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prisoner881 wrote: »
Basically this is covered by the Bussard ramscoops, a sort of constant in-flight refueling. Interstellar hydrogen is present in quantities that make this quite viable. The ST:TNG tech manual even goes into detail on how this "regular" hydrogen is turned into anti-hydrogen for use in the warp core (albeit inefficiently, thus the preference for anti-matter refueling stations).
Also, don't forget the majority of the time the ship will either be (a) at warp, going from place to place or (b) in orbit of whatever it is observing or interacting with. Impulse drive would be used pretty sparingly, so fuel wouldn't likely be an issue.
I agree this has been used poorly throughout the TV and movie series. However, Federation ships have *three* propulsion systems, not two. One is the warp drive, obviously non-Newtonian. One is impulse, which is Newtonian but augmented (according to ST:TNG tech manual). The last is "thrusters" which seem to be used only in low-speed, close-quarters stuff like leaving spacedock. The thrusters appear to be situated on the periphery of the ship -- fore, aft, port, and starboard, both ventral and dorsal -- which makes reversing no big deal.
The gist of the impulse drive is a standard fusion rocket, but augmented by a little warp technology. Without quoting the ST:TNG manual verbatim, it goes like this: the Newtonian fusion rocket is given a boost by a low-level warp field which alters the mass of the action/reaction equation. This makes the impulse rocket behave as if it were a much higher performance rocket than it actually is. But it's still Newtonian in nature.
Bmused55 wrote: »
I'm going to pretend I didn't read such utter bullcrap.
Starscream wrote: »
Saquist I'll go with designer's intent over whatever that particular script writer's needs were at the time, any day. Nemesis is at best a poor example of a Trek film, and should probably be declared apocryphal just as STV was declared to be by Gene Roddenberry, IMO.
Not only is the Ent-E a newer generation warp core (regardless of whether I like it or not), but it also has multiple forward launchers which we should expect would be capable of the same kinds of launch rates as the older Galaxy class. And a newer, more powerful core certainly suggests it'd be capable of powering the new Type-X-whatever Phaser Arrays.
Please don't take this the wrong way, but you seem to be presenting a lot of opinion as hardcore facts, with no supporting links. For example, what the heck is a "Galaxy Class Alpha Strike"? Who says the Sov doesn't have enough phasers to be a battleship? Where are you obtaining your designations for "Defender Dual Purpose"? And so on. Do you have links to back up any of your assertions?
jrhottel wrote: »
Saquist, awesome input. Thanks. I tend agree with Stormcload, we've never seen a apples to apples comparison of Sovereign and Galaxy. Likewise, it makes little sense that Starfleet should intentionally build a less capable design, though I'm warm to the Idea that it may not have lived up to expectations. As said before, I'm designing the hero ship depicted in a audio drama. The carrier function was thoroughly written into the plot and I'm just trying to depict it as plausibly as possible. I remember reading the Arc Royal, renamed Enterprise, was refitted immediately with a new generation warp core. I don't remember the source. I intend to reduce the size of the turrets significantly. They should operate on micro torpedo of approximately a foot in length that can be carried by some shuttle-craft.
Here's where, I'm presently taking things. I'm thinking ship is relatively late in her service life. Specialized, and militarized as compared to the galaxy class. A marine detachment on board. Specialized cargo modules with ground vehicles and ect for the runabouts. I have long thought multiple cores make more sense but it seems the die has been cast and given the apparent size of the core en-closer and cooling towers space is a consideration. While a warp capable saucer may make good sense in future design I don't think the time has arrived owing to space, historic design conventions, and routine plots involving main engineering. The stardrive, Is going to be rebuilt with modest changes, additional tubes among them. I'm planning a retro paint scheme but may change my mind. I think the Intrepid style sensors are looking good. images soon.
Saquist, with all the thought you give to designs, I'd love to know the vision behind your Enigma design?