(Episode 52) Truth OR Myth? Starfleet Starships- The TOS Constitution Class

(Episode 52) Truth OR Myth? Starfleet Starships- The TOS Constitution Class

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the most iconic design in both Trek fandom and Starfleet history the Constitution class was the jewel of Starfleet's crown hello and welcome to truth or myth in today's episode we take a look at the Constitution class and her history and try to understand why this ship class was one of the most revolutionary and brilliant designs of her time please note this video will not include the Star Trek discovery redesigned version of the Constitution class or the Constitution class of the JJ Abrams Star Trek films as future episodes we'll deal with those versions so with that let's begin launched in the early 22 40s the Constitution class would become the backbone of Starfleet space fleet until the end of the 23rd century having multiple refits and upgrades during those 60 years the basic external arrangement would always stay the same and become the basis for a lot of future starship designs though not canon it's reasonable to assume that up to the date the Constitution class was launched Starfleet vessels were primarily all variants on saucer section designs the NX class as well as subsequent classes seen participating a century later in the Battle of the binary stars all show this heavy saucer design influence that is until the Constitution class would see a fully functional and worthwhile addition of a large secondary hull the original Constitution class measured 289 metres long with the width of 127 meters and contained 21 decks numbered from the top of the ship which housed the main bridge to the bottom of the ship which housed the ship's engineering sections cargo bays shuttle bay and support systems it was staffed with approximately 430 crew members by the late 22 60s when the original class was phased out in favor of the newly refit Constitution class design having fully incorporated the new Duotronic computer control systems designed by dr. richard de strim the main bridge would feature almost two full 360 degrees of starship consoles sunken down slightly lower on the deck in the center of the bridge were the Helmand navigation consoles though navigating the ship through the Kosmos was the primary responsibility of these consoles during combat situations it was not unusual to see these consoles controlling both offensive and defensive weapons in the very center of this area on a raised platform was the captain's chair with the ability to swivel 360 degrees this chair offered the captain an unobstructed view of any station on the bridge other stations on the bridge included communications engineering weapons control gravity control damage control environment engineering internal security and science and library computer access directly forward of the captain's chair was mounted the main view screen which could display anything from tactical and library computer information to communications signals from alien species originally access to the bridge was gained by only one turbolift this was until the late 22 60s when a second turbolift would be added and would remain part of the design throughout subsequent refits an auxilary control area or secondary bridge also existed in the saucer section this bridge was used in the event that the main bridge was so massively damaged or uninhabitable and could assume full control over the ship the Constitution class had a standard cruising speed of warp factor six with a maximum emergency speed of warp factor eight making this class one of the fastest classes in Starfleet build a ship attained speeds of over warp factor 14 these were all done by exterior means and at a great danger to the ship itself the original Constitution class also contained one of the last horizontal warp cord designed by Starfleet beginning from under main engineering access to the dilithium crystals could be made from a dome console on the engineering deck itself impulse engine design was also the most advanced for her time and would change very little over the next century the constitution class also contained a new weaponry development phaser banks up to this point all Starfleet vessels were equipped with phased pulse cannons but the Constitution class was able to sustain a beam in both energy and intensity to make it a much more destructive weapon in its day ship mounted phaser banks had a range of approximately 90,000 kilometers and like handheld phasers could be adjusted from light stun to full destructive power in the original configuration the forward phaser emitters were located on the underside of the saucer section in the forward port and starboard positions while the aft phaser emitters were located above the shuttle bay on the secondary hull a forward photon torpedo launcher was also installed on the lower section of the saucer section while an aft launcher was installed on the lower end of the secondary hull in concert these new weapon systems could destroy an entire surface of a planet the constitution class starship had a powerful new deflector shield grid system these were referred to as shields numbered one through four in standard configuration the shield system was powered by the impulse reactors leaving warp power for maneuvering the ship itself but with warp power diverted to the shields the Constitution class could withstand much more of the beating than any starship that had come before her though rarely used the Constitution class also had the ability to separate the saucer section from the rest of the ship allowing that section to become a large escape pod ferrying crew to safety if both sections of the ship could be recovered then a Starbase would be needed to reconvene the two sections this system would later become a standard feature on the Galaxy class of starships as a defensive and offensive system over a hundred years later like most ships of the time the Constitution class was equipped with standard and cargo transporters these transporters were primarily used for personnel and away missions to planets as a speedy alternative to the shuttlecraft the standard configuration of the Constitution class carried a complement of four main shuttlecraft as well as various other smaller craft which were usually charged with the repair tasks to the outer hull of the ship one downside of the original Constitution class shuttle bays was that it didn't include the new force field technology which allowed the shuttle bay doors to be opened without decompressing the entire Bay though this technology would be included when the class received its major refit and redesign in the early 22 70s sick bay was located on Deck 6 in the safest area of the saucer section the central area this area contained medical labs and recovery areas and also had protective bulkheads that could cut off the entire section from the rest of the ship while a damaged and beaten starship waited for rescue from other vessels also because the class was designed for extended deep-space exploration the Constitution class has the most extensive recreational facilities of her day there were at least six recreation rooms where the crew could congregate when not on duty and a holographic rec area which was the predecessor to the holodeck there was also a gymnasium for the crew to keep physically fit in Arboretum where people could enjoy berries plant life from all over the Federation a bowling alley a theater and a non-denominational Chapel where shipboard functions such as weddings could take place originally there were only 12 ships of the class constructed and the class though long lived saw half of its ships destroyed or badly damaged by the half of the 22 60s this would catapult Starfleet into a complete redesign and refit of the first vessel of the class to return from its five-year mission is intact the USS Enterprise and Starfleet would begin to build the refit Constitution class unrestrictedly to make it the backbone of its fleet and in fact the class would serve in that position until the end of the century when the class would begin to be phased out for the much newer and more powerful Excelsior class even by the time of the Borg attack at Wolf 359 in 2366 there were still a few Constitution class refits and service when looking at previous Starfleet ship designs of the time it's easy to see why the Constitution class captured the hearts and minds of so many people in the Federation it was a beautiful design with clean lines that made her appear even more powerful than what she really was add to that the advancement of her internal systems and you have a force to be reckoned with throughout the Federation thank you for watching today's episode of truth or myth have something you'd like to add then leave a comment in the section below and don't forget to Like and subscribe to the channel so you won't miss a single video released thanks again for watching live long and prosper

20 thoughts on “(Episode 52) Truth OR Myth? Starfleet Starships- The TOS Constitution Class

  • Bill Stafford

    All these years I did not know that the Constitution class could separate the saucer section. Thank you for the info. Very beautiful ships.

  • spark300c

    Constitution Class is classic design. I think they did best they could in 1960s model making. what do not like when show air now they have cheap cgi model of it.

  • Andrew Chadaranek

    Did he say warp 14?

  • Will Vanderbilt

    The part about the horizontal warp core threw me. Do you know for sure if it was? Nothing about it was seen in any episode. In fact, there might be just enough space below the engineering deck for a vertical one.

  • MrHoppers002

    I liked the TOS constitution class more than the motion picture refit version. I think the TOS version looks more outstanding probably because it has some colored running lights and the bussard collectors were colorful and spinning.

  • susan esquer

    I always thought that Constitution Class was a sleek elegant design! They sure did pack them in on those Constitution ships. The Constitution Class ships are just so iconic. Mr Matt Jefferies I salute you! (6 May 2019 0643 hours)

  • David Crane

    I thought it was "constellation" class?

  • ozzie mederos

    When Scotty Met Captain Picard on the enterprise d's in the hallowed suite Picard said constitution class Scotty says yes are you familiar with them Picard said yes there's one in the fleet museum but this is your enterprise

  • Vulpine

    separation at 6:44 was pretty neat, where is the clip from?

  • Man Flex

    where did it seperated the saucer?

  • Julius Smith

    Wonderful Video!😃

  • 406GUNNERS

    It was the 60s muscle car of Star ships. Sleek and powerful.

  • chay liss

    How many were built

  • silentkiller733

    Didnt no the og enterprise could separate

  • Ronn Roden

    Star trek continue homage cool

  • vilod

    I thought it was "Starship class".

  • Al Howell

    I did not know that the Constitution Classes saucer section was able to separate from the rest of the ship

  • Mike J

    why are there windows in the neck and pylons?

  • David Brunelle

    We really should have gotten a captain sulu TV show in the late 1990's onboard an excelsior class ship set in the 2290's with lots of constitutes and and miranda class ships featured throughout. Would have been better than Voyager, witch I liked and better than deep space nine which I liked too. Oh well we did get star trek 4….

  • Jon-Michael Berglund

    I just wish the neck wasn't so thin. It is such a weakspot, especially in battle.

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