Cary L. Brown said:
Well, I always took it that the Ascension secondary hull was nothing but engine space and a hangar with a pair of shuttles... no cargo, no living space, no botanical stuff, none of that stuff. Just a pair of engine cores, cooling hardware, controllers, etc... but nothing else.
Thabnks for the plug, Jeff.
Me, I never understood the Ascension class - why make a DN with a secondary hull that's SMALLER than a Conny's? Don't make no sense.
Basically, the Ascension would be the "stay close to base" version of the Command ship and the Federation(r) would be the "distant deployment" version.
Both are equivalent in combat and C&C capability, but one has longer range and can serve in a few "multi-purpose" roles (due to the cargo space) and one is a bit faster (due to reduced mass).
That's the way I've always seen it at least.
Not to jump on the bandwagon or anything, but that's how I figured it for the Ascension
, as well. I was basing that thinking more off of the Strike Cruiser role for the Belknap
-class, however. Less flexibility for both of those classes of ship than the refit Constitution
- or Avenger/Miranda
-class vessels. Minor cargo capacity in the secondary hull, room to stow two shuttlecraft at the most, as well as perhaps have one or two on-deck and ready for short notice deployment.