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Species

8472

Andorians

Armus

Ba'ku

Bajorans

Benzites

Betazoids

Bolians

Borg

Breen

Bynars

Cardassians

Cheronians
Crystalline
entity

Demons

Denobulans

Douwd

Edo

El-Aurians

Ferengi

Fibonan

Founders

Gomtuu

Gorn

Hierarchy

Hirogen

Horta

Humans

Hunters

J'Naii

Jem'Hadar

Karemma

Kataanians

Kazon

Kelvans

Klingons

Kobali

Kriosians

Ktarians

Lurians

Malon
Morg /
Eymorg

Na'kuhl

Nagilum

Nanites

Nausicaans

Ocampa

Organians

Orions
Pah-
wraiths

Pakled

Parasites

Progenitors

Prophets

Q

Remans

Risans

Romulans

Scalosians

Sheliak

Sikarians

Son'a
Sphere
Builders

Suliban

Talaxians

Talosians

Tamarians
Tarchannen
parasites

Tellarites
The
Cloud

Tholians

Tosk

Tribbles

Trill

Vaadwaur

Vidiians

Vissians

Volg

Vorta

Voth

Vulcans

Xindi

Yridians

Zalkonians
Additional
Species

Drake Equation Calculator

Created by Frank Drake in 1961, the original Drake equation was designed to calculate the number of intelligent communicative species which could be expected to exist in the galaxy. To accomplish this the equation multiplied a series of terms such as the rate of star formation, the fraction of stars with planetary systems, the number of planets in each system, etc. The number of intelligent species was simply the product of all these terms. Many different versions have come to exist over the centuries since the original was created; the original equation is reproduced here.

When the original equation was created only a few of the terms were known with any significant degree of accuracy; the real value of the equation, then, lay in the debate it promoted rather than the answers it produced. As Humanity has expended into space it has become possible to gain a greater understanding of astrophysics and a sampling of the distribution of life in a statistically significant percentage of the galaxy, allowing the equation to be used with a much higher level of confidence.

Rate of star formation : per year (typical values 10-40)
Percentage of stars with planets : (typical values 20% to 50%)
Average number of planets per system :
Percentage of planets capable of supporting life :
Percentage of life capable planets that evolve life :
Percentage of life bearing planets on which intelligence evolves :
Life span on an intelligent civilisation : years
Current number of intelligent lifeforms :

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