Friday, 8 February 2013

Everyone needs a Death Star

Well it had to happen after the petition to Obama was turned down for a very special space defence platform.  Yup, they wanted the US government to build a Death Star.  Well, they did have a Star Wars programme under Regan..

So in the age of crowdsourcing, the great Internets is asking the ordinary punter to help fund such a dream through Kickstarter.

On the Kickstarter page the explanation says it all.
We need to protect ourselves from threats far far away so lets build a death star.
Launched: Feb 5, 2013 Funding ends: Apr 1, 2013
In November 2012 the people asked for a death star. The government said NO! In light of continuing threats we should build it ourselves.
Goal £20,000,000 for more detailed plans and enough chicken wire to protect reactor exhaust ports.
Stretch Goal £543,000,000,000,000,00 ($850,000,000,000,000,000) to secure full funding for actual construction. Open Source To keep costs lower the entire project will use open source hardware and software.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES: The only risk is the power of the Force. The main challenge is assuring Kickstarter that this is a joke and not a serious project. As proof, the goal has been set high enough to make successful funding almost impossible.

The FAQ is just as good a read
Can we destroy Pluto/Earth/Another planetary body?
Any decisions on targets will be based on donator pledge amount, higher pledges first. The amount is unimportant but you will be required to pay for shipping. 
What kind of hardware will you use?
Nothing has been ruled out at this point including the suggestion of using a beowulf cluster of Raspberry Pi devices. 
If you actually raise the required amount what will you do with the money?
Purchase at least 4m sq of high grade chicken wire. We are hoping the death star plans will have at least twice the resolution of the initial design. 
Did you forget to account for the ~10% Kickstarter and Amazon get at the end of the project?
No, as we feel if we can actually raise £543 quadrillion pounds then Kickstarter certainly deserves their cut. As for Amazon, we're sure they'll agree to refund the fees once the station is complete. 
Will it be solar powered?
Unlikely as it would make travel between solar systems more dangerous.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the downfall of the first Death Star due to open source plans? 
No, the first Death Stars was closed source and the theft of the plans resulting in the loss of many Bothan lives. Had the previous Death Star plans been more open, someone might have spotted the obvious design flaw. We believe that an open source project is safer, cheaper and better for everyone.
Pure genius.  

What do you think?  A few of us have already pledged a few pounds to the project, will you? Just to say you helped crowdfund the first Death Star? :)

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