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Old February 8 2008, 10:14 PM   #564
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Re: The OFFICIAL new Enterprise - Let the critiques begin!

I don't think building it on the ground is a problem. You know what they say about assumptions...

We could do it today if we wanted. I mean, there's a suspension bridge in Japan with towers 6 miles apart. The towers are so far away that they are both vertical, yet lean away from eachother by quite a bit due to the Earth's curvature.

Given the better materials and anti-gravs of the future, it would be a breeze to build a 947 ft ship like the enterprise on the ground. If we did it today it would look like the Statue of Liberty did when they did those renovations on it - it'd be encased in a support frame. But in the future with tractor beams and energy fields, a support framework need not be visible at all.
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