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Old September 21 2009, 06:02 PM   #42
EmperorKalan
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Re: Cleopatra's Needle - Design Proposals

Christopher wrote: View Post
After all, the Federation is a culture that values exploration highly, considering that they assign it as a primary purpose of their space navy. So I'm sure there's just as active a culture of civilian exploration. Civilian ship contractors, therefore, would probably do a lot of exploration vessels and wouldn't need to repurpose other types of craft.

Which suggests, come to think of it, that maybe this is a customized version of a standard high-speed explorer or courier design.
Just think back to "The Cage", and the SS Columbia, chartered by the American Continent Institute for civilian survey work. Such a ship would have its 24th-century counterparts.
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