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Old June 21 2012, 05:31 PM   #109
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

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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.

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.
I disagree with that. In fact, with onscreen evidence from other Trek shows, it's completely plausible that other Excelsior-class ships were in various stages of construction at the time of Star Trek III.
The Great Experiment was a failure.
Maybe transwarp, but not the Excelsior-class design.
Which means at the time of Star Trek III they didn't know that yet and the design was not proven.
The only thing that can be argued is that they didn't know how well the transwarp drive works, but it says nothing about the Excelsior-class design in general. Given how many Excelsior-class ships would be ultimately built and how long they would remain in service, I'd say that the Excelsior-class probably met and exceeded all of its other capabilities.
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