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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.

This "Gen1" Enterprise could get to Mars in 90 days, to the moon in three, and "could hop from planet to planet dropping off robotic probes of all sorts en masse — rovers, special-built planes and satellites,” BTE Dan says.

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im game for this....all of this...
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Ion engines are great in space but how do you get this massive beast to escape gravity?
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This engineer needs to hit up all the geeks who have hit it big time and made billions - and offer them the first seats and rides in this by funding the project. eek.gif

How sweet would that be? Oh man... make it happen rich people!
    
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Sign me up!
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i thought the nx-01 enterprise(the one with chucks dad) was around ~2150; could be wrong as im no "dirty trekkie".
 
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Ion engines are great in space but how do you get this massive beast to escape gravity?

You would have to build it in some sort of orbit.

This will never happen.
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well, mankind can achieve wonders like space travel/ colonization, but only in steps

the first step is to pretty much have a world government/ cooperating governments...

yeah, we're gonna be stuck in the first step for a while
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Ion engines are great in space but how do you get this massive beast to escape gravity?


It states in the article that the ship would be built and operate outside of the atmosphere.
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i thought the nx-01 enterprise(the one with chucks dad) was around ~2150; could be wrong as im no "dirty trekkie".

A lot of trekkies consider the newest series to be a bit non-canon but yeah the nx was 2151 iirc.
 
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