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Old June 21 2012, 05:16 PM   #107
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

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Nothing but onscreen stuff:
  • The fact that there were three more NX-class ships being built while NX-01 was essentially on her maiden voyage.
  • Two other Galaxy-class ships in service alongside the Enterprise-D while the design was still considered fairly new within the fleet.
  • Other Defiant-class ships in service alongside the Defiant.
Once again, all of them were using engines that weren't quantum leaps over what came before. Transwarp is suppose to be a technological leap and I'm sure that the class was built around it. Power conduits had to be created that could handle the amount of power that flows through based on the obviously much larger power plant and warp nacelles.

You don't begin mass production until your sure the basic components of the design actually work. It's silly.
In your opinion, perhaps, but onscreen evidence would seem to suggest otherwise as Starfleet seems to crank out multiple ships of a new design relatively quickly. But for all intents and purposes, all that's required for a new design to enter mass production is proof that it's spaceworthy and warp-capable.

Which doesn't take away from the fact that the design was still considered relatively new by the time the Enterprise-D was launched.
*The Defiant got an extended shakedown at Deep Space Nine before we began seeing others appear.
And the same could apply to other designs. By the time a prototype ship enters service, the design has already met its expected capabilities and all that's left is to see how far they can go.
*Since the NX-02 was still being constructed four years after the launch of NX-01, I imagine they at least made sure the ship worked in trial runs before ordering more.
The same could be said for the Excelsior-class. For all we know, the basic design had already been proven as sound by the time of Star Trek III.
Actually it couldn't have, and there's more on screen evidence to say it wasn't than was. The Great Experiment was a failure. Which means at the time of Star Trek III they didn't know that yet and the design was not proven.
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