Re: My Star Trek Fake Footage Contest Entry
Congrats! Looks hot.
Nice! Looks cool.
(I could point out that a ship which can slingshot around the sun at warp 10 could probably handle getting to orbit without needing any help, but who wants to open that can o' worms?)
Nope...the original ENT was never designed to be aerodynamic. Can't fly or maneuver within an atmosphere. The saucer was always said to be separable, which is why they did it in the pilot of TNG, but even THAT only had limited maneuverability within an atmosphere (see the big-ass wreck in Generations).
I know this isn't canonical, but in the pre-TMP novel A Flag Full of Stars
(Brad Ferguson) the refit 1701 saucer section was launched from the surface under its own impulse power to meet with the secondary hull in orbit.
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