Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How much would it cost to build a real Death Star?



Fair question. Try $852,000,000,000,000,000

That's 852 QUADRILLION dollars. Daaaaaaaaaaamn.. Empire was rolling in money. Guess it pays to be the bad guys sometimes eh?

But besides the cash, what else does it take to build one of these badass motherfuckers. A lot. A whole lot.

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 work work on a Death Star, meaning you'll be long dead before you'll ever see it anywhere near operational.

Article here

Thought you guys may find this interesting lol.


22 comments:

  1. Wow so amazing amounts!
    The imagination is unbelievable!

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  2. Oh hell yeah this is interesting... what's a death star?

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  3. Can you really put a price tag on something so incredibly awesome?

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  4. And now you know why Lucas keeps remaking his classics. He's putting one together during his retirement. Oh he's got the money!

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  5. You still haven't broken my dream. I will still do this.

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  6. And still, some random guy in a white robes would destroy it in an instant by shooting into a hole.

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  7. Wow, no point in every making that. Those bad guys can really bide their time.

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  8. That is assuming current production, but fails to take into account the level of computer ai available to them in the future. Robots don't sleep and work harder than puny humans.

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  9. If you work with a group of people and you steal the resorces the cost would be 0.

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  10. Wow. The Empire might have been cruel and evil...but they were efficient!

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  11. Interesting figures....who needs to go to the moon when we have the resources here to make our own

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  12. Hopefully by then we'll have more efficient ways of manufacturing steel.

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  13. That's what happens when you have Darth Vader working for you, all he does is fuck bitches and get money.

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  14. If you use slave labor, which I something the Empire would use. It would be a bit cheaper.

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  15. thats it? pshh, thats pocket change to me.
    I'm off to build one right away.

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  16. I feel like the density would be much lower, maybe half or even less. Consider it would be under very little gravitational strain. Also, I'm sure it wasn't manned as densely as modern warships - most of the space was probably just to power the bigass laser cannon. I imagine the cost would be quite a bit lower, as well as resources required. Damn, interesting post, must follow!

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  17. Hmmm, it would be interesting to try to guesstimate the population, number of star systems, etc. in the 'Star Wars' universe and see if the creation of the Death Star was realistic money/resource wise. It would take us a long time to obtain enough steel but perhaps not much time for a galaxy wide empire with 100s of billions to trillions of citizens, er slaves.

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  18. Hah, I love these kind of posts. But it's quite sad to realise that I will probably not see any really cool space projects in my lifetime :(

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