Taking a cue from the beloved sci-fi franchise, one Star Trek fan is boldly going where no one has gone before by recreating the Enterprise-D, deck by deck, as a "virtual museum."
Called the Enterprise 3D Construction Project, it's every bit as ambitious as it sounds, with 3D artist Jason using Unreal Engine 3 and 4 to construct the ship from Star Trek: The Next Generation, inside and out. Although he's nowhere close to completion, he's released a video that takes viewers from the shuttle bay to the conference room to the bridge and beyond.
Ultimately, Jason hopes, visitors would be able to explore every deck and every room of Starfleet's flagship. "Fans would be able to visit engineering via the turbolift, or walk from Deck 36 to Deck 5 to see the Arboretum," he writes. "What does Worf’s quarters look like? What about the large forward windows on Deck 3? What kind of communal areas exist on the ship? Malls? Markets? Gardens? All these questions will be answered."
Beyond that, he envisions populating the ship, recreating other locations (such as Deep Space Nine and Starfleet Headquarters), and playing online with other fans.
Make it so, Jason.