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Spaceship Enterprise in 20 years? Beam me up!
MSNBC | Universe Today ^ | 5/12/12 | Nancy Atkinson

Posted on 05/13/2012 12:58:02 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Website lays out detailed plans to make a Star Trek fan's dream come true

In Star Trek lore, the first Starship Enterprise will be built by the year 2245. But today, an engineer has proposed — and outlined in meticulous detail — building a full-sized, ion-powered version of the Enterprise complete with 1G of gravity on board, and says it could be done with current technology, within 20 years.

"We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship known as the USS Enterprise — so let's do it," writes the curator of the Build The Enterprise website, who goes by the name of BTE Dan.

This "Gen1" Enterprise could get to Mars in 90 days, to the moon in three, and "could hop from planet to planet dropping off robotic probes of all sorts en masse — rovers, special-built planes and satellites,” BTE Dan says.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: 20years; enterprise; iondrive; starship; startrek
Trekkies... They're so funny.
1 posted on 05/13/2012 12:58:15 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

I recall 20 years ago, seeing articles of how in 20 years everyone will in flying cars. Call me sceptical


2 posted on 05/13/2012 2:14:10 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane

Heck - it was more like 40 years ago. 20 years ago I was constantly bringing up that fact when one still couldn’t drive north-south through Trenton, N.J. without having to get off the freeway. And driving on roads through the bad side of down. (And the few times I had to do it - I usually got lost!)


3 posted on 05/13/2012 2:26:08 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: LibWhacker

Call me when it breaks Warp 1


4 posted on 05/13/2012 2:44:35 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend
That would require breaking spacetime. The first attempt might not require a phone call.
5 posted on 05/13/2012 2:55:47 AM PDT by allmost
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To: LibWhacker

We could build ships to explore the Solar system. We have the tech...but not the money.


6 posted on 05/13/2012 3:31:50 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: LibWhacker
This "Gen1" Enterprise could get to Mars in 90 days, to the moon in three,

So basically no faster than we could do 40 years ago?
7 posted on 05/13/2012 3:35:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Dallas59
"We could build ships to explore the Solar system. We have the tech...but not the money."

But not the will. We would rather spend the money on welfare giveaways, breeding new democrat voters, and Muslim outreach.

8 posted on 05/13/2012 3:54:25 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Isn’t it a shame when everyone feels left out? EQUALIZATION!


9 posted on 05/13/2012 3:56:14 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly.

No big deal.


10 posted on 05/13/2012 4:09:22 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: LibWhacker

Great idea, Dan! Now, since I don’t want to pay for it and the Constitution has been tortured enough, let me propose a voluntary tax (donation if you like) on all foam Spock ears sold at all the Star Trek conventions. That way Trekkies could put their money where their ears are and get to look logical at the same time.


11 posted on 05/13/2012 4:38:37 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: hattend

The only thing of real interest is the fact that it would be large which really is better for space. I think a larger crew is also a good thing.


12 posted on 05/13/2012 4:52:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: LibWhacker
First comes SPACESHIP Enterprise - a slow moving unshielded ion powered death trap.

Later, the ion engine is replaced with faster propulsion - a NERVA design nuclear engine.

Still later, some genius figures out that a SPACESHIP is not a STARSHIP, and everything goes back to the drawing boards.

STARSHIP Enterprise awaits in the very distant future - after all the homeless are fed and muslim outreach has reached its logical conclusion.

STARSHIP Enterprise in 2245 is an optimists wet dream ...

13 posted on 05/13/2012 4:57:47 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: PIF
STARSHIP Enterprise in 2245 is an optimists wet dream ...

The year is 1736 and landing on the moon was an optimist's wet dream.

I'll give the STARSHIP forecast date the benefit of the doubt.

14 posted on 05/13/2012 5:55:04 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Where are the phasers...?

The photon torpedos....?


15 posted on 05/13/2012 5:58:56 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: hattend

Where are the phasers...?

The photon torpedos....?


16 posted on 05/13/2012 5:59:05 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Dallas59

There is a reason that ancient people didn’t spend time exploring and settling the Sahara desert. Same now applies to space.


17 posted on 05/13/2012 6:17:02 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan
There is a reason that ancient people didn’t spend time exploring and settling the Sahara desert. Same now applies to space.

Actually, the concept is more along the lines of The nina, The Pinta and the Santa Maria.

That little adventure was the first spark that lead to the life you have now.

18 posted on 05/13/2012 6:27:30 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: LibWhacker

“We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship known as the USS Enterprise — so let’s do it”

And for what purpose?


19 posted on 05/13/2012 6:41:03 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: Kakaze

Columbus wasn’t out on an adventure to the unknown to see if something worthwhile might pop up. He was headed to a well known trading destination, but his shortcut didn’t work out. Tell me, where is the well known destination in space that will make the investors rich? When such a destination exists, people will go there. An earth like planet within 30 years travel would start to get people interested.


20 posted on 05/13/2012 8:48:03 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: njslim
Where are the phasers...?

Right here.

21 posted on 05/13/2012 9:01:28 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SampleMan
The moon, the asteroid belt, mars, they all have water and minerals in some form. Some one has to be first, some one has to lead.

This country was never greater, then when we had a frontier.

Staying "land locked" will result in one thing, stagnation. Look around, this planet is stagnating, people have no where to dream of, no place to conquer.

22 posted on 05/13/2012 9:24:46 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Kakaze

Columbus wasn’t headed to the orient in order to pick up the same items that he could get at home, at 500 times the cost.

What you are proposing is no more rational at this point than colonizing Antartica, the Sahara, or the bottom of the ocean. Indeed, it is quite a bit less rational than colonizing those places, which also have water and minerals in some form, and much cheaper to get at than an aseroid.


23 posted on 05/13/2012 12:57:07 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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