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Star Trek DS9 focuses on a space station rather than a starship - specifically the Deep Space 9 space station.

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However, this is not a Federation space station - it is formally owned by the Bajorans. In fact, it isn't even a Bajoran station - it was put there during the occupation of the Cardassians, and in fact is a Cardassian-built space station.

Do we, at any point in Star Trek canon, get to see what a Federation-constructed Space Station looks like?

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Yes, however sporadically

This is a decent list of Starfleet Space Stations we see through the series. Here's a couple:

There is K-7, infamous for tribble infestations

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The rather generic "Spacedock", which appears in both TOS movies and TNG episodes

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Jupiter Station from Enterprise

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Mckinley Station

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Starbase 1 from the Abramsverse

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And unlike Federation starships, the stations do seem quite varied in design, even they still adhere to a kind of "dome" theme – joshbirk Mar 19 '14 at 15:30
Nicely done. Seems like the first two are pretty similar, any reason for the third one being so different? (Obviously the fourth one is different because Abrams) – Zibbobz Mar 19 '14 at 15:31
All just design shifts due to time and show production (in this case Voyager), I think - although in-universe you could argue McKinley is probably the most "dock" oriented design, it doesn't do much else it seems – joshbirk Mar 19 '14 at 15:32
Not to mention there are many other designs. There does not seem to be a particular reason or rational to their design structure and they are all far more massive than their starships. It seems the Federation COULD build more massive starships but they don't... – Thaddeus Howze Mar 19 '14 at 15:35
IIRC, McKinley Station was specifically for starship repair/retrofit/etc. so it seems the form followed function. – Matt Mar 19 '14 at 19:13

In addition to the ones posted by @joshbirk, there are other Federation space stations.

Star Base 375 - This was the staging ground of the Federation counter attack against the Dominion following the withdrawal from Deep Space 9. This model Starbase appears to have also served as a basis for prison bases on a couple occasions. Starbase 173 and Starbase 257 also are based on this model.

Starbase 375

Utopia Planitia - A large Federation construction facility. Notably, the Galaxy, Intrepid and Defiant classes were designed, tested and constructed here. Additionally, within this cluster of stations, there are several different models (a McKinley station is noticeable, multiple dry docks and at least 3 'bubble' stations are are probably administration/defense (speculation on my part) )

Utopia Planitia

Star Base 74 - This is based on the Spacedock model. It appears to serve the same purpose of star ship repair/maintenance, as the Enterprise-D docked here for computer upgrades. Star Base 84 is also a Spacedock type star base.

Star base 74

Starbase 234 - This is similar to the Mckinley Station type stations.

Starbase 234

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Star Base 375 actually looks to be based on station Regula One from Wrath of Khan. – Xantec Mar 19 '14 at 19:41
I only wish I could accept both of these answers. Very through investigation and nice finds! – Zibbobz Mar 19 '14 at 19:49
+1 for making me really sad (again) that NASA gave up. – Jason C Mar 20 '14 at 17:36

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