Earth Spacedock concept art

Earth Spacedock concept art

Earth Spacedock was designed by David Carson and Nilo Rodis and first seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The model was built at Industrial Light and Magic.

The interior of Spacedock was represented by a large set. The original from The Search for Spock was destroyed after the end of filming. The production crew for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home had to rebuild the entire set from scratch.

Footage of Spacedock from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock was reused for several Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, notably in “11001001.” The Enterprise-D was simply superimposed over the motion picture Enterprise for scenes in that episode.

In a 2005 interview with Trekplace‘s Greg Taylor, Andrew Probert, senior illustrator for The Next Generation‘s first season, remarked about the Enterprise‘s entry into Spacedock:

Earth Spacedock model under construction

Earth Spacedock model under construction

Going into the Spacedock was ludicrous and I was fighting tooth and nail to get them to not do that. The producers simply shrugged their shoulders and said, “Well, we’ll say it’s a bigger Spacedock” but that logic really didn’t work for me. The system that I proposed was that the Enterprise to be serviced and docked on the existing space station exterior, because it has an umbrella-like rim — a mushroom head, if you will — under which the Enterprise could have been docked by connecting the dorsal replenishment systems, but… There’s a lot of things that sort of fell by the wayside and it is what it is.

The Search for Spock storyboard

The Search for Spock storyboard

The Search for Spock storyboard

The Search for Spock storyboard

The Voyage Home storyboard

The Voyage Home storyboard

The Voyage Home storyboard

The Voyage Home storyboard

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