In Star Trek Enterprise (the prequel series), the NX-01 has a fin/wing that connects the two engines and nacelles.

What is contained in this area? There appears to be a large room in the middle of the fin that I don't recall being used.

I'm only halfway through the Enterprise series, so perhaps it comes into play later on. Do they ever explain this part of the ship?

NX-01 with tail fin circled


I'm actually going to list this in contrast to CBredlow's - but like the blueprint in that answer, this isn't necessarily 'official' canon either, although, the two images below and their explanations are sourced as coming from a canon source (depending on your point of view)

Doug Drexler, the designer of Enterprise NX-01, was very generous in giving us more insight into the design of the ship than I ever would have hoped for. He describes the purposes of many not-so-obvious or concealed details of the ship.

Symmetrical Warp Field Governor

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From Memory Alpha:

'a symmetrical warp field governor located just aft of the saucer section, that regulated the warp field shape that would otherwise break apart at higher warp factors'


  • That makes a lot more sense, but you see a similar structure (with the blue tweedle on it) on the saucer section of other ships classes like the Miranda and the constitution. Are those also part of the warp field governor? – CBredlow Jul 8 '16 at 17:25
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    On the Miranda class, the thing on the rollbar is a photon torpedo launcher. Not sure what the blue circle thing aft on the saucer is – NKCampbell Jul 8 '16 at 17:37
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    And here I always assumed it was the warp core. The more you know! – ApproachingDarknessFish Jul 8 '16 at 21:41
  • Since there's no answer given in canon, I'm marking this as accepted because it is the explanation given by the out-of-universe designer of the ship. – Stephen Schrauger Jul 10 '16 at 2:28

This picture show it being part of the aft docking assembly, as well as the impulse engine governors. enter image description here

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    A nice info-graphic, but bear in mind that Kennedy Shipyards are fan work and not canon. – Xantec Jul 8 '16 at 16:59
  • @Xantec I understand that, it was the best thing I could find. I don't remember them saying exactly what it was in the show either – CBredlow Jul 8 '16 at 17:03
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    Please properly cite and link to your sources when you reproduce work by others. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 10 '16 at 0:01

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