Beam aboard this awesome virtual tour of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Enterprise-D

Did you ever dream of strolling down the corridors of the Enterprise-D, visiting Ten Forward for some Romulan ale before stepping onto the bridge and walking into Capt. Jean-Luc Picard’s ready room, preferably sober?

Good news then, because there’s currently an Enterprise-D 3D Construction project which plans to r-ecreate Star Trek: The Next Generation's USS Starship Enterprise in its entirety in the Unreal Game Engine. Oh, and it’s also ready for Oculus Rift! How awesome is that? The goal is to serve as a virtual museum, where you can explore every deck and room. The site reveals that fans will be able to visit areas such as engineering via the turbolift, walk from Deck 36 to Deck 5 to visit the Arboretum, check out Worf’s quarters and look out the large forward windows on Deck 3.

This amazing virtual tour video (which currently features pre-Alpha footage and is to be considered a work in progress) -- accompanied by Jerry Goldsmith’s sweeping Star Trek: First Contact score (one of my favorites -- always brings tears to my eyes) -- makes you feel as if you were indeed a member of the Enterprise crew. The sounds from the ship are meticulously re-created, but the only thing missing is for the ship to come alive with the crew of the Galaxy-class starship and their families.

Not only does Capt. Picard make a voice cameo, but so do other members of the crew, including Worf, Cmdr. Riker, Geordi La Forge and Deanna Troi. The video also has some other nifty “cameo” appearances from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s runabout, the USS Rio Grande, and even a set of very famous props from ... Demolition Man. Make it so!

(via Enterprise-D 3D Construction project)

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