Designed by veteran Star Trek illustrator Rick Sternbach, production designer Richard James, and scenic artist Michael Okuda, the USS Voyager served her illustrious crew for seven seasons of adventures in the distant Delta Quadrant.
The Intrepid-class Voyager was Star Trek's newest and coolest ship when Star Trek: Voyager launched in 1995, described in the pilot script as "a sleek bullet of a ship, built for action". Roughly half the size of Star Trek: The Next Generation's USS Enterprise-D, Voyager was Star Trek's "sleek, nifty, new-generation vessel", a streamlined design that implied forward motion even when the ship was standing still.
While many of the ship's 257 compartments were explored and a number of her "nifty" features depicted during the show's run, many of Voyager's design details and quirks remained offscreen or unmentioned, relegated to the writer's room bible, internal technical manual, various Star Trek encyclopedias, or for fans to sleuth out through careful research and rewatch of the 25 year old series.
While Neelix's recipe for chadre'kab remains a mystery, here are 10 secrets we were able to uncover about the USS Voyager, NCC-74656.