It may not be cheap, but it would at least be enormous (Image: Build the Enterprise)
Anatomy of the Gen1 Enterprise (Image: Build the Enterprise)
The VentureStar lander design by Lockheed Martin was a single-stage-to-orbit reusable similar to that proposed by Dan for use by the Enterprise Gen1 (Image: NASA)
Of course, were it to be built, the Gen1 would not be the first real world spacecraft to bear the name Enterprise
An anonymous electrical and systems engineer going only by the moniker BTE-Dan has posted surprisingly detailed plans for a full-scale, functioning Starship Enterprise that he claims could be built in 20 years. Though it may be tempting to scoff at such lofty ambition, the Build the Enterprise website (up all of one week) includes specifications, costs, mission plan and funding strategies, all suggesting that a serious amount of thought has gone into creating a real world counterpart to the icon spaceship of the TV and movie series, Star Trek.
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