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Old August 4 2013, 10:12 PM   #64
Timo
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Re: Was the Enterprise A actually the Yorktown?

We also have an "in-between" design, the Constellation class: old technology applied in all-new quantity, apparently just before a new type of quality enters the picture. Probably the limits of the TMP style of tech were reached when it was applied in duplicate on the Constellation (two pairs of warp engines, two impulse engines, two bridges...), but it was a delaying action that paid off as it allowed the Excelsior technology to mature and apparently spawn a family of applications (mainly, the kitbashes seen in DS9).

We know the commissioning date of one vessel, the Hathaway, and it's later than any Constitution commissioning date on screen. And we have an Okudagram saying the Constellation herself was still of NX status and doing tests out there as late as ST6:TUC. This sort of supports the "intermediate design", "stopgap" or "placeholder" status of the class, as opposed to status as a mere stablemate and parallel to the Constitution-refit and Miranda(-refit).

Timo Saloniemi
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