A CLOSE LOOK AT ENTERPRISE NX-01 WITH FIRST-HAND INFORMATION BY DOUG DREXLER
~ Reprinted here with permission from Ex Astris Scientia
Interview: Page 1 of 4
Doug Drexler, the designer of Enterprise NX-01, was very generous in giving us more insight into the design of the ship than I ever would have hoped for. He describes the purposes of many not-so-obvious or concealed details of the ship.
Disclaimer Doug Drexler asks us to remember that the ship's capabilities are determined ultimately by the show's writing staff and producers. Until they actually appear on screen, all diagrams and technical specifications given here should be taken as conjecture.
General Approach One of the reasons why so much of the technology is hidden behind hatches is to allow the authors to determine the ship's capabilities and invent new ones: "The solution for me was a kind of 'Swiss army knife' approach that allows us great diversity in the ship's capabilities and will not conflict with stock footage of the ship (As you know, stock footage is a necessity due to money and time constraints)... The NX-01 has somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 circular ports that a variety of devices including Phase Cannons, antennas and buoys can egress the ship... We have a number of obvious airlocks that Mike (Okuda) conjectured based on his intimate knowledge of the docking ports on the International Space Station."
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