|USS Bellerophon • USS Voyager|
The Bellerophon sets were a reuse of the USS Voyager sets from Star Trek: Voyager. This resulted in the Bellerophon having a galley-style counter in the mess hall instead of the two food service replicators, seen in "Caretaker", and captain's dining room, mentioned in "Phage".
"Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" writer Ronald D. Moore named the Bellerophon after HMS Bellerophon, a British warship which served as part of a fleet commanded by Lord Nelson in the early 19th century. This vessel was in turn named after the Greek mythological hero Bellerophon, who rode the winged horse, Pegasus. Coincidentally, the USS Pegasus was featured in another episode written by Moore, namely TNG: "The Pegasus". (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (pp. 660-661))
The Bellerophon was also the name of the starship that colonized planet Altair IV in the film Forbidden Planet. Gene Roddenberry suggested Pato Guzman "take a very hard look" at the Bellerophon's controls and instruments in developing designs for Star Trek. (Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry, p. 219)
The Bellerophon was the only Intrepid-class starship other than the USS Voyager ever seen in Star Trek, and the only one to appear outside of Star Trek: Voyager.