Re: Constellation Class: Excelsior "back-up" plan?
The "deflector" is just a forefield that sweeps aside stellar dust and small objects. That could be generated internally. The big blue glowy thing seems like a slightly different piece of hardware, perhaps a more powerful version needed when you're hitting top warp speeds. Maybe the Reliant and Stargazer could only trundle along at warp factor 8?
She bought her first new car and you hit her with a drunk driver. What, is that supposed to be funny?