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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 Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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