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Old April 13 2011, 10:56 AM   #10
Re: What's in the Excelsior/Enterprise-B/Lakota shuttlebay?

Do starships have arboretums/ae/whatever in the usual case? We have only ever heard of the TOS and TNG Enterprises having those.

The shuttlebay-like thing at the extreme stern of the Excelsiors is also used as a ventral detail at the stern of the Ambassador class (the later appearances of it anyway), in close proximity to another blatant stern shuttlebay. Could be that a bay of this size and shape is specifically intended for cargo loading and offloading, with the help of those workbee-towed container trains we see in the movie era. And the "real" shuttlebay of an Excelsior might then be elsewhere, possibly in the ventral cavity discussed above.

Timo Saloniemi
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