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Old August 24 2012, 08:26 AM   #21
Re: What if Voyager didn't have its aeroshuttle?

Inaugural mission or not, Voyager was headed into danger in the Badlands and probable confrontation with the Maquis
An excellent reason to leave unnecessary dead weight behind...

In the case of the Captain's Yacht on the Enteprise D, there never was a need to explain why it wasn't seen.
Well, there sort of was. Several times, Picard was going places to represent the Federation or to enjoy himself - both potential uses for a craft called "captain's yacht". Yet Picard chose to use a standard shuttle, which is not particularly luxurious and thus would ill serve a diplomatic mission or a holiday cruise.

We might always say there was a detachable craft there at the bottom of the saucer, but it wasn't Captain's Yacht. Rather, it was a craft dedicated to some completely different mission which our heroes never had to perform. Say, a laboratory to be left behind on a planet, or an assault barge for delivering hundreds of troops at a time. Or even a diplomatic representation facility - but not a "yacht" capable of flying around, but merely a deployable embassy that could be lowered to the surface of a planet.

With the aeroshuttle they kind of do need to explain why they spent an entire episode decoted to building their own scout ship
Not unless we have some reason to think that this aeroshuttle would have been a "scout ship" comparable to the eventual Delta Flyer. Since we canonically know nothing of the craft, we can't tell if it would have been slower or faster than a shuttle; more or less heavily armed; more or less capable of carrying cargo or personnel...

Timo Saloniemi
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