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How to Build and Operate the Millennium Falcon [Infographic]

How to Build and Operate the Millennium Falcon [Infographic]

Han Solo brags that his Millennium Falcon is the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy that is able to reach point 5 beyond light speed. Have you ever wondered what and how much it would take us in real life to build a spaceship like Millennium Falcon with our existing technology?

The guys at Varooma.com did some research and came up with the infographic below to break it all down for us. So here is the logistics of building and operating the Millennium Falcon.

Since the technologies that Millennium Falcon uses do not exist till date, they have been substituted for the next best things we have in the real world.

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Millenium Falcon

    In the universe of Star Wars, Millennium Falcon is manufactured by Corellian Engineering Corporation. It is actually a cargo vessel that can carry up to 100 metric tons of cargo and it has the maximum speed of 1050 kilometers per hour (later customized by Han Solo and Chewbacca to suit their smuggling business). Its Hyperdrive System is “Isu-Sim SSP05 Hyperdrive” and is rated “Class 0.5.” It spans around 34.75 meters from head to tail.

    First off, the costs of the raw material, the talent, the team and the space to construct the ship. Since it is a spaceship, obviously, NASA scientists are to be given the job. A full time salary for approximately 100 NASA trained construction crew would cost around 5.2 million pounds and another million pounds for leasing a NASA airfield and building a hanger. It would need approximately 23 tons of steel and titanium for construction which would cost us around 900 thousand pounds.

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    Our real-life Falcon would have Magnesium 5 inch plating as the substitute for the Millennium Falcon’s Armor Plating. It would cost us 750 thousand pounds. A high-power phone jammer costing 1000 pounds could work for the communication jammer. Our Titan supercomputer could replace Falcon navicomputer which would cost 68 million pounds. There’s Trophy active protection for 200,000 pounds to function as the Falcon’s deflector shield. Nuclear Propulsion Reactor is our closest real world equivalent of the falcon’s quadex power core which bags up another 63 million pounds. We would need 110 million pounds for two Falcon heavy rockets to substitute Girodyne Sublight Engines, 1.8 billion pounds to substitute the hyperdrive generator with the FTL travel research center technology, 230 million for cannons plus 2.5 million pounds for missiles and 500 thousand pounds for the Falcon Dish Antenna. In total, the technology department would cost us roughly around 2.5 billion pounds.

    Staffing the Falcon with two fully trained NASA pilots and two gunners would cost about 170 thousand pounds a year. Now, wear and tear is inevitable in any kind of ship. So, maintenance of our Falcon would cost us around 2.9 million pounds per year.

    Assuming that the ship docks at the imperial class spaceports for fuel, fluids and food for the crew and stays in the space at least 3 months per year, it would set us up for 5000 pounds per annum at the rate of 0.37 pounds for 1 Galactic Credit.

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    To lift the Falcon up to space, we need to set up a control center and a full ground crew of 15–20 crucial positions. The cost of salaries and all for the ground crew would go up to around 750 thousand pounds per year. According to NASA, the average cost to launch a space shuttle is approximately 310 million pounds.

    All in all, the cost of building a real-life Millennium Falcon would be a whopping sum of around 2.8 billion pounds (4 billion US dollars approximately). And the annual expense would be almost 5 million pounds (7.15 million US dollars approximately).

    Actually, there is someone in Tennessee who is attempting to build a life-sized working model of the Falcon. It looks like you can have your own Millennium Falcon after all, only if you have the dough.

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    Featured photo credit: Varooma.com via varooma.com

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    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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