Re: 3 engine rooms in the TOS Enterprise's engineering hull?
it appears the cage can only hold one crystal at a time
It might be more like a single terminal for a "micro-turbolift" system that delivers the crystals deep into the bowels of the lethally radiating reactor machinery - but with multiple "turbolifts" to receive and deliver the crystals, either to their points of application, or then to waiting positions.
The little "lifts" could then accept either macroscopic natural crystals in those holding frames, or arrays of microscopic (synthetic?) crystals in the ping-pong paddle frames seen in "Alternative Factor".
Great thought, problem solved.
Thanks for the correction, I overlooked this piece of dialogue. So they kept one dilithium crystal in storage for emergencies but didn't check its condition before they put it there?
"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based! Jean-Luc Picard
Last edited by Robert Comsol; December 5 2012 at 01:17 PM.