In "Valiant" the Defiant
class warp core is described as being a "Class 7" drive. Theoderich Patterson describes Voyager
's warp drive system as being a "Class 9" in "Relativity" and being the first to be tested in deep space. I wonder what that actually means.
Does the output of a warp drive system increase geometrically? (That was my assumption in the Class 5/Class 6 core distinctions in the Miranda
configs). Or does the "class" refer to something other than output?
The dialogue in "The Sound of Her Voice" at least confirms that Defiant
's phasers require power cells of some sort (which are then shown in other episodes).
Several episodes also claim Defiant
had the energy signature of much larger ships, so I suppose the question is what the heck takes up so much of her energy output that she can't spare enough to the SIF to run flat out without shaking to pieces?
Is it simply a split between warp drive/everything else? Or maybe how the power systems are configured?
We also know that her engines have so much output that her cloak doesn't actually adequately hide her. Does that come from the fact that the cloak is too small? Or that the available power that can be shunted from the warp engines to other systems is somehow restricted?