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The Astral Queen was a Federation transport.

In 2266, Captain Jon Daily was the commanding officer. In that year, the Astral Queen was docked at the orbit station of Planet Q. The ship was scheduled to pick-up the Karidian Company of Players for transport to Benecia. When Lenore Karidian revealed to James T. Kirk that their company were booked aboard said ship for said trip, "if the Astral Queen can get us there," Kirk originally assured her that "she's a good ship."

Following the murder of Thomas Leighton, who had previously tried to convince Kirk that he suspected that Lenore's father, Anton Karidian, may have been Kodos the Executioner, Kirk decided that Anton warranted further investigation, and he called in one of the favors owed him by Captain Daily. The Astral Queen thereby left Planet Q ahead of schedule and without notice, forcing the theatrical troupe to seek passage on the USS Enterprise. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")

In 2328, four individuals traveling from Planet Q to Tarsas IV were transferred via the Astral Queen, Lolita Fatjo on the SS Manoa, Jimmy Berndt on the SS Kogin, and John P. Farrell and Carl Banks on the SS Wisconsin. (TNG-R: "Inheritance", okudagram)

According to DVD commentary for the Battlestar Galactica episode "Bastille Day", the Astral Queen in the series was named after this ship. According to the same commentary, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick say that in hindsight they feel that Astral Queen was a very poor choice of name for a prison ship, and they later wished that they had used a different name.

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