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Old July 30 2013, 08:29 PM   #17
Timo
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Re: [Spoiler] designing the Vengeance

Zero-gee is only an advantage if you build something massively three-dimensional. In two dimensions, a flat factory floor works just as well, if not better. For one, it only takes energy to accelerate components, not to decelerate them...

In any case, starships must be slow to build, otherwise Star Trek could not exist. After all, it is built on the concept that starships are rare things and the heroes arrive in the nick of time, without backups. What possible reason could there be to starship shortage in a society that enjoys all those futuristic production resources and is vitally dependent on a sufficient supply of said ships?

Timo Saloniemi
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