An experimental ship built to test the Warp Drive.
In 2051, a German scientist by the name of Dr. Eckhard Brestrich developed proof of concept that the Warp Drive hypothesis was possible. He went around the world, presenting this discovery to many large corporations like SpaceX and Boeing. He even presented the findings to NASA and other national space agencies.
He finally found funding to build an experimental ship based off the design of NASA scientist Dr. Harold White. The funding came from a group of eccentric billionaires from around the world who were eager to see humanity leave its cradle system. He used the money to begin space construction of the experimental craft. It took almost eight years to build.
When it was completed the doctor himself traveled to the ship to give it a final checkup. He and his group of fellow scientists and engineers looked everything over for a few months, making absolutely positive that it would work. After that, they were positive that the first live test would work.
By now he had received international and even interplanetary attention. As the day of the first test approached there were many press conferences taped from the ship. Some commended the team of scientists for attempting such a dangerous mission but other condemned them as foolish and wasting their time as they were never going to make it.
The test flight was simple. They were going to fly 0.13 light years out, to in the middle of the Oort Cloud, and then back. If all went according to plan they would be back in less than a day, having traveled approximately 0.3 light years in over a day.
The ship launched on January 1, 2059. Many orbiting cameras watched as the ship’s engines activated and then vanished. Humanity waited. A few hours after January 2 began, the Enterprise returned, safe and sound. The Warp Drive had been proven to be a success.
After that it became one of the Sol System's small exploratory fleet, exploring the entire system faster than any human had before. It was mostly flown by the doctor and any associates he wanted. At one point an ageing Wil Wheaton was brought aboard for a brief trip. The ship served fifty years in the small fleet before its owner died of old age while orbiting Earth for refueling.
The ship was placed in a drydock in one of Earth’s Lagrange Points as a testament to the historical moment when humans first broke the light barrier.