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domo_arigato

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Report this Nov. 11 2009, 10:13 am

So I've been wondering....for what are the Vesta class vessels named for? The Luna-class is named after twelve of hte moons in the Sol system, so i figure that the Vestas must surely have some sort of naming scheme to them.

I did a Google search on the names and came up the Seven Ancient Hills of Rome. Am I right?

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Report this Nov. 11 2009, 11:03 am

Yeah, that's pretty much it. There is no U.S.S. Vesta -- it's a case where the class name or prototype is unrelated to the production-line vessels, which happens sometimes in real life shipbuilding. Also, if more Vesta-class ships are made, my plan was to look for other names related to ancient Rome --- famous senators, landmarks, etc.

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Report this Nov. 11 2009, 2:39 pm

No U.S.S. Vesta... wow... so the Aventine is the first of her class?

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Report this Nov. 11 2009, 2:59 pm

^ Maybe, maybe not. In the Destiny trilogy it is stated that there are a total of seven Vesta-class ships in service. So the Aventine could have been the first, last, or anywhere in between.

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Report this Nov. 11 2009, 5:15 pm

Could you give us any hints on the continuation of the slipstream project?
Will it fail, or will eventually all ships be equiped with the new drive? Or is it necessary to build new designed ships to equip them with the new propulsion system?

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Report this Nov. 11 2009, 7:49 pm

Quote (Captain_Storma @ Nov. 11 2009, 2:15 pm)
Or is it necessary to build new designed ships to equip them with the new propulsion system?

If you had been reading carefully the drives can be retro fitted to some of the older class starships.

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Report this Nov. 12 2009, 8:07 am

Quote (Vice_Adm_Baxter @ Nov. 12 2009, 4:49 am)
Quote (Captain_Storma @ Nov. 11 2009, 2:15 pm)
Or is it necessary to build new designed ships to equip them with the new propulsion system?

If you had been reading carefully the drives can be retro fitted to some of the older class starships.

Like the Intrepid Class I know...

But I just cannot imagine let's say a Miranda or Excelsior going through slipstream.  :p

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Report this Nov. 12 2009, 11:25 am

Quote (Captain_Storma @ Nov. 12 2009, 5:07 am)
Quote (Vice_Adm_Baxter @ Nov. 12 2009, 4:49 am)
Quote (Captain_Storma @ Nov. 11 2009, 2:15 pm)
Or is it necessary to build new designed ships to equip them with the new propulsion system?

If you had been reading carefully the drives can be retro fitted to some of the older class starships.

Like the Intrepid Class I know...

But I just cannot imagine let's say a Miranda or Excelsior going through slipstream. ¿:p

I would say nothing older than the Ambassador class would be the limits of the refit program. Although a more likely refit would be Nebula/Galaxy classes and latter.

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Report this Nov. 12 2009, 11:31 am

Quote (DaveMack @ Nov. 11 2009, 11:03 am)
Yeah, that's pretty much it. There is no U.S.S. Vesta -- it's a case where the class name or prototype is unrelated to the production-line vessels, which happens sometimes in real life shipbuilding. Also, if more Vesta-class ships are made, my plan was to look for other names related to ancient Rome --- famous senators, landmarks, etc.

SWEETNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Dave :)

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Quote (Vice_Adm_Baxter @ Nov. 12 2009, 4:49 am)
Quote (Captain_Storma @ Nov. 11 2009, 2:15 pm)
Or is it necessary to build new designed ships to equip them with the new propulsion system?

If you had been reading carefully the drives can be retro fitted to some of the older class starships.

Like the Intrepid Class I know...

But I just cannot imagine let's say a Miranda or Excelsior going through slipstream. ?:p

I would say nothing older than the Ambassador class would be the limits of the refit program. Although a more likely refit would be Nebula/Galaxy classes and latter.

Yeah. Though it would be interesting to see if they can squeeze the Slipstream drive into the Defiant class :laugh:

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Report this Nov. 12 2009, 1:17 pm

^ The conceit we've been working with as we move forward with the post-Destiny books is that the slipstream drive requires a sort of long, sleek, almost fishlike geometry in order to work properly. So the Vesta-class ships are shaped like a cross between a shark and a hotrod; and the long, narrow profile of the Intrepid class makes its ships a good fit, as well.

This geometry issue would probably preclude the slipstream being installed on the Defiant or on ships like it.

Also, the larger a ship is, the more difficult it becomes to sustain a slipstream conduit.  So it's unlikely that big ships such as the Sovereign-class starships, etc., would be fitted with the drive, at least in the near future.  The Vesta-class ships, which are almost as large as the Sovereign class, are probably going to be the biggest vessels in the slipstream-enabled fleet.

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Report this Nov. 12 2009, 2:47 pm

So it's still kind of an experiment. I wondered why the Enterprise-E wouldn't be equiped with the new drive.

Thanks for explaining!

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Report this Nov. 12 2009, 5:27 pm

Very interesting indeed!!

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Report this Nov. 13 2009, 4:41 pm

Also, Vesta was another Greek (or Roman, I can't remember which) goddess; the goddess of the hearth and crossroads.... :cool:

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Report this Nov. 13 2009, 6:57 pm

D@mn... I am dying to read what happens next in the 24th century...

Too bad we will have to get through 3/4 of the year with TOS and nuTOS before TREK literature gets interesting again.

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Report this Nov. 13 2009, 8:12 pm

Quote (Captain_Storma @ Nov. 13 2009, 3:57 pm)
D@mn... I am dying to read what happens next in the 24th century...

Too bad we will have to get through 3/4 of the year with TOS and nuTOS before TREK literature gets interesting again.

Oh so TOS isn't interesting?

The Vanguard series is easily the best TREK novel series to date.(Mind you I like all TREK books equally)

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