An engineer has petitioned the White House to study the possibility of building a starship similar to one seen on the television show “Star Trek.”
According to an article on Space.com , a person who goes by the name “BTE Dan” submitted a proposal to the White House’s official “We the People” channel to construct a working replica of the Starship Enterprise that was popularized through “Star Trek” lore.
"We have within our technological reach the ability to build the 1st generation of the USS Enterprise," BTE Dan wrote in his petition.
The engineer outlines his proposal, including the details surrounding the theoretical construction of the space vehicle, on his website .
"It ends up that this ship's inspiring form is quite functional," BTE Dan wrote. "This will be Earth's first gigawatt-class interplanetary spaceship with artificial gravity. The ship can serve as a spaceship, space station, and space port all in one. In total, one thousand crew members & visitors can be on board at once."
The White House’s “We the People” channel promises a response from the administration to any petition that gathers at least 25,000 signatures. As of Jan. 4, the petition had 3,335 signatures.
Weeks prior to the Starship Enterprise submission, a petition to build a version of the Death Star that was seen in the movie “Star Wars” earned the votes necessary to receive a response. According to the Space.com article, the person who made that proposal is still waiting to hear back from the White House.
Other petitions seeking votes on the "We the People" channel include making the metric system the official measurement system of the United States, an effort to "impeach the GOP Congress," a petition to stop police from killing family pets and a push to "keep Piers Morgan in the U.S."
While BTE Dan believes "Few things could collectively inspire people on Earth more than seeing the Enterprise being built in space," the plan has attracted a few skeptics, believe it or not. Most of the plan's detractors criticize the proposal because many of the fundamental aspects of both the design and purpose of the starship are rooted in science fiction, things that have not yet been proven or discovered by scientists, according to Space.com.
If you’d like to see the White House “boldly go where no where no” administration has gone before, you can vote on the petition here or visit the official White House website for a like to the "We the People" channel.
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