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A duo of Empire-hating rebels have realised the Kickstarter Death Star is a threat to the Rebel Alliance and they're looking for all like-minded galactic citizens to chip in for a fleet of $11m X-Wings. Mechanical engineer Simon and his startup-founding buddy Ed reckon gnut.co.uk, the unnamed folks behind the crowdsourcing …

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since the rebels will probably pilfer the rest from the empire this is probably just for essentials.

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but just how many Bothans will die to get them?

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Many.

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Some people, intelligent ones too - have just way too much time on their hands.

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>Some people, intelligent ones too - have just way too much time on their hands.

It would be nice to think that millennia of technological progress had left us with more leisure time for activities of our own choosing; socialising, art, music and general farting around. Alas, it doesn't work out that way.

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on a serious point...

Both these projects do go to show there is real desire amongst the world's citizens for pushing the boundaries of technology to boldly go where no one has before. There go politicians if you want to engage a new group of voters and stoke the western economies out of the duldrums, have some imagination. Build to the limits of our understanding not what's available today, a certain project to put man on the moon did just that 50 yrs ago!

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Re: on a serious point...

Or, this just proves that people will throw money at anything, if it says Star Wars on it. George Lucas has known this for a long time.

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Re: on a serious point...

is surprising the Disney lawyers haven't tried DCMA'ing this into oblivion yet

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@Lamont Cranston

How dare you insinuate that Star Wars fans will buy anything related to Star Wars, I demand you retract this statement immediately before I send in my sith.

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sent from my Millennium Falcon PC

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mute point

With Palpatine retiring now there will be no Deathstar. He obviously realised that with the X-Wing kickstarter his technological terror was so much expensive debris.

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No Palpatine is only retiring from being Pope so he can concentrate on the Deathstar project

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Supraluminal?

Do Xwings have hyperdrive????

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Yes, X-Wings do have hyperdrive, although they do require an astromech droid (R2 version or higher) to perform the navigation calculations.

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Cool.

Which begs the question do you ever see them entering/exiting hyperdrive as I don't remember it in the films, hence the question :o)

Did we see it or is it one of those 'on paper in the SW universe' capabilities?

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Yeah, we do. Luke used it in empire to get from Hoth to Degoba, then to Bespin. In Jedi, you see the entire fleet including A-Wings, B-Wings, X-Wings and Y-wings jump from Sullust to Endor to engage the second Death Star.

There is probably more, but that's just off the top of my head.

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Suspected the fleet jump thing though couldn't remember small fighters in the group. An excellent excuse to re-watch :oD lol

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but no toilets or snack facilities...

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I would imagine that it involves colostomy bags, tubes of purée and coffee-dispensing straws.

Maybe the reason we don't see people visit the toilet in Star Trek is that the transporter can be used to displace bodily waste directly from the bowel and bladder.

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Unless donning a spacesuit involves major abdominal surgery, I doubt that it involves colostomy bags.

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"Maybe the reason we don't see people visit the toilet in Star Trek is that the transporter can be used to displace bodily waste directly from the bowel and bladder."

And those jumpsuits are a bitch to get on and off.....

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Bodily waste teleporters

What an excellent idea for those blokes of a certain age with prostate issues who feel the need to pee almost constantly. Also for ladies of a certain age who let a little out when laughing/'coughing/sneezing/being suprised.

Another Kickstarter project required for this one me thinks.

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Chicken wire over the exhaust port

The death star kickstarter already has a solution to the unguarded exhaust port issue, chicken wire. Its specifically mentioned in the phase 1 funding milestone. Think again rebel scum!!!!! Bwuahahahahah

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Ahh, but us rebels have found the weakness...

we call it the double-tap.

Mines the rebel alliance flight jacket.

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Re: Chicken wire over the exhaust port

The rebel's Proton Torpedo Mk II will have pliers mounted on the nose-cone.

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When do we launch the Kickstarter for a GSV or GCU?

Would settle for a ROU but not a demiliterised one.

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I'd prefer a GOU or even a System class GSV (200 km across the field boundaries).

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The Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints, an Abominator-class General Offensive Unit from Surface Detail takes some beating..

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I'd recommend something like the GSV Eschatologist, equiped with gridfire and colapsed anti-mat weapons it easily dispensed with the Vavatch Orbital (planned destruction yes, but an orbital would be 1000's of time more massive than a pathetic DeathStar).

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The UK should chip in £10million, but keep their hands off the project. Get a working X-Wing, and we've a use for those silly carriers we've bought!

If it doesn't work, then cancel the cucumber sandwiches in the Lords for a week to make up the shortfall.

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Tsk. We should abandon all domestic X-Wing development and just buy whatever X-Wings the Yanks throw together, even if we're disbarred from accessing or modifying any software components.

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Re: uk.gov @Ad Hopper

"even if we're disbarred from accessing or modifying any software components."

It's okay, X-wings support a BYOD software component. (But whatever device you use must be well ruggedised.)

<-- My chocie of droid.

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Chocie of 'droid

Forgive me.

This is the 'droid you're looking for

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Re: uk.gov @Brewster's Angle Grinder

"It's okay, X-wings support a BYOD software component. (But whatever device you use must be well ruggedised.)"

Unfortunately you're somewhat mistaken there - that's the upgraded version for use only by the USA as the maguffin that enables the BYOD functionality is "Secret" :(

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Re: uk.gov @Helpdesk Dogsbody

Unfortunately you're somewhat mistaken there - that's the upgraded version for use only by the USA as the maguffin that enables the BYOD functionality is "Secret" :(

No you're wrong: the BYOD functionality is patent protected and available to licensed manufacturers. They sell the X-wings at a loss and make the money back on the R2 units.

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I'm waiting for Lewis Price to weigh in...

and write a 3 page rant on the Reg about how much cheaper it will be to buy pre built US starfighters and our spaceports aren't compatible and it's already way over budget with incompetent civil servants ad nauseum

Still, any proper geeks here should be picking up X Wing miniatures game by fantasy flight games. For he kids of course.....

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I think you're right. It does have all the hallmarks of a BAe Systems project:

Seems cheap to begin with but somehow the costs escalate beyond all belief. Original schedule expanded to the point where working spacecraft only enter service once having become obsolete. Exhaust-port shooting abilities severely hampered by poor design specification - was originally designed for blasting swamp rats. Promised hyperdrive capability never actually delivered. Inability to be adapted for other missions despite initial promises, except at extreme cost and schedule overruns.

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Spaceship

One word - Skylon.

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Hmmm fan base bullshit aside

I would not be surprised if this "research" actually led to a new type of viable space drive that worked, from the ground to solar system type distances....

We still need the radiation shielding and things like that.

I have funny feeling that this might actually lead somewhere very remarkable.

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Re: Hmmm fan base bullshit aside

I have a bad feeling about this....

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Down the road from Silicon Roundabout...

there's a café that puts out its waste sacks on the pavement every evening. The bags are labelled "Imperial Waste Disposal". Every time I see them I think "They're destined for the trash compactor."

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Oops

looks like they've forgot to raise funds for the Proton Torpedoes!

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And for the Blockade Runner used to intercept the Death Star plans....

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No need for the Blockade Runner because the new Death Star plans are open source.

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I always wondered how the X-Wing Snub Fighter could (would), have Hyperspace FTL Engine on board, while the opposition (TIEs), did not. given that they are both just your average Snub Fighter craft.

Besides how the Hell is the X-Wing meant to actually fly? Sure it was freaking cool in the Childhood of my yoof.

Now that I've become a rationally thinking adult, I come to realize that there is no way in Hell that the X<Wing could generate enough "Lift" for atmospheric flight,

Granted it wouldn't be an issue in the trench warfare scenario with the aforementioned Deathstar though.

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As I recall, the Imperial concept was for carrier supported fighters where as the rebels lacked the carriers so opted for fighters that could operate independently. Hence the X-wing, Y-wing, A-Wing and B-Wing having hyperdrives where as the much smaller TIE/ln and Interceptor didn't.

As for how the X-wing was able to fly in atmosphere... so could the TIE series, and what about the Falcon? Simply put they'd use anti-gravity or other such fictional lift technology rather than wings as we do now. After all, those wings on the X-wing are there to support the weapons systems, not for flight controls. Although I recall the predecessor to the X-wing, the Z95 head hunter, was considered a superior atmospheric fighter as well as being an aged, but still capable, star fighter.

But I could be wrong - it's been a while since I was that much of a Starwars geek.

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It's almost as if

You lot don't have the Haynes for the YT-1300. Get one!

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Kickstarter

If it has a kickstarter, it's not an X-Wing Fighter, it's a motor bike.

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As long as it's a 74-Z speeder bike :-)

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The interest in these sorts of things completely justifies Disney's decision to make more films....

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Yes but no

"whereas Luke Skywalker's preferred ride is capable of interstellar voyages travelling faster than light."

Only if he has an Astromech Droid on board!

I sense another kickstarter in the force........

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