Saturday, 29 November 2014

Latest vision for the refit USS Voyager

Starship designer Mark Rademaker, has recently posted several new images in his Flickr gallery, including his latest tease at the possible form the refit slipstream-enabled USS Voyager, from Kirsten Beyer's Voyager relaunch novels:

Cross Cult's Voyager refit design.
Mark does note in his comments that this remains just a possible design direction (and indeed the image is dated 2012, so it could be very out of date). Although it's fairly consistent with the previous teaser images, in the general direction at least; overall sleeker form, new larger nacelles, and an extended dorsal section, which might house a secondary shuttlebay. If you're curious, I've had a look back through my archives, to find the previous teaser images, the first from way back in 2010! Check out the development of the new look Voyager, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here!

I'm itching to see the Voyager refit completed, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait; Mark never disappoints with his ship designs. Until then, we'll just have to live with the slightly less elegant interpretation of the refit, as seen on the German cover for Full Circle.

Another newly released image from Mark shows a cover draft for his cover for the forthcoming John Jackson Miller TNG/Aventine novel, Takedown. Here's the concept and final version, featuring the USS Aventine in action:

Check out Mark's Flickr gallery for more Voyager, Aventine, and other starship images.


Fox said...

Love the Aventine, but I've yet to see a single redesign of the Voyager that holds a candle next to the original. This one in particular looks too unbalanced with those wonky nacelles.

Chris said...

I think the original Intrepid class is a great looking ship, I'm not sure why everyone is trying to mod it into a ST Online reject. If its slipstream capable why would they slap giant nacelles onto it?