This star trek papercraft is the USS Voyager (NCC-74656), based on the Star Trek Voyager television series, the paper model is created by ninjatoes. The USS Voyager was an Intrepid-class Federation starship launched in 2371 under the command of Captain Kathryn Janeway. The vessel was noted for completing a non-scheduled seven-year journey across the Delta Quadrant between 2371 and 2378, which was the first exploration of that Quadrant by the Federation.
The USS Voyager was constructed at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards orbiting Mars and was launched from Earth Station McKinley on stardate 48038.5 in 2371. Voyager was one of the earliest Intrepid-class class starships constructed and it featured a number of technological innovations that had become available in the 2370s: bio-neural circuitry, variable geometry warp nacelles, and an Emergency Medical Holographic program were only a few of Voyager‘s notable technical advancements. The vessel was also the first to test the class 9 warp drive in deep space.
Captain Kathryn Janeway assumed command of Voyager almost immediately before it disembarked from drydock. Vice Admiral Patterson greeted her onboard with a tour of the ship.
Shortly before Voyager‘s launch, Captain Janeway’s Chief of Security and Second Officer, Lieutenant Tuvok, had successfully infiltrated the Maquis ship Val Jean, commanded by the disgruntled former Starfleet officer Chakotay. The Maquis ship, including Tuvok, went missing in the Badlands and Voyager was subsequently assigned to locate and capture the missing vessel.
At the Federation Penal Colony in New Zealand, Janeway recruited Tom Paris – former Starfleet officer, short-term member of the Maquis, and son of Admiral Owen Paris – whose piloting skills and knowledge of the Badlands were considered essential for the mission. Reluctantly, Paris agreed to be brought on board as an “observer.” After leaving space station Deep Space 9 and entering the Badlands, Voyager was swept 70,000 light years into the Delta Quadrant where it also discovered Chakotay’s missing Maquis vessel – the Val Jean – which had experienced a similar fate.
Several crew members were killed during Voyager‘s violent hurdle into the Delta Quadrant, including the First Officer, Lieutenant Commander Cavit; the helmsman, Lieutenant Stadi; the chief engineer; the transporter chief; and the entire medical staff, including the chief medical officer. Furthermore, crew members of both vessels were abducted upon their arrival and subjected to painful three-day medical examinations conducted by an entity known as the “Caretaker”. The Caretaker, a sporocystian lifeform who belonged to a race called the Nacene, was dying and in search of a suitable mate so his offspring could continue to provide for a species called the Ocampa after his death. He felt an obligation to the Ocampa as many years ago his race of explorers from a distant galaxy was responsible for the destruction of their planet’s atmosphere, which in turn forced the Ocampa to move below ground. The Caretaker created underground hospitable areas for the Ocampa and completely provided for them.
Unable to find a compatible mate in any of Voyager‘s or the Val Jean‘s crew, however, he returned them to their respective ships. Two of the crew members – B’Elanna Torres and Harry Kim – became ill after the experiments, and were sent by the Caretaker to the Ocampa homeworld for care and medical treatment. Realizing the perilous state of their situation, Janeway and Chakotay decided to put aside their differences in order to locate their missing crew and then find a way to return home.
En route to Ocampa, the two ships encountered a Talaxian freighter manned by Neelix who, in exchange for water, agreed to help retrieve the missing crew. Both were eventually rescued and treated by Voyager‘s EMH. The Caretaker’s condition continued to deteriorate, however, rendering him unable to send the two ships back to the Alpha Quadrant. He died a short time later. Although Lieutenant Tuvok believed he could activate the system that could send Voyager back, that would have meant potentially leaving the technology in the hands of a hostile native species, the Kazon-Ogla, whose malevolent use of the system and actions would have threatened the existence of the Ocampa.
Instead of allowing the Kazon to seize the Caretaker’s advanced technology and harm the peaceful Ocampa, Captain Janeway made the decision to destroy the Caretaker’s array. She ordered two tricobalt devices, armed with a yield of 20,000 Tera-cochranes, fired at the array, which destroyed it. This decision left Voyager stranded in the Delta Quadrant. After the destruction of the Val Jean during a battle with the Kazon, the Starfleet and Maquis crew were forced to merge for their projected 70-year journey home.
Voyager officially lost contact with Starfleet on stardate 48307.5. Because the Val Jean was destroyed in a battle against the Kazon, its entire surviving crew transferred to Voyager to embark on the journey home. Several key positions aboard the vessel, left vacant by heavy casualties, were filled by the new Maquis crew. Chakotay became Voyager‘s first officer, and B’Elanna Torres, despite a rocky relationship with then-acting chief engineer Lieutenant Joe Carey, became the new chief engineer. With no surviving medical staff, the EMH became the chief medical officer. His design parameters included a maximum operating time of 1500 hours, but the engineering staff eventually upgraded his program sufficiently to overcome this hindrance.
Neelix remained on board and served the ship as a guide during the vessel’s first two and a half years in the region. He also became the ship’s morale officer, chef, and eventually, ambassador. His Ocampan girlfriend, Kes, joined him and began medical training with The Doctor to become a nurse and field medic. She also converted one of the ship’s cargo bays into an airponics bay to grow fruits and vegetables, which helped conserve power for Voyager by reducing the need for food replicators.
Like many Federation starships of its time, Voyager was armed with phasers and photon torpedoes and protected by a deflector shield system. The vessels torpedo launchers were compatable with quantum torpedoes as well, with some modification. Additionally, Voyager carried spatial charges and tricobalt devices, the latter of which were not normally carried on Starfleet vessels at the time.
Shortly before the vessel’s return to the Alpha Quadrant in 2378, Voyager was upgraded with deployable ablative hull armor and transphasic torpedoes, both of which were brought back in time from the year 2404 by a future version of Kathryn Janeway. These new systems drastically increased Voyager‘s combat capabilities; Borg weapons had a difficult time penetrating the hull armor and entire Borg cubes were destroyed with only one or two transphasic torpedoes each.
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