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Old January 19 2014, 05:22 AM   #166
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Re: NCC = Not Constitution Class?

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The issue of redundancy is a strong candidate for having more than one nacelle - why take the risk of being stranded utterly compared to limping home on half power?
On the Star Trek: Enterprise season 3 episode "Twilight" the Enterprise was damaged and only had one operational nacelle and could only travel at a low warp speed so it was shown that a starship could travel with one nacelle.

As for the ring ship the Vulcans had been using ring ships thruout ST:E run and it would stand to reason that this is where humans got the idea of the ring ship from.
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Old January 19 2014, 12:18 PM   #167
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The two structures of the Merchantman vessel gain in volume the closer these get to the bow. What we see in the bottom view could be components of its warp engines
Actually it's entirely possible that the whole wingspan area of those structures are the nacelles, since the Merchantman is obviously a Cardassian ship since the Union was still using the exact same design 100 years later.
No doubt shipping Cardassian Sunrise to the worlds on the Klingon border
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Old January 19 2014, 03:23 PM   #168
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Regarding the Kelvin in nuTrek i know of the theory that the ship has two sets of warp coils, just not in separate nacelles but one set inside the other (basically like the different compressor stages in a modern jet engine).
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Old January 19 2014, 09:43 PM   #169
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King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
No doubt shipping Cardassian Sunrise to the worlds on the Klingon border
That's totally what those guys in STIII were doing before their ship got destroyed

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Regarding the Kelvin in nuTrek i know of the theory that the ship has two sets of warp coils, just not in separate nacelles but one set inside the other (basically like the different compressor stages in a modern jet engine).
iIRC, that info was just on a promotional website for the film (undoubtedly created by someone who felt they had to adhere to Gene's rule) and was not official in any way.
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Old January 20 2014, 11:41 AM   #170
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Regarding the Kelvin in nuTrek i know of the theory that the ship has two sets of warp coils, just not in separate nacelles but one set inside the other (basically like the different compressor stages in a modern jet engine).
I have heard of that one, too. One of the reasons I feel so uncomfortable with this concept is because it additionally adds to the unpleasant "concept erosion" we already had to endure, IMHO.
  • The humanoid TOS FTL ships (U.S.S. Enterprise, Klingon Battlecruiser, "The Deadly Years" Romulan Bird of Prey, the S.S. Aurora) had warp engines spaced noticably apart from each other
  • For the TMP Enterprise Andrew Probert felt that the hazardous warp field creation between those nacelles was the major reason to do so, accordingly his Romulan Warbird design features empty space between its warp engines
  • Already with the Klingon Bird of Prey (humpbacked warp engines, apparently, unless the wings are warp drive components of some sort) the concept erosion took place and many new TNG designs (e.g. Romulan Scout) no longer followed this rule
Proposing a concept where these warp components no longer need to have space in-between each other for warp field creation (e.g. vessels with single warp nacelle) has an inevitable retroactive continuity effect which I personally find impossible to tolerate:

Why, then, were the warp engines of the TOS (and TMP) ships spaced apart from each other so much?!?!?

This design adds surface space and probably has undesired effects in terms of deflector shield power consumption and defense (wider areas for enemy's targeting).

From a practical point I'm confident that no Starfleet, Klingon or Romulan engineer would have constructed their ships the way they did, unless it was absolutely necessary for optimal FTL performance.

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Old February 1 2014, 01:17 AM   #171
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A frame by frame analysis is necessary because the grain in the original film stock will shift from one frame to the next, but I would think that a person with a good eye (and a lot of patience) would be able to see whether the majority of the frames show a 6 or an 8 for each of the contentious registries.
This is the problem I encountered, there is no majority. Regarding "1X64" and "1X97" there is an equal amount of frames that do suggest a "6" or an "8".

Since I presented a theory further up in post # 123 regarding the last two digits, it's essential to decipher "1X64" to determine whether my theory holds water or "there she blows".

One of my friends has the big Sony 4K UltraHD front projector and the latest Oppo BD player. Next time I see him I will bring my TOS BD along and see if it's clearer to see there.
Tonight we had our quarterly home theatre evening at my friend's house together with our lawyer. The Sony 4K's upscaling provided a little more clarity concerning the issue.

We replayed the decisive scene several times (training our eyes to track the important lines and fix on the registries) and it became obvious that it is "1664".

Curiously, that wasn't that clear early on with "1X97". But eventually we agreed that what was on the screen was a "1697" and not an "1897".

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Old February 2 2014, 04:22 AM   #172
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Proposing a concept where these warp components no longer need to have space in-between each other for warp field creation (e.g. vessels with single warp nacelle) has an inevitable retroactive continuity effect which I personally find impossible to tolerate:
If all the ships portrayed in TOS has 2 nacelles widely spaced from each other, that would be true as a retcon. However with the existence of the no-nacelle Mudd's ship and other starships that lack nacelles (First Federation cube probe, Fesarius, Tholians, Eymorg Ion ship, etc) that puts the idea of paired nacelles as a necessity as a post-TOS myth, IMHO.

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From a practical point I'm confident that no Starfleet, Klingon or Romulan engineer would have constructed their ships the way they did, unless it was absolutely necessary for optimal FTL performance.
If there was an optimal shape or design for FTL performance we'd see all races use it. Instead we get the saucer Earth ships, the long-necked Klingons, the arrow-like Tholians, the spherical First Federation, etc.
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Old February 2 2014, 10:40 PM   #173
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Why not form reflects function? Attack or military craft might have one ftl configuration while an exploration vessel a second and slow freighters a third?
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Old February 4 2014, 06:20 PM   #174
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From a practical point I'm confident that no Starfleet, Klingon or Romulan engineer would have constructed their ships the way they did, unless it was absolutely necessary for optimal FTL performance.
If there was an optimal shape or design for FTL performance we'd see all races use it. Instead we get the saucer Earth ships, the long-necked Klingons, the arrow-like Tholians, the spherical First Federation, etc.
Agreed, it may not be necessary for FTL performance but might be a proven reliable Federation design and eases the task of performing maintenance and repair for Starfleet engineers.

Someone like Scotty could fast and easily fix (or sabotage) the warp drive of the Enterprise, the Reliant or the Excelsior but might find this more difficult and time-consuming with an alien design and/or one that has less than two warp nacelles.

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