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Old September 9 2008, 10:02 PM   #39
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Re: First Replicator Usage?

The Enterprise is supposed to be out there away from support for five years. If your uberfoodbeamingwonderzapper breaks down and you are two years from help, you are screwed. There is a limit to the amount of spares a ship could carry and its not possible to stock every component of every system... You'd want a simple mechanical system that could be rigged and repaired and totally bypassed if need arises.

Later on as the technology progresses you can get away from the mechanical system and go solid-state but only after it proves 99.9999999999% reliable 99.999999999% of the time.
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