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Old May 13 2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Years

Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Years

Website: http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/95099/e...e-in-20-years/

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.

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Complete with conceptual designs, ship specs, a funding schedule, and almost every other imaginable detail, the BTE website was launched just this week and covers almost every aspect of how the project could be done. This Enterprise would be built entirely in space, have a rotating gravity section inside of the saucer, and be similar in size with the same look as the USS Enterprise that we know from Star Trek.

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While the ship will not travel at warp speed, with an ion propulsion engine powered by a 1.5GW nuclear reactor, it can travel at a constant acceleration so that the ship can easily get to key points of interest in our solar system. Three additional nuclear reactors would create all of the electricity needed for operation of the ship. The saucer section would be a .3 mile (536 meter) diameter rotating, magnetically-suspended gravity wheel that would create 1G of gravity.

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The first assignments for the Enterprise would have the ship serving as a space station and space port, but then go on to missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, various asteroids and even Europa, where the ships’ laser would be used not for combat but for cutting through the moon’s icy crust to enable a probe to descend to the ocean below. Of course, like all space ships today, the big “if” for such an ambitious effort would be getting Congress to provide NASA the funding to do a huge 20-year project.

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Old May 13 2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

Oh god. Nope, haven't seen this anywhere before.

http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=175303
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Old May 13 2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

I cannot see it being done in 20 years with what we know now.
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Old May 13 2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

Its like a ghost ship.. showing up everywhere unwanted..

Mwah, you know, if they first manage to build Island I, II, III and the like I might start believing it..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27neil_cylinder

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Old May 13 2012, 09:56 PM   #5
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

It shows what the saucer section would hold, but the rest is just for show? May as well just make a flying saucer.
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Old May 14 2012, 04:33 AM   #6
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

Sure, we could build a Starship Enterprise in 20 years. It just won't, like, fly or anything.
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Old May 14 2012, 07:45 AM   #7
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

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It shows what the saucer section would hold, but the rest is just for show? May as well just make a flying saucer.
I would imagine the rest is also usable parts of the ship, but without the simulated gravity. Of course, if we ever expend the resources on a project like this, I highly doubt they will use a design that looks like the enterprise.
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Old May 15 2012, 03:28 PM   #8
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

Beyond the silliness of the design, we haven't produce any ion engines with more than a fraction of an ounce of thrust.

From wikipedia:
An NSTAR thruster producing a thrust (=force) of 92 mN[7] will accelerate a satellite with a mass of 1000 kg by 0.092 / 1000 = 0.000092 m/s/s (or 9.38E-6 g).

A terrible waste of time and resources when we could look at a more practical design like the Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Old May 26 2012, 04:17 AM   #9
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

If it doesn't go beyond the solar system then it's not a starship. A starship (whether slower-than-light or faster-than-light) is one that travels interstellar distances between stars, not putting around the solar system.
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Old June 12 2012, 03:31 PM   #10
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

This Enterprise would be built entirely in space, have a rotating gravity section inside of the saucer, and be similar in size with the same look as the USS Enterprise that we know from Star Trek.
Seems to be jumping the gun a bit, considering that even with 22nd century technology, the NX-01 wasn't as big as the NCC-1701.
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Old June 16 2012, 08:30 PM   #11
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I wouldn't mind seeing a big ROV version as a submarine...
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Old June 25 2012, 05:22 PM   #12
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

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This Enterprise would be built entirely in space, have a rotating gravity section inside of the saucer, and be similar in size with the same look as the USS Enterprise that we know from Star Trek.
Seems to be jumping the gun a bit, considering that even with 22nd century technology, the NX-01 wasn't as big as the NCC-1701.
What difference does "22nd century technology" make in this regard? It's all made up. If this guy wants to design to the appearance of one fictional spaceship rather than another, it's all the same.
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Old June 25 2012, 05:58 PM   #13
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

It'd make a grand orbital hotel!
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Old June 26 2012, 06:21 AM   #14
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

yeah it just wouldn't look like enterprise, move like enterprise, or even last like the enterprise.
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Old June 26 2012, 07:18 PM   #15
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Re: Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise in 20 Ye

Why not?

Oh, alright, it couldn't break orbit, but aside from that ... why not?
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