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Old April 21 2009, 07:13 AM   #66
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Re: "She can still outrun us, and outgun us."

I'd argue that they're all types of cruisers, each designed with a specific purpose. The Constellation might be a Deep Space Cruiser, for example. The Miranda might be an Interdiction Cruiser. And the Constitution a good ole fashioned Heavy Cruiser.

Of course, we might also want to factor in the idea that each class's mass might be different owing to different amounts of open space. Each of those hangar doors on the Miranda and Constellation might feature an empty volume similar to the one found aboard the Enterprise in TMP, making each of the former more hollow while still comparable in size.
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