The Death Star: a marvel of engineering, a terrifying weapon of mass destruction, and a money pit. Previously, the cost to build the Death Star was estimated at about 22.45 quintillion dollars. That's a lot of dollars. But once built, how much would it cost to power the monstrosity?
Britain's Ovo Energy has calculated things out in an infographic that looks at the costs to travel through hyperspace, fire the laser, recharge the laser, keep the lights on in general, feed the crew (including cups of tea because British), clean clothes, and recycle. The final number is absolutely staggering: 6.2 Octillion pounds, or approximately 7.81 Octillion US Dollars per day. As they note, that's 30 trillion times all the money on Earth.
$7,810,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 is what that number looks written out. Unreal.
What costs the most? Naturally, hyperspace jumps and the laser are the biggies, whose prices on the infographic are written out in exponentials to avoid taking up too much room. Just powering the 85 levels and 257 sub levels with light would cost about 41 billion pounds per day. Feeding the crew of 2 million would run them about 237,531 pounds each day, with laundry running another £136,549 and recycling at £459,495 per day.
Check out Ovo Energy's write-up for their full methodology, including lots of math. The full inforgraphic follows, and the Death Star can next be seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters December 16, 2016. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode number. Rogue Onetells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star. The story spins directly off the opening crawl from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In that crawl, it read: "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet."