Hyperchannel 172: Two More Months by Luke Weir

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on September 24th (or September 25th outside of the US or Canada) and the anticipation is unbearable. This episode has all of the latest Discovery news, story details and production insights to keep you up to date on your future favorite show. Also, some Kelvin Timeline Trek stars have been making waves in recent blockbusters, NASA has been debunking some crazy conspiracies, and there’s suddenly a lot of Trek merch coming out that you might just need to get.

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Hyperchannel 55: An Enterprising Debate by Trek fm

Shuttle Enterprise naming process revealed in declassified memos

Running Time: 14 minutes 3 seconds

Shuttle Enterprise naming process revealed in declassified memos

When it came time to name NASA's first space shuttle, Star Trek fans jumped into action and flooded the space agency with letters requesting the name Enterprise. And the campaign was successful. This is all well known. But declassified correspondence between President Ford's advisors, cabinet, and others has revealed the reasoning behind the final decision and the internal debate that almost led to the name Constitution.

Read the full piece and excerpts from the memos on io9.

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Hyperchannel 29: Three Minutes of Glory by Trek fm

NASA unveils warp ship design concept—IXS Enterprise | First trailer for Prelude to Axanar revealed

Running Time: 14 minutes 26 seconds

NASA engineers unveil warp ship design concept—IXS Enterprise

In 2012, NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced he was working on a solution to the energy problem in Miguel Alcubierre’s 1994 theory for faster-than-light space travel. His goal? To reduce the requirements from the mass-energy of Jupiter to something the size of NASA’s Voyager 1 probe. Now, as part of the project, White has collaborated with Mark Rademaker to create a CGI design concept of a warp-capable ship, which they have named it the IXS Enterprise.

See the ship design.

First trailer for Prelude to Axanar revealed

Fans can now get their first look at Prelude to Axanar with the release of the first trailer—and it is incredible! Presented as a History Channel-style look back at the battle, this powerful sneak peak packs so much Star Trek glory into less than three minutes that you will be counting the days until the full release if you aren't already. See J.G. Hertzler as a Starfleet captain, Richard Hatch as a Klingon, and Tony Todd delivering a rousing speech that will get your blood pumping. And the visuals are like nothing you've ever seen in Star Trek.

Watch the full trailer on the Star Trek Axanar website.

Hyperchannel 25: Printing Your Way Into Troi's Heart by Trek fm

Klingons Exert Influence on the International Space Station | 3D Printed Food Brings Replicator One Step Closer to Reality

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Klingons Exert Influence on the International Space Station

Apparently there has been a Klingon invasion of the International Space Station—though it could have been much worse. Astronaut Steve Swanson, currently commander of the ISS (not a Mirror Universe facility), created a mission patch for Expedition 40 that paid tribute to his Star Trek fandom and the franchise's influence on society. Interestingly he did this through Klingon imagery, not Starfleet. The final patch shed the Klingon motif, but the emblem still found its way aboard the orbitting outpost.

Get more details and view the patch designs at collectSPACE.


3D Printed Food Brings Replicator One Step Closer to Reality

When you want something to eat in Star Trek, you just walk over to the wall, tell the computer what you want, and wait for it to appear. Such hands-off preparation of dinner could be closer to reality than we think. 3D printing technology is quickly moving from the realm of plastic objects to the world of cuisine. A number of companies have commercial 3D food printers coming to market, and their applications range from the creative to the practical. Culinary artisans can use them to create seemingly impossible shapes, while health-care professionals can use them to provide the elderly with more satisfying meals. The technology is even being touted at the gateway to a sustainable, eco-friendly food supply as the world's population grows.

Find out more about 3D food printing and view amazing pictures on Motherboard.

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