A spaceship or spacecraft is a vehicle designed for traveling in or into outer space. Spaceships are a common trope in many science-fiction stories.

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Super sophisticated AI spacecraft autopilot saves the day

Looking for the title of this rather excellent sci-fi short story... Human spacecraft approaches alien planet Humans piloting the spacecraft about to do something inappropriate, given apparent ...
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What was the initial escape ship of Rey and Finn?

In The Force Awakens, Rey and Finn first head for a ship in order to escape the planet. Once it was destroyed by the TIE fighters, they ended up onto the Millennium Falcon. But, what was the initial ...
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Star Wars: Flying a spaceship, or, when is a movie scene NOT canon? [duplicate]

EDIT: Subsequent to a fascinating discussion with @Wad Cheber and @Mazura, I would have actually deleted the question, not because it's a dupe but because it moves into "unsolveable" issues regarding ...
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What is the resistance transport based on?

What is the resistance transport based on? While watching Star Wars: the Force Awakens, I couldn't help shake this feeling I'd seen the resistance transport before. Is its design based on a ...
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What percentage of skilled pilots have been Force Sensitive?

The Force can give one a significant advantage in all sorts of activities, from targeting to flying. Indeed, the relationship between Force skills and flying skills has (in the movies) proved ...
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Was the use of Klingon ships by Romulans ever given an off screen explanation?

I DO NOT want any in-universe explanations or answers for this. I'm interested, strictly, in the decisions made by the producers. In The Enterprise Incident we see Romulans using Klingon ships (or ...
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Animated TV series or short movie: spaceship filled with red crystals, female android copilot

I don't remember too much about it but there was a spaceship that would fill up with ruby red crystals, a human pilot with a female Android copilot or assistant. It most likely played around the time ...
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Looking to identify a children's novel in which stow aways eventually crash on the moon

I'm trying to remember the title/author of a juvie SF novel from the mid-late 50s. There are two kids who sneak out every chance they get to watch rocket launches. These are multi-staged things with ...
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Which starship gets destroyed the most often?

The question "Which starship has been sent back in time the most number of times?" made me wonder... Which starship has been destroyed on screen the most? Time travel loops count individually, but ...
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Which starship has been sent back in time the most number of times?

The title says it all: Which starship has travelled back in time the most number of times? The only restriction is it must be from canon. It can be from any society, any time period.
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Why did Furlow copy Crichton's module? And what exactly did she copy?

In episode 1x11 "Till the Blood Runs Clear", Crichton meets Furlow, who comes to know the specifications of his module. In episode 1x16 "A Human Reaction", Crichton meets the Ancients, who give him ...
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What is the name of this movie I saw on tv many years ago?

I recall many years ago watching a vampire type movie. It seemed to be a low budget film, but I know that at least one of the actors I had seen before. Unfortunately I cant give you a name. The two ...
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American Indian and others escape Earth that is controlled by a computer

Please help me identify a science fiction book series I read in the early 80s. The story starts with an American Indian that is given an injection so he remembers he's not just a member of a tribe, ...
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What title of space movie where girl's hologram asks: “to be or not be that's the question”?

A sci-fi movie maybe from 90s, where cargo spaceship with some people on it that try to unlock spaceship computer that has recorded women hologram that asks various questions and riddles, one of them ...
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Out of universe - Was the Y-wing design influenced by The Enterprise?

I find the Y-wing has a quite unique design among the star wars crafts and always wondered if it was influenced from elsewhere. Despite the difference in sheer size it looks similar to the Enterprise ...
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Short story - spaceship pilot needs second personality to fly ship

Possibly from the 1970s or 1980s. Humans can't pilot a spaceship without going insane, so spaceship pilots have a secondary personality that kicks in as they walk through the cockpit door. The pilot ...
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Why are ships in Star Wars so ridiculously easy to steal?

Throughout both continuities, we see many times that stealing ships is exceptionally easy, as they appear to only rarely be locked, and not require keys or anything like that to fly them. A few ...
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In the episode “That Which Survives” where is the location of the pod that enabled Scotty to access the matter - antimatter flow?

Scotty crawled into a pod were he was going to manually shut off the flow of fuel with a magnetic probe. Scotty installs explosives at the end of the service crawlway that will permit Spock to ...
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How do Leviathans reproduce?

I know that Moya gave birth to Talyn and that this was the result of Peacekeepers trying to make a Leviathan gunship, presumably by some sort of artificial means. But how would Leviathans normally ...
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In The Martian, how were the crew in the Hermes shielded from radiation?

I have not read the book of The Martian, but there was one glaring omission in the movie that struck me. How were the crew in the Hermes protected from radiation? In space, especially ...
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What's the difference between how space and atmospheric craft (eg. fighters) work?

I can't point to any specific literature, but I remember reading of it years ago, so I'm pretty certain there's a distinction between both types of flying craft in the Star Wars universe. What's the ...
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Looking for a short story about a rescue mission to Mercury

About 30 years ago, I read a really good short story in Analog about a crew sent to find a missing ship on Mercury. The rescue ship is floating over the molten surface with its sensors when it spots ...
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Unknown equipment on the back of some runabouts

The runabouts in Deep Space Nine sometimes have additional equipment on their backs; this is a screenshot from S02E15 (Paradise), showing the Orinoco in the background with the unknown equipment & ...
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Fastest speed for the ship?

When John and Jade enter the Yellow Yard, she explains to him that it will take three years to cross the entire distance. She says that it will take them this long because you cannot go faster than ...
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Was there any later evidence of organic Breen vessels?

The final episode of Voyager's third season, "Scorpion" (airdate May 21, 1997) contains this line: TUVOK: Starfleet has encountered species that use organic-based vessels. The Breen, for example. ...
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Who starts the Starship Enterprise, and how do they start it?

Who starts the Starship Enterprise, and how do they start it? Is it a key, a button, a fob, a lever, or what? Or is it something more esoteric, like a kick start, jump start, or even a rolling ...
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What are these spaceship silhouettes?

I know a few of them but I don't recognize them all.
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In The Force Awakens, why were X-Wings so much more accurate than TIE fighters?

In The Force Awakens, we see two instances of starfighters shooting at ground targets. On Jakku, two TIEs try and fail to shoot the fleeing Finn and Rey. On Takadona, Poe Dameron shoots the ...
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One-way journey to another star boosted by mirrors

A book about a group of people travelling to another star on a one way trip. They are boosted out of the solar system by re-purposed military mirrors. They have a robotic helper that looks like a ...
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Were TIE fighters inspired by Japanese Zero fighters?

It may seem counter-intuitive that the Empire would field such a fragile fighter in comparison to the more durable X-Wings fielded by the Rebellion. However, fielding a fragile but extremely ...
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Why did the Empire rely on TIE fighters that were known to be so vulnerable?

In Tarkin, the titular character takes out one of the V-wing fighters, and the book says that Things could have been worse, however. The Goliath could have been carrying a squadron of the new - ...
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Short story with spaceship and humanity not realising they should be on it

The plot is about: A spaceship travelling through the universe Earth is a rogue planet whose inhabitants have been cut off and don't realise that their true purpose is to be part of the spaceship ...
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How susceptible are TIEs and A-Wings to damage and destruction in Disney canon?

Anyone familiar with Legends - especially games - will know how consistently weak these crafts are. Take the Rogue Squadron series of games for example: TIE Fighters are easily one-shotted while ...
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Looking for a book about aliens on Earth for centuries with a hostile agenda

I have read one book in a series about aliens who have been many centuries on earth with a hostile agenda. The book starts with a crew of human explorers who are travelling to a planet in a distant ...
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Was the Death Star cost effective?

According to General Dodonna in the new canonical novelization of A New Hope, titled Star Wars - New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy: The Death Star is heavily shielded and ...
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How many ships did Starfleet have during Star Trek Enterprise?

How many ships did Starfleet have during the 22nd century? I remember and an episode where the Klingons attacked near earth and three ships came to the enterprises aid, one was the intrepid, and there ...
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How does the Millenium Falcon get out of Light-Speed?

The Millenium Falcon gets its speed from the jet engine at the back, but when Han Solo drives out of light-speed, he gets out of it really quickly. However, in space without atmosphere, it doesn't ...
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What is the naming convention for capital ship classes?

I was reading about the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer, the First Order's destroyer shown in The Force Awakens, when something struck me as odd. The official site starwars.com describes it ...
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Need a title - spaceship AI, 1980s

I read a paperback in the early-to-mid 1980s that I'm trying to find again. It was pretty basic space opera, as I recall, but the spaceship AIs were characters as well. Near the end, the bad guy has ...
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What does the interior of a Corellian Corvette’s bridge look like?

In the Star Wars movies we've seen the inside of a bridge of capital ships like Star Destroyers or even Darth Vader’s Executor Star Destroyer. I think we also see the bridge of some Rebel capital ...
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PBS broadcast series about spaceship stuck into earth and extending into space?

Back in the 70's or 80's I used to watch PBS late night and they'd have Doctor Who and other Sci Fi series on. There was a series the I've been trying to find with a large 'generation' ship. As I ...
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looking for a science fiction children's book

I’m looking for a children's book I read when I was aged five or six (we're talking the late 1970's/early 1980's). It was a book in the school library, hard backed, about fifteen pages and nicely ...
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Looking for novel: group abducted by asteroid ship containing other alien abductees

Looking for a novel I believe was published between 2010-2013. It had one, maybe two authors, one of which was also a screenwriter. The book was about what appeared to be an asteroid approaching ...
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Why do ships shake when something hits their shields?

Why do ships covered with energy shields shake when these shields are hit with a pure-energy weapon? Shouldn't pure-energy shields completely absorb a pure-energy blast? Not to mention any idea of ...
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(Space)ship identification

I just bought this miniature from my local comic shop. It was near some toy micro machines of Star Wars but I failed to find the ship by browsing the vehicles section in the Star Wars.com databank. ...
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What is the offensive distribution between the stardrive and saucer section on a Galaxy class star ship?

I am wondering about the combat effectiveness of the saucer section of a Galaxy class starship is compared to the stardrive section. I know that the saucer section can sustain a warp field but not ...
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Why did Biggs tell Porkins to eject during the Battle of Yavin? [duplicate]

In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Porkins is killed during the attack on the first Death Star. Just before his X-Wing is destroyed, the following exchange takes place: PORKINS: "I've got a ...
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How do I know if a shuttle is Sentinel or Lambda class visually?

Sentinel and Lambda shuttles seem to be very closely related and similar in appearance: With its folding wing configuration and matching cockpit module, the Sentinel-class landing craft was based ...
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Why is the bridge located in a vulnerable spot on capital ships? [closed]

Why is the bridge located in a vulnerable spot on capital ships? In various sci-fi worlds, capital-class space ships seem to have their bridge located in a manner where it is easily accessible to ...
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What is the ship in this scene?

At the end of the Star Wars Rebels episode "The Lost Commanders", an Inquisitor on a Lambda-class shuttle enters the docking bay of Agent Callus' Star Destroyer. To the right of the shuttle are ...