Speaking of Option 1, why is it that the shaft has
to be straight? According to Option 1, the antimatter pods would be just right above the navigational deflector, correct?
Do we have some unwritten trek-no-logical law that says "structures running through angled necks of starships always have to be vertical"?
Why don't we have an angled shaft (running through the neck) that could conveniently lead past the nav deflector and down to the antimmater pods at the bottom of the engineering hull.
As a matter of fact, we do have a hatch structure there (the cover plate for the mounting rod) that could just be the loading hatch for the antimatter pods.
P.S. Corrected my erroneous observation in post 214. Do we have a good explanation of the gridded structures covering the neck?