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The USS Protostar (NX-76884) was a Protostar-type Federation starship launched by Starfleet during the late 24th century.


The Protostar was under the command of Captain Chakotay for a mission in the Delta Quadrant undertaken in the years after the return of the USS Voyager. (PRO: "Kobayashi") It was equipped with a holographic training advisor known as Hologram Janeway, modeled after Chakotay's former commanding officer, Captain Kathryn Janeway, and holographic projectors in multiple areas of the ship. (PRO: "Lost and Found", et al.)

During the mission, Chakotay sent out a mayday reporting that the Protostar had encountered an anomaly and found themselves being boarded, as Drednok forced his way onto the bridge.

By the 25th century, Drednok and the Vau N'Akat had control of the Protostar and placed blocks in the ship's main computer to conceal information about its original crew and purpose, partially using the Vau N'Akat language as a passcode encryption. Drednok also gained access to Chakotay's command authorization codes. (PRO: "Kobayashi", "First Con-tact", "Time Amok") A Vau N'akat weapon was hidden onboard the ship, one capable of hijacking Federation ship systems and causing them to "turn on themselves... and tear themselves apart." They planned to use the Protostar as a Trojan horse to deploy the weapon in Federation space; however, this plan went awry and the Protostar was lost in the past. The Diviner was then sent back in time in search of the Protostar. (PRO: "Dream Catcher", "A Moral Star, Part 2")

By 2366, the lost Protostar was abandoned and located deep inside Tars Lamora. The Diviner spent many years searching for it, establishing the Tars Lamora prison colony to conduct and finance his efforts. (PRO: "Lost and Found")

In 2383, it was accidentally discovered by Dal R'El and Rok-Tahk buried in the Northwest Crevasse within the prison colony. (PRO: "Lost and Found")

After escaping Tars Lamora, the ship encountered a binary system. (PRO: "Starstruck") Under Janeway's advisement, the crew continued on to investigate a Class M planet located in the Hirogen system, where the ship was nearly consumed by the cilium-like vegetation that inhabited the planet before nearly being captured by The Diviner. (PRO: "Dream Catcher", "Terror Firma")

They succeed at escaping the REV-12 when the ship's proto-drive was engaged, and the ship was hurdled nearly 4,000 light years to the Gamma Quadrant. Around this time, Murf discovered the ship's holodeck, which included such holoprograms as Andoria IV, Ceti Alpha V skydiving, kal-if-fee gladiator match, Count Dracula, 1885 Deadwood South Dakota, Paxau Resort, Janeway Lambda One, and the Kobayashi Maru scenario. (PRO: "Kobayashi")

The Protostar visited and made first contact with the Cymari homeworld. (PRO: "First Con-tact")

The USS Protostar then flew through a tachyon storm, which fractured the ship into several parallel realities moving at variable speeds and nearly caused a warp core breach. The crew was forced work together across these fractured realities, guided by Hologram Janeway, to make the repairs to restore it to normal time and prevent the ship's destruction. (PRO: "Time Amok")

Eventually, the crew of the Protostar were given an ultimatum by The Diviner that forced them to return to Tars Lamora and surrender the ship. However, they removed the exotic matter dilithium matrix, preventing the ship from going to warp and allowing the crew to rescue the miners and reclaim the Protostar. (PRO: "A Moral Star, Part 1")

When the Protostar left from Tars Lamora, its Proto-warp signature was detected by the USS Dauntless for the third time. The Dauntless's commander, Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway used the signals to track the ship, on a rescue mission to find its former captain, Chakotay. (PRO: "A Moral Star, Part 2")

List of first contacts


Original crew
Replacement crew



Background information

According to Star Trek: Prodigy producer and screenwriter Aaron Waltke, the ship's NX registry is derived from his birthday of 8 August 1984. [1]

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