I love scenes of starships docked in some spaceport or drydock facility, so I thought I would put some of my docking images on their own page. Since the station is an ever continuing work-in-progress, there are certainly some inconsistencies between renders.
Star Station India Welcomes The Enterprise.
Dennis Bailey’s beautiful refit Enterprise pulls up to berth, for some routine maintenance.
The Phobos Arrives.
After a lengthy tour, she’ll undergo a minor refit and take on some much needed supplies while her crew enjoys a welcome shore leave.
The Corsica assumes role as one of the station’s regional defenders.
Often referred to as “cradle docks,” the central docks are better apt for those longer layovers requiring greater support and maintenance. However, drydocks are still the standard for more arduous overhaul efforts.
Switching over to the station’s umbilical support network, Corsica finally undergoes some downtime. Operating fully on station power, she’ll be readied for a minor upgrade to the sequence timers of every plasma injector nozzle feeding the main coils of her warp nacelles.
The large bays for maintenance and cargo storage run throughout the piers to keep the docked ships fully fit.
(I know this one doesn’t show any docked Starships, but it’s one of my favorite renders, so I had to sneak it in.)
The Strider Takes A New Assignment.
The Ranger class scout USS Strider is reassigned to Starstation India for routine patrol duties in and around this station’s sector.
The McCook Pulls In.
Much needed repairs can now begin after a somewhat classified mission. She’ll undergo inspections while offloading her crew as she waits for an available drydock.
A Slip Opens For The McCook.
Star Station India’s drydock facilities are separate and better equipped to deal with major repairs.
With the ship’s main gangway hatch fully connected to the drydock’s mooring complex (and thus fulfilling its namesake duties), the vessel’s dorsal airlocks, individually furnished with lift platforms, are the next most effective means to exterior hull access.
Cargo is loaded onto extendable platforms in the ventral hull, and raised back into a bay where it can then be directed to permanent storage within dedicated holds. These cargo holds concentrically occupy a considerable portion of the primary hull’s outer rim. The bay itself is large enough to carry additional cargo, small auxiliary vehicles, or even large mission-specific modules determined by the ship’s assignment.
The Phobos Pulls Into Drydock.
with her upgrades and repairs determined to be more extensive than anticipated, it is ultimately decided they will be completed in drydock rather than at Star Station India’s main docking facility.
Earth’s San Francisco Fleet Yards.
The San Francisco Fleet Yards is a shipyard complex in orbit of Earth, homeworld to Starfleet Command and the capital of The United Federation of Planets.
WIP: Early but incomplete images with compelling (for me at least) visual ordering. I think of these more as “conceptual” attempts.