The far reaches of space – the final frontier – are within mankind’s grasp now more than ever. And the town of Vulcan AB, located in the Canadian Badlands, is set to bring the future of our civilization, our species and our planet one step closer with this monumental 40-year, $1.132 Trillion project to build a 1:1 scale fully functional U.S.S. Enterprise starship.
To prepare the full project launch, we need to raise an initial $2 000 000 000 in order to fund important research into the creation, and development, of warp-drive technology.
This is where we begin…
THE LOCATION: VULCAN ALBERTA
The town of Vulcan (pop. 1836), located in the Canadian Badlands of southern Alberta, is the Official Star Trek Capital of Canada, and the spiritual centre of the Star Trek universe. As such, Vulcan plays host to an annual mid-summer Star Trek celebration and festival called Spock Days. While the town was established in 1915 by the Canadian National Railroad, and named Vulcan in honour of the Roman god of fire, this vibrant prairie community has since grown to embrace it’s connection to all things Star Trek-related. The town has developed a Tourism and Trek Station to welcome visitors, and is also home to a stunning collection of authentic costumes and props from Star Trek television programs and films located at the Trekcetera museum. As a result, numerous luminaries from the Star Trek franchise have made the pilgrimage - a veritable must for all Star Trek fans - to Vulcan over the years.
Vulcan AB - http://www.vulcantourism.com
Town of Vulcan @ Google Earth - http://goo.gl/bzvo0r
The Canadian Badlands – www.canadianbadlands.com
Beyond it’s unique connection to the Star Trek universe, the outskirts of town feature more than enough space to house the massive work force of more than an estimated 10 000 engineers, scientists and labourers required to complete such a massive undertaking. And the skies above the surrounding country side, in addition to the wide-open landscape itself, will allow plenty of room for construction and initial sub-orbital testing.
VULCAN SUPER-LUMINAL RESEARCH CENTRE
Upon reaching our initial funding goal we will construct a research centre in Vulcan that will become a repository for everything we, as a species, know about faster-than-light travel, gravity control and more. Most importantly, though, the VSLRC will also become home to an advisory panel comprised of the world's foremost thinkers on the subject, who will be tasked with determining which research projects into warp-related fields will be funded through the VSLRC.
Just outside the town of Vulcan AB, lies the decommissioned Vulcan Aerodrome. As a former Royal Canadian Air Force base, this historic site provides a unique foundation upon which the entire project can be built. Surrounded by the 90 000 sq. km. of beautiful big sky country that make up The Canadian Badlands, the site will be expanded, renamed The Vulcan Spaceport, and will become the permanent home to the production facilities required to construct the Enterprise, as well the spaceport required to service the mighty ship. This will comprise Stage #2 of the overall project to build a USS Enterprise.
Vulcan Aerodrome @ Google Earth - http://goo.gl/by8dYa
The most exciting aspect about this project is that the vast bulk of the technology required to complete it already exists. For instance, if we look at the dimensions of the Excelsior-II class variation of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) as an example, the length of the hull is stated as 469m. As a direct size comparison, the USS Gerald R. Ford, a US Navy Ford-class aircraft carrier currently nearing completion, is 337m. So building a starship of this size is certainly possible.
The primary component of a functional starship USS Enterprise is, of course, it’s warp drive propulsion capabilities. This gives the ship the ability to travel at faster-than-light (also referred to as ‘super-luminal’) speeds. Needless to say, at present the technology to create a warp drive does not exist. However, while there are a variety of technologies that will need to be developed for this project to be successful, faster-than-light propulsion is, essentially, the main technology required to build a functional USS Enterprise starship. And this technology is not unobtainable. The solution may not be a true warp drive, as it exists within the Star Trek universe but, if the goal is super-luminal travel, then there are a variety of potential alternatives that could be engineered into a working propulsion system.
A detailed list provided by NASA can be found here: http://goo.gl/dkGAz8
In order to achieve the technology required to construct a faster-than-light propulsion system, breakthroughs in a variety of scientific fields must be achieved. And there are researchers already pushing at the boundaries of what is possible in these areas - a prime example is Harold G. “Sonny” White (a mechanical engineer, aerospace engineer and applied physicist research) who is the Advanced Propulsion Team Lead at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre. He and his team have created a White-Juday warp field interferometer, and are working towards the potential creation of an Alcubierre warp bubble.
Listen to Dr. White explain his research and the theoretical concepts upon which his work in warp drive research is based here:
Additional detailed information on this particular research project can be found here: http://goo.gl/ECt3DB
And this is a diagram of a potential warp-drive engine based on current theoretical physics concepts:
Through the initial funding raised by this project to ultimately build the USS Enterprise, we will direct substantial portions towards the support of crucial research projects into scientific fields associated with warp technology. In order to make the scientific advancements we need, the best and brightest research minds on the planet must be able to focus on these fields, and we intend to provide them with the resources necessary to do so. The Apollo space program and the Manhattan project are just two examples of theoretical technologies made real through the dedication of substantial, focused funding.
At present, we know that NASA - which has done an incredible job since their inception at pushing the envelope of all that is possible with regard to space exploration technology - has a finite budget that they are able to allocate to advanced research projects. And our goal is supplement the push to develop those fields while groups like NASA, Space X and others work to develop relevant current, and near-future, space technologies.
Once we have achieved our initial goal to fund warp technology research, we will proceed to secure the funds required to complete the entire USS Enterprise project.
Once funding is achieved, the estimated timeline from start (A) to project completion (Ω) would be as follows:
Project Component A
Administrative / Legal / Logistics creation 2014 – 2015
Advisory Board selection (physics / engineering / other) 2015 – 2015
Research funding (various fields) 2015 – n / a
Design (starbase) 2015 – 2017
Design (starship hull / subsystems) 2015 – 2020
Vulcan Aerodrome Expansion / Starbase construction 2017 – 2020
Subcontract bid process (various non-propulsion subsystems) 2017 – 2018
Development + prototyping (hull / subsystems) 2018 – 2021
Systems testing (various) 2021 – 2035
Development + prototyping (propulsion) 2027 – 2030
Systems testing (propulsion) 2030 – 2035
Hull construction 2035 – 2050
Launch – 2050
Sub-orbital trials / thrust-maneuvering testing 2050 – 2052
Orbital trials / sub-warp testing 2052 – 2055
Space trials / warp testing 2055 – 2057
Project completion – 2058
TOTAL PROJECTED BUDGET (all figures in billions of dollars)
Research (by field)
gravity control 100
antimatter - creation / containment 95
antimatter-fuelled power generation 95
Alcubierre warp field / drive technology 100
wormhole theory – creation / stabilization 40
negative mass propulsion theory 60
Sub-system development 100
Starbase materials 1
Starbase construction 9
Starship materials 15
Starship construction / launch
(est. total weight 490 000 000 lbs. x est. launch cost @ $1000 / lb.) 490
Administrative / Legal / Logistics 12
TOTAL 1132 B