Originally Posted by dustinzgirl
The idea of massive survival ships is not new, and completely plausible.
Sure, you could build a darn good ship for a few million euro. But if you wanted to build a damn good ship, you spend a few billion.
Last year I designed a small expedition yacht for millionaire buyers in the middle east. Self-righting in the event of severe storms or poor captains, crew of about ten, accommodates twenty in luxury, plus upto four cars two speedboats and a helicopter, with a cruising range of 20,000 miles, for a sale price of about £100 million. So one billionaire could buy a fleet of ten of these instead of one tiny cabin on a "supership".
As for the film. What had me laughing at the end was the "stupendous" size of these "super-ships". They looked about the same as an over-dressed aircraft carrier - cost about $10 billion, crew complement about 6,000, plus a hundred aircraft and nuclear reactors; or an armour-plated Queen Mary II - cost £850 million, with luxury accommodation for about 4,000 passengers and 2,000 crew.
See what I mean?