"I think the main thing was to completely break from the old Buck Rogers notion of these aero-shaped ships, landing on their tails.
The Enterprise, it’s a naval ship. It’s like Captain Cook discovering Australia, or HMS Beagle, which carried Charles Darwin. These ships, they had war fighting capacity, but in addition, they carried scientists. The captain could sign treaties, he could negotiate. This naval vessel [The Enterprise] contains our civilisation and this is how we’re going to travel between the stars.”