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Old April 19 2009, 06:30 AM   #173
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Re: Excelsior Technical Manual - Revived!

One other thing to take into consideration is the likelihood that ships pre-Excelsior (for my money anyway) probably weren't designed with 100-year lifetimes.

When the original Enterprise was retired and destroyed, it was presumably 40 years old. I'd like to think that TOS and TMP era ships were designed with a 50-year lifespan in mind, akin to modern aircraft carriers, but most (especially the Excelsior and Miranda) went beyond that. By the time of the Galaxy, 100-year lifetimes became a design goal, maybe even with potential for longer actual lifespans?

As to shipyards - we know of at least 13. Your 23 figure may be a good guess then.

(Nice new young Ro av, btw. )
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