An epic chart comparing every science fiction spaceship ever


A massive, painstakingly thorough chart comparing the sizes of famous spaceships from TV, film, and games by artist Dirk Loechel.

The project has been going on for some time, and this, he says, is the final iteration. Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, you name it, it's in here.

Large size here [Dirk Loechel/DeviantArt, via Laughing Squid].


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  1. That's where all these ships are parked, silly.

  2. Well, you don't have to bother about aerodynamics, but you still have the pesky issues of load bearing in the directions of highest load; a stick shape is still one of the best choices when you have to accelerate/decelerate with mass-driver engines. Then there's the issue of small cross-section of the front during the flight, due to the minuscule but still significant amount of matter in space, and possibly of opening portals/passageways in the fabric of the universe.

    Plus there's the issue that you want the engines/reactors/power cores as far away from the living quarters as possible due to stray radiation.

    And, in orbit, you want to be facing front-down, due to visibility from below; you want the least cross-section for sensors. That said, most of the ships will be awfully visible (you want dull black for visible light, low emissivity for infrared, and low RCS for radars); maybe the contradictory requirements led the designers to give up.

  3. mcsnee says:

    If they repost this every year or so from now until the end of time, I'd be okay with that.

  4. He's not done, of course. Somewhere a Culture GSV laughs momentarily as it remembers the lone Citizen left on Earth performing penal observation duty. That citizen is right now in a room at some generic Hilton composing an observational report for upload out through the solar-system-wide quarantine field. Close at hand on the minibar is a delightful meat stew made from vat-grown Idi Amin and displaced down to the room on an automated schedule.

    Would the appropriate entry into this chart be the moon-sized GSV as it cavorts near the galactic core or a bare caption noting the dimensional nowhereness in which its presence resides when it visits Earth?

  5. While I completely relate to your loyalty on this subject, technically the T.A.R.D.I.S. is a space time ship, not just a space ship. How do you even rate the speed of travel of a craft that can arrive at its destination earlier then it left, and who's appearance and size are largely a projected psychic hologram? Besides, who is to say that it won't appear on the poster sometime after you hang it on your wall, i'd keep checking every day just to be sure... smile

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