White House Petition: Build the USS Enterprise!

USS-EnterpriseEarlier this year, an engineer who goes by the alias BTE Dan claimed that a working model of the USS Enterprise could be built with existing technology and completed within 20 years. And this was a full-scale Enterprise, complete with a lower hull, upper saucer section, artificial gravity, ion engines, nuclear power, and a 100 kilowatt laser.

Well it seems that Dan wasn’t finished just yet. To follow up on this move, he stated a White House petition to do a feasibility study and conceptual design of the USS Enterprise interplanetary spaceship. This, he sees as a viable step towards ensuring that a segment of scientists and engineers in the space industry take an active interest and help move the concept forward.
entpriseAs it stands, the concept still has numerous technical flaws, Dan admits, but that is precisely why he is seeking professionals help. As he put it, “There is a lot of waste heat to get rid of, today’s ion propulsions engines need major advances, and perhaps stability problems will be found with the gravity wheel.” And that’s just for starters…

What’s more, his initial visit with NASA space engineers and space contractors did not go so well. As he put it, “I am an outsider poking around in their sandbox, and human nature is that people don’t like that.” However, since the story first broke earlier this year, Dan’s website has crashed because of the massive increase in traffic.

USS-Enterprise-size-comparisons-640Mainly, people are impressed with the depth and detail of his planning, which not only includes conceptual designs and designs specs, but also comes complete with a funding schedule and accounting for just about every detail of the ship’s construction. But mainly, I’m thinking people are intrigued by the possibility that such a project could actually be feasible, and are impressed with Dan’s passion and commitment to seeing it happen by the 2030’s.

As of this evening, the petition has collected 19,804 signatures, and needs only 5,196 more to reach the minimum required for consideration. Personally, I recommend we get on it. It’s just a feasibility study, after all, and I for one am interested to see if it could really be done. To read and/or sign the White House petition, click here. And be sure to check out the video below of some of the proposed star craft’s inner workings:

Universe Today.com, Build the enterprise.org

7 thoughts on “White House Petition: Build the USS Enterprise!

  1. I think we should spend our time working on more important ventures, like stabilizing the economy or protecting the environment. When the technology for such a ship is more readily available, then let’s talk.

    1. We may find we need ships like this just to do those very things. The economy and the environment may very well depend on us getting off-world in this century, either for new resources, to shipping industry, or even to transfer some of our population elsewhere to ease the burden on planet Earth.

      1. It’s just a feasibility study, which will involve an estimated cost for building the thing. And if it proves too much, we can always go with the 100 year starship plan, which as it turns out, involves an Alcubierre Drive. I think that would be better, an Enterprise by 2112 that can actually do FTL as well as the other stuff 🙂

  2. They absolutely need to build the Enterprise! Or at least some sort of space-faring vessel. And the part they’re not mentioning is that, in doing all this research to create the Enterprise, they’ll discover all sorts of technological advances that will help society as a whole. To infinity and beyond! (Wait, that’s not the right franchise …)

  3. Our problem is we dream too small right now. Eyes to the ground, peons! We could find the money if we could first find the political will.

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