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* According to the non-[[canon]] ''[[Star Trek: Ships of the Line]]'' book, the ''Columbia'' crashed on a [[desert]] [[planet]] in the [[Gamma Quadrant]], and remained there for [[24th century|two centuries]]. It was discovered, intact, several days following the events of ''[[Children of Time]]'' by [[Jadzia Dax]] and the crew of the {{USS|Defiant}}.
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* According to the non-[[canon]] ''[[Star Trek: Ships of the Line]]'' book, the ''Columbia'' crashed on a [[desert]] [[planet]] in the [[Gamma Quadrant]], and remained there for [[24th century|two centuries]]. It was discovered, intact, several days following the events of "[[Children of Time]]" by [[Jadzia Dax]] and the crew of the {{USS|Defiant}}.
 
** The novel series ''[[Star Trek: Destiny]]'' is based upon the events surrounding the mysterious destruction of the ''Columbia'' and its final resting place. The ''Columbia'' also featured heavily in the creation of the [[Borg Collective]].
 
** The novel series ''[[Star Trek: Destiny]]'' is based upon the events surrounding the mysterious destruction of the ''Columbia'' and its final resting place. The ''Columbia'' also featured heavily in the creation of the [[Borg Collective]].
 
* Alternatively, in "[[Captain's Pleasure]]", the second issue of IDW's ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation|Next Generation]]'' comic series ''[[The Space Between]]'', it is established in dialog that ''Columbia'' survives intact (perhaps at a museum) at least until the year 2296. That year, a [[Shuttlepod (22nd century)|shuttlepod]] was stolen from it, and was discovered crashed at an archaeological ruins site by [[Jean-Luc Picard]] in [[2368]].
 
* Alternatively, in "[[Captain's Pleasure]]", the second issue of IDW's ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation|Next Generation]]'' comic series ''[[The Space Between]]'', it is established in dialog that ''Columbia'' survives intact (perhaps at a museum) at least until the year 2296. That year, a [[Shuttlepod (22nd century)|shuttlepod]] was stolen from it, and was discovered crashed at an archaeological ruins site by [[Jean-Luc Picard]] in [[2368]].

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For additional meanings of "Columbia", please see Columbia.

Columbia (NX-02) was the second Starfleet Template:ShipClass starship in service during the mid-22nd century, as well as the second in to have a warp five engine.

History

Development

NX-02 assembly in 2153

In the year 2151, Columbia was one of three NX-class starships still in the planning stages, intended for deep space, long-range exploration. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

At the time of the Xindi attack on Earth in 2153, the ship was still under construction (and unnamed), but scheduled to be completed and launched by mid-2154. After several delays, it was launched in late November of that year. (ENT: "The Expanse", "Affliction")

Several months before launch, Columbia's commanding officer, Captain Erika Hernandez invited Captain Jonathan Archer aboard to view construction efforts and to enlist his aid in crew selection. Archer also suggested modifications to the ship, including a larger arsenal with which to defend the ship. (ENT: "Home")

Construction and Launch

In November of 2154, Columbia was stuck in dry dock with engine trouble, delaying her launch, and rendering her unable to assist Enterprise during the hunt for the Romulan drone-ship. (ENT: "United")

The ship was still understaffed prior to its launch. Captain Hernandez had twice offered Commander Charles Tucker, chief engineer aboard Enterprise, a position aboard Columbia, which he rejected. Following Enterprise's mission to Andoria in late 2154, however, Tucker finally accepted Hernandez's offer, and requested a transfer to Columbia, to help fulfill that ship's need for experienced officers. (ENT: "The Aenar")

Tucker's work ethic prompted two crewmembers to request transfer off of the engineering team; however, he was successful in fixing Columbia's engine problems, and the vessel was able to be launched. (ENT: "Affliction", "Bound")

Early Mission

Soon after the launch of Columbia, she was called into service to assist Enterprise after that vessel had been sabotaged by Klingon forces. The two vessels engaged in hazardous close-quarter maneuvering at warp 5.2, allowing Tucker to be transferred over to fix the problem. Columbia also assisted in recovering Doctor Phlox from Qu'Vat colony, engaging in battle with several Klingon vessels.

Following the resolution of that crisis, Tucker transferred back to Enterprise and resumed his duties. (ENT: "Divergence", "Bound")

Technical Information

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The bridge of the Columbia

Columbia's main engineering department

Compared to the class prototype, Enterprise, Columbia possessed advanced polarized hull plating, improved 12% above initial designs. (ENT: "Home")

Columbia also featured ventral and dorsal photonic torpedo launchers as well as pulsed phase cannons (a relatively new technology). Other improvements included an upgraded navigational deflector, improved computer interface technology and a modified bridge interior, utilizing stations that were tied directly into the primary EPS junction. (ENT: "Home")

Spaceframe and major structural elements of the NX-02, however, were generally identical to that of her predecessor.

Personnel

Command Crew

See Also

Columbia personnel

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

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  • Columbia was first seen under construction in "The Expanse", but not mentioned by name until "", almost a full season later.
  • The CG model for Columbia was a modified version of the NX-01, featuring a larger, more rectangular deflector dish, and a subtle blue tint to its hull (compared to Enterprise's slight red coloration).
  • The bridge of the NX-02 was a redress of that of the NX-01. It featured structural additions such as four vertical bars of light behind the captain's chair and a computer monitor mounted on vertical metal tubes next to the helm. These were set pieces that had been previously been used in the episode "E²" on the bridge of the "future"-Enterprise.
  • The previously mentioned computer monitor on vertical metal tubes reappeared aboard a "future" Enterprise in "These Are the Voyages...".
  • The engine room was also a redress of that seen aboard Enterprise, with only minor details added to the bulkheads.
  • Computer consoles aboard Columbia were also different from those aboard Enterprise in that they included a red, yellow and green color scheme instead of red, yellow and blue. This color scheme matches that seen on computer consoles in Star Trek: The Original Series, an homage to that series and a suggestion of advancement in technology. This was, however, also seen on a "future" Enterprise, when it was used in "Twilight".
  • While Hernandez's crew was never fleshed out in an episode, judging from those present on the bridge, it is safe to conclude that no Vulcans were included in the senior staff.
  • Seth MacFarlane (also known as the creator of FOX's Family Guy) appears aboard Columbia as an engineer. He had previously appeared as an engineer aboard Enterprise in "The Forgotten", suggesting that his character transferred (that is, if both appearances were intended to be as the same character).
  • Between "Home" and "Affliction", the captain's chair as well as several cosmetic details on the bridge would change, mirroring the change aboard Enterprise between the episodes "Home" and "Borderland".
  • Despite Captain Hernandez's suggestion to Tucker that he should update his uniform to include the Columbia mission patch, he was seen wearing an environmental suit bearing the Enterprise logo in "Divergence". As the scene in question focused on getting Tucker from Columbia to Enterprise, the only explanation is that Tucker must have taken his EV suit with him when he came aboard Columbia (or maybe Columbia just has a stock of Enterprise-style suits).
  • The selection of this ship's name mirrors the fact that the second space shuttle was named Columbia, following on from the prototype Enterprise. It is understood that the ship was given the name by the creators of Star Trek: Enterprise as a tribute to the STS-107 crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. This shuttle and its crew were lost when the craft disintegrated while attempting re-entry in to Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003. Like Star Trek: Enterprise's Columbia assignment patch, the real STS-107 mission insignia featured seven background stars. Stars often represent the number of crew members on NASA mission insignias.

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