|Portrayed by||Saad Siddiqui|
Astromycologist Justin Straal developed the spore drive with his colleague, Paul Stamets. They agreed to let Starfleet help develop the technology, and an entire class of starships, the Crossfield class, was designed around the experimental drive. Soon after the ships were launched in 2256, war broke out with the Klingon Empire. Development of the spore drive was deemed a military priority, and Straal and Stamets — now lieutenants in Starfleet — were split up between two ships in the hope that it would accelerate their work; Straal was assigned to the U.S.S. Glenn NCC-1030, and Stamets to the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031. Straal and the entire crew of the Glenn were killed in November 2256 when the ship's spore drive malfunctioned.
Notes and References
- Fuller, Bryan & Roddenberry, Eugene & Roth, Trevor & Goldsman, Akiva & Kadin, Heather & Berg, Gretchen J. & Harberts, Aaron & Kurtzman, Alex (Executive Producers). "Context is for Kings." Star Trek: Discovery, Episode 3. Directed by Akiva Goldsman. Story by Bryan Fuller & Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts. Teleplay by Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts & Craig Sweeny. CBS Entertainment, 1 October 2017.