$14 billion for the first one….but at least they’ll get production models down to a paltry $6 billion. The US military really loves to show off its penis, doesn’t it?
I’ve watched a few documentaries on carriers, seeing them as an excellent testbed for seastead operations. There are some online episodes HERE at the US Navy website. When you have almost 6000 people living on one boat, it’s incredible when you see how much food has to be prepared, the laundry services, waste disposal systems, etc. It should definately be a model for seasteads. Just hopefully not with the $160 million annual operating costs!!
Amortized over 30 years, a $6b ship, with $160m/yr in operating costs, that houses 6k people, would cost each occupant under $100k a year. Still quite pricey, surely… but looking at it through that lense, I, for one, start thinking about business models.
There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. Each to his fate.
A Seastead wouldn’t have anywhere near the operating costs of a Carrier nor the population density. The ship itself is equipped and intended to move 24-7, 365 days a year replenishing at sea, carries at least 4 to 5 times the people necessary to man a normal ship not including the Air Wing(s). Is the cost of the Air Wing included in the above estimate?