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cjh5801
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posted 05-30-2012 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cjh5801   Click Here to Email cjh5801     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Build The Enterprise
The BuildTheEnterprise (BTE) website describes how to build the first USS Enterprise spaceship, based on technologies within our reach, over the next twenty years. You read that right. It’s possible for the United States of America to build the first generation of USS Enterprise given the national will to do so. But before digging into how to design and build this ship, you may first want to consider Our Space Problem and how this leads to Visions of Enterprise.
You know, this is crazy enough that it just might—

No, it's just crazy. But I applaud the enthusiasm.

Fezman92
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posted 05-30-2012 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I call science officer.

APG85
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posted 05-31-2012 02:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to be Captain Pike. On second thought...no.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 05-31-2012 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the title of the book is "Letters to Star Trek," and in the mid-70s someone wrote Gene Roddenberry wanting plans of the Enterprise (this was before Franz Joseph did his) as well as use of William Shatner as Kirk. The plan was to use the space shuttles to assemble a fully-functional Enterprise and set off for Alpha Centauri within 10 years of construction start, with a crew of 430 people (a quarter of them women.)

I have to find the book but I believe it was going to be publicly funded - that is, a referendum was going to be placed in all 50 states. There needed to be X number of voters to approve it, and since there were more than that number of students in California, the letter writer did not think there was going to be a problem.

Shatner as Kirk was going to do commercials for the real life Space Federation, as the venture was called.

jimsz
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posted 05-31-2012 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cjh5801:
You know, this is crazy enough that it just might—

No, it's just crazy. But I applaud the enthusiasm.


No, it's just plain scary crazy. Anyone explain to these people that Klingons are not real, there is no Yoda and Dorothy really didn't land her house on a witch?!?!

Cliff Lentz
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posted 05-31-2012 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe it's just me, but I'm sort of burned out by the whole Star Trek thing! I don't blame anyone who still hangs on every rerun word, but I think the current direction of all the space programs is far more compelling than any made up space future!

p51
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posted 05-31-2012 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's just pie-in-the-sky wishful fan dreaming. You'd have heard this concept voiced at any sci-fi convention since the 1970s. The only difference is now, others can easily ready about it online.
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Originally posted by Cliff Lentz:
Maybe it's just me, but I'm sort of burned out by the whole Star Trek thing!
It's not just you. I'm a big sci-fi fan and I have seen all the movies and watched most of the series (I never could get into Voyager or Deep Space 9). But I too think there was a market saturation of the concept and people in general are quite burned out. Heck, go to a sci-fi convention and you won't find hardly anyone in Trek garb or Star Fleet uniforms anymore. Even the fans are tired!

Saturn V
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posted 05-31-2012 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Saturn V     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, Klingons are not real. But the Borg are and someone needs to tell these people that they are flirting with disaster...

ilbasso
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posted 06-01-2012 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Work is apparently already underway, if you can believe the internet. After all, we know that photos can't be faked!

Fezman92
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posted 06-01-2012 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
Heck, go to a sci-fi convention and you won't find hardly anyone in Trek garb or Star Fleet uniforms anymore. Even the fans are tired!
You must be going to the wrong conventions.

MrSpace86
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posted 06-01-2012 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Star Wars > Star Trek

Why not build the Millennium Falcon?

ilbasso
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posted 06-01-2012 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recruiting for the astronauts to fly the Millennium Falcon would be interesting. I've only seen her commanded by scoundrels, with the copilots being either Wookiees or whatever Nien Nunb is supposed to be.

cjh5801
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posted 06-01-2012 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cjh5801   Click Here to Email cjh5801     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why not both? We're only talking a trillion dollars apiece here. It isn't like we're talking real money.

Since the Millenium Falcon is disc shaped, you could use the same centrifuge technology in both ships. There's some economy for you right there.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-01-2012 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fezman92:
You must be going to the wrong conventions.
Sez you. One of the last cons I went to I wore my NASA flight suit. An attendee asked when my panel was.

But yeah, the market has been oversaturated for a while, with all the new shows and merchandise. That's why it took so long for a new Star Trek film which was a reboot, not a continuation.

When I first went to cons it was $25 a day to hear Marina Sirtis and a chance, if you were willing to wait in a lonnnng line, for an autograph (included in the price.)

The last? $250 a weekend, with guaranteed autographs from some stars and having to pay extra for others.

Now look at people like Auberjonois, a talented star on Broadway as well. He's sharing space at cons with B-level movie and TV stars and child stars from the '50s.

Fezman92
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posted 06-01-2012 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I haven't been to a con in 6 years or so.

issman1
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posted 06-02-2012 05:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I personally believe that future human space vehicles will be more-or-less similar to those depicted in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sunshine and Prometheus than Star Trek or Star Wars.

But this will likely depend upon what is happening today with commercial space companies rather than international space agencies.

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