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collegepark2151 02-08-2013 01:34 PM

Any Logical Reason for DS9 to exist?
I realize they had to have a reason for the Cardassians to have built DS9 so they could have the show take place there. However, I always found it a bit of a stretch to make it an ore refinery. I mean, woundn't it make more sense to refine the ore on the surface of Bajor?

I know I'm overthinking this but I'm an engineer. It's what I do. ;)

daveyny 02-08-2013 01:38 PM

I think they chose to do it in space because on Bajor, it was very likely that the resistance movement would be constantly attempting to destroy the facilities...

In a station, the Cardassians had more control over who could come and go, therefore lessening the chance of a random attack.

pwecangetlost 02-08-2013 01:42 PM

I think its also due to the general Cardassian militarisation, they use the stations effectively as a defense platform also. Saves having multiple stations when they only needed the one, and meant they could better regulate the flow of materials most likely.

nuclearwessle 02-08-2013 01:46 PM

Also, its easier to refine the materials at a location near where the shipping is taking place. Its one of the reasons why refineries are near docks IRL rather than near the source.

DS9 is after all a hub.

f2pdrakron 02-08-2013 01:47 PM

Also facilitates starship loading operations, its not very optimal to make starships go atmospheric so they needed a space station for loading anyway.

drogyn1701 02-08-2013 01:48 PM

Maybe its cheaper for big ore haulers to load up at the station to transport the ore elsewhere than it would be for them to land on the surface. I would assume landing expends more fuel, so you mine it on the surface, shuttle it up on small, cheap to run vessels, then process it in orbit and load it onto the big freighters there.

marcusdkane 02-08-2013 02:11 PM

As above, makes for easier transfer of the processed ore to transport ships, rather than risking processed ore in atmospheric flights, also reduces the risk of resistance attacks on a ground facility, but also, it's part of the Cardassian psychology to want to overlook their underlings (ie why the station commander's office is at a higher level than the rest of Ops, where Picard's ready room was on the same level as the rest of the bridge...)

captainrevo1 02-08-2013 02:19 PM

I think it was meant as a multiple purpose station. a place to live, repair ships, a defence platform etc.

the ore refining was just one aspect of it. if the resources came from space and local asteroids then it makes sense rather than shipping it down to the planet.

any facility of bajor would be easier to attack by the resistance. they effectively have zero chance of destroying DS9 with a direct assault.

maxvitor 02-08-2013 02:38 PM

Since the Cardasian war machine was heavily dependent on slave labor it's much easier to manage the workforce in a location where control of the environment is absolute and escape is impossible. There might also be benefits to zero gravity in some aspect of the refining process. It's unlikely that bulk freighters are capable of atmospheric flight, ground facilities are vulnerable to revolutionary efforts so shuttling or for that matter beaming up the raw ore for refining in space before loading into bulk freighters would be more expedient.

lincolninspace 02-08-2013 04:34 PM

Knowing the Cardassians it was probably just a cover story.

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