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Old April 25 2013, 09:09 PM   #1219
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Re: USS Grandeur - One... More... Time!

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You mean one ship that splits into two less powerful ships AND costs more than just building two ships. It's a silly gimmick. Otherwise, the Navy would use it. Haven't seen too many sea going ships that split in two.

Anyone that thinks MVAM is a good idea has never played a really deep strategic game like Star Fleet Battles. One large ship will almost always tear apart 2 ships half it's size.
Well, when you think about it, we really aren't all that advanced.

I've heard of many reports where UFOs split into multiple smaller objects. Assuming they exist, there must be a reason for the ability to do this, and their creators must be advanced enough to the point that having this ability has benefits that outweighs the risks.

And we don't know how much more (if any) it would cost to make all of the necessary systems for separation, but being sufficiently advanced, it might be a lot less expensive then we might imagine.

I will grant that it might take more time to design, and take more time with the prototype, while all the different sections are under construction, and the engineers will need to make sure everything will dock correctly, but being able to design and analyzed the vessel in 3-D, while she is under construction, or something to that nature, would probably cut down on errors, despite the added complexity.

Maybe if the Navy were more advanced enough, maybe they would make a battleship that could split into the equivalent of a pair of light cruisers, so while the two sections are joined, they would be a match for any ship of the line, and when separated, they become better suited for patrol. If one ship finds one ship of interest (say a pirate vessel), one ship can give chase, and the other can fence in the vessel in question.

Then again, it would be much harder to make a sea-going MVAM vessel, since you have to deal with things such as buoyancy. You don't have to worry about a ship capsizing in space.

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Potemkin_Prod wrote: View Post
The only time I've seen that done outside TNG is the Disco Volante, the villain Largo's ship in Thunderball. The front half of the boat is a hydrofoil. The silly gimmick was to allow the families of the TNG Enterprise to serve aboard a ship of the line. Splitting into two ships supposedly was for their safety, but I'm not sure if it was ever done but once or twice in the entire series run.

i always had a problem with this idea of the saucer detaching to allow the families to escape to safety in a combat i mean if an enemy attacks the saucer only has impulse engines (as far as i know anyway) to escape so it wouldn't get very far.

Thus is the battle section is crippled then the enemy can still attack the saucer.

Unless you know your going into battle then you could leave the saucer parked somewhere safe.

But this rises the question to my mind of why did the odyssey (i think that was the ship name) in ds9 drop off its non combatants at ds9 rather then just park the saucer?.



my inuniverse theroy is it was intended for that purpose but then starfleet thought it a bad idea and never carried over to many other ships, but left the option there for the galaxies.

but that i guess is a discussion for another thread
I do agree with hull separation being less effective if both sections aren't capable of FTL travel. I was really disappointed that the Odyssey class apparently doesn't have this ability.

I even included this feature in my own version of the Enterprise-F! I felt that both sections having at least warp drive was an essential element for the next-generation SOTL, but nobody at Cryptic paid me any heed!

In fact, if a tiny vessel like the Delta Flyer can have QSD, then there is no excuse for the saucer section not to have it to, especially now that the Federation has had 20+ years to work with it!

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Potemkin_Prod wrote: View Post
The only time I've seen that done outside TNG is the Disco Volante, the villain Largo's ship in Thunderball. The front half of the boat is a hydrofoil. The silly gimmick was to allow the families of the TNG Enterprise to serve aboard a ship of the line. Splitting into two ships supposedly was for their safety, but I'm not sure if it was ever done but once or twice in the entire series run.

i always had a problem with this idea of the saucer detaching to allow the families to escape to safety in a combat i mean if an enemy attacks the saucer only has impulse engines (as far as i know anyway) to escape so it wouldn't get very far.

Thus is the battle section is crippled then the enemy can still attack the saucer.

Unless you know your going into battle then you could leave the saucer parked somewhere safe.

But this rises the question to my mind of why did the odyssey (i think that was the ship name) in ds9 drop off its non combatants at ds9 rather then just park the saucer?.



my inuniverse theroy is it was intended for that purpose but then starfleet thought it a bad idea and never carried over to many other ships, but left the option there for the galaxies.

but that i guess is a discussion for another thread
It all seems good until the engineering hulls gonna blow, so you gotta choose between the saucer or a escape pod. I know which one I'd rather be in.

Or even just to survey two planets in the same systems seems to make sense.

I'd love to see this ship separate though.
The above two reasons are probably the original reasons that hull separation was invented in the first place, IMO.

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i always had a problem with this idea of the saucer detaching to allow the families to escape to safety in a combat i mean if an enemy attacks the saucer only has impulse engines (as far as i know anyway) to escape so it wouldn't get very far.
In Peter David's novel series New Frontier they tried to remedy this by installing warp drive on the Galaxy-class Excalibur-A.

But this rises the question to my mind of why did the odyssey (i think that was the ship name) in ds9 drop off its non combatants at ds9 rather then just park the saucer?
I've got no guess as to the fictional reason, but real-world was likely due to the (in)availability of the 6-foot Enterprise-D for filming; only the six-footer was able to separate, but that model was likely being refurbished by ILM for its upcoming appearance in Star Trek Generations.
My in-universe explanation is that even though you gain agility by loosing the saucer, you also loose the primary and auxiliary fusion generators housed in the primary hull, so that leaves your ship with less power, and your weapons and shields won't hold out for as long.

It is also possible that the saucer was docked to make the ship bigger, to make her look potentially more intimidating, and hopefully, maybe make the Dominion more willing to talk (as opposed to acting like a proverbial bee's nest, which in the end they sort of did. So much for that idea!).
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