View Full Version : Plan to build a 3000ft long space ship!

22nd May 2012, 03:41
May as well start with a design from a TV show:cool:
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Lon More
22nd May 2012, 07:52
Imagine the size of chemtrail that would create.

22nd May 2012, 08:14
Prefer this one myself.



Arm out the window
22nd May 2012, 09:37
Thought I'd seen everything, then along comes a winged Ford Escort strapped onto the world's biggest dildo!

Noah Zark.
22nd May 2012, 09:46
then along comes a winged Ford Escort strapped onto the world's biggest dildo!
Not that I am an afficionado on such things, but I have a suspicion that in fact it is a Reliant GritBin!

If the Knock Nevis can get under way standing on its ar$e, why all the trouble with spaceships? :)

22nd May 2012, 10:20
Thought I'd seen everything, then along comes a winged Ford Escort strapped onto the world's biggest dildo!


Buster Hyman
22nd May 2012, 10:30
INVEST NOW! We even have the prototype doing ground runs!


22nd May 2012, 11:36
AT LAST!!! Somebody's found a use for Bud Light. :D

22nd May 2012, 11:47
Just goes to show that size does matter! ;) :\


22nd May 2012, 21:15
Er...just a stardate minute here - what's with all this ancient
"Gravity Wheel" bullshit? Where are the inertial dampers?

And nuclear engines? NUCLEAR? How quaint. Where are the
warp engines? Where's the antimatter and simple flux tuner
ports, not to mention the conveyor belt?

And going to the MOON? Is that all? We've been there before
anyway. Why not Proxima Centauri on a short testing run? At
270,000AU its just around the bloody corner!

And why is Mars 250 days? At WF 9.5 you're there in 3 secs

Bunch of sublight cretins if you ask me. If you're gonna build
the Enterprise you either build it for Warp or not at all. :*


Noah Zark.
22nd May 2012, 22:50
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23rd May 2012, 11:10
Well it's easier to make a website than build a spaceship.

Just another example of someone who can't let the space fantasy go. But let them go for it as long as taxpayers money isn't used for to fuel their trekkie fantasies.

One practically difficulty that is even acknowledged in the Star Trek series. You'd have to build it in orbit. Good luck with that! Building a space drydock will blow the first 200 billion or so.

24th May 2012, 06:00
Exploration is a survival instinct of our specie, but has always
been funded by the motive of there being a quid in it (Queen
Victoria, Isabella, etc). So - unless the Klingons or Romulans
out there have stuff we don't have (and vv), or that the Moon
Mars, Titan, Charon, that planet around Barnards Star etc has
rare earth metals in abundance for example, there's very little
motivation for those who hold the megabucks to invest huge
sums for space travel sad to say.

24th May 2012, 08:10
Oh those trekkies....

I always thought that if you were going to build a real spacecraft inspired by a TV SF spacecraft, the only one that looked remotely practical was Space 1999's Eagle transporters.

Worrals in the wilds
24th May 2012, 08:25
Trekkies have nothing on Star Wars fans. :8
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When maths/engineering geeks let their hair down it's caluculators at ten paces... :}

Actually I liked the comment posted by Mike in response to a 'get a life, it's just a movie' jibe. :ok:
You are typing on a personal computer, which is the product of the imagination of someone about 50 years ago. Connected to other computers all over the world, which again was imagined by someone about 45 years ago. Star Wars, Star Trek, the writings of Asimov, to name a few of the tens of thousands of fictional works out there with a science subject matter inspired nearly all the stuff you take for granted now. So perhaps YOU might should get a life by reading a book or two.If we stop dreaming, we'll stop evolving.

tony draper
24th May 2012, 09:12
Read a lot of Sci Fi in me yoof what strikes me now is how wrong they got just about everything,only one that I recall near the mark was a short story in a pulp magazine that did predict the pocket calculator and its universal use more or less,the plot revolving round a bloke who discovers how to do maths with paper and pencil and nobody believed him of course.
Build the Starship Enterprize? load of old bollix,the next generation will be to busy trying to feed themselves and survive the new ice age.

Worrals in the wilds
24th May 2012, 09:19
Arthur C Clarke got a lot of stuff right, but he was a scientist as well as an author.
I can't remember the details, but I was amused by one 1950s era SF tale where the hero couldn't get any money because the banks had closed for the weekend. Also, they all smoked like crazy ...:uhoh:

SF is not really about predicting the future. It's about examining current society values and extrapolating them to their logical conclusion. 1950s SF was largely about massive cities and development, because that was the 1950s mantra. The Caves of Steel, Against the Fall of Night and similar stories examine the extremes of the city culture. Many SF stories are simply a projection of the fall of the Roman Empire to a future society; The Hunger Games is a modern example, and Star Wars and Asimov's Foundation Series are others. In the west we still essentially have a Roman culture and it's natural to wonder where it will lead. :uhoh:

Star Trek is a morality play placed in a future society with starships and multiple planets replacing Earth's diverse cultures. The issues the characters face are usually about integration of minority values into the greater whole and where the individual (and each individual culture) fits within that.

Since Gulliver's Travels was first published SF has always been allegorical. It's not about predicting the future, but more about examining the present and saying 'where do we see this going? What do we want to achieve'?:confused:

The dystopic SF of the 1970s predicted world food shortages and rampant population growth. IMO the genre and its allegories contributed towards a shift in group thinking, as did Orwell. 1990s SF by authors like Crichton and Gibson examined issues like genetic manipulation and performance enhancing surgery. Intelligent people read these novels (often nothing more than pulp fiction) and said 'we don't want this. This is not a future we support.' They changed their opinions and actions, and that's where SF's influence lies.

In this way, IMO the genre has contributed to a greater awareness about rampant development, environmental diversity, population control, individual rights and a number of other issues. Clever people read these stories and started thinking about ways to overcome food shortages, overpopulation and environmental diversity losses, because they realised these things are important. Likewise, when it comes to political issues we all remember 1984 (and Dr Strangelove :E). No-one's thinking that's a desirable outcome.

No-one wants a 1984, a Caves of Steel, a Blade Runner or a Solyent Green future. The authors of these works (and countless others) generated a group dialogue about where we think our society is heading. Sure, they got the gadgets wrong, but that's not important. What they did (and do) was get people thinking about where we are heading and whether it's along the right path.

Windy Militant
24th May 2012, 15:06
Hello Mr D if you care to look you'll find that Mr Clarke wrote a short story about the return of the Ice age I belive it's called "The Forgotten Enemy"
He also wrote about a bunch of herberts who got stuck in a comets tail when their computer went Ga-ga and who were saved by a Chinese guy on board teaching them how to build and use a bunch of abacusses or abaci to work out their trajectory home!
Didn't someone write about stopping the next ice age by using space mirrors to trap extra sunlight and raise the temperature of the planet!

Anyway the easiest way to build a Humungous space ship is to hollow out an Asteroid. Remember it's not that long ago they'd call you batty if you said that men would soon fly! :}