Re: "She can still outrun us, and outgun us."
Right. I don't see why she wouldn't be a capable explorer. Personally, I just think the fact that it is designed differently implies that there were different goals in the two projects.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it's not for the timid." - Q