OK folks... some more stew for the kettle
Lookin' out on a strange, new world.... from pretty high up.
I figure Starfleet may build these lil', cheap deep space way stations/listening posts using old cargo pods as the base... the same way the idea was thrown around to use the Shuttle's main tanks as building blocks for a space station.
The Rama visits a remote orbital research facility.
A Starfleet combined operation near a nebula.
An Archer class scout on the ground at a starbase for maintenance.