Please excuse my noob first post, but I assure you this is not my first computer, or first time on this inter-web-net thing, or even on a "BBS" <places feet on 1200baud modem footrest>.
What I do have for you all is a gift - something that only this group could appreciate. It's an "illustrated" Technical Manual for a shuttle design I did some 17 years ago but never published til now. I say "illustrated", but to call my drawings "crude" would be a compliment.
I'm not 100% sure though how you guys like to receive this sort of thing. I have it in a pdf for you here:
but free accounts only get 10GB bandwidth per month, so only 16,339 of you can download this per month (assuming 1GB = 1,000,000kb).
Anyways, I will post the first few paragraphs to whet your appetite, then sit back and watch it get torn to shreds. But please, go easy on me as apparently I have to get to 50 posts before I can respond to your ridicule via PM!
PS. Stardate is 51010.
The Federation is at war.
Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant is imminent and starship production has not kept up with front line losses, especially after the Klingon skirmishes and while the fleet is still rebuilding after Wolf 359. Creating more shipyards is too long-term of an answer. In order to immediately defend the United Federation of Planets (“the Federation”), Starfleet needs to close this strategic gap while still being able to remain true to its original mission.
Difficult as it may be to recall in these times, that original mission of Starfleet is as a means for the Federation to conduct space exploration, scientific discovery, and interstellar diplomacy. Defense is only a secondary mandate. This would seem to be at odds with the current situation. How can Starfleet protect the innocent citizens of the Federation against the Dominion without appearing to become a military?
The Light Armoured Multi-Purpose Shuttlecraft (LAMPS) concept is one answer.
This document outlines the progress to date of the LAMPS concept and describes key advantages to Starfleet adopting it for mass production.