From Star Trek to Star Wars: Engineer petitions White House
See Photo at: http://newsdoors.blogspot.com/2013/01/from-star-trek-to-star-wars-engineer.html The flight deck of the Starship Enterprise (AFP Photo)
A human colony in space could become a reality if an engineer gets a positive response from the White House for his petition to study the possibility of building the USS Enterprise.
The proposal to the White House's official "We the People" website needs the support of 25, 000 signatures for the government to initiate a response. January 21 is the cut-off date for the proposal which asks the Obama administration to request “NASA to do a feasibility study and conceptual design of the Gen1 USS Enterprise interplanetary spaceship.”
The proposal was initiated by an engineer, AKA BTE Dan, who showcased plans for constructing an operational Enterprise on his website last year.
The engineer says a ship like the one featured on Star Trek is needed to “take the first humans to Mars while taking along a large load of base-building equipment for constructing the first permanent base there.”
BTE Dan’s website provides a more detailed plan for the “Enterprise”, a spaceship capable of reaching “Mars within 90 days of leaving earth's orbit.” BTE Dan explains this could be achieved by using three “ion propulsion engines” powered by “nuclear reactors”