has been shown during the course of the show, and various
publications, that there are actually three shuttlecraft
hangers; the main Shuttlecraft hanger is located on the
topside-rear of the primary saucer section. This hanger is as
large as a football field, but due to budget concerns, was never
seen during the series. There are two, much smaller shuttlecraft
hangers located on the Secondary hull portion of the ship. All
scenes shown during the series take place in these hangers.
were three generic Starbases shown during the run of TNG: the
Space Dock from the third movie (Star Trek: The Search for
Spock), various redresses of the Regula 1 station from the
second movie (Wrath of Khan), and re-use of the opticals of
Farpoint Station from the pilot episode.
be successfully argued that Starfleet IS the military
branch of the United Federation of Planets. Defense of the
member planets is conducted by Starfleet vessels. All offensive
actions undertaken by the Federation is done using Starfleet
vessels. It has been shown during the era of "Enterprise"
(pre-Federation) that a detachment of Space Marines was added to
provide support for off-world activities.