The Death Star proved to be the ultimate nightmare of all the people who opposed the Empire during the time of Darth Vader and Palpatine’s reign of terror across the Star Wars universe. The Death Star does not only define mass destruction but the mass extinction of races including their home planet.
Recognizing the need for such a weapon that could help particularly the U.S. in its national defense, around 34,435 geeks banded together in White House’s We the People website to propose for its creation by 2016. The so-called “Death Star petition” was posted in November last year. The band of geeks argued that aside from bolstering national defense, the magnitude of the project could definitely produce plenty of jobs.
But no matter how absurd this might be, the White House was forced to address it due to its commitment to respond to any petitions that get at least 25,000 signatures in a period of 30 days.
Paul Shawcross, head of the Science and Space Branch operating under the wing of the Office of Management and Budget of the White House, said that although the Barack Obama administration shares their enthusiasm, the Death Star project is a no go. He added that the administration does not support blowing up planets.
Shawcross explained that making a planet killer would be costly. He revealed that the figure would take about $850,000,000,000,000,000. Therefore, proceeding with it will definitely not help a government who is looking for ways to reduce its spending and lessen its debt.
The Fox News website also quoted Showcross saying, “The Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.” Clearly, Showcross is making reference on how the Death Star was destroyed by a tiny X-Wing Fighter of Luke Skywalker. He commented that it is utterly useless to create a huge planet destroyer using an overwhelming figure stemming from taxpayers’ money especially if it has a major flaw that can be exploited by a mere one-man starship.
Instead of pushing the White House to build a Death Star, Shawcross urged the public instead to watch the International Space Station during nighttime when it passes through their aerial space. For short, he seems to be saying that it is the closest thing that they could ever get out of their hopes for a Death Star.
According to Fox News, the International Space Station costs around $100 billion. So, just imagine if they were to build a more massive structure like a Death Star.
For all the people who just can’t seem to get enough of Star Wars, Shawcross pointed out that we already have some of the technology featured there. He said that there are already robot assistants in the space station, plus there is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that oversees the creation of bionic arms similar to Skywalker’s and walker-like robots.
Lastly, Shawcross encouraged students to pursue a career in science, technology, math and engineering so they can help later in putting some of the technology presented by Star Wars into a reality.
Source: Fox News