the Borg ship reveals more ships (also annotated by Jörg Hillebrand).
This includes three more Sovereign Class, U.S.S. Venture NCC-75306, U.S.S. Arsinoe NCC-75307, and U.S.S. Hutchinson NCC-74975. The John Eaves design of the Sovereign is one of my favorites.
And the Ross Class U.S.S. Yi Sun-Sin NCC-76545.
A second Excelsior II Class, the U.S.S Eureka NCC-42023, is next to the U.S.S. Hrothgar NCC-74975, and (another canon addition) U.S.S. Okuda NCC-74107, both Sovereign Class ships.
The Akira Class USS Rabin NCC-63293.
And the Sovereign U.S.S. Pachacuti NCC-74181.
The Inquiry Class USS Nathan Hale NCC-86501.
And the biggest baddest ship in the fleet even shows up to tangle with the Borg. The U.S.S. Zheng He NCC-86505 rounds out the list.
How does Picard get to the U.S.S. Stargazer? In the brand-new Type 14 Long Range Shuttle Craft the U.S.S. Jemison, named for astronaut Mae Jemison and designed by John Eaves and Harald Belker.
Finally, the Borg “Singularity” Ship was designed by John Eaves and Dave Blass, with modeling by James Chung.
UPDATE: Stargazer dedication
Dave Blass followed up with more on Twitter…
The Starship Registration plaques have become an excellent place to give credit where credit is due. In past years the plaques have combined creatives and executives into the world of Starfleet Brass. The Admiralty Board was at my suggestion. We stand on their shoulders.
Video on new Stargazer
Paramount has also released a video feature with Dave Blass and others talking about the new USS Stargazer.
Video on Star Trek Online ships
The fleet included some designs from the game Star Trek Online. The following video, which includes Blass again, goes behind the scenes on how the ship went from the game to the show.
New episodes of Star Trek: Picard premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on Fridays where Paramount+ is available around the world. In Canada, it airs on CTV Sci-Fi Channel on streams on Crave on Thursdays. Picard is also available on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video around the world.
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