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Re: Why can't spaceships be rectangles?

Postby robjvargas » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:02 am

One word: shuttle.

A spaceship doesn't have to have any shape at all. The International Space Station could server quite nicely as a spaceship. It's already up there. Probably not reinforced to accept acceleration. Otherwise, stick an engine on it, and it goes. Just as nifty through space as a sleek, "aero"-dynamic teardrop shape.

Does the whole ship need to land? I don't see why. Thus, part of the ship's structure could be more atmosphere-friendly self-propelled structures that could act as shuttles.

Or follow Gene Roddenberry, wave your hand, and just sort of "become" on the surface.
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Re: Why can't spaceships be rectangles?

Postby marjon » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:00 am

Well it really depends on the engineer's design. Although a rectangular spaceship hurling towards outerspace looks kinda cool.

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Postby Bob W » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:33 am

A rectangle is one dimensioned so I assume you mean a cube. A sphere is stronger than a cube. Also if the space ship spins to generate centrifugal force to give even a slight simulation of gravity, the sphere would work better. A sphere could contain a larger volume for the same construction costs as a cube.
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Postby aGuyWhoWrites » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:22 am

I have to say this is a wonderful idea. I like the idea of the spaceship or the mothership being whatever shape then the shuttles that would travel back and forth would be more of a 'traditional' design.

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