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New Deep Space Nine Station

Posted by T'Bonz - 12/11/13 at 10:11 am


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Doug Drexler has unveiled designs for the new Deep Space Nine station.

The new station is to be built in a Starfleet, not a Cardassian, style.

The original station, built by the Cardassians and seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has been destroyed in the continuing story of Deep Space Nine, and a new one is to appear in future stories.

“Where the original DS9 was designed over many months, this project would have to be completed in matter of weeks,” said Drexler. “My plan was to bring Andrew Probert in to flesh out the design, as described in the first novel, which would be written by David R George III.”

A published description of the new station explains how the new station will look. “Despite the radical design, it shared many characteristics with other Starfleet facilities: the gray-white surface of its hull, the curves and proportions of its components, the familiar lettering along one arc that read United Federation of Planets. The overall, essentially spherical shape of the station, though, reminded Ro of its predecessor. The new facility would ultimately comprise three rings, oriented at right angles to each other. They would all surround an inner sphere, connecting to it via half a dozen crossover bridges. The rings would provide docking and cargo services, while the sphere would house work, commercial, and residential sections.”

More images and sketches can be found on Drexler’s Facebook page.

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Source: The Trek Collectivevia Doug Drexler's Facebook Page

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  • John

    Hideous. Thumbs up if you’re tired of everything getting destroyed only to be replaced again. A characters death has no meaning or drama involved if you’re just gonna bring them back anyway.

    Original Enterprise destroyed and replaced. D destroyed and replaced with the E. Defiant destroyed and replaced. Delta flyer destroyed and replace…..

  • Hakuzen

    Makes no sense, why would the federation mimick the look of a cardassian space station? They would just build a normal, federation space station to replace it.

    Not only that, even if they were to go out of their way to mimick the cardassian aesthetic, I HIGHLY doubt they would make it look worse than the oldschool tech that was available in ENTERPRISE.

    Bah

  • Optimistic Doodle

    Strange, this is so not Doug Drexler.

  • Jason Nucker

    That looks like balls…..plain and simple.

  • jstimson

    I mentioned this on anther site with this story, but will repeat it here. Looks very retro, like what we saw in “Far Beyond The Stars”. And with 4 arms it looks to dense to be useful. If they wanted to go for Federation inspired design, why not something as an update to the K7? I loved the original DS9 station, but this just seems very odd and toyish.

  • Daniel Ireland

    Looks like a torpedo turret…

  • Gary Mitchell

    I don’t like it. They should have just left it the way it was. If the people in charge at Pocket want to blow something up they should have blown up Voyager and rebuilt it. A truly ugly starship.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    Looks like an easy target. Oops, did I say that out loud?

  • nevilleross

    I like it a lot.

  • Theragen Derivative

    I’m really disappointed to hear they did this. DS9 had something in common with the TOS that none of the other Trek shows did: its setting was an established place with a long HISTORY to it. In the station’s case, a very interesting history indeed. Amidst a bunch of other Trek shows set aboard ships that were clean out of the yards, DS9′s past was part of what made the show so fascinating.

    The place was nearly a hundred years old! The ghosts of Cardassian occupiers, of Starfleet administrators, of Dominion invaders, all lingered on DS9. Blowing it up is like tearing down the Alamo and building a modernized Disneyland version of it on the site. The aging alien station with so many years of mystery in its hallways is now just another shiny-new Starfleet facility with no past, no stories, no legends. Very sad.

    As for the design of the new station, it’s hard to fault Starfleet for trying to replicate what had been such a logical and successful layout for a space station; what it can be faulted for is building something so F’n UGLY. This is, indeed, the have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too school of drama that’s given us lines of starships with infinitely progressing numerical suffixes that pop out of the yards like vending-machine drinks within months after their predecessors were destroyed (it took literally two episodes from the Defiant’s destruction to its replacement with another “Defiant” exactly like the old one). Sometimes you CAN’T go home again.

  • Theragen Derivative

    I was with you up until the “rebuilt it” part….

    Just checked the big versions of the pics over at Trek Collective. This looks worse the more I look at it…. what IS the point of fusing all the docking pylons together like that? Now they’re just a series of arches that serve no practical purpose other than as a design callback to the old station. So even the “functional design” argument for this new station is out the window.

    Gah. If there’d been ONE constant to the DS9 universe in the relaunch series, it should have been the station. Characters could come and go, political alliances could ebb and flow, every last member of the old crew could have been replaced as the years went on; the station was always the anchor to everything.

  • James

    I dunno, have you seen his design for the Ent-J?

    This Federation DS9 is very poor. Why are the docking pylons connected? doesn’t that defeat the point of having them? never mind the fact that it’s ugly.

    I think the great Andy Probert was involved as well – how could these guys mess up so bad?

  • Frontier

    I never thought I’d say this, but I want to go back into the toy-box mode of novels. While the DS9 relaunch novels where spectacular in both story-arc, writing, and character, not much else beyond the talent of the authors has continued to be above par with the books over the past decade. We’ve got a ton of talented writers doing their best to write good stories, but the stories they’re being told to write are just decimating and destroying the Trek 24th century we all knew and loved. It’s an on-going disaster year after year anymore. The TNG and Voyager relaunches have both been train-wrecks, frankly. The co-mingling of everything (or the half-attempt at such) has been abysmal. The changes being made to the characters and stories are constantly against their grains. If not for the quality of the writing, I couldn’t stomach them. So many good authors and yet the directions for the story arcs being given by whomever is randomly in charge of things have been like directions given by a drunk dyslexic…

    Time to cut the losses and go back to the mode of novels where nothing really changed and everything was status quo by the end of the book.

  • nevilleross

    And now, there’s a new station to replace the old, which means that the series will go on-so what if the previous one was destroyed?

  • bbock

    Deep Space Nine was my favorite of all the Star Trek shows and movies. I haven’t kept up with the books, but this would have pissed me off. It looks like those toys Galoob designed for TNG and then promptly loss the rights. It’s too bulbous. It looks like a rejected design. The Terok Nor design was amazing visually. It was very distinctive. They had a mandate to come up with a design for a space station that if you saw it on TV from another room, you’d instantly recognize it. This just looks awful