Tag Archives: Spaceships

Concept TIE-X Fighter Makes TIE Fighter Looks Truly Very Alien-ish

While many car designers work on outrageous car designs they couldn’t present to the board in the real-world, one Canadian automotive designer, Jason Battersby, who makes a living designing automobile for Audi, choose to take on the sci-fi route during his free time. Instead of turning out concepts that stays on the ground, Jason has came up with a brilliant iteration of Darth Vader’s secret advanced TIE Fighter which he calls TIE-X. Jason’s vision is a fictional in two folds: first, it is a spacecraft and second, it is a spacecraft to the theme of a hugely successful sci-fi franchise, Star Wars. I am not sure the original creator of Star Wars, George Lucas’ opinion on this, but for me, I have mixed feelings about this radical even by sci-fi standard design. Continue reading Concept TIE-X Fighter Makes TIE Fighter Looks Truly Very Alien-ish

We Bet You Didn’t Expect Lexus To Designed A Spacecraft But It Did

Honda may have jet aircrafts now, but competing automaker Lexus just up the ante by dishing out a spacecraft. Ok, we exaggerated. It is not quite a real spacecraft per se, but a fictional one that will appear in Luc Besson upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. In fact, this spacecraft has a couple of fleeting moments in the teaser trailer released earlier in November. At 0:39 mark, a pair of the Lexus-branded spacecraft can be seen in the background and at 1:17 mark, one of the pursuit craft can be seen zipping through the space. Continue reading We Bet You Didn’t Expect Lexus To Designed A Spacecraft But It Did

SpaceX Falcon 9 Sends Package To ISS, Returns To Land On A Droneship

You know how sci-fi movies depicts fellow humans going to space and landing back on Earth in rockets and not splashing into the sea in capsule? Well, it looks like mankind is indeed making that progression. SpaceX is one of the private space transport services company that not only successful land the a rocket back on land as foretold by sci-fi writers and films (though, unlike Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin, reusability is still not checked on its list yet). Last Friday, the company logged in another milestone. This time landing the Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous droneship, named “Of Course I Still Love You” (note: a real name, not a joke). Continue reading SpaceX Falcon 9 Sends Package To ISS, Returns To Land On A Droneship

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two VSS Unity Unveiled By Sir Richard Branson

Good news, future space travelers! Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShip Two has been unveiled at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. The vehicle is named Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity by physicist Stephen Hawking, via recorded speech, and said he “would be proud to fly on this spaceship.” Well, I am sure there’s spot for him. Though not sure if he will be a guest or paying traveler. The new spaceship, draped in a new silver and white livery, was guided into position by one of the company’s support Range Rovers provided by its exclusive automative partner, Land Rover. The unveiling of VSS Unity also marks another milestone for Virgin Galactic as it is the first aircraft manufactured by the company’s wholly owned manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company. Continue reading Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two VSS Unity Unveiled By Sir Richard Branson

This Is SpaceX Dragon V2. It Can Transport Humans And Promised Soft Landing

SpaceX Dragon has been doing a pretty good job in transporting cargo to the International Space Station, but still, Elon Musk’s SpaceX think it could do more and that ‘more’ is to transport humans, which is a task to be covered by the newly unveiled Dragon V2. it is designed transport up to seven astronauts to orbit and return to a gentle landing on solid ground, as oppose to diving into the ocean, with an accuracy comparable to an helicopter, and it can do so without the need for clunky parachutes. eight SuperDraco thrusters, each blasting out 16,000 lb-ft of thrust, along with retractile legs, enables it to realize this dream feat (last checked, you can only execute such a feat on Moon). it has a flexible interior configuration allowing it to trade passengers for cargo space and vice versa. according to Elon Musk, Dragon V2 is reusable and can be relaunched as soon as the tank is topped off. Continue reading This Is SpaceX Dragon V2. It Can Transport Humans And Promised Soft Landing

cool stuff: custom 15,000-piece StarCraft II Battlecruiser

Custom LEGO StarCraft II Hyperion Battlecruiser
(photos: Sven Junga)

though i have a special affinity for LEGO, i admit that i don’t have the natural ‘LEGO hands’ to custom anything at all and that leaves me with the option of just admiring the great works done by true LEGO masters – like Sven Junga who lovingly created this huge 15,000-piece Hyperion battlecruiser from the game, StarCraft II. though it may not be as enormous as the LEGO Ventator-class Star Destroyer but it is not lacking in the details department. it took Junga six months to complete this beauty and he’s not about to stop there as it looks like his Terran army is growing. treat yourself to some awesome images of this beautiful creation after the break. trust me, LEGO fans (StarCraft fans or not) won’t want to miss it. Continue reading cool stuff: custom 15,000-piece StarCraft II Battlecruiser

Space Debris Collector is the zero-gravity garbage collector

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(image credit: Vaughan Ling)

100 years ago, when human glanced up the night sky, what we saw are purely stars (unless you count the possibility of UFOs lingering around). fast forward to 2011, when glance up at the gorgeous night sky, what we see might not be just stars. they could be reflection of garbages in space. no joke. it might just be very real and these ‘garbages’ could be the results of decommissioned or abandoned satellites, rocket parts jettison off from some mission and among many other sources. we are not excluding the possibility of some litter bug aliens too… nah, we are just kidding. anyway, over the years, we have accumulated much junks in the space and one day our spaceships might be dodging junks more than meteorites. in short, it could threaten Richard Branson’s dream space tourism, assuming we could get that far. Continue reading Space Debris Collector is the zero-gravity garbage collector