In the US an online petition to commence construction of a Star Wars Death Star by 2016 has been responded to by the Obama administration. The petition justifies the development with “job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.”
In the 1960′s President Kennedy set targets including getting a man on the moon by the end of the decade “not because they are easy, but because they are hard”. I think that it is therefore disappointing that the Obama administration lacks the imagination to take on the challenge of developing a Death Star and shows that just 5 decades later the spirit of the 1960s has gone forever.
In the current economic climate any expenditure has to be justified and the the estimated cost of the Death Star is $850,000,000,000,000,000. The US deficit is already $16,000,000,000,000. This is already a number that is so large that it is impossible to understand so increasing the US deficit to $850,016,000,000,000,000 means even less. So if the deficit is so large that nobody understands it lets just ignore it and build a Death Star. The next generation can solve the deficit problem while benefiting from the Death Star.
The White House’s response does raise the concern that the design of the Death Star has a “fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship”. This is a good point but now that we know about the flaw some of the budget can be allocated to re-designing the thermal exhaust ports that allowed Like Skywalker to destroy the Death Star. Re-designing the thermal exhausts is not rocket science ….
The White House has also indicated that it is not policy to destroy planets. I don’t believe that it should be a policy but surely this is a useful option to have when we make contact with aliens if they turn out to be unfriendly. The threat of mutually assured destruction worked on earth is there any reason why it should work between planets?
Finally the White House points out that there are two space craft leaving the solar system. This is good news but it took them 33 years to leave the solar system. The human race needs a spacecraft with a propulsion system that can do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs to investigate the universe properly while this generation are still alive.
I hope that the White House reconsiders their response. I am happy to act as an adviser on any committee that is set-up to investigate the petition in more detail.