Feb 5 2009Have You Ever Wondered How Much It Would Cost To Build Your Own Death Star? Hint: I Didn't Even Know That Was A Real Number


Let's face it, we all want our own Death Star. But how much would it actually cost to build one, today? Well, a lot. Try 15 septillion dollars. That's $15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226! Ladies and gentlemen, we may have to settle for the half-sized model.

(The Death Star has) a volume of 17.16 quadrillion cubic meters. At 1/10 volume, we'll need 1.71 Quadrillion cubic meters of steel, weighing in at 134 quadrillion tonnes. In 2008 steel products, from wire to ingots were selling for an average of $962 per tonne, so our cost of steel alone is $12.95 quintillion.

Now, how about getting that into space? According to the numbers I could find on the internet, it costs around $95 million to ship 1 tonne of materials into space, so that means we'll be cutting NASA a cheque for $12.79 septillion. (Remind me to order larger cheques from the bank please.)

Okay, so if we can cut out NASA we can basically save ourselves $13 septillion, dropping the total cost of a Death Star to a paltry $2 septillion. Now I think that's manageable folks -- so you start sending me your money, and I'll start building a strip club the rocketship.

Check out the first link for a much more in-depth look into all the costs associated with the project.

One Death Star for $15 Septillion? What a deal! [rickgold]
One Death Star for $15 Septillion?! [starwarsblog]

Thanks to Adam, who the Force is totally with.

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do they take checks? i want 2 plz

No wonder Vader was in such a pissy mood all the time.

And with the price of gas these days...

I'll take 2.

I suggest we pay them in Zimbabwean dollars, should be a bit more manageable then.

Darth Vader must be loaded.

I wish he was my father.

Don't worry folks, give a couple millennia the inflation should make that money a simple home loan away.

Question: How many strip clubs on it?


Vader probably saved some overhead on Storm Trooper health insurance. Seems like a dick-move the Emperor's boy toy would pull...

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no, I haven't.

thats based on prices on todays economy, they have technology that brings that cost to something more realistic. most of the metal and or material is made of carbon composite, there is a reason why that base star has so many weapons its made out of paper machette or however you spell japanese paper folding, one good maltof cocktail launched out a UPS delivary truck and pew pew pew pew

So does this just include steel, air and launching into space?

what about electronics ( ie navigation systems, tractor beams weaponry etc) ?

furnishing the interior ( ie living quarters, operation rooms )

also to say it costs x amount for NASA to lanuch 1 tonne into space does not mean you can multiply that x amount by the total weight of the death star and get an accurate price. i'm sure the people building it would be able to bring materials into space and even if NASA did do it the cost would not solely have to do with the weight.

this is stupid and I hate it.


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max has a job delivering pizzas and stands around while the store owner who treats everyone badly is thought to be a racist and gets his store burnt down.

#2 made me lol.

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fortress...


That's no moon. It's a space station.

The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.

I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station. Set your course for Alderaan.

Sooooo what If you make it out of plastic....and maybe lift it with helium balloons...?

Hrm.... I'm gonna start that this weekend....

Hey where did all the power go? those damn guys blowing up another planet always when the good part of the porno happens

I can use this to stop daisy ,destroy NBD and divide by zero!!!!!

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

In theory, theres not enough metal on earth to contruct a station of this size. There's just not enough natural resources unless you could somehow derive chemicals for metal production from plants somehow like they're doing with plastics.

The battle station is heavily shielded and carries a firepower greater than half the star fleet. It's defenses are designed around a direct, large-scale assault. A small one-man fighter should be able to penetrate the outer defense.

you watch, in 1000 years, some rich bastard is going to have one....

Or roughly half the final cost of the administrations Pork & Earmark Act of 2009. Sweet! Hey, tack it on to the list of Porkage!

Well, of course there's not enough metals on Earth to construct an Earth-sized Death Star... In Star Wars, the Emperor is in control of hundreds, if not thousands, of planets and galaxy systems many of which, likely have metals.

Then who's to say what type of metal the Death Star is actually constructed of. You would think that a space age civilization that has developed hyperdrives would be using steel? I think not.

#28, remember it was "A Long time ago..." So it was probably made out of wood with a hammered metal finish.....

Yeahhh, but then you build it and you can take over the earth with erm...oh wait. Weapon system not included I guess? :(

More exactly it costs:

And 94 cents.

I think this is appropriate


It's a complete idiot's job. You can tell it's idiot's because the shad... logic is all wrong. Why on Earth getting anything into space? Such things are built in space from materials found in space. Find some iron ore asteroids and milk them. If that is too complicated for the builders, they should stick to Lego Death Stars.

Does that price estimate include the planet blower upper gun, engines, glass for the window, furniture, and the likes? Or are we just talking about building a giant-ass steel ball that does nothing and goes nowhere?

Since it would probably take a hundred years to pull off the construction of a Death Star starting in our time, no matter the costs, that estimate seems awfully high. I bet that it could be done for a paltry 500 quadrillion ($500,000,000,000,000,000). By way of: make space elevator(s), mine the asteroid belt and various moons, create self replicating robots (wouldn't even have to be nanites) to gather materials and construct it, and finally master fusion to power these processes. Course it wouldn't be able to blow up a planet, probably could sterilize the surface of all life bigger than an ant though (by ramming the planet, fricken huge conventional laser beams, nuclear bombardment etc). Yes, I know I'm full of it

Does the price estimate include the planet blower-upper gun, engines, glass for the windows, furniture and the likes? Or are we just talking about building a giant steel ball in space that does nothing and goes no where?

I'll sell them if for 1% commision lol.
Is there no wat of building a big stairway or lift into space and you could save on space shuttle costs

The US is spending almost a trillion on something and we're just one country. Combine the money of our entire planet, multiply that by some number to account for increased density in the future, and then figure in all of the other planets the Empire has under it's control and it doesn't sound so impossible.

"L-a-d-i-e-s and gentlemen"

who do you think you are kidding?

Where the hell did all these....geeks....come from?

there are billions of people on the planet. several of them live in Pittsburgh (steel) and a few are astronauts. If everyone would just pitch in, it wouldn't cost anything to build a Death Star. Kind of like that time in Community Service when we cleaned a park - for zero dollars, people, zero.

Yes!!! True Geekologie!!!! Finally!

@29, but it was also in a galaxy far, far away....

I bet it's made of transparent aluminum with an opaque white and duck egg blue finish.

@33 why not just weld some asteroids together

Durasteel, people.

Steel just doesn't cut it these days.

Tinfoil, JB Weld, M5, Rosie O'Donnell in a bacon bra. $15, more damage.

why not mine for material in space- Meteorite are iron. other shit is flying around.nevertheless, accounting for corruption, unions- or satanic coves as i like to call them, and standard mafia pay offs to keep the unions in line will add up.

unless you readers can get another George W. Bush elected, i don't think well have the uhm....tax cuts? to pull this one off.

if you get another bush in the white house, we can invade another country. one thing we now know, is that we don't need good reason to do it. instead of oil (which we will need and if you guys had not round that golden age that was the last 8 years, we would have drained enough Iraqi resources to make things a lot easier.
slave labor is not gonna come back the way things are going and thats another reason why costs of this puppy will be astronomical.
again if we only had another bush. my estimation is= another 4 years with a bush and co flooding enough idiots with ideas -like that its in the bible, and the next guy can even win on a pro-slavery ticket.
its in the bible baby!!! yeah!!!...and you know thats all the uhmm....logic? a bush needs to make it happen.......
finally who else would want a deathstar??
the man with everything and a battleship named after him....thats who mister!!!.

i meant aircraft carrier.


This is a complete phosphorus job. You can tell its a quake because the shadow's are all phong.

This is not dissimilarly unlike a directly comparible facsimilerly unidentical scene from the movie Tender Dracula where Dracula says goodnight to his fellow aboders, followed by their mirroring responses each in turn.

The shadows could indeed be phong


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max and Baja had a discussion about the contractors who built the death star. Many crews doing the construction work were killed when the Death star was blown up, but all they were doing was trying to make a living.

Is there even that much steel left in the world?

Many Bothans dies to bring you this information.

All these comments from episode IV, when this is clearly the Version 2.0 from episode VI.

Now you all will see the power of this fully functioning space station

Well you know if you build it on earth you don't have to use rockets to get it into space. Just fire that big old laser and boom space.

FAIL!! This post fails on so many levels. Who the hell cares!?

This is just like that time when Qui-Gon approached a moronic animal he found on a planet while he and some other Jedi's were bar hopping. Qui Gon was tanked off his ass and ended up telling the stupid creature about his plans to construct a massive space station where the fellow Jedi's could train potential Jedi's in the ways of the force without worry of interruption. All the idiotic creature could conjure was: "meesa thinka yousa vewy weird'.

Of course, the creature was captured by the evil empire who, at the time, was a shadow government. While in captivity the creature was mumbling to itself while a guard was nearby and spilled the story of the Jedi plan to build a massive space station. The Empire was intrigued and set forth to devise a strategy to raise funds to build a space station of their own. Thus, Intergalactic Stormtrooper Cookies were born. Going planet to planet, the troopers sold minty cookies by the ton until they had amassed a fortune large enough to fund their spacestation.

how much to build the half blown up version?

You're forgetting that'd we'd OBVIOUSLY use slave labor... I mean DROID labor.. which would cut out Another $8 septillion!!

why lift it off the planet?
just build it on its surface then blow it to pieces

what the hell is a cheque.

every knows the death star is made of plasteel

and we can hire the 1 billion people in the nation of china to build it. instead of costing $15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226, it would cost:

Why don't just build the Death Star in space? It may be cheaper then.

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@ 8,,fail.

@you know who 2

first of all, its mache (with an accent on top of the e), and second, japanese paper folding is called origami. so i dont know if you meant the actual paper folding, or if you meant paper mache, which consists of making paper sculptures using paper and a wall paper glue type of substance. oh, and its "molotov", not maltof.


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