Starfleet may have put a lot of faith and hope into The Great Experiment, but they would also be looking at alternatives (just in case).
I've always wondered why the Constellation-Class needed so many shuttle/cargo bay doors. Was she something akin to a carrier?
Commander Austin Harris, First Officer, Deep Space Nine (by FltCpt. Bossco)
8.01 - Darkest Before Dawn
(Chapter 8 added, 12/09/2015)