EARLY INSPIRATIONS AND RAISE THE DAWN
The origins of the Pallada class could be traced back to three distinct points. The first one was the highly successful Vasilissa mission of 2227-30, commanded by Captain Franklin Harryhausen. The USS Vasilissa, a refitted old exploration cruiser, was serviced by the engineering crew of Maria Boccioni, aspiring to be a starship designer. Boccioni's engineering concept differed from those of her era's mainstream: during her time as chief engineer, and later Captain of the Vasilissa, she envisioned a starship with warp nacelles below the ship's center of gravity, opposed to the common layout of placing the engine pods higher. This unorthodox concept arose from the notion of transitional speed usage. Back in the time of the Warp 8 race, reaching and maintaining Warp 7.9, or even 7.99 was the next best thing before the time barrier issue (a temporal backlash resulting in backwards time travel when reaching Warp 8) could be solved.