Star Station India

Main Orbital Facility: Starbase 37

Thought I would create a page dedicated to my space station project. Since my Starbase 37 images are all focused on planetary surfaces, I suppose I’ll eventually get around to placing the station itself in eye-shot of its host world, but so far, everything here is dedicated to showcasing the construction of the facility itself.  She’s a work-in-progress and probably will be for some time, Universe willing. I’ve added some new images on 3/12/19, since most of the images on this page were uploaded as late as 2015 or as early as 2010.

One of the latest wide shots (2019).

Wide shot from the dark side.

View from slightly on high.

Zooming in on the core area a bit.

View from beneath the South pier complex where the Impala is docked in the central slip.

Some earlier test renders below

One of the latest wide shots (posted in 2012 – not so “latest” anymore).

View from atop with starships docked for scale.

A zoom in on docking procedures.

View from below in the shadows.

The inner pier evolves

Observation viewports and maintenance bay doors are bestrewn all along the jetties and core of each pier grouping.

Most of the large doors accessing the huge maintenance bays are in place, with a plethora of smaller doors setting up shop for secondary bays and airlock facilities. The large bays are freely interconnected, essentially creating one immense bay throughout the pier structure, though sections can be isolated should the need arise. The bays are the primary staging area for the transfer and storage of cargo, as well as the parking and maintenance locale for all the station’s auxiliary service craft. There are also many alternative docking ports for maintenance vehicles and shuttlecraft.

Concourses for arriving and departing starship passengers and crew.

The piers have two major concourse levels which sandwich the main gangway extensions from above and below.  The primary cargo and maintenance bays are directly beneath the lower concourse level.  The upper concourse is similar to the interconnected maintenance bays, in that it fills the majority of its occupied level. The lower concourse, though taller in ceiling height, does not extend so widely without major structural interruption.

The large bay doors employ a cutting edge technology that has only recently spread into widespread use within Starfleet and across the Federation:  Force fields for large scale atmospheric pressure containment.

The Concourses provide some remarkable views of any docked ship and the activities surrounding its upkeep.  The Central bays, are partially enclosed due to the large jetty structures that define the individual piers, and are slightly better for berthing ships requiring more extensive maintenance.

 Night_Shift_049aLarge bays for maintenance and cargo storage run throughout the piers to keep the docked ships fully fit.

Seen from here, large pylons connect to a huge toroidal fueling hub below the rest of the station, along its central axis. This hub is where the station’s primary engineering facilities are located and contains matter charge reversal refineries for generating the antimatter necessary for starship propulsion. All fueling tasks are completed utilizing the station’s primary fuel reserve: four enormous deuterium slush tanks positioned at the station’s base, directly beneath the fueling hub (also visible here).

Ships can either be fueled from any one of the central main docking slips, or one of four convenient fueling stations attached to the lower pylons.

Enterprise_SSI_003_no_ShipMaintenance doors finally get some numeric labels. There are a total of 18 such doors in succession, surrounding the entire outer pier structure.

Miranda_SSI_Background_001More shots of an empty central pier slip. This was rendered mostly as a backdrop tests for rendering ships separately from the station, should the need arise.

Inward Projecting Docking Port & Lower Pylon Fueling Station

lower_bay_007aView ports help to define the station’s shape whenever it falls into the enormous shadows of her host moon or its master gas giant.

lower_bay_002large bays taking shape on the inner pier structure. These two bays are separate from the large maintenance level, and can house nominally larger craft: most notably, long range warp shuttles and even a few merchant trader vehicles.

SSI_091iSome new details forming on the inward facing sections. And the planet appears!

SSI_090h1Platforms on the lower pylons house equipment for pumping fuels and other vital consumables through the station’s structure to individual ships docked at the station.

SSI_092A single, but larger, docking port projects inward toward the station’s central axis.

All four of the major pier assemblages feature one large docking port, centrally located at their primary station junctures. These docking ports are slightly more imposing than other pier gangways, but offer the same standards for all docking connections. Each projects inward toward the station’s axis of symmetry; Also, they’re level with all the other major gangways, situated just beneath, and completely connected to, the upper concourses of their respective pier structures.

SSI_093cThe fueling station’s riser tower.

A relatively short riser tower extends a set of connection clamps well above the platform level of the pumping station. The riser’s clamping section is adjustable and helps provide an impediment free hard dock with resupply access ports on the underbelly of appropriately equipped starships. Once a ship is secured and all its inlet valves have been coupled with matching nozzles from the station’s outflowing conduits, a wide variety of vital bulk materials can be separately, though simultaneously, pumped directly into that ship’s assigned containment units, all to pressure and/or fluidity standards.

SSI_094aThe inner pier evolves.

Of course, not all substances can be delivered concurrently, and some materials actually require a dedicated injection cycle as a precautionary measure to prevent contamination or volatile interactions. However, these are usually the final routines performed on all outbound vessels. Anti-matter supplies are rarely delivered directly into starship stores, although the station’s antimatter refineries do keep a supply on hand. Most Federation starships have some means of generating their own supply on board, though at a premium cost in energy. For that reason, the matter portion is usually delivered alone, and then converted aboard ship, compliments of a boost from the station’s power output. Individual magnetic bottles that meet containment certification standards can be filled directly with antimatter product within the station, but as protocol dictates, only within the station’s own primary generator torus. If and when that antimatter must be delivered in its primed state, vessels are usually moved well clear of the station where it can delivered in its bottled format by special tender craft.
Though the refuel/resupply procedure can be implemented at any of the station’s central pier slips, this riser method offers a quick and convenient alternative, especially if the station’s port arrivals have unexpectedly exceeded its docking schedule and pier slips are at a premium.

SSI_107More details to the underside of the inner pier area.  View ports and mechanical detailing are falling into place. The doors servicing the large contiguous maintenance bay, now have their numeric markings in place.

SSI_106Most of the maintenance detailing is being squeezed into the angled nook where the lower pylons intersect the main pier base.

SSI_108aDocking rings can be seen here, installed on the pier hull perpendicular to the large bay doors.

Oldest Attempts…

Though they still offer some decent insight

SSI-1215 years and counting?

This is some of my earliest work on Ray Dream Designer, probably 15 years old by now.  There have been some significant changes and many refinements, but I’ve tried to aim for this same “feel” ever since I took on this subject again.

commandhubEarly command hub.  Other than surface textures it has changed the least.

fuelstoresThese fuel storage details have changed significantly, and I still haven’t worked out their final presentation.


20 Responses to “Star Station India”

  1. LOVE seeing brand new designs which carry on the exact spirit of the Star trek theme. Some designs get way too ahead of themselves and there’s no link, its like it is another show entirely, but these are excellent!

    • Thanks! I’m a little biased, but she’s one of my favorite models I’ve ever worked on. Always room for improvement though! 🙂

  2. You have awesome work here…I have enjoyed every piece. Please continue.

  3. would love to use many of your sets for our film

  4. Please I need more of this stunning beautiful station!!!
    How much would a orthographic and some artful shots of the station cost for a commission? Some interiors if you can too!
    If I may request some alterations for the commission would be cool, just personal desires for the design.
    And just a side note I believe India would make a great DS9 replacement since a writer blew it up in one of their books. Though it would need a ring and the station is perfect for it.
    Let me know on my email.
    Thanks, Marty

  5. […] there a few times before, but I’m not quite sure whether I’ve ever explicitly mentioned Star Station India.  The name itself was used in a TNG episode (“Unnatural Selection”), but I seem to […]

    This base is simply stunning. Fantastically gorgeous. It is a wonderful, unique design that perfectly fits the Star Trek unuverse, yet could easily fit in anywhere else as well with some minor de-Federation-ising.
    I love that it is not the cookie-cutter “Federation Generic” look; we have all these alien civilisations and their design ethics and aesthetics should be given expression.
    May I please please please have your leave to include in my fiction your Starbase 37 design, layout, orbital location and any in-universe history you have for it? And perhaps permission to use your incredible CGI as well?

    This base is simply stunning. Fantastically gorgeous. It is a wonderful, unique design that perfectly fits the Star Trek universe, yet could easily fit in anywhere else as well with minor de-Federation-ising. I love that it is not the cookie-cutter “Federation Generic” look; we have all these alien civilisations and their design ethics and aesthetics should be given expression.
    May I please please please have your leave to include in my fiction your Starbase 37 design, layout, orbital location and any in-universe history you have for it? And perhaps permission to use your incredible CGI as well?

    • Thanks so much.

      While I certainly appreciate Federation cookie-cutter qualities, if for no other reason than their methods for standardization, I can certainly adore the concept of “variations on a theme” with an equal zeal.

      I think my design is more of a mishmash of some of my favorite visuals over the decades, trying to emphasize some elements and downplay others. There are certainly some similarities to the Cardassian Deep Space Nine design, though mine is far less scanty and narrow, making connections in totally different ways, as well as having a totally different texture and color palette. The design was far more influenced by my love of the Alamo class defense outpost from the old FASA RPG games, as well as the pinnacle of sci-fi “spacedocking”: Earth’s giant mushroom spacedock, introduced in The Search for Spock. Mine of course has no major docking enclosures and is nowhere near as big (by any dimensional value) but, I liked Spacedock’s central cantilevered piers so much that I wanted something to emulate that. I have to admit that the docking piers seen in Starship Troopers inspired me as well, which is why my piers have the middle berth. My first version of it was drawn on paper, nearly 20 years ago, and eventually built in a primitive 3D modeling/render program.

      My images are pretty much free to use if you wish. I don’t have all the fictional details worked out quite yet. I’ve yet to designate a name for the planet an/or it’s parent star, but I’ve been recently looking into some well done “star maps”, both licensed and pure fan source materials, in order to find the best “locale” for this particular station.

      My only stern intention is to designate it, Starstation India; It sounds grand and mysterious, considering there is little known about from canon sources, other than captain’s log references. While that is the formal colonial designation for the orbital station (possibly in relation to “India Colony” or alternatively “New India Colony”), Starbase 37 is the Starfleet facility established there (a starbase number with little or no canon reference). I would also like for it to be relatively close to Klingon space, The Taurus Reach (from the Vanguard book series), and possibly within a sector or 2 of Organian space.

      Some of the best maps I’ve seen have Starstation India listed as its sector’s namesake (India Sector), well within reach of K7, Sherman’s Planet, Organia, The Taurus Reach, and some fairly important Klingon territories. It’s a little further from Qo’nos, Khitomer, the Azure nebula, and a few other items I wanted fold into the fiction, but nothing to shatter the myth. Those maps appear to be based on the licensed Star Chart books, and the Star Trek Online video game. I like the maps, but I don’t play the game. Those sources seem to have combined Starstation India with a Starbase 219, but those maps are usually from the late 24th century perspective and beyond. My station however, is brand new just shortly before Excelsior class ships came pouring forth into the galaxy. I could easily tolerate some “refreshment” of facility registries in a century or more of history.

      But like Starfleet’s cookie cutters, this station belongs to its own “class” of construct (Lotus Class). So, if you wanted to put another station somewhere else, you could also follow that course. 🙂

      • You’re very welcome. 🙂
        I too love the cookie-cutter style standarisation in imagery as it allows for the same base to be used as many different bases in different locations. Plus, Fleet standardisation is somewhat of a Holy Grail for militaries just in general for interoperability and supply-chain simplicity. It’s just what I cann the “generic plastic-craptastic” look of future interior design that annoys me occasionally. 😀
        I do see much of the different design ethics in here, particularly — now that you’ve mentioned it — the Starship Troopers element. The DS9 was of course readily apparent, but done in a far more functional and aesthetically pleasing manner (to my eye, at least).
        I regret to say that I don’t like FASA. I’m an SFBer, simply because the vast majority of FASA ship designs of all nations are, to be kind, aesthetically displeasing and/or high;uy unlikely from engineering and functional standpoint. They do have their good designs, but they’re in the minority.
        I thank you profusely for your permission to use, which when I do will be properly credited and linked back. 🙂
        I will respect your Star Station India designation for this, and it is logical that it would be the command base for the India Sector, orbiting the New India colony. According to both Memory Alpha and Beta there is no canon or licence-based connection between Starbase 219 and Star Station India, so we’re free to place it wherever.
        So your Lotus class starbase comes into play in the 2290s, or perhaps the late 2280s? Sounds good; it does look like an advanced TMP-era base.
        I was going to raise an objection to this facility being Starbase 37, with the Lotus-class being obviously far more advanced-looking than the Watchtower-class Starbase 47 from the excellent ST: Vanguard novel series as built from 2263-2265; but as I mentioned in my first post, important bases are constantly being upgraded and their facilities expanded. I take it that your planetary base is the original Starbase 37 installation, and over the years it is upgraded with new structures such as the ST: New Worlds and STIV:TVH buildings, and then in the late 2280s Star Station India is built in orbit and completed in the early 2290s?
        I can also posit that without a drydock or box star dock that ship construction is not done at the station, but I can easily see two shielding layers; one enclosing the whokle base, and another enclosing the empty space within the station arms. Or perhaps not an inner shield layer but an atmospheric forcefield bubble? But why would they do that… nah. Disregard. 🙂
        As to your final suggestion of more Lotus-class bases elsewhere, I am totally taking you up on that! 🙂

  8. Ah, apologies for the double post. It gave me an error. 😦

  9. […] coming across this beautiful computer model of a Federation starbase at, I asked the creator Basill if he would allow us to use his images and stat up his version of Star […]

  10. Hey there! Part of the crew from Continuing Mission here. Would it be possible to get a top-down and side-profile shot of Star Station India? It would be used for a Star Trek Adventures campaign.

    • Sure, I’ll try and get that shortly, but I am pressed for time at the moment. Maybe in a day or two. 🙂

    • I posted a top side orthographic on the main page yesterday as a test. Wasn’t sure exactly what you were needing, but wanted you to know it was there for you take a look. It was from the main scene I’ve been working on of late, so there are ships docked at the piers and everything else in the environment was exactly the same. I wanted to know what kind of lighting and backgrounds you were wanting and such. Eliminate the ships or leave them for scale? Just let me know before I proceed with another full render of the top and profile. Thanks

      • The top angle is great! I can work with it no problem, though I will say it would be easier if the background was transparent and the ship were not there. I appreciate your efforts so far! 😀

  11. I am very happy that you are back and working on this magnificent base and it’s even more impressive CGI work. It really does seem to be a labour of love for you, and your return shows that long dormant projects can be reactivated. 🙂
    What program are you using? I’ve started re-learning Blender myself, and my goal is to be able to create 3D artwork featuring Trek ships and bases from my own corner of the Trek universe.
    I’m looking forward to more!

    • Thanks so much! Yeah, I’ve been dormant for quite some time, but decided I would try and get back at some of my old stuff after I replaced my last computer with a slightly better model.

      I’m currently using Lightwave 2015, which I upgraded way back when because of the huge deal I got, but it was never really compatible with my older model computer. When that older computer got fried in a lightening storm, my replacement was able to handle the now obsolete Lightwave program! 😀

      I’ll continue on, time permitting. I don’t seem to have a lot of that these days.

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