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Engineering company worked out annual cost for maintaining Enterprise spaceship (VIDEO)

Engineering company worked out annual cost for maintaining Enterprise spaceship (VIDEO)If we were to have our very own Enterprise today, how much would it cost to run?

an engineering company from Derby has claimed to work out an annual cost of maintaining the worlds most advanced spaceship.

How much? £10,342,817.36.

Thats right, just 10.3 million every year. Now while that seems pretty low considering weve managed to build two 200ft aircraft carriers for around £6bn, SGS engineering have an explanation:

£5.2m to keep the ship running.
£4.1m in crew salaries (although technically currency doesnt exist in the 23rd Century).
£946,825 in safety and performance upgrades.

How did they come to this figure? Well SGS quite sensibly tried to find a current equivalent, and they found that in the form of the worlds largest aircraft carrier the USS Gerald R. Ford.

The Gerald R. Ford is currently the largest and most advanced ship military ship in the world despite this, its still roughly half the size of the Enterprise and houses a hanger and advanced weaponry. Doubling the annual maintenance cost for the USS Gerald R Ford to reflect the Enterprises size, we arrived at the figure of £5,259,402.94.

They then took the costs of keeping a crew paid:

Using the same percentage of engineers to crew needed to run the Gerald R. Ford and their average salary we can assume that the annual labour costs of keeping Captain Kirk boldly going would be £4,136,589.44*.

Factoring in maintenance costs and youre left with around £10m per year.

Now were going to come out and say right now that we think thats a very, very low sum.

Considering the ISS costs billions to maintain every single year. Of course, much of that is in actually just getting the equipment up into space.



SGS have clearly tried to create a figure based in an environment where maintaining a spaceship is as cost effective as maintaining a vessel on the water.

That makes some degree of sense, but when you think that there is a crowd-sourced plan to raise a trillion dollars to build the Enterprise you have to wonder.

Either way, its an awful lot of money.
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