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Monday, March 4, 2013

Spaceship Design

A little lost post that should have been published back in August... 

Spaceships are very difficult to design, at least if you want a practical design. Authors tend to think in terms of sci-fi shows where  there's gravity and a definite floor and ceiling. Not to mention unlimited food and water! Ah, fiction!

In reality a spaceship will have much more in common with a submarine. Outside there's extreme pressure, inside there are cramped utilitarian spaces. Looking for inspiration for a story I hit the Naval Air Museum last summer and snapped these pictures of a submersible airplane hybrid (whose name I promptly forgot). 

What does your spaceship look like?

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