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  1. Sorry Hud. SeƱor Diaz must have “size” envy. The Galactica is actually over 1400 meters in length, so his figures are just plain WRONG.

  2. Sad to see that the only “ships” in that profile view that look right are the Corellian corvette from Star Wars and the refit Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    The rest, including ISS, look like pooh.

    The art of designing a spaceship that “looks right” is indeed lost.

    Both the original Galactica and the original Enterprise were far superior designs to what replaced them on TV and recent motion pictures…

  3. Other than the ISS, the only “real” spacecraft ever designed are the various probes and the LM. If is has any aerodynamic properties is is not a real spacecraft.

  4. And guess what. The guy replaced “The Bucket” with the TOS Galactica. And he STILL has it WRONG. ID10T Error.

  5. That’ll change someday, Toren, that’ll change.

    When vehicles get designed for both planetary AND space travel, engineers will have to take into account aerodynamics for cruise and maneuvering in an atmosphere. In that case, assuming things like heat shields or superior structural materials that resist high heat exist, planetary aerodynamics will take precedence over design for space.

    In Star Trek, it’s really not the shape of the vehicles that count so much as it is the ability of the ships to form warp fields and manipulate them. Force fields in generally seem to account for vehicles over 300m long being able to accelerate rapidly and resist weapon blasts without falling to pieces in the Star Trek universe.

    Right now, dual-medium (vacuum/atmospheric) vehicles aren’t designed because the level of our technology doesn’t allow it. Space capsules like the old Gemini capsules are designed to dissipate heat AND slow down but nothing else aerodynamic; the Shuttle is designed as a glider to allow some maneuvering in the atmosphere on re-entry but essentially flies like a winged brick.

    In fiction, the X-wing fighters in Star Wars were officially AEROspace superiority fighters signifying that they were designed to fight and maintain aerial superiority both within and outside a planet’s atmosphere. Of course, X-wings weren’t the first fictional vehicles to do this but they were the first popularly established as aerospace superiority fighters…

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