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Old February 21 2011, 11:41 PM   #116
publiusr
Commodore
 
Re: Planet of the Titans U.S.S. Enterprise

I love how this design has grown and warmed. An arguement might be that it is a back up vent, so even if it were broken, the venting would occur to space as opposed to being captured in-nacelle with plasma re-constituted in non-combant scenrios. If a nacelle is hit, you don't want it to keep heat inside the coils. So it is designed to be exposed just so to take the hit and vent heat outboard.
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