White House officials have already shot down a proposal for a Death Star, but who needs 'em? A new Kickstarter campaign is bringing the Death Star to the people, and in four days they've raised more than £200,000 (about $300,000) out of the £20 million they're looking for. Choose your amount wisely: Biggest donors get first dibs on choice of planet to annihilate.
So Kickstarter will only allow it if its a joke?
Its not real, this story is non-science/nonsense.
You know, with as large as the Death Star is (it was mistaken for a moon) it could likely cause enough damage to a planet simply by orbiting it at close range. It would disrupt tides and possibly trigger earthquakes (alderaanquakes?) and cause volcanoes to erupt. Of course, that's not very cinematic...
I really need to come up with a kick starter idea, even a bad one and make myself the VP of the company paying myself a high salary. If the company fails, so what, I had a great ride, lol.
I propose using the moon as the Death Stars foundation. First, a moon base needs to be constructed. Then the moon will be mined for the materials necessary to build the "exoskeleton" of the star. Once enclosed, the moon can be mined at will to complete the internal structure, and any other waste materials cast into space. Once all the Kickstarter contributors have been loaded on board, fire it up and use the Earth for target practice.
20 million hardly gets a person into space, let alone millions of tons for fuel and materials
What they could do is the inflatable telescope with the earth visible side made to look like the death star. The concept is to deform an inflated sphere just a little to make a parabolic shape. Magnetized paint is on the outside of the mirror side, and clear plastic is on the space side. The focus has a camera and a laser beam for a topographical map that tracks any deformation to calculate that out of the image. Meanwhile magnets adjust the parabolic deformation of the surface. A massive inflatable space telescope on a budget, and for future scientists / space enthusiasts it’s the “Death Star.”
They should use an asteroid and cover it with the station. It's cheaper and then NASA might be joining in more easily.
In reference to the title, do you know the meaning of open-source? Source code that is open and available for anyone to look at.
Perhaps you should have used the term crowd-funded or something.
So, where does this money ACTUALLY go? If they raised the amount they needed, what happens then? The deathstar is obviously not going to be created. Are people banking on the fact that this won't go anywhere, and they'll get their money back? I'm a kickstarter noob so maybe there is some clause in there that doesn't allow these types of things from fully going through.
From the Kickstarter "campaign":
Risks and challenges
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.