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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1,000 year abandoned Space Station orbit [on hold]

If the initial orbit was high enough could a space station, after being suddenly abandoned (crew dies, no further assistance from Earth), stay in orbit for 1,000 years or more? How high would would it ...
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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 ...
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What's the history of the term “starship”?

Context: I rewatched Star Wars: A New Hope in preparation for the impending release of The Force Awakens, and was struck by this, in the opening crawl: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, ...
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Do we ever see the hamster wheel that powers the Enterprise-D in a TNG episode or in 'Generations'?

I recently read an entry in the Star Trek Encyclopedia which noted that there were a lot of little 'in-jokes' on the Enterprise-D's Master Display in Engineering, including a Porsche. One of the most ...
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Origin of the name “Slave I”

Are there any known in- or out-of-universe reasons for the name of Jango and Boba Fetts' ship, Slave I?
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Have we ever seen TIE fighters/bombers operating in atmosphere before?

In the trailers for Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we see TIE-type vessels flying near the ground, in the atmosphere of a planet (the planet itself looks a lot like Tatooine). ...
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What is the first non-Constitution class Starfleet ship we see in canon?

In TOS, we follow the journeys of the USS Enterprise, a Constitution class starship. I recall in TOS that we encounter a few other Starfleet starships, but from memory all of these are also ...
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What are the names of all the sci-fi vessels in this artwork?

This artwork is described as featuring "over 120 locations, vessels, and characters." The locations are labeled and there are only a few characters, so that leaves the vessels. Many I recognize ...
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Looking for a book about a group of people hibernating while traveling between the stars

The book I'm looking for was about a ship launched from a diving earth to colonize another planet. The story is told in flashbacks and the main character has these dreams about past lives while ...
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Why do capital ships in Star Wars engage at close range?

As can be seen in the below image from Revenge of the Sith, capital ships tend to engage one another at close range: Within the Star Wars universe, capital ships typically engage each other at what ...
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What science fiction story uses cartoon character names

A few years ago I read a story set on board a military spaceship, where a character uses cartoon character names to designate operational contingency plans, fearing that their communications are being ...
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Has R2-D2 ever been inside the Millennium Falcon's cockpit?

I was perusing some pictures of the Millennium Falcon, especially the cockpit, and it got me wondering how many people we've seen in the cockpit. As far as I can recall, the list is limited to Han, ...
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Can anyone identify this book about tiny spaceships

Outside the Moon are found tiny ships left by an alien race. volunteers get in them and press a button which cause the ship to "warp" to a distant location in the galaxy, then push another button to ...
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Title of spaceship-centered show

A very large crew wakes up aboard an intelligent spaceship and don't know how it works. Slowly they learn the ship's system as they hurtle towards different existential threats, as politics break out ...
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Story where stardrive test-pilot visits alien solar system and is attacked by a psychic (alien) child

Looking for story title and author. Can't remember if the story was a short story, novella or novel. Here's the storyline as I remember it. In the near future humans have just created a prototype ...
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Warrior race trapped on their home planet by aliens. Their society turns out to be hyper-advanced [duplicate]

I read this story in a collection of short stories the 1980's and I am now looking for the publication. All I can recall is that it was about a warrior race imprisoned on their own planet by an ...
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Symbiote female

At the start of the book a female has crashed landed on the planet where she was sent to find out what happen to the settlers. She gets a symbiote from someone already there. She visits a few of the ...
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Intelligent spaceship vs imprisoned monster - What is the name of the story?

I am trying to find the name of a scifi story I read probably 40 years ago. I don't remember all the elements, but there is a spaceship that itself communicates with a young man on Earth (or other ...
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Book title pre-1988 about first earth warp-drive ship design

I read a book in 1988/89 about a team building Earth's first warp drive space ship. The protagonist is involved in a crash of an early design and is horribly burnt. Experimental treatments keep him ...
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Independence Day ship vs X-Files ship

I just rewatched the X-Files movie (the first one). Is the spaceship at the end the same model as the one from Independence Day? Both are made by Fox Pictures (I think), and Mulder, um, relieves ...
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What happens to old Romulan ships? [duplicate]

Romulan ships, unlike Federation starships, run on quantum singularities rather than matter-antimatter reactions. Although this provides a lot of energy and is extremely efficient, you can't exactly ...
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Which ship has the most prolific “recurring” role in Star Trek?

Obviously there are many recurring characters over the span of the Star Trek canon. Some obvious examples: Q, Lwaxana Troi, Gowron, Lursa, B'Etor, Adm. Nechayev, Lt. Barclay, Gul Dukat What ship ...
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Looking for tv series title about space ship hidden on earth

I've seen this show as a kid, and sadly - was not able to find any info using Google. Back at the time it was aired in Poland, its title was translated as "Andromeda" (or "Andromeda" was part of the ...
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How is a Runabout secured against theft?

It is pretty common in DS9 that two officers go on a mission, typically to the Gamma Quadrant, and beam down to the surface (or another ship). The Runabout's computer is portrayed to be slightly more ...
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First instance of the flying saucer as a space craft?

A common idea of a spaceship, especially an alien spaceship, is the classic flying saucer, like the one below: What is the first instance of a flying saucer as a space craft in science fiction? ...
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Sci Fi novel with iPad-like computers and a trip to an alien structure

Does anyone know the name of a sci-fi book about a group of people traveling a great distance from Earth. They had little roll-up iPad type computers that could be stuck up on a wall together to make ...
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What are the instances of Star Wars ships/droids being inserted into Star Trek episodes and movies? [duplicate]

In this wikipedia entry it claims the following: A few references to Star Wars have been inserted into Star Trek films; for fleeting moments one can see ships and droids from Star Wars. Most ...
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Short story - 4 or so people in a simulated space craft

Looking for a story where there are four people who think they are on a spaceship but are actually part of a isolation/simulation experiment. One of the females writes a short story that is a ...
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Short story in which enslaved humans use a rhyme to find a spaceship and escape

It's a short story in an anthology but I haven't been able to find it by looking through various Best SF of 19XX (it was probably from the 60s-80s, though I read it in the early 2000s) story lists. I ...
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Help identifying book about a supersoldier and a twist ending

Trying to find the title of a book a read a long time ago (like in 1998). Book looked old at the time So my guess is written in the 80s or earlier. Some plot points I remember: Protagonist is a ...
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Why didn't the Sovereign Class have folding warp nacelles?

In this question, the Intrepid Class' folding nacelles are explained as a feature designed to circumvent the problems stated in TNG 'Force of Nature'. The Sovereign Class and Intrepid Class came into ...
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Do we ever see the Repair Station from ST:Enterprise “Dead Stop” again?

In the Star Trek Enterprise episode Dead Stop, the Enterprise crew encounters an automated repair station. Is that repair station ever mentioned again (or has it been mentioned before, as the ...