"Escape of Khan" - Launch of the Botany Bay





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In 1996, at the end of the Eugenics Wars, Khan Noonien Singh and his followers escaped from Earth aboard the stolen prototype of the DY-100 spacecraft.

Based upon the novel
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2
by Grey Cox

Regarding the non-aerodynamic design of the DY-100 (getting alot of comment on this, although this is how it is portrayed in an episode set in 1996: http://voy.trekcore.com/gallery/album...)

A DY-100 ground launch with the cargo pods was also shown in the Star Trek Chronology book: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:...

My theory is that a crude and early form of forcefield was used to create an aerodynamic shape around the hull during the atmospheric launch phase and this would be inkeeping with the other advanced tech on the spacecraft such as gravity plating, a structural ingerity field and and impulse engines. In the novels this is said to be the result of reverse engineering technology from the future. Since it has appeared on-screen in this fashion it is canon and it's up to us to work out the inconsistencies.

There are many ST technologies that exist that allow for things that would otherwise be impossible or deadly to humans. Heisenberg compensators, inertial dampeners etc. Right now we have NO idea how these things would work.

The thinking was to show the launch as it is displayed in an episode, so it is necessary to explain it in-universe rather that "retcon" the construction of the Botany Bay to our own actual history and technology (Having 10 Saturn V launches or something).

As for never seeing a spacecraft like that, in the original series the Enterprise is low enough in the atmosphere to be intercepted by an F-104 and it is certainly not an aerodynamic design. Just because a technology is not name-dropped doesn't mean it can't exist and be in use.

See also: DY-100 Airflow Forcefield:

Spelling mistake at 0:25: "o-zone" should be ozone.

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3D Models:

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Botany Bay & TOS Enterprise
by Prologic9
Conversions by David "KnightRider" Metlesits

Rocket boosters, Booster sled & "Brand new" DY-100 re-texture
by VideoSpaceFX

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Earth textures
from Celestia Motherlode

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James Hannigan
Timothy Michael Wynn
Dennis McCarthy
Steven von Kampen

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Shuttle launch and Earth orbit footage from NASA TV

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