Hi all, I'm toying around with the notion that the XCV-330's design might be better suited to a small, two-crew. The shape of the crew module, the wild disparity in size between it and the "Warp Ring", the length of the connecting spine... They all scream "testbed" to me. What if Zefram Cochrane wasn't the first to experiment with warp technology? What if an "XCV Program" (Experimental (X) light (C) Vehicle (V)) was in progress during the 2030-40's, and was dropped during the Third World War? What if the program was a partnership between government and corporations like Virgin, Space X, Planetary Resources, Boeing?... This is just a rough sketch. XCV-330 Lightspeed Vehicle 1. Viewport 2. Crew Module (Crew of two, Life Support, Command Computer) 3. Thruster Pack 4. Emergency Transmitter 5. Micrometeoroid Deflector 6. Force Generator 7. Sensor Cluster 8. Transmitter Assembly 9. Service Module (Inertial Dampening system, Supplies, Warp Computer) The Service Module consists of three separate component modules, assembled in orbit, attached to the rest of the spacecraft. The Crew Module would be launched from Earth and would dock with the XCV-330. The crew module is the only component of the spacecraft capable of reentry. Thoughts, anyone?