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Q&A Where would a technologically advanced group of people forced into space by a calamity obtain water from?

The fleet in my setting are forced to leave the planet due to a volatile virus, and leave in pre-prepared spacefaring vessels capable of transporting ten million people per ship. The ships have alg...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Niobium_Sage‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Niobium_Sage‭

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Q&A Design for an AI built spaceship

In this futuristic setting an AI being has built an interstellar spaceship solely for itself, no humans or other life forms will be needed to maintain it or be passengers. Because of the AI being,...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A An entire aircraft carrier group utilizing the ground effect?

I've heard there was no upper limit for the size and weight of a ground effect vehicle. In my world, the people there wanted to design a quick response aircraft carrier that could reach anywhere...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by In the name of the story‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by In the name of the story‭

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Q&A Would it be more efficient to build fleets in orbit?

My Dino theme park business didn't end well and I reluctantly fall into depression and decided to go into suspended animation to seek a cure. 200 years later, a lady claims she works with the milit...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Low gravity space shipyard vs micro gravity shipyard

If you had a device, similar to a Stargate, but that allowed seamless two way transfer, and that could be moved (You could essentially strap a rocket on it, and fuel it from Earth), you could just ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by MartinArrJay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MartinArrJay‭

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Q&A Justifying Affordable Bespoke Spaceships

Any story about an independent, self-owned tramp spaceship crew tends to implicitly or explicitly raise the question of how the crew got a spaceship, how it afforded it, and why it doesn't just sel...

29 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by vicky_molokh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by vicky_molokh‭

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Q&A How fast can a ship with rotating habitats be accelerated?

Alright so I'm not really a physics person by any stretch so forgive me if I butcher some physics jargon on this post. So I'm making this hard sci-fi interstellar ship with a rotating habitat that...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Galaxy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Galaxy‭

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Q&A What would it take to build a ship capable of crossing the Pacific?

In my story, I have a small extended family of 30 to 40 individuals ranging in age from 0 to 50 who are on the run from Chinese and Japanese forces in 1400AD. No place in Asia is safe for them. By...

17 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Green‭

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Q&A Could a future, science-fiction submarine navigate almost vertical and/or turn upside down?

I have followed this forum for quite some time. Now is the time to ask my first question :) I'm currently working on a story in which a future, civilian luxury submarine is used to research some li...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Miguel Tofiño Vian‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Miguel Tofiño Vian‭

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Q&A How can a long spaceship combat torsion and shear stress while moving in space?

Set in the late 22nd century AD, spaceship designs are becoming more streamlined and have longer bodies measuring from the tip at the front of ship to the thruster located at the back of the ship. ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What could make a ship made of pumice seaworthy?

I'm designing the type of ships an amphibious race could use for long distance travel, like a floating house, following oceanic currents. I imagine it shaped like an iceberg, with more structure be...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Juanito‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Juanito‭

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Q&A A modern Noah's Ark

This is not a duplicate of Building Noah's Ark or Can We Build Noah's ark?, because the former asks only about a relatively small number of species and the latter is set in Biblical times. Ignori...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by SealBoi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by SealBoi‭

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Q&A Repurposing A Cargo Ship In A Post-Apocalyptic World

How would one go about repurposing a small cargo ship, no more than 50,000 tons, to run on an alternative fuel source/propulsion other than oil? And what alternative source would work best for prop...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A How much mass does an object in low earth orbit need to create visible gravitational effects on the surface?

The question stems from watching a scene from ID2 and seeing the massive alien mothership landing/crashing on the North Atlantic. What mass would a starship, or any other artificial object constru...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sava‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sava‭

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Q&A Biggest possible battleship that can be built?

Disregarding how battleships are really big targets and not really viable in the modern era anymore, I would like to ask how big a battleship can be built before it starts being so large it sinks. ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by LuckyE‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by LuckyE‭

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Q&A Spaceship design to avoid spreading of Protomolecule

Based on The Expanse TV series I wonder how people should build their ships to avoid spreading of highly contagious lifeform. Protomolecule's features: infectious agent with extra-terrestri...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by light‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by light‭

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Q&A Why would your stasis pods participate in your grid computing network?

Say you have an interstellar spacecraft packed full of advanced technology, such as: Fusion generators Androids A sublight drive capable of ~0.5C Various robots, holograms, and other automated sy...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by aroth‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by aroth‭

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Q&A Is possible to make an "almost-perfectly" sealed ship?

In a series I remember that a group of people were trying to make a colonization ship and they had a big problem: the air. Ships (like every object) aren't perfect and they have micro fissures in t...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ender Look‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Ender Look‭

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Q&A Why is the bridge on smaller spacecraft at the front but not in bigger vessels?

In most sci-fi (graphic) novels and films, they often depict the design of the cockpit or captain's bridge in a rather unusual way. A smaller ship such as a fighter or a transport ship usually come...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Optimal position for an orbital dockyard

It is a known concept that if ships were to be constructed in space, it would save a lot of fuel and allow for larger ships. My question is, what would be the best location for an orbital "dockyard...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Cameron Leary‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Cameron Leary‭

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Q&A Non-Enclosed Boat/Backless Boat?

I was considering the possibility mermaids might make use of sailing ships similar to the USS Monitor, but with sails and supposedly wood. Now, the mermaids wouldn't mind the ship being filled wit...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by J. Doe‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by J. Doe‭

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Q&A What is the largest planet size that can be pushed out of orbit?

This is a spin off from this question here. I want a spaceship or several spaceships to be able to move a planet out of its orbit around another planet. How big could the planet realistically be...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by 5Diraptor‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by 5Diraptor‭

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Q&A How powerful does a spaceship need to be to move a planet out of orbit?

I've created a new question and worded differently to help me get the answer I want. Click here to view A planet is in orbit around a larger planet, and I want to push it out of orbit. The plane...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by 5Diraptor‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by 5Diraptor‭

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Q&A Protection from solar flares and coronal mass ejections

Given that a ship is a torus embedded in the plane of a vast solar panel arrangement in a sun facing orbit around Mercury, is there any means by which to protect the ship's systems from coronal mas...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Nemo‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Nemo‭

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Q&A Spacefaring vessels also capable of aquatic movement

In this world FTL travel is accomplished by entering an alternate dimension, let's call Aqua. Aqua is a very simple, albeit strange dimension. A great expanse of water as far as civilization has ma...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Ranger‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Ranger‭

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Q&A Where do I place the heat radiators on my Aether-ships?

The flight craft in my Dieselpunk-ish Science Fantasy setting are heavily inspired by the Hovercraft of The Matrix series. I think that those ships have a very interesting look, and they are the fi...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Trismegistus‭

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Q&A How could a simple submarine be built using 100 BC technology?

I have some ideas, but I'd like my fictional Roman (100BC) General Mikey (ha) to build a submarine(s). This should be able to navigate in lakes and calm shores of the Mediterranean, succeed in bri...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Mikey‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Mikey‭

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Q&A Suspended animation vs. regular animation aboard a spaceship

Scenario I'm trying to design a colony spaceship. My main character, a soldier, awakes prematurely from suspended animation (SA) to find that the colony ship she is on, headed for Tau Ceti e, is ...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Seth‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Seth‭

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Q&A Trebuchet's effect on ship design

A long time ago I heard about a Medieval Irish pirate that used a Trebuchet mounted on his ship (no I am not sure what he was or where I heard it). The idea of a ship acting like a double pendulum...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tyson of the Northwest‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Tyson of the Northwest‭