As stunning as it may seem, NASA is planning on constructing a real-life replicate of the Death-Star. Bothan spies reveal NASA’s plan to build the Death-Star on a lone asteroid, planning to wipe out all rebel resistance.
Now, in the Star Wars saga, the Death-Star was the ultimate fighting machine which the Empire could muster. It had powerful defensive capabilities against small fighters and heavily-armed warships, and its primary weapon was capable of actually obliterating an entire planet. The weapons platform’s only vulnerability was an exhaust port situated deep withing the bowels of the steel giant. According to Star Wars Universe trivia, in order to completely disable the Death Star, a single starfighter must manage to find its way through the maze until it reaches the exhaust port.
Then, two torpedoes fire exactly into the outlet are able to travel down into the station’s power core, starting a chain reaction. Leaving the jest aside regarding the bothan spy network and rebels, NASA has indeed come up with a feasible plan in order to build a real-life Death-Star.
Brian Muirhead, the big chief when it comes to NASA’s propulsion technologies, said in a press interview that the actual construction of the Death Star in the movies is upside down from an engineer’s point of view.
He stated that you could actually build a space station on an existing asteroid rather than using the planet to send up resources. Muirhead declared that it is much easier to use an asteroid’s natural resources in order to get a head start on building the weapon’s platform. Basically is an engineer’s dream: it’s solid, durable, resilient and it contain a heap of resources which can be used in order to carry out the project. Water supplies are abundant and you can even find various metals and organic compounds which are a must-have when it comes to constructing this mean killing machine.
Actually, this debate hasn’t arisen just for the sake of the exercise. Muirhead actually provided us with some valuable information regarding the Asteroid Redirect Mission. NASA plans on actually landing on an asteroid, rip a big chunk out of the asteroid and throwing it into the moon’s gravitational field. The mission is scheduled to take place in 2025 when several teams will conduct a little flight past the moon, land on the asteroid and sample its surface.
Unfortunately, we cannot speculate on whether NASA is really trying to bring the Death-Star or not, but just in case, we should keep an X-Wing close by.