Before the N.X., there was the X.C.V.
Zephram Cochrane, the famous inventor of the warp drive that led to humans’ first contact with the Vulcan race, has been developing humanity’s first starship for interstellar travel. After achieving Warp 2 only a few years after his initial Phoenix test flight, Cochrane believed he could do better, go faster, and even surpass their Vulcan allies in just a few years. However, mounting pressure from the United Earth Space Probe Agency to begin colonizing other worlds causes Cochrane to install untested modifications to a ship carrying a friend on a peace mission to Alpha Centauri.
The ship is lost with all hands.
In response, Zephram pushes the limits of his influence and technological know-how to create a new type of warp drive capable of covering vast distances in minutes. Cochrane, known for being a cowboy, shirks off the advice of Vulcan counselors and human bureaucrats who feel humanity is progressing far too fast. Pushing his team well past their fears and limits, Cochrane debuts his new interstellar vessel and warp drive system: The X.C.V. or The eXperimental Coaxial Vehicle.
Crewing the vehicle are the friends and loved ones of Cochrane and his team, as Zephram has grown too old to fly such a mission. The XCV sets off on its first coaxial warp test with the Vulcans and bureaucrats all watching. After accelerating past the Vulcan’s maximum of Warp 6, the X.C.V. enters coaxial warp, but, in an instant, the ship goes missing, causing panic to break out.