Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gallery of Fictional Spacecraft

On 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...

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