Star Trek Las Vegas 2015 Report

Star Trek Las Vegas (STLV)  2015 Report

Veracity_logoby Captain Michael Malomay

Fleet 31 Western Sector Commander

Commanding Officer Seattle Fleet 31 Chapter USS Veracity

(All Pictures Courtesy of Captain Michael Malomay and Veracity Ships Counselor Karen Malomay)

Star Trek Las Vegas is an annual 4-day pilgrimage, Thursday to Sunday, for thousands of Trek fans, young and old. Our Seattle based Fleet 31 ship USS CaptMal_CounselorVeracity were represented at this year’s convention, which included myself, Counselor Karen Malomay, Michele Celich-Tactical Officer, Cadet Cole Malomay, and USS Syber Capt Scot Sterling CO, Andy Lutz XO, Noel Lee Verlarde CMO as well as personnel from Starbase PortlandJay Galloway, Jamie Snyder, and Michelle Wells.

There were notable absentees this year including Leonard Nimoy and Grace Lee WhitneySpock and Yeoman Rand respectively and with respect.

Fleet_BannerSTLVWe met up with additional Fleet 31 personnel for a photo-op premiering our Fleet 31, USS Veracity, and UFP banners by the StarFleet symbol at the main entrance.

There were props for photo-ops The Guardian of Forever, transporter pad, Borg alcove and TOS bridge. We attended screenings of both Star Trek: Renegades and Star Trek Continues “The White Iris” episode. Veracity_Captain_Guardian

We also had a chance to present Vic Mignogna (Kirk) and Michele Specht (Doctor McKenna) of Star Trek Continues with Honorary Fleet 31 Ambassador certificates and a Fleet 31 commbadge. (A full report is forthcoming)

The panels were tremendous- especially the Voyager panel, TNG, and the DS9 Rat Pack show, where the DS9 alumni do Las Vegas-inspired musical parodies full of DS9 references.

Star Trek Continues Presented with honorary Fleet memberships
Star Trek Continues Presented with Honorary Fleet memberships

We had numerous inquiries about our uniforms and noticed half a dozen people take pictures of our banners so it wouldn’t surprise me if we get some new member requests. This year seemed to be confusing and disorganized don’t know if that was more me or the convention. I know how expensive conventions are with airfare, hotel, tickets, food, so I know it takes planning and saving money but this convention is one of the biggest in Star Trek fandom. If at all possible find a way to get to Las Vegas.

Counselor_Beracity_BorgThere were cosplayers galore this year Borg, Vulcan, Capt Pike, Ferengi, Andorians all were represented. My wife, son and I were Ferengi and Redshirts this year with some surprises next year.

Captain Michael A Malomay, USS Veracity, CO, sends

Shuttlecraft Galileo Revealed

After a full year’s work of restoration, The Galileo Shuttlecraft from the Star Trek Original Series, has officially been unveiled at its new home at the Space Center Houston.

Having the Galileo at the Space Center is a perfect development for the Star Trek fandom; that’s where a science fiction symbol like this belongs. Adam Schneider, the man behind the restoration, is a Trekkie who couldn’t let the Galileo be lost in time. As he said himself before the sheet was pulled away, “Star Trek is our future.”

Star Trek has had a massive impact on the space-travel industry, a point which was expressed during the celebrity panel. They discussed the impact of strong female roles in sci-fi, how we can bring education and space travel back to our society, and how without Star Trek a lot of inspiration for modern technology may not have happened. It was such an experience to hear these actors speak about things that are so important, and with so much passion.

The final event was the opportunity to hear one of the guest astronauts speak about his time in space and what it can mean for us. We watched an amazing video of him recording a satellite spin around the earth in real time at over 17,000 MPH. The passion was visible on his face as he watched his recording, which helped his emphasis on how little importance our problems are here on Earth, seeing the planet from up there. He answered questions with vigor, listening with a smile on his face as a young boy struggled to articulate his question about the rocket’s metal body, and his answer was of pure encouragement.

I was able to see some pretty cool things at this event that I did not expect, number one being the “NASA Protective Service” agents placed around the border of the shuttle. This experience was absolutely humbling, and knowing that this shuttle will help inspire many children years from now is a truly wonderful thought.

Lt. Lizzie Lynch
USS Constancy