Nerds To President: Build The Enterprise Now!

By Peter V. Milo
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File photo of schematics of the NCC 1701 Enterprise that was first seen in the 1960s television program "Star Trek." (Photo Illustration by Haynes Publishing via Getty Images)

File photo of schematics of the NCC 1701 Enterprise that was first seen in the 1960s television program “Star Trek.” (Photo Illustration by Haynes Publishing via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) - For the past 50 years, “Star Trek” fans have dreamed of a real Starship Enterprise. One fan is trying to make that a reality through a White House petition as he believes that it’s possible to build an actual working model of the NCC-1701 Enterprise and fly it to the stars in the foreseeable future.

An anonymous engineer who goes by “BTE Dan” proposed the undertaking on his website buildtheenterprise.org earlier this year, receiving significant buzz on the Internet.

BTE Dan then took the proposal to the one man who could potentially make the Enterprise a reality — President Obama. A petition was started on Whitehouse.gov Thursday to have NASA conduct a feasibility study and conceptual design of a real starship Enterprise.

The petition needs at least 25,000 signatures to get an official response from the White House. It currently has over 2,000 signatures.

“We have within our technological reach the ability to build the 1st generation of the USS Enterprise,” the petition states, adding that the “ship can serve as a spaceship, space station, and space port all in one.”

The petition also promises that “few things could collectively inspire people on Earth more than seeing the Enterprise being built in space.”

BTE Dan’s website has far more details on how the “real” Enterprise would work, including artificial gravity, propulsion, and crew accommodations. Interestingly, BTE Dan has also proposed a 100MW Laser for various scientific functions and to “zap some nasty” Klingons.

This is the second iconic fictional space platform that has been proposed in Whitehouse.gov. In mid-November, a petition was started to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.”

That petition received over 25,000 signatures but no statement has yet been made by President Obama or White House Officials.

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