4 Feb 2018

The size of the U.S.S. Shenzhou from Star Trek Discovery

The USS Shenzhou NCC-1227 was a 23rd century Federation Walker-class starship, under the command of Captain Philippa Georgiou. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

  • The premise for all my deck calculations: a deck is 2,5m + 0,5m for EPS cables, power cables, ... = 3m height for a deck.
  • Starfleet ships from the 24th century have 4m (3m deck high + 1m Jefferies tube) because from the 24th century the Jefferies tubes are located between the decks. Before, they were installed "behind the walls", like side corridors. 

This is the side view of the USS Shenzhou:

schematic by Starship Collection

Because the USS Shenzhou is a 23rd-century ship, it does not have Jefferie's tubes between the decks. Therefore, this results in a length of 319,6m.
Only with 24th century Jefferies tubes the ship would have the "official" length of 423m.

The size of the ship is also reflected in the size of the bridge, which extends over one and a half decks (a human is between 1,80 and 2,00 meters tall). The area of the bridge extends over the height of the deck and the Jefferies tube.

foto by Aaron Baiers