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Captain Kathryn Janeway
2371 - 2378
The USS Voyager NCC-74656 was launched in 2371 on stardate 48038.5 from
Earth Station McKinley. Prior to its mission to
search for a missing Maquis raider, Voyager was in drydock at
Utopia Planitia for final systems installation, from here Captain Kathryn Janeway took command.
Voyager had a crew of a 141 officers for her original three-week mission to search for a Maquis ship lost in an
area near the Bajor system known as the Badlands. On that search mission however Voyager was also lost,
according to initial Starfleet reports. Unknown to Starfleet, she was propelled 75,000 light years to the
Delta Quadrant by a powerful displacement wave on stardate 48307.5. In order to protect the Ocampa, Janeway
broke the Prime Directive and destroyed the Caretaker Array, their only means home. From that point the crew
of the Maquis ship joined Voyager after their ship was destroyed.
After Voyager was stranded in the Delta Quadrant, the crew made several modifications. The captain's dining
room was converted into a galley for Neelix to cook unreplicated food, and the crew established a hydroponics
bay to grow their own food. The crew also made significant changes to the ship's sensors, massively
upgrading the Stellar Cartography system turning it into the Astrometrics Lab which was used to chart a new
course home that took off five years of travel.
In 2374, Voyager found a Hirogen communication network which picked up a signal of a Starfleet vessel in the
Alpha Quadrant. Unable to carry a direct message across net, Voyager's Emergency Medial Hologram was sent
halfway across the galaxy to the Starfleet vessel USS Prometheus
NX-74913. The EMH notified Starfleet Command of Voyager's situation and the families of the crew
were also able to send letters across the Hirogen relay net to Voyager. The net was destroyed and no further
contact was made. At the end of 2374 Voyager discovered what appeared to be a Federation starship, the USS
Dauntless NX-01A, sent to bring the crew home. The Dauntless was an alien fake, however, Voyager was able to
use it's Quantum Slipstream Drive to get closer to home.
In late 2375 Voyager encountered another Starfleet vessel the USS Equinox
NCC-72381, this ship was also transported to the Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker. Using an alien race
as fuel the Equinox left Voyager to be attacked by the entities while the Equinox had Voyager's EMH and Seven
of Nine onboard. Voyager later caught up with the Equinox and recovered the Doctor and Seven. After being
attacked by the alien lifeforms the Equinox suffered a warpcore breach destroying the ship and killing
Captain Ransom. Survivors of the Equinox joined the Voyager crew.
In early 2376 while working on the Pathfinder Project, engineer Lieutenant Reginald Barclay was able to
establish a brief two-way communication with Voyager from Earth using the MIDAS array directed at a Class B
itinerant pulsar to create an artificial singularity. Starfleet discovered it could send transmissions from
the MIDAS array to Voyager on a 32 day cycle, with Voyager able to respond within 17 hours after receiving
the transmission. Near the end 2377 Harry Kim and Seven of Nine discovered that Voyager could communicate
with Starfleet in real-time by bouncing a tachyon beam off a quantum singularity for approximately 11 minutes
a day. As a result the crew received its first official Starfleet mission in over seven years to retrieve
the Friendship One probe. However lost one of their crew, Lieutenant Joe Carey, during the mission.
Voyager has used other methods to shorten its journey home which has included quantum-slip stream technology,
taking 10 years off, a transwarp coil from a Borg Sphere which took off 20 years of travel, and a subspace
catapult which sent Voyager across 30 sectors of space, about 600 light years. In 2377, Admiral Janeway from
the year 2404 traveled back in time in an attempt to get Voyager home sooner. Using advanced weaponary from
the future Voyager was able to use a Borg transwarp hub destroying it behind them. Admiral Janeway sacrificed
herself to deliver a major blow against the Borg and allow Voyager a chance to get home. Voyager arrived at
Earth greeted by a fleet of 27 Starfleet vessels expecting a Borg invasion.
Star Trek: Universe background information
The 5-foot long model of Voyager used for effects shots was built by a team of model makers led
by Tony Meininger. An unusual feature of the model is the use in the windows of small slide photos of the
actual sets, giving the viewers the sense that they are actually looking in the ship as it passes by. Voyager
was created by Emmy-winning production designer Richard James, who designed the interior sets, and
illustrator/technical consultant Rick Sternbach, who designed the ship's exterior.
A Close Look at Voyager,