The Advanced Starship Design Bureau (ASDB) is a project group that maintains and expands the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards ASDB Technical Database, which provides specifications and design histories for Starfleet starship classes and small craft.
Today we meet with one of the ASDB Facilitators, Captain Oddas Aria, so we can learn more about this important part of our community!
DeVeau: Thank you both for joining us. Can you please start by giving us a short overview of the ASDB and how it supports our StarBase 118 community?
Aria: The ASDB is dedicated to all things ships and ship design. We’re dedicated to being a resource for the fleet to come to for questions about the various kinds of ships in the Star Trek universe – Federation, Romulan, Cardassian, whatever. If a CO or any other member of the fleet has a question about what a ship is capable of, the history of a ship, or anything else like that, we’re the resource for them.
What is your favorite thing about working on this taskforce?
Just being able to geek out about ships, what a SIF is and what ships have them, coming up with in-universe reasons for crazy ideas for what I want aboard the Juneau – like my observation deck, and coming up with ways to incorporate what we see on screen into our fleet.
Who can join this taskforce?
Anyone in the fleet can join up! It doesn’t matter what division they write for; they just need to like ships!
How would a new member join this taskforce?
Have their CO send their name and approval over to Commodore Roshanara Rahman.
What is the most enjoyable thing about working on this taskforce?
For me, it’s been seeing crazy new ideas being picked up by other players and run with. When we publish a new idea for, say, Warp XV compatible shields and another ship uses them in a plot, that’s very gratifying.
Thank you so much for your insights on the ASDB!
You can read more about the Advanced Starship Design Bureau on the wiki.