Canadian Town Raising $2 Billion To Build Real USS Enterprise From Star Trek

By Barry Eitel , Updated Sep 02, 2014 03:40 PM EDT
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A tiny Canadian town launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a life-size, working model of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. The town, tucked away in the Canadian badlands, has big ambitions, but is far away from its hefty funding goal.

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Vulcan is the self-proclaimed "Star Trek Capital of Canada." The tiny Alberta town has less than 2,000 residents, but hosts annual celebrations like Spock Days, which has received visits from the likes of Leonard Nimoy.

The town wants to further embrace its name by building a working replica of the Enterprise. The project's Indiegogo campaign is seeking $2 billion. For donating just $500 million, you can have the Vulcan Super-Luminal Research Centre named for you, and for $1 billion, you'll get your namesake plastered on the Vulcan Spaceport.

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The town is working on warp-drive technology, but a breakthrough in that field is expected to take four decades and over $1.1 trillion to complete. According to the campaign's page, Vulcan is perfect for construction because "the skies above the surrounding country side, in addition to the wide-open landscape itself, will allow plenty of room for construction and initial sub-orbital testing."

Vulcan has only received $2,000 so far of their proposed $2 billion. If you happen to be a bored billionaire with a science fiction obsession, though, you still have 32 days left to get a spaceport named after you!

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