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Engineer: Star Trek’s Enterprise ship could be built in 20 years at a cost of $1 trillion
Yahoo News-YTech ^ | 5/18/12 | Tecca

Posted on 05/18/2012 12:30:28 PM PDT by Kartographer

Whether you're a Trekkie or not, you have to admit that there's some sense of wonder toexploring the stars and trying to find life on distant planets. Of course, the U.S.S. Enterprise is a fictional ship, but have you ever put in the thought as to what it would take to actually build it, and when we could get it done if we really put in the effort? The man behind the well-researched site buildtheenterprise.org has, and he's determined that a fully functional Enterprise is only 20 years away if we put in the effort.

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KEYWORDS: chat; stringtheory; treker
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"To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before."
1 posted on 05/18/2012 12:30:37 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

WTF, let’s do it!


2 posted on 05/18/2012 12:32:12 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Kartographer

I doubt it’d get anywhere near 0.5 worp though!


3 posted on 05/18/2012 12:32:49 PM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Make it so.


4 posted on 05/18/2012 12:33:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kartographer

Yeah? Hows that warp drive coming along? Is the transporter room up and running yet?


5 posted on 05/18/2012 12:33:14 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Kartographer

“been there, done that.”


6 posted on 05/18/2012 12:33:14 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Kartographer

With this model, impulse drive only.


7 posted on 05/18/2012 12:34:24 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: ozzymandus

You beat me to it. Let me know when we’ve invented warp drive (or FTL drives as they are known on the much cooler Battlestar Galactica) and we’ll talk.


8 posted on 05/18/2012 12:34:29 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: ozzymandus

Beat me to it. We have virtually none of the technology needed to build this starship. The idea is ludicrous.


9 posted on 05/18/2012 12:34:45 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Kartographer

Which version??


10 posted on 05/18/2012 12:34:45 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Kartographer

If we’re going to need 2 Earths to survive, we’d better get going. (sarc)


11 posted on 05/18/2012 12:35:00 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (If you mute Obama, you'll have a more accurate view of life in America.)
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To: Kartographer

The newer form is:

“To Badly Go Where No One Has Gone Before”.


12 posted on 05/18/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Kartographer

Obama has spent that money what seems like light years ago.


13 posted on 05/18/2012 12:36:33 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Kartographer
"To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before."

That would rule out going to George Takei's * ahem *

14 posted on 05/18/2012 12:36:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kartographer

THE U.S.S. ENTERPRISE is a fictional ship? If my Uncle was still alive, I’d slap him for telling me all those made up WWII stories.


15 posted on 05/18/2012 12:38:09 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Astronaut; ozzymandus

http://news.discovery.com/space/warp-drive-spaceship-engine.html


16 posted on 05/18/2012 12:38:16 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: KevinDavis

Ping.


17 posted on 05/18/2012 12:39:10 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Kartographer
I think we ought to set our sights on something more reasonable, like the Jupiter 2, which launched in 1997! (Perhaps including a Marta Krista-type for those who are not yet married)


18 posted on 05/18/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

http://news.discovery.com/space/warp-drive-spaceship-engine.html


19 posted on 05/18/2012 12:39:28 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: ozzymandus

The subspace radio would be fun. And I’ve been wondering when they were gonna start using those tractor beams.


20 posted on 05/18/2012 12:40:14 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Kartographer
The nerds are gonna go nuts.

The wine coolers will flow like a river tonight.

21 posted on 05/18/2012 12:40:25 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kartographer

Klingon D7 are al0t cheaper. Since Kronos exploded you can get them for a few latinum bars and flasks of Romulan ale.


22 posted on 05/18/2012 12:42:33 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (If Romney needs my vote to win Mississippi, he is in a heck of a lot trouble more than me.)
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To: Kartographer
Here is the $150 million version: NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: THE “STAR TREK” ATTRACTION THAT ALMOST CAME TO LIFE in 1992.

-PJ

23 posted on 05/18/2012 12:42:33 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Astronaut

Screw the FTL and warp drives. If they can build a working and functional copy of Six (Tricia Helfer), I’m on board and say it’s worth every penny. My wife might not appreciate it, but building one would be advancing science, right?


24 posted on 05/18/2012 12:43:17 PM PDT by roostercashews (A gun doesn't make you safer, but knowing how to use one does.)
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To: Kartographer
Interstellar space travel is possible with 1950's tech. Project Orion However, building it is prohibited by treaty.
25 posted on 05/18/2012 12:44:04 PM PDT by Jagermonster (TANSTAAFL)
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To: Kartographer

Hell, makes more sense than what OBummer is whizzing away trillions on, take a chance at it, the technology learned would pay off eventually while OBummer’s stuff will never.


26 posted on 05/18/2012 12:44:48 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: cuban leaf

We are no more capable of doing this than we are of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth by the end of the decade...


27 posted on 05/18/2012 12:45:38 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1214 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Red Badger
"We think we can create an effective warp drive, based on general relatively and string theory," said Gerald Cleaver

With string theory, ANYTHING is possible.

28 posted on 05/18/2012 12:46:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
We have virtually none of the technology needed to build this starship. The idea is ludicrous.

Agreed.
29 posted on 05/18/2012 12:46:10 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: ClearCase_guy

We could build it, but it would just sit there. The “whoosh” doors would work, the “life support systems”, lights and comfy chairs on the bridge would all be there.

Communicators, etc.

We could probably also build it in Low Earth Orbit. I’m sure SpaceX can give you a quotation for delivering material to the jobsite. Bigelow could provide jobsite dormitories & cafeterias and probably even Assembly Buildings in orbit.

Hey, maybe the new Facebook IPO billionaires need something to do with all that money.


30 posted on 05/18/2012 12:46:39 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Kartographer; KevinDavis
antimatter is available by mining the suns corona...the LHC produces it way to slow....

now all we need is the technology to be able to do all this and figure out the space warp thing

paging Dr. Alcubierre...paging Dr. Miguel Alcubierre.

31 posted on 05/18/2012 12:47:30 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Astronaut

“...on the much cooler Battlestar Galactica”

You’re trying to start trouble, aren’t you?


32 posted on 05/18/2012 12:47:40 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Sybeck1

The face of a future Government Contractor!
33 posted on 05/18/2012 12:48:22 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: ClearCase_guy
--Beat me to it. We have virtually none of the technology needed to build this starship.--

Not true. We already have better video screens, tablets and computers.


34 posted on 05/18/2012 12:49:46 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"We think we can create an effective warp drive, based on general relatively and string theory," said Gerald Cleaver

Who proofs this stuff? Maybe they're just relatively sure?

35 posted on 05/18/2012 12:50:02 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Kartographer

that’s a much better deal than the California high-speed train...


36 posted on 05/18/2012 12:52:38 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kartographer

Just load it up with some large VASIMIR engines and we could make a round trip to Alpha Centauri in 50 years.


37 posted on 05/18/2012 12:53:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Wally, my friend, you fell for it. No project comes in on time or at cost. Plus, since you are so eager to spend the money, where is the money going to come from?

In case you haven’t received the news at your space camp on whatever planet it is located, the US doesn’t have that kind of cash. We’re in a bit of a hole that is about the size of the moon and increasing daily. (On second thought, maybe it is a black hole). The US is headed for the same cliff that Greece just went off, and France, Spain, and Britain are headed there. Lemmings.

Nify idea. Not doable. So put away the check book. Just because you have checks doesn’t mean there is money in the account.


38 posted on 05/18/2012 12:53:26 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: EEGator

LOL. Just stating a fact. I’d much rather be a Viper pilot on a Colonial Battlestar, kicking Cylon ass, than some boring bland guy wearing a red shirt on the Enterprise. And I would be dating one of the Cylon 8 models (Sharon)!


39 posted on 05/18/2012 12:55:44 PM PDT by Astronaut
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To: ClearCase_guy

All you have to do is pick the right quantum leap............


40 posted on 05/18/2012 12:56:01 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Kartographer

Put all liberals on it, give it enough fuel to hit max range, and...


41 posted on 05/18/2012 12:56:01 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: ozzymandus
Yeah? Hows that warp drive coming along? Is the transporter room up and running yet?

First things first ... we've mastered the Mini-skirt.

42 posted on 05/18/2012 12:56:40 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Kartographer

Why don’t they invent the part about not needing money, first?


43 posted on 05/18/2012 12:58:17 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: cuban leaf
Not true. We already have better video screens, tablets and computers.

Yeah, but you'd never get female crew members to wear those short little skirts.

44 posted on 05/18/2012 12:58:17 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Obama vs. Romney: Zero x Zero = Zero.)
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"Put all liberals on it, give it enough fuel to hit max range, and..."

Hit the self-distruct?
45 posted on 05/18/2012 12:58:46 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

I’m sorry this will not be possible as the EPA has banned all mining of Dilithium Crystals.


46 posted on 05/18/2012 12:59:02 PM PDT by A message
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To: dfwgator

Sorry captain, but we donna have dilithium crystals, nor the cash to make the ship. We’re a wee bit strapped.


47 posted on 05/18/2012 12:59:32 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: GSWarrior

48 posted on 05/18/2012 1:00:07 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Hodar

Her skirt’s so short, you can almost see her phaser. I think it’s set to “stun”.


49 posted on 05/18/2012 1:00:59 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: null and void

—We are no more capable of doing this than we are of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth by the end of the decade...—

We already had the technology. It was a matter of putting the pieces together. Henry Ford also wanted his engineers to produce a V8 and they said it couldn’t be done. But they did it.

This is many more levels of magnitude more difficult.

IOW, it is like telling Galileo that you want him to design a system capable of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth by the end of the decade. He was really smart, but not that smart.


50 posted on 05/18/2012 1:01:36 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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