One adventurous engineer makes a compelling case to boldly build what no man has built before. Could the crazy thing actually work?
If Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX is any indication, the future of space travel is in the hands of people with big imaginations. And nobody’s vision is quite as ambitious as one engineer who has outlined an elaborate plan to build Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, which he says could be ready to fly within the next 20 years. “We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship… so let’s do it,” writes BTE Dan on his website, BuildTheEnterprise.org (which has been loading intermittently because of heavy traffic). The website includes conceptual blueprints, budgeting proposals, a timeline for research and development, and almost every other conceivable detail, raising the question: Could BTE Dan actually pull this crazy thing off? Here’s what you should know about the engineer’s sprawling vision:
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