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Old March 6 2013, 04:08 PM   #200
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Re: The Constellation's registry number

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It's possible. Then again we do have NCC-2000 USS Excelsior. The lead ship of the Excelsior Class, IIRC.
Which started out as a testbed/prototype for a new class of ship equipped with "TransWarp" drive. I don't think its ever been said on screen, but its been speculated that her original registry - NX-2000 - was an indication of her eXperimental status. NCC-1700 could have initially been NX-1700 and was later commissioned as NCC-1700 after NCC-1701 had been launched.
Sure, but being the experimental ship didn't change the Excelsior from being the lead ship and having the class name. The existence of NX/NCC-1700 would've made that ship the lead ship making 1701 the second ship.
I see the chain of events like this:
  • NX-1700 prototype 17th starship design built and used for trial runs.
  • Trials are finished and construction begins on the 17th design's first production build: NCC-1701.
  • USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is launched and commissioned.
  • Sometime later NX-1700 is refitted for active service as NCC-1700
I think the class name could go either way. I wasn't really arguing either way for what class 1701 was, but rather just that she could still be the 1st build of the 17th design even if NCC-1700 exists. In the case of Excelsior, for whatever reason, they decided to convert the prototype to an active duty ship before building NCC-2001, which makes her number not technically correct, but these things happen sometimes in real life.
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