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Old January 5 2014, 02:26 AM   #5
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Re: Nebula vs. Galaxy

Akimoto covered most of it, but simply to add: I have always assumed the Nebula class was built slightly before the galaxies, and that Starfleet ultimately streamlined the modular "mission pod" design by incorporating most of that additional sensor capability into the Galaxy's external sensor bays and probe modules. That, of course, would imply that the Nebula's saucer is a substantially different design; lacks sensor bays in the rim, probably different primary sensor configuration too. Integrating that external pod into the main superstructure probably makes for a more efficient design, although the greater sophistication of the basic Galaxy class means the Nebulas would still be easier to mass produce.
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