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. For other ships from Star Wars, Star Trek, Robotech, and other major franchises, see the separate lists linked below.
(Planetary surface to orbit)
- Moonrakers – Drax Industries NASA-style Space Shuttles featured in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker and in the 2012 video game 007 Legends.
- Orion III ("Pan Am Space Clipper") – a shuttle used to transport Dr. Heywood Floyd into space, in Arthur C. Clarke's and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
- SSTO-TAV-37B Space Shuttlecraft – used in James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar
- Churchill – Lifeforce
- Daedalus – Space Cowboys
- Explorer – from the 2013 film Gravity
- Excalibur – Henry Henshaw's shuttle in Superman comics.
- Intrepid – in Payne Harrison's novel Storming Intrepid
- Pleiades - in David Brin's novel Earth
- Roger - the living NASCA (a play on "NASA", "car" and "NASCAR") Space Shuttle orbiter in the Cars Toons episode "Moon Mater"
- X-71s (Freedom and Independence) – specialized USAF Space Shuttle orbiters from the 1998 film Armageddon
- Aries Ib – passenger lunar lander in Arthur C. Clarke's and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Eagle Transporter – Moonbase Alpha's modular service craft in Space: 1999
- Friede – moon rocket in 1929 German film Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon)
- Mark IX Hawk – space fighter similar to the Eagle in Space: 1999
- Mayflower One – Airplane II: The Sequel
- Unnamed "projectile" – From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne (1865)
- Alexei Leonov – a Soviet spacecraft from 2010: Odyssey Two and 2010: The Year We Make Contact
- Anastasia – Dan Dare's personal ship
- Bebop — titular ship of the series Cowboy Bebop
- Bilkis – an experimental spaceship in the anime series Geneshaft
- Excelsior – from the 1918 Danish film Himmelskibet (A Trip to Mars), "The film that marked the beginning of the space opera subgenre of science fiction." — Phil Hardy
- Hermes – a reusable NASA spacecraft manufactured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Ares program to Mars in Andy Weir's and Ridley Scott's The Martian
- The MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle) and MDV (Mars Descent Vehicle) landers – non-reusable landers used during the Ares missions
- Hunter IV - Personal Fighter of Samus Aran from the Metroid series.
- Rocket, from Little Einsteins.
- F-302 Mongoose – air/space/hyperdrive strike craft in Stargate SG-1
- Icarus – Planet of the Apes, 1968
- Icarus I and Icarus II – spaceships from the 2007 movie Sunshine
- Lewis & Clark – rescue ship sent to retrieve the Event Horizon
- Mars I and Mars II – from the 2000 film Mission to Mars
- Messiah - an Orion spacecraft designed to prevent a comet hitting Earth in the 1998 film Deep Impact
- Nightflyer - Craft from the American horror science fiction television series Nightflyers
- Odyssey - spacecraft designed to visit Saturn's moon Titan in the 2013 film Oblivion
- Orbit Jet – United Worlds XV-2 Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, 1954 TV series
- Rocinante – Martian corvette, centerpiece of The Expanse (novel series)
- Ryvius – the title spacecraft from the anime series Infinite Ryvius
- SA-43 Hammerhead Mk 1 – U.S.M.C. VTOL atmosphere/space fighter in 2063 Space: Above and Beyond, 1995 TV series
- Scorpio E-X-1 – It's About Time
- Serenity – an interplanetary spacecraft from the TV series Firefly and the 2005 science fiction movie Serenity
- USSC Discovery One (XD-1) and Discovery Two – the two spacecraft involved in the so-called "Jupiter Mission" in the Space Odyssey franchise
- USS Cygnus – from Disney’s The Black Hole
- Valley Forge – American Airlines space freighter, outfitted with geodesic dome greenhouses preserving the last forests in the 1972 film Silent Running
- Zero-X – supermarionation film Thunderbirds Are Go
Military or explorationEdit
- Amaterasu (天照) – the third Freedom Guard Ship of the Kibi Planetary Nation (Starship Operators)
- Arcadia (アルカディア号) – the most powerful space battleship in the Captain Harlock universe, created by Tochiro Oyama as his final gift to his friend Harlock before his inevitable demise
- Argonaut – the most advanced starship of the Iron Tribe in the anime series Heroic Age
- Ark – Transformers
- Athena - starship which transports humans to a space station orbiting the planet Solaris in the 2002 film Solaris
- Avalon – the Homestead Company (also using Sony hardware) starliner in the film Passengers, which transports emigrates from the Earth to Homestead II
- Axiom – the Buy n Large starliner in the films WALL-E and BURN-E, which is used, together with other starships, to provide a temporary home for humanity, but the originally planned 5-year cruise turns into a 700-year time period.
- Basroil – a starship commanded by Lafiel in the anime series Banner of the Stars
- Basestar – the Cylon capital ships in the Battlestar Galactica universe
- Battlestar – the human battleship-carrier hybrids from the Battlestar Galactica universe, including Galactica and Pegasus
- Bellerophon – the ship that took colonists to Altair IV in Forbidden Planet
- C-57D – the United Planets cruiser that was sent to the planet Altair IV in Forbidden Planet
- Conquistador – the largest battleship of the Henrietta Planetary Alliance (Starship Operators)
- "The Derelict" – the name given to the abandoned alien spacecraft discovered by the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo in the film Alien (1979)
- Destiny Ascension – an Asari dreadnaught with a crew of 10,000 that serves as the flagship of the Citadel fleet in the Mass Effect universe
- EAS Agamemnon – (Babylon 5)
- Endurance – NASA spaceraft/space station hybrid capable of traveling through wormholes, mothership to Rangers and Landers in Interstellar
- Lander – two cargo spacecraft used in the Endurance mission to transport materials from the Endurance to Mann's planet; Lander 1 is later used by TARS to propel the craft far enough from SMBH Gargantua.
- Ranger – various SSTO spaceplanes featured in Interstellar: the Ranger Test Article, piloted by Cooper during his crash; the twelve Rangers used during the Lazarus missions to carry astronauts through the wormhole to twelve potentially habitable planets; Ranger 1 and Ranger 2 used to carry personnel from the Endurance to Miller's, Mann's and Edmunds's planets (Ranger 2 is later used by Cooper like TARS's Lander); the futuristic Rangers, used around Saturn as the Cooper station's auxiliary craft (one is later stolen by Cooper and TARS to rejoin with Amelia on Edmunds's planet).
- Event Horizon – gravity drive exploration starship, aiming to explore Proxima Centauri, disappears on its maiden voyage and rediscovered seven years later with its crew missing, a space-borne "Mary Celeste"
- Hyperion – the flagship of Jim Raynor in StarCraft
- ISA Excalibur – Earth Alliance (Babylon 5)
- Island Cluster Class Colonization Ship 25 (Macross Frontier) – Colony Fleet consisting on a transformable fighting ship, the main population vessel and other smaller islands from the anime Macross Frontier
- Jupiter 2 – fictional nuclear-powered spacecraft from the television series Lost in Space (1965–68)
- Liberator – Blake's 7
- Libertad – a sub-light speed training ship in the anime series Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry
- Megazone – the title spaceship in the OVA series Megazone 23
- Minbari – Victory-class destroyer based on Vorlon technology from the Babylon 5 universe
- Murray Leinster – Destroyed at the beginning of the cult film Starcrash
- Nemesis – flagship of the Decepticons (Transformers)
- Nirvana – a supership from the anime series Vandread
- Normandy SR-1 – an alliance frigate that serves as Commander Shepard's base of operations in the Mass Effect universe
- Normandy SR-2 – a larger and more advanced version of the original Normandy constructed by Cerberus that is assigned to Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect universe
- NSEA Protector – a starship from the cult film Galaxy Quest
- Olympus Mons - flagship of the Settlement Defense Front fleet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
- Orbit Jet – winged-tail rocket ship (Rocky Jones, Space Ranger)
- Orion – saucer patrol craft in Raumpatrouille
- Prometheus – Weyland Corporation scientific vessel
- Raza - Interstellar spaceship from the television series Dark Matter
- Red Dwarf - spaceship from the same named BBC sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf
- Retribution - the only operational carrier after an SDF attack in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
- SDF-1 Macross – a massive interstellar transforming spacecraft from the anime Super Dimension Fortress Macross and its American adaptation, Robotech
- Roger Young - Corvette transport in the novel Starship Troopers.
- SDF-3 Pioneer – the flagship of Admiral Rick Hunter in Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles
- Shangri-La – the mothership of the Mu race in the manga and anime series Toward the Terra (地球へ… Terra e...)
- Star Destroyer – capital ships used by the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire and the First Order and (very rarely) by the Rebel Alliance in the Star Wars universe
- USS Sulaco – Conestoga-class light assault carrier from the sequel Aliens
- Swordbreaker – the mysterious spaceship owned by Kain Blueriver in the anime series Lost Universe
- Terra V – Buzz Corey's space cruiser in Space Patrol
- Tigris - the only operational destroyer after a massive attack by the SDF in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
- Titan – the title spaceship in the movie Titan A.E
- USS Enterprise – various incarnations of a space exploration vessel from Star Trek; see starfleet ships for more information
- USS Saratoga – a space carrier in Space: Above and Beyond, aboard which serve the members of the U.S. Marine Corps Space Aviator Cavalry, 58th Squadron, or "Wildcards"
- USS Voyager – the primary ship in Star Trek: Voyager; see starfleet ships for more information
- Valkyrie – Titan A.E.
- Vanguard – generational ship from Robert A. Heinlein's Orphans of the Sky
- Venture Star - starship transporting humans to the moon Pandora in the 2009 film Avatar
- Yamato (大和) – the title spaceship of the anime series Space Battleship Yamato
"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:
The Narn Regime
The Twelve Colonies
The Earth Defense Directorate
The Draconian Empire
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".
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