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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 16
06-19-2011, 06:56 PM
Originally Posted by Darren_Kitlor
I've seen plenty of contractors and officers with bright ideas try and get unique, proprietary gadgets with obscure parts that would only prove useful in a handful of situations and overlap with other, more useful items. These are the "bright ideas" that make every maintenance section groan.

If there's a cheaper, more useful, and easier option, you go with it. Shuttles, in Star Trek, are more prevalent, easier to use, and are already being used to transport the ARGO. Why not skip the ARGO altogether and have room for more supplies and personnel?
In a future without scarcity, aside from labor (which can be automated with holograms and non-sentient exocomps) and a few non-replicatable designs, these kinds of projects would tend to get made.

I'd imagine the future of Trek is a "dream it, do it" kind of future, without modern practicality concerns weighing in as much.