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28mm Fanatik15 Dec 2012 9:46 p.m. PST

Even assuming that we have the technology to build it today? The rationale is compelling:

"By focusing our defence resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defence,"


Tgunner15 Dec 2012 10:06 p.m. PST

Then why not do something that we can actually do: send an expedition to Mars? It would do all of the above and it is something that we could actually do.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2012 10:18 p.m. PST

Why don't we have new boosters and orbital transfer vehicles and ave a workshack and a hospital in orbit.

Building a L5 habitat would be cheaper.

You don't need a deathstar when everyone can flood the globe with cheap demolition derby drones.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2012 10:21 p.m. PST

Death star is merely to deter roving space aliens. For that, we don't even need a functional death star. Just cover the Moon in aluminum foil and continually broadcast "test footage" (the Alderaan scene from Star Wars) into deep space.

Mako1115 Dec 2012 10:28 p.m. PST

A lot, but that will be in depreciated dollars, so a lot less than it might have.

Parzival15 Dec 2012 10:48 p.m. PST

darthfozzywig, I like the way you think! thumbs up

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2012 11:01 p.m. PST

They've actually calculated the cost and building time. Don't recall exactly, but it was over 13? times the total planet's entire economy for a year and at our present state of tech, take over 800,000 years.

Don't hold your breath.


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2012 11:20 p.m. PST

To answer the OP's question, I have read that a quadrillion and a half dollars would be the original estimate, but it being a government contract, it would come in way over budget.

gounour Inactive Member16 Dec 2012 12:29 a.m. PST

I think the answer is "way too much"….

not considering the strain on raw material market, as it would need the extraction, refining and forging of a Moon-sized planet-worth of iron, titanium and other ores, the crew of the first one (smallest) was over 1 Million specialists and troops.

Those will cause a dreadfull dearth of trained worker on the planet, and will certainly cause a never-seen economic disaster if you add to those the ressources needed just to feed and sustain those specialists, and certainly a worldwide war to reap the ressources that will be left.

Plus, where would you find energy just to have your DS stay in orbit?(not planning to have it fire its superlaser, or move even to the solar system frontier)

And finally, even if you achieve the wonder to overcome all those stumbling steps, those nasty ET from out there would just throw some second rate starfighter at it and blow it around your neck^^

I my mind, we allredy have a much better planetary defense, with all the trashy music we're broadcasting far and wide around the globe (and in the universe)…. ;p

"Let's not go to Camelot, it's a silly place" (King Arthur)

Wolfprophet Inactive Member16 Dec 2012 3:21 a.m. PST

Well…. The empire had THOUSANDS of worlds under it's leadership. All providing taxes…..Pretty sure one measly planet that doesn't even have interstellar drives could pull it off… We can just use the poor man's deathstar. Put some nuclear rocket boosters on an asteroid and send it to our alien enemies! (If they might exist. If they don't, then they're hardly good enemies….)

Rudi the german Inactive Member16 Dec 2012 4:14 a.m. PST

I tought we have one deployed since1977???

Now you come with the question about the cost!


Mr Elmo16 Dec 2012 4:58 a.m. PST

My understanding of the private space companies is that it is too expensive to put heavy things in orbit. The number I heard was $10,000 USD a pound.

We need to solve this problem and space would be ours.

Martin Rapier16 Dec 2012 5:20 a.m. PST

It even took the Empire a fair while to build just one. It is the size of a moon after all….

iirc in SPIs 'Freedom in the Galaxy', the 'planetary stabliser' (nearest equiv weapon without infringing Lucasarts copyright) wasn't hugely costly, roughly same as few top notch star fleets and associated landing troops, but the opportunities to use it were few and far between – waiting for the elusive 'Imperial Atrocity' card….

Personal logo sneakgun Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2012 5:48 a.m. PST

We can't afford the small forces with their super weapons that we have now.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2012 6:35 a.m. PST

Actually, the government could build a dummy Deathstar with mylar and great artistic detail, sit back and collect bajillions of money. Who would know?

Jack Burton16 Dec 2012 7:16 a.m. PST

It'll never happen. The gubmint needs all our money for "entitlements" wink,wink,nudge,nudge.

Tommy2016 Dec 2012 12:30 p.m. PST

How much do you think a Death Star will cost?
More well than you can imagine!

Norrins17 Dec 2012 4:13 a.m. PST

Current estimate is $852,000,000,000,000,000. USD

TMP link


richarDISNEY Inactive Member17 Dec 2012 9:27 a.m. PST

More than what's in my wallet…

Parzival17 Dec 2012 1:15 p.m. PST

Of course, one doesn't really need a Death Star to achieve the intended effect; you can obliterate a planetary eco-system with a big rock, after alló and that leaves the planet still intact for easy exploitation of non-living resources.
So instead of a Death Star, you can save money and just build a Star Fist. link

Only Warlock Inactive Member17 Dec 2012 2:21 p.m. PST


Matsuru Sami Kaze Inactive Member18 Dec 2012 4:51 p.m. PST

How much have you got?

28mm Fanatik12 Jan 2013 4:07 a.m. PST

An update. The official WH response:


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