Sci-Fi Space Ship Discussion and Designs

Which Spaceship Design From TV Shows or Movies Do You Like Best?

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Tom

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Let's discuss space ship designs.

What is practcal?
What is the best stealth design?
Best design for space battles?
Best designs for exploration?
Best designs for resettlement?
Best ship design for construction and crew transport?
Most unique ship designs
Most powerful TV Show ship?
Most powerful Movie ship?
Best concept of a book or novel ship or space fleet?
 

sci-fi-dude

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Enterprise, its shielded, it has warp speed, and it uses phasers not lazers.:D
Best in towne!
 

Tom

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"It was an ugly ship. Battered, overused, parts repaired that should have been replaced, too tough and valuable to scrap. Easier for its masters to upgrade it and modify it than to build a new one. Its lines were awkward and its engines oversize. A mountain of metal and composites and ceramic, a floating scrap heap, weightless monument to war, it shouldered its way brutally through the mysterious region called hyperspace. Like its human cargo, it was purely functional. Its name was Sulaco."
Aliens novelization, chapter 4

USS Sulaco
Production information

Manufacturer

Weyland-Yutani Corporation

Class
Conestoga-class

Technical specifications
Length
385 meters[1]

Mass
78,000 tonnes[1]

Usage
Counterpart(s)
Bug Stomper
Smart Ass

Affiliation
USCM

Status
Destroyed[2]

[Source]
The USS Sulaco was a Conestoga-class troop transport ship in service with the United States Colonial Marine Corps, assigned to 2nd Battalion Bravo Team.[3] It was most notably used in the investigation of the Hadley's Hope colony on Acheron (LV-426) in 2179, when it was manned by Lieutenant Scott Gorman's combat unit of Colonial Marines.

The Sulaco was considered an unlucky ship — it was the thirteenth Conestoga-class vessel to be constructed and had something of an infamous reputation in the USCM.[1] It was ultimately commandeered by Weyland-Yutani PMCs and destroyed in orbit above LV-426 in a confrontation with another Conestoga-class vessel, the USS Sephora.

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The design is fairly close to what I expected based on the first film.
As the first ship I post, it is neither a favorite or the best of anything to me but others may like it and appreciate the callout.
 

Tom

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Spherical Designs
Spheres, IMO, are the best design for a space ship.
In space there is no air resistance for wings to have any effect.
If you look at any large space body, it is a sphere.
In space there is no up or down, orientation is any which way your are facing.

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Ship designs are often depicted showing some type of propulsion outlet.
Those outlets, rockets, nacelles, whatever, limits the ships direction heading.
A ship using this type of design has to 'come about' to change heading.
"Coming About" often implies a maneuver over distance or a maneuver using lateral/ventral thrusters.

It is possible that thrust is not the only method of propulsion.
Without the need for thrust alignment a sphere can change direction without 'coming about'
A sphere does not require a maneuver for alignment.
If you roll a ball on the floor in one direction you can stop the ball and roll it in any direction without turning it to a new orientation.
If you roll a toy car on the floor and stop it, you must turn the car to point to the new direction.

Without a need for thrusters, the entire surface of a sphere can be dedicated to weapons or sensors.
Any force shield you may use requires only a single calibration because there are no angles to compensate for.

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Science has confirmed that gravitational waves exist. As a sphere, gravitational influences are relatively even upon the ship where longer ships will have differing influences along its hull depending on its orientation to the gravity source.

Artificial gravity will also be easier to produce and maintain with a spherical ship.
Install a high gravity particle in the dead center (like a chunk of neutron star) and the sphere resembles the gravity of a planet or moon. In a long ship, something must be done to assure even gravity throughout the ship.
Without the need for artificial gravity generators the sphere with a core particle would never lose its gravity in a battle. That is because the gravity would not be artificially generated.

A sphere (with shields) would also be easier to make planet fall and land. No drag resistance also means less heat build up. With no need for propulsion nozzles it could fly thru air or water in any direction with no need for banking or aerodynamic maneuvering.

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Quora said:
If you intend to go into space battles, with energy weapons and protective shields, then spherical is your best choice, as it has the smallest surface area for a given volume. And it has exactly the same profile in all directions. For a battle in 3D that’s a very important property.
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Spherical ships are not required to be smooth. While a very advanced civilization may require no protruding devices some lesser civilizations may still need to gather using primitive methods like antennas, solar energy panels and sensor receivers. A truly advanced civilization would likely make the surface of their spacecraft able to perform the various functions. Additionally, a truly advanced civilization will have astounding thermal efficiency so there will likely be no outward need for heat radiation (no cooling fins or grids).

An advanced alien fleet may resemble...

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Featureless spheres of differing sizes. No outward impression of orientation or source of propulsion.
With an advanced enough technology your encounter with them could be in the form of a giant Dyson Sphere ball with no features at all.

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From an artistic or science fiction fandom perspective spheres don't look amazing or powerful.
They don't play with emotions the way the ominous looking battle cruisers do.
They are not thought of as a 'sleek design'.

Imagine you are in your battle cruiser or star destroyer and you come upon an unknown alien ship that looks like a big pinball. What you don't know is that this alien technology has impenetrable shields and can manipulate their shape. You fire at them. They don't fire back and your assault has null effect.
The aliens move towards you at greater and greater speed while arranging their shields into a very sharp point. They penetrate your shields and your hull and pass right thru your ship and out the other side. It leaves a hole in your ship just larger than their ship. BUT...While they were in your ship they launch spheres inside your ship similar to Battleship Shredder Drones.

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While you are busy trying to get a reorientation on the alien ship it changes its shield positioning and just moves to a new heading and hits another section of your ship releasing even more of its deadly orbs.
As you are dying from exposure, you see the alien ship slide past as it reabsorbs its orbs and disappears.
 

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The Argo, what else can I say, it has the Wave motion gun...
 
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sci-fi-dude

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Discovery ship, loved the ship, hated the credit card! lol, Note to fans, if there is a red-eyed computer running the ship, make sure he is not flipping out before<<you depart.....
 

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Nostromo, when visiting a weird planet, make sure not to mess with the eggs, unless they are sunny side up. As for the ship, good sturdy tug, and clunky lander....
 

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The Eagle of course, great short range ship, great lander, has lazer defense, a nice roomy cabin, some have labs, some can be used as a crane. Its a shame we don't have one flying yet.....
 

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Living Ships
Science fiction has explored many different starship designs and one type is the living starships.
Above we have some Farscape additions named Moya and Tayln.
In Babylon 5 we have the Vorlons and the Shadows (below)

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As designs go, they can get pretty creative

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Below is a design from Spore called the Xey

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Even Downright Corny looking designs

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Even Star Trek and Star Wars has living ships and the Enterprise in TNG had bio components.
 

sci-fi-dude

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2 more ships, one the hunter, the other the prey, both have defenses, and fighters for defense....
 

Tom

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Concepts on books often have ship designs that are unique and interesting and very feckin cool looking...

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Man of Steel Dropship
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Starcitizen
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Inspired by Space Battleship Yamato
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The Star Conflict's OWL
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The Maelstrom Raven
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Orion
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Ridley Scott's Alien Dropship concept
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John Carter of Mars ship (Not a spaceship but still cool looking)
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Shaddam Corrino IV, 81st Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe's Transport from the 1984 film Dune

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The Event Horizon from the film, Event Horizon

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The Derelict Vampire ship in the film Lifeforce

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The Packyderm from Space Truckers

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Space Balls

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Avalon from the Film Passengers

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A ship from Jupiter Ascending film

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Colonizer ship from the film Pandorum, the Elysium



The Raven from the film Elysium

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Ranger Starship from the film After Earth, The Nomad

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The Prometheus from the film Prometheus

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The Trimaxion Drone Ship from the film Flight of the Navigator

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The Serenity from the TV series Firefly and the film Serenity

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The Populous Ship from the film This Is Heaven

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Excalibur from the spin off Babylon 5 series Crusade

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The Mars 2 from the film Mission To Mars

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The Aurigua from the film Alien Resurrection

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and The Betty

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The Mondoshawan ship from the film The 5th Element

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The Mothership from the film Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind

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2010: The Year We Make Contact

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Alien ship from The Thing 1982

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Dalek Saucer from Dr Who

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The Bubble Ship from the 2013 movie Oblivion

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District 9 Ships

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Arrival alien ship

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The Valley Forge from the Silent Running film

 
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