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For the ST episode of the same name, please see "Calypso".

The Calypso was a Federation captain's yacht that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century, attached to Galaxy-class starships, among others the USS Enterprise-D. (Star Trek: The Next Generation) In 2371, it scraped on the surface of the planet Veridian III, where the ship's saucer section had been forced to crash land. (Star Trek Generations)


Background information

Probert's take on the captain's yacht

The captain's yacht was the brainchild of Andrew Probert when he beefed out the details of his Galaxy-class design. Probert postulated, "In the original show the dome on the bottom of the ship was a sensor array. What I did was move the sensor array to more of a surrounding detail, leaving the dome on the bottom free. That's where I put the captain's yacht, which is a private vessel for dignitaries and captains of ships to use as personal shuttles. That was never used in the show. At one point there was a script where Picard was returning to the ship and the dialogue was, "The captain's shuttle is on the way back. Crew members, man your stations." Then the captain comes aboard. We never ever have a visual, so I suggested mentioning the yacht, but they decided against it." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 16, p. 55)

Though never stated in canon, it was almost certain that this vehicle was abandoned with the saucer section of the Enterprise-D on the surface of Veridian III, which means that the Calypso is under the section. (Star Trek Generations)

Captain's yachts did not become part of Trek canon until the debut of the USS Enterprise-E's Cousteau in Star Trek: Insurrection.

Calypso was the name for the yacht in the notes to the captain's yacht entry of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 83). With the latest edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 117), the name was changed to Cousteau.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual

Calypso particulars

Calypso explored

The Calypso was never seen in use or mentioned in dialogue, but its name came from the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual and the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 83). It was named for Jacques-Yves Cousteau's ship Calypso by Patrick Stewart. Production staff wanted to use the yacht in episodes such as TNG: "The Neutral Zone" and "Samaritan Snare", but budget restrictions prohibited building a miniature and sets.

Authors Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda delved somewhat deeper into the specifics of the Calypso when upgrading their writings for the much (color) enhanced 1992 Impel trading cards set, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Inaugural Edition (card 111).


The reference work Star Trek: Starship Spotter categorized the Calypso as a Mark I Captain's Yacht.

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