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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 55
10-09-2011, 07:24 AM
Originally Posted by dontdrunkimshoot View Post
the intrepid's core is not 'much' newer, the intrepid class was only launched about 5 or 6 years after the galaxy class, and the enterprise did actually receive a new core during the 7th season, forgot why though. with the way starfleet like to constantly upgrading thing i can only imagine that 7th season core is not just an off the shelf 2363 model, but the latest generation of core that size.
They got it three episodes earlier in "Phantasms".
The "reason" was that otherwise there would not have been an episode.
You are right that the Enterprise got a new warpcore.
But it was a newer warpcore still compatible with the Galaxy class.
The question is (as always when it come to upgrading older ship with new tech) how advanced you can get with upgrades to older tech before it actually hurts the ship itself.
Unless you don't only replace one specific part but start to change the affected systems as well.
Those new systems in turn might start affecting other systems as well which is the point where you end up replacing much more than you planned to do.

/excessive rant ahead:

Years ago I had a lecture at university held by a very kind elder man who had been involved in the German side of the space shuttle programme, meaning the spacelab part.
His name was Ottemeyer and he explained to us how much one unrelated component can totally mess up other sytems when not naken into account properly.
He gave a rather drastic real-life example:
Imagine a solar probe taking readings from the sun and portions of it heating up due to its proximity to the sun.
To compensate the probe needs to be "rolled" to have another section of it exposed while the toher side can cool off.
To "roll" a couple of thrusters need to be fired.
The result is that the electical impulses employed to control the thrusters will titally mess up you readings unless you know in advance that in a few seconds electircal impulses will be sent through the probe to order the thrusters to fire.
But that only works if you use one specific type of thruster that works at a specific voltage and frequency.
Replace that thruster and its control unit with a new one that works with a different voltage and you might not be able to compensate as you could before.

Imagine what happens to various systems when you replace a high-powered component with an even higher-powered component without any changes to its surroundings.
Of course we can assume "it's the future, I don't care if it's realistic or not".
But since it's not just fiction but supposed to be "science fiction" IMO at least some consideration should be given to the problems that may arise when you rip out one vital part of the ship and replace it with another without any other changes.
It would mean that the new component is not really that different from the first otherwise it would wreak havoc with the power-transfer lines, the cooling and eventually the propulsion system as a whole.
/end excessive rant

So since it seems they only changed the core the question is how much different it actually was and how much more advanced compared to the old one...and of course compared to a new class of ship designed from the ground up to benefit from all the advances made until that point.

Originally Posted by dontdrunkimshoot View Post
i try not to worry about the highest registries, a class of ship could be built for decades, but the lowest registrys for each class give us the closest look at when something was launched, maybe.
Probably the healthiest strategy.