Skip to comments.Engineer: Star Trek’s Enterprise ship could be built in 20 years at a cost of $1 trillion
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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Bad news, chief. That's not a phaser.
Well, they have a theory for it, but execution is looking pretty difficult...
“LUDICROUS SPEED NOW!”
Never gonna happen.
The Liberals will hijack the funding for social programs.
I suppose the thatched-roof beehive is within the realm of possibility, too.
I’ve always wondered why someone hasn’t built an Enterprise style hotel. They could hold “camps” and guests can play parts of the crew.
The Star Trek area at the Hilton in Vegas is okay, but a little too touristy for my taste. The “Quarks” bar is kinda fun and the food wasn’t bad.
Yep, that was fun.
It was funny that, given the “context” that was set up,
I took it as “normal” when a Ferenghi sat down at the next table with another group.
That’s a theory. I’ll wait for the reality.
Come to California, your perception of normal will widen considerably beyond Ferenghi..
Gravity plating for the floors would be a nifty invention to have.
But not the hair-do.
There were V8 (and V12 and V16) engines long before 1932. Ford’s engineers told him they couldn’t design a reliable V8 for the price he wanted, and they were right. It took several years for the Ford flathead V8 to be debugged to the point of reliability.
Personally, I doubt we could even go back to the moon these days.
Twenty years and one trillion dollars, maybe, depends on if it is Union built, which would mean at a minimum, fifty years and one hundred trillion dollars.
I’ve often thought the communicators in TNG would be an interesting idea.
Most large corporations already have badges for entry. They’re also already networked.
It wouldn’t be a huge step to have a badge that was actually a short-range communication device.
Using voice recognition, you could connect point-to-point with anyone else in the company like a walkie-talkie, or connect to an outside line.
It would be easy to find people in large buildings or campuses, as their location could be established easily.
All the communication would be short range, so the device wouldn’t need to be as large as a cell phone.
Could also integrate login security features such as card readers have, just with a transponder.
Might even be able to do it with Bluetooth.
Studying engineering,science and physics as an undergraduate ruined the whole science-fiction genre for me. It turns it into pseudo science-fantasy. Reality bites.
I think we should get the photon torpedoes up and running first.
If he’s going to need to use Union Workers the price tag will at least double to $2Trillion....
I’m saddened to hear that in all that formal education no one taught you Clarke’s Law.