Memory Alpha
Memory Alpha

The Regula I-type was a scientific research laboratory and starbase design in use by the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet, as well as the Tanugans, during the mid-23rd and 24th centuries.

Technical information[]

This station type was powered by a reactor core. (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

It was also outfitted with a number of escape pods. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

Interior design[]

Regula I corridor

A typical corridor

The primary color scheme was distinctively beige and green-gray or teal.

Movement aboard these stations were facilitated with the placement of numerous corridors. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The Star Trek II script described, while Carol and David were walking the corridors, that they were in a "labyrinthine complex".


Regula I type ops

Operations center

The operations center of the station could be maintained by two crewmembers. (LD: "Grounded")


Regula I laboratory

Regula I laboratory

Regula I had sections dedicated to geoplastics (located in Module 29), gravitronics, synthostasis/JBK sensors (located in Module 31) and the main Project Genesis laboratory in the thermonics section (located in Module 31). (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The sets for Regula I's lab and corridor were built on Paramount Stage 5. [1]

The lab contained a Zabrucky-Turnbow Drive (aka 'The Most Important Device in the Universe').

Tanuga station laboratory

Tanuga IV research station laboratory

The laboratory of the Tanuga IV research station was the central location of the science station. It consisted of a large open room with four windows and several computers and consoles. Dr. Apgar's Krieger wave converter was located at the center of the laboratory, easily accessible from all sides. Two smaller computer workstations were located at a higher level of the laboratory, close to two corridors leading away from the lab. One lead to the living area and another to the communications station. People beaming onto the station were normally transported onto the lower level of the lab. (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

According to the script of the episode, "the main laboratory of the space station. The walls are lined with consoles, readouts, and computer equipment, most of which is inactive at the moment. Dominating the room is a large array of energy-focusing condensers, field coils, defractors, and so forth. Nearby is a medium-sized power reactor."


Starbase 173 restaurant


The restaurant where Picard first meets Louvois was described as "very high tech."


Starbase 173 courtroom


The starbase courtroom was a reuse of the Constitution-class refit-bridge set, originally constructed for Star Trek: Phase II. It was described in the script as "High-tech room. An amphitheater-like arrangement where spectators can sit."


Eddington's cell


The brig contained a single padded mat for the prisoner to rest. (DS9: "Blaze of Glory")

The brig, like that of the Starbase 375 type station, was a reuse of the brig set from USS Voyager.

Living area[]

Tanuga station living area

The living area

The living area was the part of the station were the Apgars' personal rooms were located. The major living room was painted green and featured several black leather couches next to a large glass table. Several pieces of art were found in the room, some on a wide sill beneath a large pink window. (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

Guest quarters[]

Tanuga station guest quarters

The guest quarters

According to Manua Apgar, who lived aboard the Tanuga IV research station, "[o]ur guest quarters aren't luxurious… but I've tried to make this room warm… and inviting." She considered the room in question to be her sanctuary, a place where she could be on her own on the small station for a while. The walls were painted purple and the room featured a large bed, a table and couches, several cabinets, flowers and pieces of art.

The environmental controls of the room were located next to the door, which could be shut by touch panel. (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

Transporter room[]

This station type's transporter room consisted of a transporter pad with five positions, used to transport equipment and personnel, all controlled from an adjacent transporter console. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The original bridge set from the IKS Amar was split into two, with one half being redressed to become the station's transporter room; the other half was the USS Enterprise's torpedo room. (The Making of the Trek Films, p. 29; The Art of Star Trek, p. 204) In creating the set, Lee Cole said, "I very carefully had to cut out all of the Klingon writing." (The Special Effects of Trek, p. 71)

Stations commissioned[]




Background information[]

Regula I model with Jim Veilleux

Filming of the studio model

This design was described in the script for The Wrath of Khan as "a functional cluster of modules serve as a scientific complex, a futuristic White Sands." In the script for "A Matter of Perspective" it was described simple as "a small space station", while the script for "Blaze of Glory", likewise described it, generically, as "a Federation-style Starbase."

For more information on the studio model used for this design, please see film studio models.

External link[]