- "We took the best of everything we had and prayed it would work. You can't possibly understand what the Jupiter meant to us when it rolled off the production line... The galaxy was falling apart, but now we finally had a chance to fight back."
- —an alternate timeline's Jonas Quinn, on the construction of the Jupiter
The Jupiter is the first of the MBP-305 series of warships produced by the Tau'ri, and the prototype for the third generation of interstellar craft developed by Earth. Commanded by Col. Samantha Carter ever since its completion, the mammoth vessel is the flagship of the human fleet, and is arguably among the most-powerful ships in the entire galaxy. Armed with future-enhanced weapons and possessing the most sophisticated shields and communications systems yet developed by the Alliance races, the Jupiter represents the pinnacle of human ingenuity and engineering, as well as their ability to understand and occasionally improve upon alien designs.