There are apparently two ways to work on the USS Enterprise. One is being in Starfleet and hoping that Captain Jean-Luc Picard will cherry-pick you to join the crew. The second is to work for NetDragon Websoft, a Chinese online game and application developer. The company operates in an exact replica of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E in the city of Changle, located in China’s southeast Fujian province.
The founder of NetDragon Liu Dejian identifies as a major Trekkie. With the right amount of money and determination, the University of Kansas graduate managed to achieve what we’ve all dreamed or written fan fiction about.
Before beginning construction, NetDragon reached out to CBS to get the rights to build such an, well, enterprise.
“That was their first time dealing with [an] issue like this, and at first they thought that it was a joke,” CBS told the ‘Wall Street Journal’ in an email.
However once the legal documents were attained, the company realized that this undertaking was a very real thing.
Investing $97 million dollars, the six-floor building was completed in May 2014. It’s 260 meters long and 100 meters wide. The building itself rests on columns similar to how a Federation ship would be positioned for repairs.
In addition to housing offices, a replica of the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton found in South Dakota in 1987 resides aboard this Enterprise. One could only imagine what hijinks would ensue if Q were to pop in.
Source: The Wall Street Journal