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# 39
12-26-2012, 09:14 AM
Originally Posted by starkaos View Post
With current technology, this ship would have to be built on the ground, then launched into space. So we need to put this ship into a huge cargo bay and launch a more suitable freighter from orbit or have the ship never enter the Earth's atmosphere again or have the ship destroyed through launching it. Therefore, we need to build Utopia Planitia to build it in space. The TOS Enterprise never entered an atmosphere without it being damaged. That is what the shuttles and teleporter is for. Since we have to wait for orbital shipyards to be produced, then it is unlikely that it will even be possible to build this ship this century.
Not really.

We build the International Space Station in space. Different animal, I know, but the fact that we did proves that we're capable of building stuff right in orbit with little-to-no supporting infrastructure. And the Enterprise will also function as a space station when it's not on missions around the solar system.

I suppose we might have to build a small-ish gravity wheel station in orbit to house some of the workers and equipment. But I think that's doable.

Originally Posted by voicesdark View Post
Actually in all seriousness the Enterprise design isn't actually a bad one to go with, it just needs some real world tweaking.

The Neck could be shortened and widened to allow for greater structural stability. Also along those same line the Nacelle pylons could also be shortened and make wider. The change to the overall look of the ship wouldn't be that drastic and would really add alot to the physical strength of it.

You have to remember despite all the prototypes and concepts of high acceleration, high velocity engines the best we can do is think the current is a Gen3, Gen4 Ion engine, so alot of the high velocity structural issues simply aren't there.
Exactly. This ship isn't going to be a replica of the Enterprise; it's just going to have the same kind of saucer-neck-hull-nacelles configuration that will bring the Enterprise to mind.

Originally Posted by voicesdark View Post
As far as the actual saucer section and artifical gravity in general, by the time this thing could actually be build an electromagnetic gravity plate system should be easy to design by then. By this I mean a magnetized floor plating that would be strong enough that you could stand upright and also strong enough for it to bounce off the walls of a corridor or small room to allow for gravitational pressure to be constant across the entire body, much like on Earth.
I suppose that's a possibility too. Could be useful in the neck and engine hulls.
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