That's a big ship. Likely TOO big.
|Posted: 24 June 2019 at 8:11am | IP Logged | 11
Back when I was younger (a couple years, at least), I was aware that the Apollo 9 had room for three men, and a little more. It could have been larger, but every single microgram had to be moved out of Earth gravity and in a trajectory to get to the moon.
Military craft are pretty tight, from what I'm told, with sleeping bunks, and sometimes in shifts, I suppose, in order to get the most out of that space.
Then came the Enterprise, and I saw huge corridors, pretty spacious quarters, and loads of crew and amenities. Even with replicators, 435 people use up a lot of food, water, and air. Not to mention clothing, showers entertainment supplies*, waste facilities, laundries - everything needed in a good hotel, say. That's a lot of mass to move, and I used to wonder how it might work better if the space were halved. Those corridors could still be used; crew could double up; and such. I didn't think Engineering or the bridge could be made much smaller...
*Lisen, pal, YOU go on a five year mission with nothing to occupy yourself except working out with calisthenics, and no radio, TV, movies, or whatever entertainment is used in the 23rd century. Andon a co-ed ship... Dr. McCoy had better be up t date on natal medicine!
I wonder how powerful those impulse engines were that they could spend the energy to move those huge ships. Then we skip ahead to the Enterprise-D, half a kilometer in length... no wonder the dilithium crystals had to be switched out so often!