Re: Vertical Warp Core?
A vertical warp-core could be easier to eject in case of emergency.
Remember... a star-ship produces its own artificial gravity field... therefore, the weight of the object will go towards the 'bottom' of the ship At least from what we've seen).
A horizontal warp-core would be problematic for ejection if the systems that 'push' the core malfunction.
In a vertical design, the ships gravity can push the core out of the ship (or something to that effect) seeing how that is usually the last thing to go out in case of catastrophic failure.
The weight would still be there. Opening up a vertical hatch should allow for the same forces to work to eject the core. Perhaps even a hatch that opens at an angle towards the rear of the ship allowing the ships forward momentum to help get it away from a ready to detonate core. And the whole thing can be done mechanically or explosively (blowing the hatch). The angled hatch could have a spring at the forward section of the core to help push it away from the ship too.
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