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Old August 17 2008, 12:26 PM   #39
Sean_McCormick
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Re: How About Replacing the Galaxy saucer with dedicated weapons platf

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That's something that was also in the back of my mind. Just because two ships are of the same class and built the same, doesn't necessarily mean their parts are 100% interchangeable. It's possible every GC's saucer/neck join may require a bit of fine tuning and personalized fitting, and one ship's saucer may not fit perfectly on another's neck without considerable fiddling.
No evidence to support such a claim.
While I will acknowledge that there might be some interior changes from ship to ship regardless of class, I think SF builds all of their vessel classes from one set of blueprints.
So essentially speaking, the design itself will be identical when it comes to class.
The only changes you might possibly expect are some interior changes and fine-tuning of power generators (and whatnot).
Depending really.
True, but it's pretty much common sense... in that this is something that every single real-world application you can find shows exactly this as being the case.

One of the teams where I'm working is doing a design revision for the next-generation version of the C-130 transport. They're working on just one small subsystem, mind you. The thing is, they need to put their devices into every ship in the fleet, and so far no two C-130 airframes have been close enough to allow a "single solution." Basically, the mechanism (which I wont' go into here) is going to require a CUSTOMIZED INSTALLATION for each and every aircraft. Most parts can be common... but it's not just a matter of shipping a "box set" of parts to the field and have them be installed... nope. A set of measurements need to be taken first, then the custom installation hardware is fabricated off of those measurements. THEN the hardware can be installed... not before.

Weird? Nah... it's totally commonplace. And the more complicated the hardware you're dealing with... in terms of part-count, assembly steps and processes, or simply tolerance stack-ups... the more common this is.

A Galaxy-class is a VERY complicated piece of hardware.
AFAI understand it, starfleets starships are still build in a very similar way as they are build today and not replicated in large sections. so with an piece as large and as complicated as the docking sleeve on the galaxy, there are sleight differences from ship to ship, such as the cocking clamps x and y a few microns nearer together an ship a as on ship b , a weidling seam a tad thicker on the one ship, etc. But the force of the docked vessel maneuvering must be distributed evenely on all docking clamps, so to make any saucer/Stardrive combination able to stand the stress of maneuvering, the system must be calibrated to make sure, that every docking clamp gets the exact same amount of force. Alone that point of mechanical interaction between the two parts seriously hampers the swapping of saucers. And i don't think, that the SIF can completely compensate thze uneven force distribution in a uncalibrated system. It may allow for reduced maneuverability (say max warp 2) though.
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