Within these limitations I have tried to do is make this design as primitive as possible. This is necessary in order to minimize the difference between Star Treks predicted level of spacecraft development in the 1990's and the actuality which we live with. The Ion drive is perfectly possible, and articles I read in science magazines some years ago indicated that this form of propulsion would be capable of propelling spacecraft at reasonably low acceleration for long periods, thus achieving high speeds. I have no idea if the current state of the technology has changed this prospect, either for better or worse.
The DY-100 model was re-used in "The Ultimate Computer" as the freighter
Woden. I have assumed that this ship was not in fact a DY-100 (it was never
specifically stated as such), but is rather a look-alike design. This is
mostly because it seems silly that a sub-warp vessel would be used as an
interstellar freighter in TOS times.
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