3D tour of the USS Enterprise
Sep24

3D tour of the USS Enterprise

A 3D artist has painstakingly recreated the USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation so fans can take their own virtual tour. Unsurprisingly, Jason B is also a huge fan of the franchise and has created the digital ‘museum’ of the iconic ship using the Unreal 4 game engine. The only snag is you will need to have a virtual reality headset like Oculus Rift to walk around it. The Enterprise 3D Project is based on what he saw in the show and unofficial...

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Win Tickets to the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Concert in London
Aug19

Win Tickets to the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Concert in London

World premiere of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Tour celebrates five decades of Star Trek Set to beam down to Royal Albert Hall this November Five decades of Star Trek will be celebrated at the Royal Albert Hall in a stunning new show featuring the most iconic footage from the legendary films and TV series – as the unforgettable music is played live on stage by a concert orchestra. The world premiere of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage takes place at the famous London venue on 1 November 2015, before beginning a tour of American concert halls next year. Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We are boldly going where no other venue has been before: staging a massive Star Trek extravaganza that draws on 50 years of legendary TV and film to create an unmissable evening for fans.” The lavish production will include a live symphony orchestra accompanying footage beamed in high-definition to a 40ft screen, including Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and many more. Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is presented in conjunction with CineConcerts, CBS Consumer Products and Paramount Pictures.  Justin Freer, producer and founder of CineConcerts, said:  “The Star Trek franchise has for many years been an important and meaningful part of our culture in so many ways. This exciting concert experience featuring the greatest music and visuals spanning five decades will be an extraordinary and memorable event.” And  courtesy of the lovely team at the Royal Albert Hall you could win two tickets for the 2:30pm matinee!  All you need to do is answer 3 qualifying questions and you will be entered into the prize draw. Question 1. In which DS9 episode is Jake Sisko played by Tony Todd? Question 2. What is Picard’s name as he lives the life of a resident of the planet Kataan? Question 3. What is the name of the ship that Annika Hansen and her family was on when they was assimilated by the Borg? To enter simply email your answers to trekmate1701@gmail.com along with your full name (and your twitter handle if you have one). Closing date for entries is Sunday the 11th of October 2015 and the lucky winner will be selected at random from the correct entries and announced on Monday the 12th. (One entry per person) Though if you arent lucky enough to win these fantastic tickets, they are still available to purchase directly available...

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Reference Guide for the Future gets an update
Aug08

Reference Guide for the Future gets an update

The Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide for the Future, which has long been the go-to source for everything related to the Star Trek canon, soon will be updated for the first time since its release in 1999. Due out in autumn 2016 from becker&mayer!, the updated The Star Trek Encyclopedia, by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, will include a completely new design, illustrations and exhaustively researched and detailed entries on the characters, ships and events from the last 15 years of Star Trek television shows and movies. In other words, the updated Encyclopedia — with its 300 new pages — will cover Star Trek: Voyager seasons 4-7, Star Trek: Enterprise seasons 1-4 and Star Trek Nemesis, and it will include an appendix detailing the recent J.J. Abrams big-screen...

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Voyager’s Continuing Missions – 2 Pathways by Jeri Taylor
Aug06

Voyager’s Continuing Missions – 2 Pathways by Jeri Taylor

This week we take on the second of Jeri Taylors masterworks, Pathways. This time around the bend she tackles the backstories of all her favorite senior staff (sorry Seven!). Did we enjoy this more than Mosaic? Was Harry Kim’s backstory the rousing and terrific tale we’ve come to expect from Voyager’s storytelling surrounding him? You’ll have to tune in and see on Voyager’s Continuing Missions episode 2 Pathways! Podcast (contmiss): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:56:50 — 161.9MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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William Shatner’s “Chaos on the bridge” now generally available
Aug05

William Shatner’s “Chaos on the bridge” now generally available

VISION FILMS AND CONTENT MEDIA SET TO RELEASE DOCUMENTARY William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge ON MAJOR DIGITAL MEDIA PLATFORMS in the USA on August 1st and the UK on August 3rd 2015 Vision Films and Content Media have teamed together to release the highly anticipated documentary William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge in both the USA and UK simultaneously on August 1st and August 3rd 2015, respectively. The film will be available to rent or own on all major digital platforms, to follow an exclusive preview with Vimeo in July. Writer, Director and acting legend William Shatner takes viewers inside the creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the bold attempt in 1986 to recreate the success of the original television series, through the eyes of the writers, producers, actors and executives who were involved.  Uncovering the controversial creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation, William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge features interviews with the original cast: William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk), Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), John de Lancie (Q), Denise Crosby(Lieutenant Tasha Yar), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and Diana Muldaur (Doctor Pulaski), as well as major players behind the camera who were involved with the production. Shatner takes viewers to the back lot of Paramount Studios, a mission control room at NASA, the theatre stage and the largest Star Trek convention in the world to reveal the never-before-told story of Chaos on the Bridge.  What emerges is a tale of power struggles, ego clashes, and most importantly, the legacy of the man behind the legend: Gene Roddenberry.   “Next year marks Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.” says Lise Romanoff, Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films, Inc.  “This insightful documentary is bound to strike a chord with both hardcore “Trekkies” and those who want to witness the ultimate creative forces of the production team behind this iconic sci-fi franchise at work.” Official YouTube Trailer...

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Pluto
Jul14

Pluto

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has made the first visit to Pluto, speeding past at 14km per second. Earlier, the space agency released the most detailed picture yet as it hurtled towards the dwarf planet on Tuesday. The probe was set to grab more images and other data as it passed just 12,500km from the little world at 11:50 GMT (12:50 BST). The spacecraft is currently out of contact with Earth as it continues its observations. Talking about the latest image of Pluto that was returned just before the flyby, Nasa’s science chief, John Grunsfeld, said: “This is true exploration… that view is just the first of many rewards the team will get. Pluto is an extraordinarily complex and interesting world.” Dr Stern said: “On the surface we see a history of impacts, we see a history of surface activity in terms of some features we might be able to interpret as tectonic – indicating internal activity on the planet at some point in its past, and maybe even in its present. “This is clearly a world where geology and atmosphere – climatology – play a role. Pluto has strong atmospheric cycles. It snows on the surface. These snows sublimate – (and) go back into the atmosphere – every 248-year orbit.” The probe is investigating not only Pluto but also its five moons: Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra. To achieve that, it has had to perform a furious set of manoeuvres during the flyby, pointing every which way in the sky to lock on to the different targets. Al Tombaugh (son of the man who first found Pluto) is obviously delighted that a sample of his father Clyde’s ashes is on board New Horizons, speeding past Pluto and now heading into the unexplored realm of the Kuiper Belt....

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Transparent Aluminium
Jul07

Transparent Aluminium

In 1986 the secret of transparent Aluminium was leaked to scientists by Montgomery Scott, well scientist have been busy and this is now a reality. While the U.S. Navy is busy with the development of a new bulletproof material called Spinel, Surmet Corporation is already commercially producing its own version called ALON®. Technically known as aluminum oxynitride, Star Trek fans may be more familiar with the term “transparent aluminum” first proposed by Scotty in the 1986 movie, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. While ALON isn’t quite what Scotty had in mind (it’s not truly a transparent metallic aluminum, but rather a transparent aluminum-based ceramic), it’s pretty darn close. Developed by Raytheon, ALON begins as a powder, which is then molded and baked in very high heat. The heating process causes the powder to liquefy and cool quickly, leaving the molecules loosely arranged, as if still in liquid form. It is this crystalline structure that provides ALON its level of strength and scratch resistance comparable to rugged sapphire. Polishing the aluminum oxynitride strengthens the material and also makes it extremely clear. Traditional bulletproof glass is comprised of multiple layers: polycarbonate sandwiched between two layers of glass. Similarly, transparent aluminum armor is also composed of three layers: an outer layer of aluminum oxynitride, a middle layer of glass and a rear layer of polymer backing. However, the similarities stop there. Aluminum armor can deflect the same rounds from small-caliber weapons as traditional bulletproof glass, but it will still be more clearly transparent even after being shot. Also, a .50-caliber armor-piercing bullet could sink nearly three inches into bulletproof glass before stopping. Aluminum armor can stop it in half the distance and yet is half the weight and thickness of traditional transparent armor. In addition, transparent aluminum armor can be produced in virtually any shape and can also hold up to the elements much better than traditional bulletproof glass, which can be worn away by blowing desert sand or shrapnel. Despite aluminum oxynitride’s ability to produce a superior transparent aluminum armor, this material has not been put into widespread use. The largest factor in this is cost. Transparent aluminum armor can be anywhere from three to five times as much to produce as traditional bulletproof glass. In theory, however, it would not need to be replaced as often, saving money in the long run. Further, there is no existing infrastructure to produce the material in large panes like the size of a front windshield of a vehicle. ALON is currently used for smaller applications, such as the lenses in battlefield cameras or the windows over the sensors in...

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Become a Starfleet Cadet
Jul05

Become a Starfleet Cadet

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, a brand-new interactive exhibit which uses the Star Trek franchise as a springboard to teach visitors about science and technology, will make its world debut at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) in Ottawa, Canada, on May 26, 2016. Visitors can become Starfleet cadets, attempt to beat the Kobayashi Maru test and pilot a starship from an active bridge. “We are very proud to be developing this wonderful exhibition with our partners EMS and CBS Consumer Products,” said Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “We are certain it will prove to be a ‘must-see’ for the 2016 summer tourists and locals alike, as well as a wonderful complement to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s existing visitor experiences and offerings on aviation and space travel.” More specifically, The Starfleet Academy Experience will provide freshly minted cadets with a first-of-its-kind “Trek Tech” immersive experience that takes the student from orientation into a rigorous training program involving simulated science, engineering, medical and command courses, through to graduation, and finally to the deck of an active starship. The experience is enriched with the actual science behind the science fiction of Star Trek as the participants learn about emerging technologies such as a functional tricorder, NASA’s warp drive theory, and the latest experiments with phasers and teleporters. EMS Entertainment, the leader in interactive immersive exhibitions, is producing the The Starfleet Acadmey Experience and doing so under license by CBS Consumer Products. Ottawa will be the first stop on a multi-city North American tour, with the exhibition set to be on view at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum from May until the end of September 2016. “Star Trek has had a profound influence on many technologies we use today, and the show continues to inspire new technology and science,” said Christoph Rahofer, CEO of EMS Entertainment and producer of the show. “With Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, we will present the history of the future and what is envisioned for the future of science and technology.” Visit www.StarfleetAcademyTour.com for the latest schedule and follow hashtag #StarfleetAcademy and @AvSpaceMuseum for more information in the coming months. Montreal Comiccon attendees can also visit the Starfleet Academy Experience booth (6100) this...

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For the Love of Spock
Jun22

For the Love of Spock

For the Love of Spock is a documentary that Adam Nimoy hopes to make about his father and Spock. For more information see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamnimoy/for-the-love-of-spock-a-documentary-film  

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Nichelle Nichols has suffered a mild stroke
Jun04

Nichelle Nichols has suffered a mild stroke

Nichelle Nichols facebook page is displaying the following message. Official Statement Last night while at her home in LA, Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke. She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts. Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura in the original Star Trek TV show. Will update with more news when I have it. Nichelle Nichols has had both a CAT scan and an MRI today. The CAT scan came back negative and we are awaiting the results from the MRI. Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations. Her right side has shown minor signs of mobility loss but she is not showing any signs of...

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