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It Would Cost $852 Quadrillion Dollars to Build a Real Death Star (Almost the U.S. National Debt!)
DVICE.com ^ | Feb 20, 2012 | Raymond Wong

Posted on 02/20/2012 7:23:57 PM PST by DogByte6RER

It would cost $852 quadrillion dollars to build a real Death Star

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That's 852 with 15 zeros following it. I know, that figure is insane. You know what that means. It means Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were rolling in the money like filthy rich rappers. I guess ruling the Galactic Empire isn't so terrible when you're ballin'.

Finally putting some questions to rest, the smart folk over at Centives calculated how much iron it would take to build the planet-destroying space station and even figured out how long it would take to build.

Here's the reality-check breakdown:

• Based on the density of a modern warship and scaled up, it would take about 1 quadrillion tons of steel to build one Death Star.

• The Earth's iron supply is capable of building 2 billion Death Stars.

• It would take 833,315 years to produce enough steel to start work on a Death Star, meaning you'll be long dead before you'll ever see it anywhere near operational.

It's a good thing Vader and Palpatine had a Clone army or else the Death Star could have taken an eternity to construct. Life's always better with clones. Don't you agree?

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KEYWORDS: darthvader; deathstar; emperorpalpatine; galacticempire; nerdy; quadrillion; scifi; shovelready; spacestation; starwars; whatif
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$852 Quadrillion Dollars?!?

1 posted on 02/20/2012 7:24:09 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Almost as much as Obama has given back to his donor buddies in ‘green’ grants.


2 posted on 02/20/2012 7:26:23 PM PST by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s about time our tax dollars are being used for a good purpose.


3 posted on 02/20/2012 7:26:34 PM PST by BipolarBob (When do the salmon return to Capistrano?)
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To: DogByte6RER

I think that if you had an astronaut eat a super-spicy burrito while in orbit, you’d have a very cheap but deadly “Death Star.” Just stick your butt out the air- lock and aim. Iran would go “boom”.


4 posted on 02/20/2012 7:28:14 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: DogByte6RER
That's no moon...

...but this is.


5 posted on 02/20/2012 7:30:37 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


6 posted on 02/20/2012 7:30:46 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Betcha Obama and the Dims would find a way to double the cost by demanding that only union workers are used, then the EPA would get involved....uh-oh....here comes OSHA....Oh, look the Stormtroopers need “sensitivity training”.......

Cool post!


7 posted on 02/20/2012 7:31:23 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (NO COMPROMISE! NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! I AM A CONSERVATIVE! CASE CLOSED!)
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To: DogByte6RER
Too bad the Death Star II was inside the gravity well of the now dead moon of Endor when it blew up. A quadrillion tons of steel dropping on you can ruin your day.
8 posted on 02/20/2012 7:32:32 PM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: DogByte6RER

This doper needs to be locked up!!!


9 posted on 02/20/2012 7:34:00 PM PST by dalereed
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To: fieldmarshaldj

That thermal exhaust port is even smaller than a womp rat.


10 posted on 02/20/2012 7:34:34 PM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: DogByte6RER; KevinDavis; Perdogg

Thanks DogByte6RER.
Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were rolling in the money like filthy rich rappers.
This explains their fashion sense.


11 posted on 02/20/2012 7:35:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: DogByte6RER
I'll have two.

Plus fries and a Coke.

12 posted on 02/20/2012 7:42:13 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: DogByte6RER

13 posted on 02/20/2012 7:42:55 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The Koreans can build one for $20,000 and give you a ten year warranty.


14 posted on 02/20/2012 7:44:07 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: DogByte6RER

$852 quadrillion dollars and you won’t even throw in a stinkin’ tank of gas?


15 posted on 02/20/2012 7:45:39 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Absolutely Nobama

Yes, you’re right.

BHO and the dems would make sure Davis Bacon was in effect and the price tag would surge into the quintrillions.

Even a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ... CRONY CAPITALISM!


16 posted on 02/20/2012 7:45:49 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Sad, huh ?


17 posted on 02/20/2012 7:52:25 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (NO COMPROMISE! NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER! I AM A CONSERVATIVE! CASE CLOSED!)
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To: DogByte6RER
Steel?
Design/build using injection molded polymers with a aluminum alloy foil skin.

Just for kicks, put out a request for bids.

18 posted on 02/20/2012 7:52:42 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: DogByte6RER
An awkward moment around the Imperial Palace when Darth Vadar put in a requisition for another Death Star.

You want another Death Star, Vadar?

What, do you think I'm made of Death Stars?

What did you do with the Death Star I already gave you?

19 posted on 02/20/2012 7:55:01 PM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: DogByte6RER

When the first battle station comes over the horizon on the first day - it better have the stars and stripes on it or the world is going to sink into a dark age lasting at least 10,000 years.


20 posted on 02/20/2012 8:03:33 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: DogByte6RER

“It would take 833,315 years to produce enough steel to start work on a Death Star, meaning you’ll be long dead before you’ll ever see it anywhere near operational”

Damn, and I was hoping to build one for my nephew by June, thought it would be a cool birthday present.


21 posted on 02/20/2012 8:14:38 PM PST by ScottfromNJ
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To: DogByte6RER
Just abandon the space station and aim it to that black cube in Saudi Arabia and hit the thrusters. That will take care of most of our enemies if we picked the right day. It's already paid for and is rapidly becoming useless.

We could blame it on Allah.

22 posted on 02/20/2012 8:16:02 PM PST by chuckles
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To: ScottfromNJ

Slacker.


23 posted on 02/20/2012 8:17:37 PM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

How many illegals will be required for the construction?


24 posted on 02/20/2012 8:35:44 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: DogByte6RER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muaAZE0M3LU


25 posted on 02/20/2012 8:36:23 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: DogByte6RER

No offense but I think that’s lowballing it.

Especially if we’ve got Teamsters and AFL-CIO and SEIU folks working on it, and then the fact it’s a government project....

And that’s probably not even factoring maintenance.


26 posted on 02/20/2012 8:46:34 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: DogByte6RER

See the one thing (and literally, I mean the one thing) Lucas pulled off in the storyline was the surprise a second Death Star was being built somewhere else in the galaxy.

Unfortunately this story concept was stolen and failed absolutely miserably in the Jodie Foster career carrier “Contact”.

To sum up: A second Death Star far away in another part of the universe by the all powerful Galactic Empire: plausible suprise. A second enormous alien contact machine being built and finished that somehow doesn’t catch anyone’s attention anywhere else, not plausible.


27 posted on 02/20/2012 8:51:27 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ScottfromNJ

You’re going to have to settle for the LEGO version of the Death Star, then.


28 posted on 02/20/2012 8:52:58 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: blueunicorn6

Now that’s funny!....And the truth.


29 posted on 02/20/2012 8:56:46 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: Deaf Smith

Why not melt a nickel-iron asteroid, inject a bubble of air into the center, and then spin it to create centripedal force.

That, combined with the air pressure from the inside... and none from the outside, would then spin a nickel-iron bubble, which would then cool into a hollow sphere.

Which would be the external armor/skin of a Death Star. All you’d then need to do would be to cut a whole into it and then start working on the insides.


30 posted on 02/20/2012 8:57:02 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: DogByte6RER

How much for a MOSTLY-DEATH Star?


31 posted on 02/20/2012 9:08:47 PM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: irishtenor

LOL! Yes, the “Give you a loogie-Star” WOULD be cheaper to build.


32 posted on 02/20/2012 9:29:49 PM PST by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: DogByte6RER
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33 posted on 02/20/2012 9:39:30 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Okay, let’s build it.
When its done we can tell the suckers that loaned the money for us to build it to get stuffed, or melt.


34 posted on 02/20/2012 9:49:38 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yeah, but you know how much a quadrillion dollars will get you in 833,000 years. So it’ll be a bargain.


35 posted on 02/20/2012 11:29:55 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: DogByte6RER

Look at Episode I’s Galactic Empire: Buildings 1000 stories tall covering a planet.

Look at Episode IV’s Galactic Empire: Sustenance farmers surrounding a run down “truck-stop” lounge.


36 posted on 02/21/2012 5:12:53 AM PST by dangus
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To: DogByte6RER
Meaningless speculation that does not take technology into account. Two thousand years ago, it would have taken more than the GDP of the entire Roman Empire to build a steel-hulled ship the size of a modern destroyer, if all you had were thousands of blacksmiths working over charcoal fires.

In the final analysis, cost is mostly a measure of how many man-hours of various skills it takes to do something. There are lots of things that are much cheaper now than they were decades ago, purely because the manufacture is more automated now.

In the future (if we ever manage to escape the Welfare State that is), you would not build something the size of a Death Star using metal mined from a planet. You would take an existing metallic asteroid and have robotic fabricators take it apart and make parts for your in-space structure.

37 posted on 02/21/2012 5:25:23 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: DogByte6RER

They could just ask John Ringo the author on how he built the giant battlestation in his Citadel series.


38 posted on 02/21/2012 5:26:11 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: gogogodzilla
Why not melt a nickel-iron asteroid, inject a bubble of air into the center, and then spin it to create centripedal force. That, combined with the air pressure from the inside... and none from the outside, would then spin a nickel-iron bubble, which would then cool into a hollow sphere.

John Ringo, in his "Live Free or Die" series, uses that concept, except he sticks ice at the center. As the heat approaches the center, the ice turns to steam which expands to metal bubble.

39 posted on 02/21/2012 5:32:39 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wonder what the cost we be if the plan was to ship all the tools and equipment to an an iron/nickel asteroid like Vesta, instead of boosting all the raw materials into orbit.


40 posted on 02/21/2012 5:49:21 AM PST by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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