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SS Valiant Overview

My rating: 8.3/10

Side View

Image from Star Trek Chronology

Introduction

SS Valiant (ADC-11031 or NCC-S1104) was an Earth starship that operated in the mid-21st century. From 2065 to 2069, she conducted Earth's earliest deep space mission attempt. In December 2069, Valiant encountered a spatial magnetic storm that knocked the ship off course into the galactic barrier at the edge of the galaxy. Six of the crew were killed, and one crewmember started exhibiting psychokinetic abilities. To prevent additional danger to the survivors, the captain Carlos Tarasco ordered the ship destroyed and the ship's disaster recorder ejected. In 2265, Federation starship USS Enterprise recovered the disaster recorder.

The story behind the ship was first featured is TOS second pilot Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), then later expanded by TNG novel The Valiant (2000). A model of the ship was produced for Star Trek Chronology (1993 and 1996) by Greg Jein. Valiant's model served as inspiration for other early Earth ships such as SS Conestoga.

My thoughts

The design is fairly simplistic. Starting with the main body, we have large and simple shape that looks to be housing most of the ship's systems given that it completely dwarfs any other hull structure of the ship. The hull has large protrusions in four directions; some sort of command bridge module on the bow, a nacelle to both port and starboard, and four rockets/large thrusters to stern. Looking at an alternative photo that was taken when the physical model had no nacelles, you can better see small details such as a registry and red lines on the hull. So whilst this ship's design does not win any awards for beauty compared to other Earth and Federation ships, it is definitely a solid and sensible design that is believable - clearly more primitive than any other known ship and has no hints to any advanced systems other than Warp drive.

Two separate registries are known for the ship: ADC-11301 and NCC-S1104. I am going to dismiss the latter (which was stated in the Star Trek Maps book, 1980) since it's quite ridiculous to think Valiant bore a modern Starfleet registry. I have mixed feelings on the ADC registry (which is taken from the model) - it is a very high number if we assume this ADC registry to be numerically progressive. However, since it has not appeared before or since, there should be no problem with it continuality wise. As a side note, ADC is actually homage to the 1974 film Dark Star. There is currently no information on any of its offensive or defensive systems. In fact, we generally know very little about the design of the ship apart from what we can see.

Whilst the design is pretty much sound, there are a few issues surrounding the ship's backstory that should be noted. Starting with the launch year of approximately 2065, Valiant would have been launched only two years after Zefram Cochrane's breakthrough flight. Whilst it is not impossible, it is cutting it close when you have to consider a ship design must be designed, approved, constructed, and tested before commission.

My scoring

  1. Aesthetic pleasure: 6/10
  2. Design suitability: 10/10
  3. Registry number: 7/10
  4. Unique features: 10/10
  5. Offensive system choices: N/A
  6. Defensive system choices: N/A
  7. Average: 8.3

Final notes

SS Valiant was the first ship I had to properly read up on for this website. I have learned a fair bit about the design and it has became a benchmark to compare all my own designs against. Incorporating the design into the website has required minimal changes, with the biggest being the registry. The sideview obtained from Ex Astris Scientia was marked "UESPA-6" and I decided to adopt it - I assumed it was given that registry to link up with the canonical registry of Friendship 1 (UESPA-1). All other UESPA designs here conform to that registry (with the exception of experimental ships).

Side View

Alternative image of Valiant without nacelles from Doug Drexler's blog

Revised
2017-11-27