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2013-05-17 11:56:02 AM
Pretty sure the warp core would be priceless.
 
2013-05-17 11:57:26 AM
Congress would never vote for it, anyway
 
2013-05-17 12:00:23 PM
You people really do need to get laid.
 
2013-05-17 12:01:39 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhh about tree fitty.
 
2013-05-17 12:03:25 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Congress would never vote for it, anyway


You're right. No congressman would vote for it. Unless he could get it made by his buddy's company, in his home district. And by get it made, I mean get six made.
 
2013-05-17 12:10:40 PM
We'll assume it's getting the ISS treatment: Build it on Earth as a series of trivially sized modules that get assembled in orbit.

Why would that be the assumption?
 
2013-05-17 12:12:24 PM

EatHam: We'll assume it's getting the ISS treatment: Build it on Earth as a series of trivially sized modules that get assembled in orbit.

Why would that be the assumption?


Yeah that doesn't make any sense. The TV and movies have always shown the ships being built entirely on land or entirely in Utopia Planitia Shipyards.
 
2013-05-17 12:22:17 PM

EatHam: We'll assume it's getting the ISS treatment: Build it on Earth as a series of trivially sized modules that get assembled in orbit.

Why would that be the assumption?


Because it would be cheaper than bringing the raw materials to space and building the ship in orbit.
 
2013-05-17 12:22:25 PM
Let's build one of theseupload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-17 12:29:57 PM
The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century.The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.
 
2013-05-17 12:35:35 PM
Probably little less than they're paying to have all these lame Star Trek threads greened.
 
2013-05-17 12:39:21 PM

IgG4: Let's build one of these[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x493]


I guess. But could you slap a cool-looking fairing around that? Maybe paint some racing stripes?
 
2013-05-17 12:55:32 PM

DamnYankees: Pretty sure the warp core would be priceless.


So... Master Card?
 
2013-05-17 01:16:57 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Congress would never vote for it, anyway


they would if Obama opposed it.
 
2013-05-17 01:17:25 PM
i3.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-17 01:19:57 PM
not mine btw but I can tell you, assembling shiat in orbit....not as easy as you might think
 
2013-05-17 01:21:56 PM

ManateeGag: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Congress would never vote for it, anyway

they would if Obama opposed it.


Good point
 
2013-05-17 01:26:18 PM
So...  Basically we could have just not done Iraq and got an Enterprise instead?
 
2013-05-17 01:27:13 PM
Is that adjusted for inflation?

Is it adjusted for Haliburton kickbacks?
 
2013-05-17 01:32:02 PM

cretinbob: not mine btw but I can tell you, assembling shiat in orbit....not as easy as you might think


Easier than trying to get an Enterprise-class starship to fly from the ground into outer space.
 
2013-05-17 01:33:23 PM

TheOnion: EatHam: We'll assume it's getting the ISS treatment: Build it on Earth as a series of trivially sized modules that get assembled in orbit.

Why would that be the assumption?

Because it would be cheaper than bringing the raw materials to space and building the ship in orbit.


What if they captured mineral-rich asteroids and processed them right at the space-shipyard? Of course, it is Star-Trek, so why not just replicate a ship already assembled?

Good place for my favorite Star-Trek MMORG item:
art.penny-arcade.com
 
2013-05-17 01:34:27 PM
Saw one the other day at a discount store for 10.00... It lit up and everything.. :)

//ok.. so it was about 1/1000 scale.. :)
 
2013-05-17 01:35:06 PM
The White House already nixed the Death Star, what makes you Trekkies think you have more stroke with this administration?
 
2013-05-17 01:38:39 PM
Why would you have to build the ship in modules and transport it into outer space for assembly for trillions of dollars (ISS treatment) when the picture hes using as a reference shows the ship being built on the ground?
 
2013-05-17 01:39:33 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Probably little less than they're paying to have all these lame Star Trek threads greened.


Plus the cost of sending someone to Farker's homes and businesses and stick guns to their heads to make them come into these threads and post.  That shiat ain't cheap, you know.
 
2013-05-17 01:41:24 PM

cretinbob: [i3.ytimg.com image 850x478]


Whoa, someone had a few free weeks of time on their hands.
 
2013-05-17 01:44:45 PM
I think a Battlestar would be easier and more likely.
 
2013-05-17 01:45:16 PM
How much would it cost to build one of the Babylon stations?
 
2013-05-17 01:47:33 PM

Giltric: Why would you have to build the ship in modules and transport it into outer space for assembly for trillions of dollars (ISS treatment) when the picture hes using as a reference shows the ship being built on the ground?


I assumed because we don't have the ability to build a ship that size with an engine that can propel itself out into orbit, whereas we can assemble it in orbit and have it sit there... doing nothing... if we really wanted to waste vast sums of money.
 
2013-05-17 01:49:54 PM

cretinbob: not mine btw but I can tell you, assembling shiat in orbit....not as easy as you might think


I started using MechJeb 2 this week and it's amazing. Not only will it create maneuver nodes for you, it automates docking, the most tedious part of KSP. Assembling stuff in orbit is suddenly a reasonable prospect.

I managed to assemble a ship in orbit and launch a 30 man mission to Jool without killing anyone. They have no way back, but still.
 
2013-05-17 01:50:50 PM

texdent: How much would it cost to build one of the Babylon stations?


Naw... those things keep getting lost in time warps and such
 
2013-05-17 01:54:12 PM

texdent: How much would it cost to build one of the Babylon stations?




I assume trillions of dollars, especially since the first 4 will mysteriously disappear or blow up.
 
2013-05-17 01:56:57 PM
Ah, see, here's where the "ship built on the ground" problem comes from...

FTFA:

According to the first JJ Abrams Star Trek film, the specific Enterprise we're talking about here was built in Iowa.

In non-retarded Star Trek (and Voyager and Enterprise), the ships were built in a drydock orbiting Earth, or Mars, or 40 Eridani A, or some other place.
 
2013-05-17 01:58:49 PM

Giltric: Why would you have to build the ship in modules and transport it into outer space for assembly for trillions of dollars (ISS treatment) when the picture hes using as a reference shows the ship being built on the ground?


I was curious about that too.  Wouldn't it be cheaper to assemble on the ground and attach huge rockets on it to get it into orbit.
 
2013-05-17 02:05:54 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: I managed to assemble a ship in orbit and launch a 30 man mission to Jool without killing anyone.


I did the same, but sent my craft to the scented planet Joop!, where I traded atomizers with the locals
 
2013-05-17 02:06:00 PM
It's only as expensive as the first replicator.

Seriously why aren't bad guys making robot armies with those things?
 
2013-05-17 02:06:25 PM
How much would it cost?  125 points.  You're welcome.

sfb.swa-gaming.org
 
2013-05-17 02:08:15 PM
I need it told to be brazillions or I have no idea what you're talking about.
 
2013-05-17 02:08:35 PM

UNC_Samurai: How much would it cost?  125 points.  You're welcome.

[sfb.swa-gaming.org image 850x637]


God I love that game.  I haven't played in YEARS.
 
2013-05-17 02:08:53 PM

texdent: How much would it cost to build one of the Babylon stations?


You could certainly pay for it with a quick buck, but don't forget to budget for a few of them. Just in case.
 
2013-05-17 02:13:00 PM
Kickstarter anyone?
 
2013-05-17 02:23:35 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century.The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.


Yeah, I'm sure someone is going to sign up for jizzmopping to better themselves and the rest of humanity.
 
2013-05-17 02:25:29 PM

You Are All Sheep: UNC_Samurai: How much would it cost?  125 points.  You're welcome.

[sfb.swa-gaming.org image 850x637]

God I love that game.  I haven't played in YEARS.


I'm told by the grognards (the ones who had mid-turn speed change formulas memorized) that I would love Call to Arms.  I was pretty happy with Mongoose's Victory at Sea, and I've heard it retains all of the maneuvering and firing strategy with none of the power management or the 32-impulse movement table.
 
2013-05-17 02:25:45 PM

farkeruk: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century.The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.

Yeah, I'm sure someone is going to sign up for jizzmopping to better themselves and the rest of humanity.


Well you have the holodeck so most of your jizzmopping is going to be in there.
 
2013-05-17 02:26:52 PM

farkeruk: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century.The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.

Yeah, I'm sure someone is going to sign up for jizzmopping to better themselves and the rest of humanity.


I thought the holodecks had an automatic jizzmopping system. Or, you could program a Jizzmopper character to clean the holodeck.

/and remember... the EMH Mark 1s were reprogrammed to be miners... maybe some were reprogrammed as Emergency Jizzmopping Holograms.
 
2013-05-17 02:31:39 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century.The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.


So civilization collapsed?

money doesn't exist...  no economy (barter for survival)

acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives...  to bush trying to make and find food and shelter

We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity...  there are so few of us left that we know each others names....    it's hard to live underground with the cobalt radiation on the surface...  help us.. help us.  Don't trust the Angry Drunk Bureaucrat.. he will lead you to dooomm!
 
2013-05-17 02:33:11 PM

GameSprocket: What if they captured mineral-rich asteroids and processed them right at the space-shipyard? Of course, it is Star-Trek, so why not just replicate a ship already assembled?


As pointed out in the footnotes of the excellent Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, if you could build a starship at the touch of a button, you wouldn't need to.
 
2013-05-17 02:34:35 PM

farkeruk: Yeah, I'm sure someone is going to sign up for jizzmopping to better themselves and the rest of humanity.


In space no one can hear you jizz.
 
2013-05-17 02:34:59 PM

pastorkius: cretinbob: [i3.ytimg.com image 850x478]

Whoa, someone had a few free weeks of time on their hands.


Totally off topic but about a year ago you suggested a recipe for an out of this world pizza crust and I just wanted to thank you for it.  I bet I've made at least 30 pizzas using that recipe.

/Favorited you after the pizza thread was closed to new comments and never saw a comment from you again until today
 
2013-05-17 02:38:23 PM

UNC_Samurai: How much would it cost?  125 points.  You're welcome.

[sfb.swa-gaming.org image 850x637]


I used to love playing that game.
 
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