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♪You've known this puzzle for so long,
You know the rules, and so do I.
A full description's what I'm looking for
Of this vehicle for your entertainment

I'm just gonna break it into pieces,
gotta check you understand:

I'm gonna end, you'll hear,
     with a nice reward
But to take it will take effort.
You'll find I gave my name
     to my ancestor
And I start with an arrival.

The sky's the limit, or so they say
I keep on going, to the very last border
You can argue who is best in charge,
But that's the game, now it's time to play it!♫

(Bodging together this puzzle and this one!)

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    $\begingroup$ Interestingly, the solution to this riddle can be found on Meta Stack Overflow. $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Apr 18 '18 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ I’ve been riddle roll’d $\endgroup$ – kedarguru Apr 19 '18 at 4:43
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The answer is

ENTERPRISE, a (famous) undertaking


♪You've known this puzzle for so long,

The tv series Star Trek debuted in 1966, over 50 years ago, and featured weekly episodes of space-faring adventures aboard the USS Starship Enterprise.

You know the rules, and so do I.
A full description's what I'm looking for

Yup, explaining all the parts of the puzzle is how we do it here. Ok, here goes ....

Of this vehicle for your entertainment

The starship Enterprise, the famous vehicle of the Star Trek series of shows and movies.

I'm just gonna break it into pieces,
gotta check you understand:

This is a "Riley" style riddle, so the answer will be described piecemeal.

I'm gonna end, you'll hear,
  with a nice reward

PRISE, which we hear as "Prize", a nice reward. This, we're told, is the end of the word.

But to take it will take effort.

This might be cluing any number of things:
It might refer to the starship Enterprise being difficult to capture.
It might be that an enterprise is often something hazardous or difficult.
Or, probably intended here, is that this line goes with the prior two, because
  "prise" means "to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open".

You'll find I gave my name
  to my ancestor

The original Enterprise NCC-1701 from the original television series has gone on to give its name to various other incarnations, including the NCC-1701-C seen briefly in The Next Generation, and the NCC-1701-D, the featured vehicle itself of TNG. It also was used for the "prequel" series ENTERPRISE, both as the name of the show and as the name of the ship, the NX-01.

Also, a U.S. space shuttle was famously named Enterprise (OV-101) following a successful letter-writing campaign by fans of Star Trek to give it that name (its original planned name was Constitution).

And I start with an arrival.

ENTER. This, we're told, is the start of the word.

The sky's the limit, or so they say

A vague space reference, perhaps.

I keep on going, to the very last border

Space, the final frontier

You can argue who is best in charge,

A commentary, most likely, on the debate over who made the best captain - Kirk or Picard.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct! Although there's one line you don't seem to have spotted the clue in ("But to take it will take effort"), and there's an extra layer to the clue before that ;¬) $\endgroup$ – Chronocidal Apr 18 '18 at 23:09

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