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Old August 20 2012, 03:59 AM   #6
C.E. Evans
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Re: How many people aboard Enterprise ncc-1701

RB_Kandy wrote: View Post
Thanks for the answers guys.
The figure of 1,000 seems unlikely considering that was the ships compliment on TNG, and Enterprise D was a lot bigger than Kirk's ship.
One important thing to take into consideration, however, is that the Enterprise-D was a really big ship and could likely hold well more than 1,000 people (some estimates have placed a maximum capacity upwards of 15,000 for a short period of time).

The extra space is reserved for passengers/evacuees or for future crew and onboard facility expansion. The same was very likely true of the original Enterprise, which could probably be reconfigured during a starbase layover to carry 500 additional people in addition to Kirk's crew of 430.
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