Re: Another take on the Original Enterprise...
Very interesting work.
I have been curious about the "1080-feet" school-of-thought for some time now, but I never waded more than ankle-deep into that discussion.
Have you considered what this would do to interior space in the aft of the saucer rim (impulse engine room)
? What kind of space could be found there for impulse engineering? (One of the confusing asides in "The Day of the Dove"
was that the Klingons controlled Deck 6 and part of Deck 7, which would've made "the final battle" take place in a much smaller impulse engine room "near reactor number three".)
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