A CLOSE LOOK AT ENTERPRISE NX-01 WITH FIRST-HAND INFORMATION BY DOUG DREXLER
~ Reprinted here with permission from Ex Astris Scientia
Interview: Page 2 of 4 Saucer Structure
Only the saucer volume is inhabitable. The cross-section reveals its structure. There are seven decks, named A-deck through G-deck. The bridge is located on A-deck. The junior officers’ quarters are on D-deck. Sickbay, mess hall and the senior officers’ quarters can be found on E-deck. Two half-decks are inserted between D-deck and E-deck and between E-deck and F-deck. They contain plasma conduits and access tunnels (not sure whether they will already be called “Jefferies tubes”).
Main engineering occupies part of D-deck and E-deck just behind the saucer center. The deuterium tanks are located on B-deck, in the forward ends of the twin hulls. The antimatter pods are on F-deck.
The double hulls, pylons and warp nacelles are uninhabitable. They can only be accessed in environmental suits. The plasma conduits that can be seen in main engineering run from the warp core up to C-deck. The twin hulls contain a three-stage plasma accelerator, something like a big supercharger. The accelerator is what distinguishes Enterprise from other ships of the era and what allows Warp 5. Doug Drexler agrees that, also in the Star Trek Universe, the