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Assign NASA to do a feasibility study and conceptual design of the Gen1 USS Enterprise interplanetary spaceship.

We have within our technological reach the ability to build the 1st generation of the USS Enterprise. It ends up that this ship’s inspiring form is quite functional. This will be Earth’s first gigawatt-class interplanetary spaceship with artificial gravity. The ship can serve as a spaceship, space station, and space port all in one. In total, one thousand crew members & visitors can be on board at once. Few things could collectively inspire people on Earth more than seeing the Enterprise being built in space. And the ship could go on amazing missions, like taking the first humans to Mars while taking along a large load of base-building equipment for constructing the first permanent base there.

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  •  Reality intrudes (5+ / 0-)

    Not clear to me how you intend to do artificial gravity in this vehicle.  The only way I know of to do this is a rotating structure with centrifugal force generated by rotation used to fake the gravity.  Rotational structures of course make things more complex - eg heavier for adequate structural strength

    Radiation levels would require extra shielding so as not to fry the crew during the intended voyage - not sure what the voyage plans are.  So extra shielding - extra weight.

    So... it would be nice to do some calculations to determine what would be needed energy wise.
    You could probably come up with the total weight of all materials required for construction.
    Then you could determine how much energy is required to lift all this stuff to the assemby orbit level.
    Oh and let,s not forget to include whatever fuel you choose to power this beast

    My suspicion is that the total enegy budget for this project would be prohibitive

    However, all those rocket launches would put a lot of crap in the atmosphere and would contribute to global warming, both from added greenhouse gasses, and by taking our attention away from what we should really be doing ...... which is trying to find our a way that civilization can be preserved on this world ..... which is the only world we have.   Our major challenge in this regard is how to stop global warming from completely destroying our environment.


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  •  Your chances are not good. (3+ / 0-)
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    The Obama Administration already decided against building a Death Star on account of its cost, so the Enterprise will probably fail along those same lines.  

    The position is also politically untenable.  The Obamasux-Obamarox arguments within his electoral base are damaging enough -- there is no reason to ask the Star Trek and Star Wars partisan to open another front to further stretch his governing coalition.  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 04:55:03 PM PST

    •  Yep, this will no doubt be quickly followed ... (3+ / 0-)
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      by Millinium Falcon supporters' petition, and the "star ship wars" will have begun.  ; )

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 04:58:58 PM PST

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      •  I have Long since turned from that path... (2+ / 0-)
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        Whedon is my master now.

        Build Firefly class transports!  LOTS of em!  

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 05:18:51 PM PST

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        •  Then why not go all the way? (1+ / 0-)
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          Why not evolve a T.A.R.D.I.S. by using genetic engineering?  

          "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

          by Yamaneko2 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 08:32:05 PM PST

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    •  The Enterprise Would Be Cheaper (1+ / 0-)
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      It's a lot a smaller than the Death Star, especially if we built NCC-1701 and not the D or E versions which are much larger. Also, we could save costs by not adding deflector shields, phaser arrays, and photon torpedoes since the chances of encountering hostile alien vessels is almost nil. We further save costs by not installing transporters and a matter/anti-matter warp drive since the technology doesn't exist.

      It seems technically possible to build a space-worthy full scale version of the Enterprise that simply travels by impulse speed and would be limited to traveling within the Terran Star System.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 07:51:29 PM PST

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  •  Referring to "artificial gravity" without further (0+ / 0-)

    explanation won't help. One can look it up on the referenced web page, though. But: A rotating circular construction is OK on a space station or such, but when on a ship, and that ship is speeding up, or down, or maneuvering, "down" will change it's direction in the "artificial gravitation" area, won't it?

    "This isn't America" - Zenkai Girl

    by mythatsme on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 06:50:05 PM PST

  •  I'd much prefer an Enterprise to a Death Star! (0+ / 0-)

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:59:43 PM PST

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