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Old October 10 2012, 07:59 AM   #23
Re: Shuttlecraft - curved edges on top?

Indeed, from DS9 "The Ship", we learn that tractor beams are a perfectly good way to lift an entire spacecraft from surface to orbit. But this makes one wonder...

When transporters and shuttles fail, why doesn't Starfleet use tractor beams as a standard method for extracting or inserting landing parties? Just step into this cabin-free elevator in your spacesuit, call for a "beam-down", and float gently from orbit all the way down to the porch of the local Governor or Ataman or Quangoner or whatnot. If he proves to be the standard antagonist type, call for "beam-up" and float just as gently out of the reach of his henchmen, all the way back up to the starship.

Timo Saloniemi
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