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The Star Trek-like Gen1 ship will be capable of reaching Mars in 90 days and the moon in three days

A man only known as "BTE Dan" has devised a way to create a real-life version of Star Trek's USS Enterprise.

Build the Enterprise, or BTE, is a website that offers detailed plans on how to build the first Starship Enterprise. The Starship Enterprise is the name of several fictional spacecraft in the Star Trek TV show and movies.

According to the Star Trek storyline, the first Starship Enterprise will be built by 2245. However, BTE Dan, the creator of the potential real-life USS Enterprise and a systems engineer/electrical engineer who worked at a Fortune 500 company for the last 30 years, plans to materialize the real deal in only 20 years.

BTE Dan refers to the first USS Enterprise a "Gen1," meaning the first generation. BTE Dan mapped out every detail of the Gen1 from ship specifications, design, and government funding schedules.

According to BTE Dan's plans, the Gen1 will have an ion propulsion engine powered by a 1.5 gigawatt nuclear reactor. There will also be three additional nuclear reactors to create the electricity necessary for the entire ship.

The USS Enterprise will have a saucer, which will be 0.3 miles in diameter and rotate as a suspended gravity wheel that creates 1G of gravity.

The Gen1 will be capable of reaching Mars in 90 days and the moon in three days. It will have a few different purposes, such as acting as a space station/spaceport, traveling to planets and asteroids, and using the laser to cut through tough surfaces like the moon's crust in order to reach the ocean underneath. The idea will be to create a next generation ship every 33 years, with each new generation becoming more technologically advanced than the previous.

"We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship known as the USS Enterprise -- so lets do it," said BTE Dan. "It ends up that this ship configuration is quite functional."

How does BTE Dan plan to fund such a project? Through tax increases and by spreading out budget cuts to certain areas like education, energy, defense and health and human services. BTE Dan said the tax increases will "barely be noticed."

BTE Dan has challenged other engineers to find any flaws with his plans that are not money-related, saying that his Gen1 could absolutely be built using current technology in a 20-year period.

"If someone can convince me that it is not technically possible (ignoring political and funding issues), then I will state on the BuildTheEnterprise site that I have been found to be wrong," wrote BTE Dan. "In that case, building the first Enterprise will have to wait for, say, another half century. But I don't think that anyone will be able to convince me it can't be done. My position is that we can -- and should -- immediately start working on it."

Source: MSNBC





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