before we get down to the dimensions and the accuracy to what we all think a death star should look like, function like, and all around BE. We are first going to think about logistics. The sheer amount of metal would be staggering. The first component for the ISS was launched in 1998, and it can only be seen with the naked eye under perfect conditions. The technology to accomplish this, Russia, the US, Canada, Japan and European nations combined their efforts to make the International Space Station. Compared to what we think the death star should be, the ISS is a tinker toy made by amateurs to win an elementary school science fair! Don't get me wrong, the ISS is, at least for the moment, the epitome of what the best the earth as a whole have to offer. We are decades away from anything resembling a technical marvel that a death star ought to be.
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." -George Carlin