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The Enterprise-D is Insanely Huge

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     –  Last edited by aceman67; 3 Days Ago.
    While I don't agree with everything that is brought up as 'fact' in this video, and some of his assumptions are a little reaching, especially regarding crew quarters for Officers/Families while neglecting that Enlisted would have had smaller quarters/shared quarters in some cases, It is a good watch.




    Here are the same Blueprints he used in the video if you want to have a looksee: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uZ...GHpjQZZ46Jz_Wz
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     –  Last edited by Arimimochi Taku; 2 Days Ago.
    I think it was in the TNG Tech Manual, someone said that the ship designers laid an outline of the ENT-D over southern California and everybody was staggered at the size of the ship.
    • Found it. Page 23, footnote:

    Fairly early on, Rick [Sternbach] did a drawing for our writers showing the Enterprise superimposed over a map of the Paramount Studios lot. This was fun because it gave us for the first time a concrete idea of how big the ship "really" is. A bit later, though, we started to think of some of the implications of this enormous size. We began to realize that it would be pretty difficult for a structure that size to maintain its rigidity and form, especially under the tremendous accelerations that impulse and warp drive would likely entail. (We envisioned the main impulse engines firing, squashing the ship like a partially deflated blimp. This might actually be a valid way for a space vehicle to operate, but it would probably look pretty silly on film.) Because of this, we came up with the "structural integrity field," which we envision as a powerful forcefield that helps to hold the ship together.

    Also, the whole video could have been avoided if a copy of the TNG Tech Manual had been available.
    • On page 7:

    "The living areas of the starship have been designed for maximum comfort and safety while the crew is conducting a mission. Long-term studies of humanoid cultures have confirmed that as each race embarked upon permanent occupation of space, large personal living spaces had to be established, especially on early sublight expeditions. The Enterprise allows for some 110 square meters of living space per person, in addition to community space and the areas allocated to purely working functions. While some engineers on the Galaxy Class Project questioned the relatively large size of the vessel, opting for a smaller, more efficient design, it was conceded that the large size provided a greater number of mission options, given the changing social, political, and economic conditions in the Milky Way."