6 Feb 2013

Death Star Kickstarter Raises £50k On Day One

The US government may have refused to build a Death Star, but that doesn't mean the project is dead and forgotten about. One among the millions of Star Wars fans around the globe has taken to Kickstarter to seek funding for a crowd-sourced planet-destroyer. And despite the description on the page making it clear to the world that it's a joke, he's raised more than £50,000 in just over a day! Though that is still a bit short of its goal of £54,300,000,000,000,000 to actually start the construction work.
To bring down the overall cost of the machine/satellite/destroyer all the hardware and software used in the project will be from open source projects.

Seeing as the US has turned down the opportunity to get involved, we'd join calls to have the Death Star manufactured in the project founder's native Leicestershire (conveniently also home to the National Space Centre). Well the Death Star was populated mostly by British character actors in the films.

The page also goes on to state that chipping in £1 gets you thanks and "the knowledge that we're one step towards a safer planet". Pledge £10 or more and you can have "your name etched onto the underneath of one of the MSE-6-series repair droids used on the finished station". At time of writing, 460 backers have pledged an average of £125 each to make a total of over £57,000! 

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