Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Gallery of Fictional Spacecraft
On io9.com I saw this excellent gallery of sci-fi spaceships from many different stories & media.
The designer in me loves studying the different possibilities, with their many pros & cons.
I posted before about an interesting spaceship size comparison chart, where I first revealed the incomprehensible nature of the "Monkeybuddhasphere™":
This is one of those areas where art & the creative fields can inform the intellectual efforts of scientists and engineers.
By pre-conceptualizing the possible forms of things like interstellar transportation, these design ideas can be applied to emerging technology- like this brilliant concept that this guy totally stole from me:
At an ever-increasing rate, popular science is catching up to the ion engines of TIE fighters & the hyperspace drives of more elaborate vehicles.
Of course, it is entirely possible that the form & function of space-faring craft has already been perfected...