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Old March 20 2013, 02:22 AM   #15
SicOne
Commodore
 
Location: Omaha, NE
Re: What would a new Runabout be like?

I was of the understanding that the driving factor behind the design of the Danube was the size and configuration of the standard Federation cargo modules. I figure that they determined the size and shape of the cargo modules years before, engineered the cargo sections of capital ships accordingly, and thus built the Danube to ferry 4, 2, or 1 of them at a time, depending on whether a quarter-module, half-module, or full-module....in much the same manner that standard 40, 48, and 53-feet cargo containers drive the design of intermodal railcars, adjustable flatcar trailers for semi-trucks, and container ship racks.
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