Re: S.S. Valiant Appearance
At this early point - first generation warp drive and all - I don't know if the Valiant should even have a hangar bay. An airlock for EVA repair work and a docking port for when its' home, yeah, but I figure it would probably would be more like the Alexei Leonov from 2010 and have remote-controlled automated probes. This was a ship intended for survey and system fly-by work, staying in the general neighborhood around the solar system (at least until that magnetic space storm), and its crew was likely intended to spend all their time on the ship scanning and mapping rather than risk getting anyone stranded on an alien world. Time enough for planetside exploration once you've got the basics of interstellar travel down.
I've been having second thoughts about the idea myself. Part of my doubt is based on a hangar bay resulting in needing a larger ship than I initially planned for. The ideas you're suggesting have merit.
STAR TREK: 1964-1991, 2013-?
Last edited by Warped9; April 13 2013 at 02:12 AM.