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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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To: Kartographer

Now that’s a stimulus project I might get behind!


51 posted on 05/18/2012 1:01:52 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

No place to plug it in upere!!


52 posted on 05/18/2012 1:04:04 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: A message
Yeah, but I know a guy.....

53 posted on 05/18/2012 1:04:29 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: blueunicorn6

She can stun my beeber any time she’d like.


54 posted on 05/18/2012 1:04:29 PM PDT by wbill
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To: ozzymandus

The transporter was “invented” because the writers couldn’t figure out how they were going to land such a goofy looking ship.


55 posted on 05/18/2012 1:05:55 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Astronaut

Since you put it that way. :)


56 posted on 05/18/2012 1:06:05 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kartographer

this thing costs less than obamacare over 20 years ?

i’m in. !


57 posted on 05/18/2012 1:06:11 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: BwanaNdege

“communicators” => nextel phones.

Did everyone notice the nextel chirp was remarkably similar to the original communicators’?


58 posted on 05/18/2012 1:07:27 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Poor Jupiter 2. A friend of mine told me he saw it at the end of a really hokey soft porn movie.


59 posted on 05/18/2012 1:07:27 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: cuban leaf

she’ll put your eye out!


60 posted on 05/18/2012 1:08:12 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: blueunicorn6
Her skirt’s so short, you can almost see her phaser. I think it’s set to “stun”.

Bad news, chief. That's not a phaser.

61 posted on 05/18/2012 1:08:29 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: ozzymandus

Well, they have a theory for it, but execution is looking pretty difficult...


62 posted on 05/18/2012 1:09:32 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: SpaceBar

“LUDICROUS SPEED NOW!”


63 posted on 05/18/2012 1:10:04 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Kartographer

Never gonna happen.
The Liberals will hijack the funding for social programs.


64 posted on 05/18/2012 1:11:00 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Hodar

I suppose the thatched-roof beehive is within the realm of possibility, too.


65 posted on 05/18/2012 1:14:44 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: massgopguy

66 posted on 05/18/2012 1:14:55 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Political Junkie 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.


67 posted on 05/18/2012 1:18:49 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Fledermaus

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.


68 posted on 05/18/2012 1:20:54 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Red Badger

That’s a theory. I’ll wait for the reality.


69 posted on 05/18/2012 1:22:31 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Fledermaus
I’ve always wondered why someone hasn’t built an Enterprise style hotel.

"Thank you for calling the Star Fleet Resort and Spa.

For English, dial 1.
Por Espanol, dial 2
For Klingon, dial 3

70 posted on 05/18/2012 1:25:01 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrB

Come to California, your perception of normal will widen considerably beyond Ferenghi..


71 posted on 05/18/2012 1:26:02 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: Kartographer

Gravity plating for the floors would be a nifty invention to have.


72 posted on 05/18/2012 1:27:02 PM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: Hodar
"we've mastered the Mini-skirt."

But not the hair-do.

73 posted on 05/18/2012 1:27:36 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: cuban leaf

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.


74 posted on 05/18/2012 1:30:46 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Kartographer

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.


75 posted on 05/18/2012 1:32:56 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Kartographer

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.


76 posted on 05/18/2012 1:33:56 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: null and void

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.


77 posted on 05/18/2012 1:34:12 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kartographer

I think we should get the photon torpedoes up and running first.


78 posted on 05/18/2012 1:39:51 PM PDT by Dawggie
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To: Kartographer

If he’s going to need to use Union Workers the price tag will at least double to $2Trillion....


79 posted on 05/18/2012 1:40:26 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: central_va

I’m saddened to hear that in all that formal education no one taught you Clarke’s Law.


80 posted on 05/18/2012 1:42:50 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: ozzymandus
That’s a theory. I’ll wait for the reality.

Passively waiting is not what creates the reality.

81 posted on 05/18/2012 1:44:30 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: Kartographer

Where are they going to get the dilithium crystals for the warp drive?


82 posted on 05/18/2012 1:46:47 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Kartographer

First you got to find the Dilithium Crystals
and Ephram Cocran won’t be born till next year.


83 posted on 05/18/2012 1:47:57 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: libertarian27; PoloSec
I have the prefect man in mind to run the project!

198. Employees are the rungs on your ladder to success - don't hesitate to step on them. Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
84 posted on 05/18/2012 1:50:48 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
Within our solar system, on one moon, is enough methane to power this planet forever (three thousand or more years). The key is to be able to mine our solar system. Yes reality bites and bites hard and the technology does not currently exist. At one point, in our nation, the attitude was ... you want the possible ... here it is. You want the impossible ... give us twenty-four hours. The impossible has been delivered over and over and over again by Americans. Am dismayed that attitude has diminished by Americans, during the years, since Apollo.
85 posted on 05/18/2012 1:50:55 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: tet68; New Jersey Realist

SEE POST #53


86 posted on 05/18/2012 1:52:32 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Dr. Sivana

That didn’t turn out too good for the Robinson family!


87 posted on 05/18/2012 1:53:24 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Kartographer

Powered by Evinrude?


88 posted on 05/18/2012 1:54:09 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Kartographer
It could be built.

But it would probably just end up in someone's driveway on cinder blocks.

89 posted on 05/18/2012 1:55:27 PM PDT by x
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To: BwanaNdege

“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.”

That gravity thingy might be a little problem though?


90 posted on 05/18/2012 1:56:32 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: no-to-illegals

You took the words right out of my mouth. I can’t believe some of the defeatist comments I’ve read. What happened to the “We are Armericans, we can do anything” attitude? We mad it to the moon using the computing power of a wrist watch in the 60’s. Our technology has exploded since then. The attitude I see on this thread is very disapointing.


91 posted on 05/18/2012 1:59:46 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: yarddog

How about “To boldly loan, where no one has loaned before”


92 posted on 05/18/2012 2:00:53 PM PDT by Kratos
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To: All

How about Americans put on Steppin’ Wolf and light up the skies with Magic Carpet Ride. IF our species survives there will be the need to explore and create. Otherwise chalk up the human experience to failure. I remember when failure was not an option. Americans believed they could and they did. Where did that attitude go? We do not the impossible because it is easy, we do the impossible because it is hard.


93 posted on 05/18/2012 2:06:36 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yes, but since we’ve discovered dilithium crystals in Rayall 5,anything is possible.


94 posted on 05/18/2012 2:34:24 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
To all

Google NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Project

and then dream!

95 posted on 05/18/2012 2:44:44 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
Gonna need some kind of gravity generator, because the Enterprise definitely had gravity.
96 posted on 05/18/2012 2:47:44 PM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Kartographer

Really?

We haven’t even invented Jefferies Tubes yet...


97 posted on 05/18/2012 2:47:51 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Kartographer

I thought that was a Congressman....


98 posted on 05/18/2012 3:47:04 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Kartographer

For my tax dollars, I’d rather take that trillion every 20 years and invest it - and save up the $852,000,000,000,000,000 for a DEATH STAR.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolpinchefsky/2012/02/21/how-much-would-it-cost-to-build-the-death-star-from-star-wars/


99 posted on 05/18/2012 3:50:59 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Kartographer

If current trends continue, a trillion dollars will buy you nice car in 20 years.


100 posted on 05/18/2012 4:32:15 PM PDT by fini
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