List of fictional spacecraft

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This is a list of fictional spacecraft, starships and exo-atmospheric vessels that have been identified by name in notable published works of fiction. The term "spacecraft" is mainly used to refer to spacecraft that are real or conceived using present technology. The terms "spaceship" and "starship" are generally applied only to fictional space vehicles, usually those capable of transporting people.

Spaceships are often one of the key plot devices in science fiction. Numerous short stories and novels are built up around various ideas for spacecraft, and spacecraft have featured in many films and television series. Some hard science fiction books focus on the technical details of the craft. Some fictional spaceships have been referenced in the real world, notably Starship Enterprise from Star Trek which gave its name to Space Shuttle Enterprise and to the VSS Enterprise.[1] For other ships from Star Wars, Star Trek, Robotech, and other major franchises, see the separate lists linked below.

Space stations[edit]

Shuttles[edit]

(Planetary surface to orbit)

Space Shuttle orbiters[edit]

Lunar[edit]

Interplanetary[edit]

  • Aether — a large modular crewed spacecraft returning from a 2-year mission in the ongoing colonization of the fictional habitable Jovian moon X-13 in the 2020 movie The Midnight Sky
  • AnastasiaDan Dare's personal ship[16]
  • Bebop — titular ship of the series Cowboy Bebop[17]
  • Bilkis – an experimental spaceship in the anime series Geneshaft[18][19]
  • Cepheus — a ship made for transport between different bases and colonies in the deep Solar System in the movie Ad Astra.
  • Discovery One – a scientific research spacecraft sent to Jupiter in the novels: "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010: Odyssey Two" and the corresponding films: "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "2010: The Year We Make Contact" (1984).
  • Europa One – a scientific research spacecraft made to send astronauts to Jupiter’s moon Europa to find extraterrestrial life under the moons surface in Europa Report.
    • Lander – a ship used as a way to transport the crew of Europa One to the surface of Europa. It contains mining and recording materials to search for alien life under the surface of the moon.

Interstellar[edit]

Military or exploration[edit]

Space fighters[edit]

"Space fighters" are fictional spacecraft analogous to fighter aircraft. They are popular as the subjects of flight simulators, movies and books. The following are some examples of notable space fighters from various media franchises:

Babylon 5[edit]

Battlestar Galactica[edit]

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century[edit]

The Last Starfighter[edit]

  • Star League Gunstar

Space: Above and Beyond[edit]

Space: 1999[edit]

Stargate[edit]

Star Wars[edit]

In the Star Wars universe, a "starfighter" is a blanket term for all small combat space craft, regardless of shields, hyperspace capability, weaponry (unless it carries none), armor, maneuverability and crew. "Snubfighter" (a term first used in Star Wars), though no concise definition has been given, often refers to a fighter carrying shielding, secondary weapons systems such as proton torpedoes or concussion missiles, and being hyperspace capable. Starfighters sometimes bear mission designations similar to modern fighter aircraft, such as "strike fighter" and "space superiority fighter".

Galactic Republic

Rebel Alliance and New Republic

Galactic Empire and First Order

Confederacy of Independent Systems

Other properties[edit]

Andromeda

  • RF-42 Centaur Tactical Fighter[128]

Halo

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Transportation[edit]

  • Arcadia Class Jumpship (Destiny 2) The Arcadia Class Jumpship is the first ship the player gets access to and allows them to fly to other planets in the solar system
  • Bretonia – Sleeper ship from the game Freelancer[132]
  • Eagle 5Spaceballs[133]
  • ElysiumPandorum[134]
  • Endeavour – from Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, 1973; carried explorers to rendezvous with alien spacecraft Rama
  • Hispania – Sleeper ship from the game Freelancer
  • Hunter-GratznerPitch Black[135]
  • Kusari – Sleeper ship from the game Freelancer
  • Liberty – Sleeper ship from the game Freelancer
  • Millennium FalconStar Wars universe[136]
  • Nostromo – modified Lockmart CM-88B Bison Transport; commercial towing vessel from the film Alien[137]
  • Out of Band II (Oobii) - a freighter from the Zones of Thought series by Vernor Vinge, the main ship used by a multi-species crew to travel to a planet near the center of the galaxy
  • Planet Express ShipFuturama[138]
  • RamaRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, 1973 (an alien spaceship, their name for it unknown)
  • Rheinland – Sleeper ship from the game Freelancer
  • The MassiveInvader ZIM
  • The Resisty's ShipInvader ZIM
  • The Void Ark - A prisoner transport from the video game Void Bastards
  • Voot Runner Invader ZIM

Intergalactic[edit]

Personal spacecraft[edit]

Lists of fictional spacecraft[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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