The Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion

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The Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion

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Good news, wannabe galactic overlords: you can build a Death Star with currently available materials and technology. Bad news: it'll cost you 1.4 trillion times the US debt.

Still, it is definitely doable, provided you are impossibly rich and have easy access to a space transport system, at least according to the calculations of Ryszard Gold, the winner of the name of the year award for 2009. First you'll need about 1.71 quadrillion cubic meters of steel, or, 134 quadrillion tons. That's about $12.95 quintillion (I had no ideas these numbers even existed) by modern day prices. Then, you need to get that into your construction site all the way out there in space, which, costs about $95 million per ton, which adds up to $12.79 septillion just to move your metal.

Once you've got the materials out there and have built your planetkiller, you need to fill it with air for people to breathe. That'll require 8.23 quintillion cubic meters of nitrogen and 1.65 quintillion cubic meters of oxygen. Add that all up and you've got a total shipment cost of $.281 septillion and $212.46 quintillion, and which brings us to a grand total of $15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226 and 94 cents. Which is 1.4 trillion times the current US debt and 1.11 trillion times the current amount of money available in the world, according to Gold.

So I guess it really isn't possible...yet. If you do happen to ever have that much money, though, keep in mind that these figures only apply to a bare-bones budget model Death Star. So no plush seats or weird creepy booth where Darth Vader gets his helmet taken off and takes a bath or whatever. And probably about a million thermal exhaust ports that punk Rebels can use to blow up your Death Star. Stupid kids, don't you know how much one of these things costs?

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Why do people waste their time with stuff like that?

Is that long-scale septillion, or short-scale septillion?

Vlane:
Why do people waste their time with stuff like that?

Because it somehow validates their existence.

Seriously though, I'm gonna get me a shelfstacking job and spend the next 5 million years earning money, then I'm going on a planet-destroyed frenzy.

Then again, the deathstar was only that big to house all the storm-troopers, if I cut down on staff then I could cut down on size, material costs and construction time.

Vlane:
Why do people waste their time with stuff like that?

Because its fun, especially to Star Wars nerds.

Also if this is the cost of the Death Star, what about the cost of the Second Death Star? The Second Death Star IIRC was over twice the size of the original. Hmmm...

EDIT: This guy doesn't even take into account the labor required to mine the iron and the labor required to smelt the steel. I'm pretty sure you can have all the steel ever made or ever will be made and still not have enough, so you gotta start mining of other planets also. These calculations are extremely lazy. I mean, if you are gonna calculate something like this, why not go all out and take literally EVERYTHING into consideration? If he was a REAL Star Wars fan he would have.

Besides, I'm pretty sure the Death Star wouldn't be made out of something so primitive as steel.

Alright, start passing around the collection tray folks. We can do this.

Question - does that amount of resources actually exist on earth? Steel is still a finite resource, as is the energy a planet destroying laser requires.

If so, everybody make sure not to piss off Scrooge McDuck. I've no idea how much an obsquintificillion is, but I think it may be more than a septillion.

Also, the U.S. debt is nearly all the money on earth?

That 94 cents at the end makes me question the possibility of this project.

Enigmers:
That 94 cents at the end makes me question the possibility of this project.

That was a stickler for me too. I'd rather it be an even [ridiculously ungodly sum].

Vlane:
Why do people waste their time with stuff like that?

Because it's fucking awesome.

Indigo_Dingo:
Question - do those resources actually exist on earth? Steel is still a finite resource, as is the energy a planet destroying laser requires.

Also, the U.S. debt is nearly all the money on earth?

I remember reading somewhere that the energy required to completely vaporize the Earth (ala Alderaan style) would be equivilant to the amount of energy the Sun puts out in 10 years.

So alot...

nova18:

Vlane:
Why do people waste their time with stuff like that?

Because it somehow validates their existence.

Seriously though, I'm gonna get me a shelfstacking job and spend the next 5 million years earning money, then I'm going on a planet-destroyed frenzy.

Then again, the deathstar was only that big to house all the storm-troopers, if I cut down on staff then I could cut down on size, material costs and construction time.

/nod yup but if your going to target earth let me know I will apply for a job on your death star

No wonder he got so pissed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGB_JOBXyhA

Indigo_Dingo:
Question - does that amount of resources actually exist on earth? Steel is still a finite resource, as is the energy a planet destroying laser requires.

If so, everybody make sure not to piss off Scrooge McDuck. I've no idea how much an obsquintificillion is, but I think it may be more than a septillion.

Also, the U.S. debt is nearly all the money on earth?

Apparently!

I'll start saving my pocket money then.

zacaron:

nova18:

Vlane:
Why do people waste their time with stuff like that?

Because it somehow validates their existence.

Seriously though, I'm gonna get me a shelfstacking job and spend the next 5 million years earning money, then I'm going on a planet-destroyed frenzy.

Then again, the deathstar was only that big to house all the storm-troopers, if I cut down on staff then I could cut down on size, material costs and construction time.

/nod yup but if your going to target earth let me know I will apply for a job on your death star

Haha, I'll give you an advanced warning. I assure you, the interview process is a bitch though.

Wow, well, there goes my plans to blow up Earth...

$15 septillion. . .

Just another reason to be immortal: it'd take that long just to raise half that much X.X

*takes out spare change in pocket and frowns*

Well, I have that 94 cents part taken care of, who's paying the rest?

matrix3509:

Indigo_Dingo:
Question - do those resources actually exist on earth? Steel is still a finite resource, as is the energy a planet destroying laser requires.

Also, the U.S. debt is nearly all the money on earth?

I remember reading somewhere that the energy required to completely vaporize the Earth (ala Alderaan style) would be equivilant to the amount of energy the Sun puts out in 10 years.

So alot...

According to Tesla, it would only take 5 Nukes to completely disintegrate the earth, if they were placed right. That seems a bit much.

The real problem would be dynamic pricing, after starting construction the prices of materials would shoot up since there's very little or none left over on the earth XD.

Indigo_Dingo:
Also, the U.S. debt is nearly all the money on earth?

Well, using these figures...

Total money on Earth: $1.40558761 x 1013
Total US debt (approx): $1.11443018 x 1013

So, while the US debt is a helluva lot of cash, it is still $2911574300000 under the total amount of money in the world. I think.

Oddly enough, when you divide that number by 1.11, you get 1.4 x 1019, and when you divide the number by 1.40, you get 1.1 x 1020. Co-incidence. Wow. That really got under my skin until I worked it out using Google Calculator.

Straight from the 'We Don't Have Any News Today' file...

Indigo_Dingo:

matrix3509:

Indigo_Dingo:
Question - do those resources actually exist on earth? Steel is still a finite resource, as is the energy a planet destroying laser requires.

Also, the U.S. debt is nearly all the money on earth?

I remember reading somewhere that the energy required to completely vaporize the Earth (ala Alderaan style) would be equivilant to the amount of energy the Sun puts out in 10 years.

So alot...

According to Tesla, it would only take 5 Nukes to completely disintegrate the earth, if they were placed right. That seems a bit much.

Well of course they would have to be placed right, but if you just want to blow up a planet the size of the Earth willy nilly, thats about how much energy it would take. Also 5 nukes means five points of penetration whereas a "Laser" has only one point.

Also I believe that figure was achieved by thinking about meteor impacts, not about super lasers.

Jeronus:
No wonder he got so pissed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGB_JOBXyhA

That really made my afternoon. Thanks for sharing that one. :)

I don't care how much it costs to build the construct itself. It's the gun that blow up the damn planets I care about. How much does THAT cost? I'm sure a few countries would be willing to throw in a couple septillains to do it to have it on their side.

Small price to pay for intergalactic total domination... wait does that include backfilling it's weakspot with cement?

Enigmers:
That 94 cents at the end makes me question the possibility of this project.

True, but theoretically we could cut costs by making the entire thing out of paper mache.

-Dread_Reaper

pantsoffdanceoff:
I don't care how much it costs to build the construct itself. It's the gun that blow up the damn planets I care about. How much does THAT cost? I'm sure a few countries would be willing to throw in a couple septillains to do it to have it on their side.

Well, I've got a new 1p coin and some lint, so will that go towards the collection?

Susan Arendt:

Jeronus:
No wonder he got so pissed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGB_JOBXyhA

That really made my afternoon. Thanks for sharing that one. :)

They've got a whole episode of them; such as the janitor who has to clear up the unusually large amount of people that fall dramatically into bottomless pits.

Enjoy.

What this doesn't take into account also, is the money spent on researching the technology to make this work, otherwise it would be a big lump of steel, stale air and dead people in funny outfits drawing in a lovely collection of space particles.

What about the costs of technology, furniture and pay and enough food for all the crew?

I think thats more of an excercise in operating on huge numbers than a serious estimation, but on the other hand the guy has Polish blood, so he might be seriously that crazy :D

Da_Schwartz:
Small price to pay for intergalactic total domination... wait does that include backfilling it's weakspot with cement?

You have to have some way of dispelling the heat from the reactor in the middle. You could go the route of the Second Death Star and instead of having one big exhaust port, you could have millions of tiny ones that are too small to access.

If the Emperor got a dime every time a random farmer kid flew inside one of his ships and destroyed the main reactor, he could build two of those things.

L.B. Jeffries:
Alright, start passing around the collection tray folks. We can do this.

Was about to say that myself. Now, I'm a bit short on cash this month, so could I just owe you a couple of billions?

matrix3509:

Indigo_Dingo:

matrix3509:

Indigo_Dingo:
Question - do those resources actually exist on earth? Steel is still a finite resource, as is the energy a planet destroying laser requires.

Also, the U.S. debt is nearly all the money on earth?

I remember reading somewhere that the energy required to completely vaporize the Earth (ala Alderaan style) would be equivilant to the amount of energy the Sun puts out in 10 years.

So alot...

According to Tesla, it would only take 5 Nukes to completely disintegrate the earth, if they were placed right. That seems a bit much.

Well of course they would have to be placed right, but if you just want to blow up a planet the size of the Earth willy nilly, thats about how much energy it would take. Also 5 nukes means five points of penetration whereas a "Laser" has only one point.

Also I believe that figure was achieved by thinking about meteor impacts, not about super lasers.

But as a laser lacks kinetic force, it could only destroy a planet by superheating the core until it actually dissolved the planet. Therefore, they should have been left with a floating ball of lava instead of an asteroid belt. Unless it wasn't a laser, but a tractor beam....

At what point did it become evident that I don't know what the hell I'm talking about?

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