The model for this station first appeared in ST:TMP but would later be
resurrected in a modified form for Star Trek II, as well as making cameos
in episodes of ST:TNG. Like the
Spacedock, the R-1's exact scale has been cast in doubt by its use
(overuse?) in the various films and on television, appearing alongside various
spacecraft of different size. By some accounts the station is smallish,
not much larger than a Constitution Class cruiser.
But if the TNG-era footage is to be believed, then the R-1 is on the same scale
as a Galaxy Class. Explanation? It could
be reasoned that there were many different space stations constructed in the
same mold as the R-1, only of different sizes, much like the Klingon 'Bird
of Prey' series. Also, is the R-1 closer in mission to
the unarmed version of the Earth Spacedock, or is it more like the
Defense Outpost, intended to act as a weapons platform instead of a true
space station? My copy of the STSSTCS does not give any background data on
the R-1, though the Regula-1 Orbital Station Deckplans resource booklet indicates that there are a total of 8 major variants of the
basic R-1, each designed to fulfill a specific mission requirement.
included as much detail on these 8 variants as is pertinent to gameplay, but
have not replicated the entire sourcebook verbatim, as I don't want to waste
time or server space on high-res graphics or extensive text detailing the
internal functions of the station.
with the Alamo, it is a matter of some debate among gamers whether or not the
R-1 is capable of acting as a repair/resupply facility for starships.
Certainly the Spacedock is capable of repairing scads of ships, if not outright
building them from scratch. But to me the R-1 seems too small to act as a
full-on repair base, lacking the equipment and the manpower of Spacedock or a
mobile repair facility like the Pearl MRF. Though,
in its original form from ST:TMP, the R-1 certainly seems to be a
companion component for the many "bird cage" starship construction platforms
that orbit Earth (and presumably many other worlds in the Federation, too).
Scotty worked aboard an R-1 during the TMP-era refit of the USS Enterprise;
presumably it was a modified R-1 Administrator variant.
In terms of gameplay, only three of
the eight variants are armed, with the remaining five possessing not even
rudimentary combat shielding. All of the variants have a limited movement
point ratio, though this ought to be considered impulse-style movement only,
as the text specifically states that none of the R-1 stations has warp
capability. For warp-speed travel, there is a specially created towing ship, the
dedicated specifically to moving R-1's to and fro across the Federation.
Unfortunately, this class is never seen on film, and may be considered part of
the apocryphal line of ships from FASA.
OVERVIEW, from the FASA Star Trek RPG
sourcebook #2226A: Regula-1 Orbital Station Deckplans
The R-1 Type orbital station was designed to meet the growing need for such
a facility among the scientific, civilian, and military sectors. On
Stardate 2/01, Starfleet Command petitioned the Federation Council to request
bids to replace the older K-type support stations, which were used primarily as
trade centers and way-stations between distant points of call. At the same
time, the Federationís scientific community was lobbying for observation
platforms to study astronomical and astrophysical phenomena such as the Murisaki
Quasar and the Tritonian Comet Cloud.
These divergent appeals spurred Rantura Shipping and
Chiokis Starship engineers to draft blueprints for a modular station system
capable of fulfilling both roles. The first type, designated the R-1
Investigator, was constructed to study the impending effects of the Lyra Niobe
nova. Soon there after, Starfleet Command commissioned many orbital
defense outposts (R-1 Invictus stations) to reinforce fleet units stationed near
sensitive border regions. Although most of these stations are currently
positioned along the Organian and Romulan Neutral Zones, the infamous V'ger
Incident spurred the Federation Council to supplement Terran defense systems
with three new R-1 Invictus orbital outposts.
Five years after the introduction of the Invictus,
Chiokis Starship and Rantura shipping began producing a second variant, which
allowed manufacturing and industrial refinement operations to function in a
zero-g environment. This design, called the R-1 Artisan, quickly became
one of the most profitable concerns for Chiokis and Rantura.
The R-1 Administrator has proven itself the most
versatile of all the R-1 variants. Conceived originally as an
administrative center, this design has served as apartment complexes, diplomatic
conference centers, corporate head quarters, and governmental records
As tensions increased between the United Federation of
Planets and the Klingon Empire, Starfleet Command began clamoring for
intelligence posts to observe enemy military maneuvers and to coordinate
intelligence operations within foreign space (such as Operation Dixie).
Thus was the R-1 Informant variant created. In addition to conducting
discreet intelligence-gathering operations, these stations employ surveillance
drones and long-range sensor systems to obtain information. Thirty such
listening posts have been constructed.
A radical departure from previous variants, the R-1
Harmony variant was produced to improve relations between the Federation and the
Orion Colonies and to net a high financial return. With the approval of
the Federation Bureau of Interstellar Trade, a group of Orion corporations
purchased the first R-1 Harmony Type (called the Treasure Trove 1).
Situated on the border between the UFP and the Orion Colonies, this exclusive
recreation and gambling complex provides wealthy clientele with a variety of
entertainment and recreational opportunities found nowhere else in the galaxy.
Impressed by the vast profit collected during the stationís first two years of
operation, the Leeper-Fell corporate conglomerate purchased the second R-1
Harmony Type station, the Centauri Pleasureplex 1, and situated it in the
Al Rijil system.
The R-1 Mercy varaint serves a more practical purpose.
This orbital platform can provide extensive medical care to far-flung regions of
space, where a medical disaster would otherwise take thousands of lives.
Already this design has proven its effectiveness by stemming an outbreak of
Rigellian blood fever in the Cheron star system.
Though specific design data is classified, the R-1
Terminus variant is probably an orbital confinement center used to detain and
interrogate intelligence agents and other undesirables caught within Federation
space. Information on the Terminus design is considered top secret and
distributed on a need-to-know basis only.
The major reason for the R-1ís success is its
versatility. Although stations are constructed for a specific purpose,
they are not limited to this objective. In an emergency, any of the
stationís 120 separate modular components can be quickly refitted or
reconfigured at a star base or repair facility, giving the station a completely
Whether originating from private, governmental, or
civilian concerns, proposals for the construction of an R-1 Type station must be
approved by the Secretary of Starfleet, as Starfleet must pay the majority of
the costs involved (estimated at somewhere in excess of 17 billion credits).
Starfleet Command owns and is wholly responsible for the operation of Invictus
and Informant Type stations. All other station designs are owned either by
individual corporations (who finance most, but not all, the costs incurred) or
leased out by Starfleet to private institutions under long-term agreements.
In all cases, however, Starfleet Command transports the facility to its
operational position. The Department of Starfleet receives an annual fee
for providing vessels (warp tenders, supply ships, and so on), which is
calculated according to the specific vessel class. In addition,
corporations or private industries using Artisan or Administrator variant
stations must pay Starfleet an annual two percent of gross profits from station
production. Likewise, an additional one percent of all goods manufactured
on any R-1 Type stations are allocated to the Starfleet Office of Colonization
to support and encourage new colonies.
Since the introduction of the first R-1 station, four
have been lost. Three of these were Invictus variant border outposts and
the fourth, the Othello 1, was an Investigator Type research
installation. The Othello I was destroyed on Stardate 2/2012, while
station personnel were engaged in a classified research project for Star Fleet
Command. Though unconfirmed, rumors suggest that the Othello I was
conducting experiments with protomatter, and a machine malfunction might have
caused a prototype Genesis Device to explode. Although long-range sensor
scans did detect an unusual amount of radiation in the Othello I's
last-known position, the rescue team found no survivors nor any trace of the
Negligence caused the destruction of Delense Outpost
665. On Stardate 2/1704.05, a class from Star Fleet Academy was
participating in a weapons status check when a cadet accidentally triggered an
overload in one of the stationís phaser banks. Before the bank could be
deactivated, a chain-reaction explosion destroyed over half the station.
Since then, Starfleet training groups have been forbidden from participating in
any exercise aboard defense outposts.
The circumstances behind the loss of Delense Outposts
524 and 573 remain classified. What is known is that they operated along
the Federation border near the Triangle Zone, receiving orders from Star Base
10, and were lost at about the same time.
NOTES: R-1 INVICTUS
The mission of the Invictus-type orbital defense outpost is to provide
defensive support for installations and planetary systems and to serve as an
early-warning post able to withstand a low to moderate-level incursion by enemy
forces. It is one of the few R-1 type stations that mounts weaponry.
NOTES: R-1 INFORMANT
The R-1 Informant deep-space surveillance center is assigned to gather, analyze,
and evaluate intelligence for Starfleet Intelligence Command. Positioned
along border regions, these stations contain sophisticated computer systems
capable of monitoring enemy ship movements, data transmissions, and natural
phenomena, as well as broadcasting counterintelligence and conducting electronic
NOTES: R-1 TERMINUS
The R-1 Terminus orbital penal installation was built to confine foreign agents
and hard-core criminals captured within Federation space. Though
Federation authorities deny it, enemy operatives are probably taken to these
maximum security institutions for interrogation and processing. A security
zone, possibly as wide as one thousand kilometers, surrounds the installations.
Scorpio Class corvettes and armed shuttlecraft patrol this zone and attack any
intruders. The station's crew is a combination of Starfleet Marine and
Intelligence personnel, with some scientific and medical staff. Admission
to these confinement installations requires priority clearance in advance from
the Department of Starfleet.
NOTES: R-1 INVESTIGATOR
The R-1 Investigator orbital research station enables scientists to pursue
research in secrecy and far from support installations. Designed to
provide maximum comfort and utility for both research staff and support
personnel, the R-1 Investigator can operate for up to 18 months without
re-supply. Traditionally, the stations are named after the planet they
orbit; e.g., Lyrae Nicbe 1, Regula 1, and Vulcan 1.
NOTES: R-1 ARTISAN
medicinal, and biological goods to be manufactured under gravity-controlled
conditions, R-1 Artisan orbital manufacturing centers can supplement planet-side
factories or act as independent concerns.
STATION NOTES: R-1
Clearly the most versatile R-1 design,
the R-1 Administrator orbital administrative center functions as accommodations
and centralized administrative headquarters for both private and government
organizations. Since its inception, this variant has been adapted to
provide luxury housing, and to secure historical and governmental documents.
Starfleet Command owns
all administrative complexes and leases them to developers, who offer the
office, living, and dining accommodations to business clientele. The
housing development center furnishes luxury accommodations for visiting
businessmen who find the local planetary conditions too harsh or the housing
STATION NOTES: R-1 HARMONY
The R-1 Harmony
recreational facility provides a wide spectrum of entertainment opportunities
for tourists from all over the Federation. The stationís living
accommodations make the Harmony a popular vacation spot and cultural exchange
The R-1 Mercy
orbital medical center functions both as a research center for medicine and
xenobiology, and as a hospital for treating medical emergencies in the far-flung
regions of Federation space. In time of war, these stations can operate
just behind the frontlines, allowing medical personnel to treat the maximum
number of wounded in the shortest possible time.