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Old 05-16-2012   #1
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Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

OK so it won't be powered by antimatter and propelled by warp engines, but there is a guy with the incredibly ballsy plan to build a 3,100+ foot-long vessel with the physical appearance of the iconic ship. There will be some necessary changes such as a spinning crew area in the saucer section to provide gravity (real artificial gravity is still a wet dream of space engineers) and the fact that most of the remainder of the massive ship will be devoted to its power source, ion engines and fuel, but it is still an exciting concept.

http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

^ Wow! It would be amazing to see a spaceship of that size being build.
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

I'm intrigued by your thread, but I can't seem to view your link :(
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

^ I have the same problem with the second link, the first one is working.
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

Yup. First one works for me, but not the second. :(

Also, I would like to one-up him and build a Death Star. Who is with me?!!
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

Sorry about the stubborn link. The article says its been hit so many times one might have trouble viewing it. Keep trying; I saw it. It isn't a dead link.

EDIT 642AM CST it worked for me just now...
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

I think NASA needs some funding, first. I'd much rather the time/money/energy be spent on creating a ship that works efficiently, not one that looks like a TV prop.
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

Actually, I'd think a design like the Enterprise would be a good thing. Keeping in mind though that there wouldn't actually be an Engineering section like in Star Trek as I'd imagine a most of those rear areas of the ship would be dedicated to engines, power supply, and fuel.

I would seriously like to see more money dedicated to NASA. I like watching http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv but I would much rather watch real life Star Trek (or Planet Trek, as it were).
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

Did that link work for you Jason? If not, I can tell you that the only portion of this irl version of the good old 1701 that holds crew is the saucer section and even that won't be devoted exclusively to crew. They will be in a magnetically-suspended ring at the outer edge of the saucer. All other parts of the ship will contain reactors, fuel and other necessary equipment. With an estimated cost of about a trillion dollars and a 2 decade build time (and this is AFTER the orbital infrastructure is put in place), I might be watching its maiden voyage from my deathbed.

Still, it is exciting that someone is even considering it.

EDIT: Yes, foxyphoenix. It seems to me that a simple (albeit gigantic) cylinder would be a much easier device to design and build. "Bob's" plan is not at all practical. Fun, yes. Audacious, yes. Practical, NO.
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

Oh, I agree that it is fun. And it may be audacious enough to get some gung-ho fans to finance it. Perhaps fun is what we need for the space program to be considered useful again?
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

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Did that link work for you Jason? If not, I can tell you that the only portion of this irl version of the good old 1701 that holds crew is the saucer section and even that won't be devoted exclusively to crew.

It did work but I went to it not long before I was going to sleep and so I didn't look around everywhere. I shared it on my Facebook page just to have my friend Nick comment to say:
"Bout time you discovered this.
And it's not gunna happen. Not in the least."
and
"You convince Noam Chomsky and Steven Hawking to exchange their celebrity for leadership roles under Neil deGrasse Tyson as the public face of the endeavor and maybe... oh, so maybe. Just, maybe.and then... Needless to say the asshats in charge are doing it wrong."

And he's totally right.
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Re: Building the USS Enterprise (FOR REAL!)

The link is working for me now. When it did, I think I read something about the website needing to be moved to a different server in order to handle all the visits the site was getting. :/
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