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Old March 6 2013, 03:35 PM   #52
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Re: Earth ship Valiant

Wingsley wrote: View Post

The 2018 reference in "Space Seed" does dangle there, since it seems obvious that any early-21st century Earth vessel predating Cochrane's Phoenix flight would have to be sublight in nature.
My take is that prior to 2018 sleeper ships were required for travel to any interplanetary travel within the Solar System (Similar to what we see in 2001: A Space Odyssey). In 2018 there was a propulsion breakthrough (impulse, perhaps) that--while still sub-light in nature--made sleeper ships for interplanetary travel. They would still be needed for any attempted interstellar travel until the development of the Warp Engine...
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