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Old March 19 2009, 04:04 AM   #6
StarryEyed
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Re: "She can still outrun us, and outgun us."

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Like you, I had always considered that Reliant had the upper-hand due to the damage inflicted upon the Enterprise. However, you raise a valid point. As you say, her engines appear to be the same size as those of the Enterprise, so she may have the same amount of power, but with a smaller structure. That may leave more power for weapons and the like. Food for thought.
If the Miranda-class has an identical power supply, she is indeed superior in battle. She has a tighter shield envelope and those roll bar phasers look a lot beefier. That might be why the Mirandas were in service in the 24th century while the Constitutions were long gone.
Even though the shield envelope is smaller, wouldn't smaller volume mean less shield generators, smaller power supplies, etc...?
It's going to take more power to spread your shields over a large area than a smaller one, right? If you have the same power supply as a bigger ship, your shields should last longer because they use less power or you can build a greater field-strength for the same power drain. Either way, you have an advantage.

I'm assuming that the warp core is the power supply here.
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