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22nd Nov '17 10:57:25 AM ChronoLegion
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** There's also the [[spoiler:Mondasian]] colony ship encountered by the Doctor in Season 10, a cylinder 400 miles long and 100 miles in diameter, with over 1500 city-sized decks, which range from actual cities to beautiful farm landscapes.
22nd Nov '17 10:50:09 AM ChronoLegion
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** The USS ''Discovery'' from the [[Series/StarTrekDiscovery eponymous series]]. A research ship specially designed around the experimental spore drive, which can teleport it great distances (the ''Discovery''[='s=] sister ship used to routinely make 90-light-year jumps in about a second). With the Federation-Klingon War going on, the ''Discovery'' is the most important ship in the fleet, even beating out the ''Enterprise'', which is fighting somewhere on the front lines. Being able to make instantaneous jumps with pinpoint accuracy can help turn the tide of war, such as when the ''Discovery'' [[spoiler:performs a GunshipRescue of a key mining colony]] or [[spoiler:initiates a TeleportSpam in order to harass the Klingon flagship and get a 3D image of it while cloaked]]. For that matter, the ''Ship of the Dead'' (AKA the ''Sarcophagus''), a unique Klingon ship with its hull lined with coffins of fallen warriors and the first ever Klingon cloaking device. It belongs to a rogue Klingon house, before being appropriated by General Kol as his flagship [[spoiler:and then destroyed by the ''Discovery'']].
22nd Nov '17 10:42:12 AM ChronoLegion
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** The ''Pride of Hiigara'' is, effectively Mothership 2.0, designed explicitly for the purpose of fighting the Vaygr. Unlike the original multi-purpose Mothership, the ''Pride'' is smaller and isn't designed to carry half a million of settlers. However, she has forward-facing fighter launch hangars, so they can be deployed much faster, as well as internal research facilities, to avoid protecting vulnerable research ships. Oh, and she can move (albeit slowly), which means that, if anyone ever tries to put a giant asteroid on a collision course with her, she can just move out of the way.
** The Vaygr battlecruiser has a powerful triple-cannon at the bow, capable of dealing tremendous damage to any ship, as well as VLS missile launchers at the top.
12th Nov '17 2:04:09 PM thatmadork
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*** It really needs to be said in detail how awesome the Spear of Adun really is. When you hear the term "arkship", you might think of a glorified transport shuttle. Wrong. The Spear of Adun is ''colossal''[[note]]74 kilometres in length, next to the 7-10km long Leviathans Kerrigan used in ''Heart of the Swarm''[[/note]], powered by [[spoiler:''a synthetic star'' which also sustains the entire population of the arkship]]. It has a vast factory bay with enough manufacturing capacity to produce absolutely anything the Protoss might need, rivalling even the planet Shakuras. Its considerable armament and defensive capabilities allow it to destroy multiple ambushing Terran battlecruisers with ease, and [[spoiler:only the ''entire'' Golden Armada ramming into it is able to do any meaningful damage (which is repaired by the epilogue)]]. It has highly manoeuvrable warp drives, enough orbital strike lasers to glass a planet, a chronosurge which decuples the flow of time for absurd production speeds, and reconstruction beams to repair anything mid-fight. It houses an entire legion of some of the ancient Protoss' greatest warriors and most brilliant minds in comfortable stasis, ready at a moment's notice to step out and give aid to their descendants in the darkest of times.
7th Nov '17 3:03:50 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Space_1 Deep Space 1]] was only an unmanned space probe, but it was propelled by an ion engine, several times more efficient than a normal (chemical) rocket. ''Dawn'' and ''Hayabusa'' are also propelled by ion engines - the latter being the first spacecraft to collect samples form an asteroid and bring them back to Earth, and the former being the first double-orbiter probe - planned to orbit the asteroid Vesta, then leave under power once its done collecting data and fly to the dwarf planet Ceres. Ion engines accelerate much much more slowly than rockets[[note]]at max. throttle, Deep Space 1's engine produced a third of an ''ounce'' of thrust[[/note]] so they can't be used as launch engines, but once in space, their ability to fire for a very, very long time means that they eventually hit velocities far greater than what a rocket with the same amount of propellant could manage.
* ''Voyager 1'' and ''Voyager 2'' -- so far, among humanity's ''only'' starships, together with Pioneers 10 and 11, as they've recently left the Solar System. Bonus coolness points for the fact that they're still working after ''forty years'' in space, plus ''Voyager 2'' being the unique probe that has explored the four outer planets.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Space_1 Deep Space 1]] was only an unmanned space probe, but it was propelled by an ion engine, several times more efficient than a normal (chemical) rocket. ''Dawn'' and ''Hayabusa'' are also propelled by ion engines - the latter being the first spacecraft to collect samples form an asteroid and bring them back to Earth, and the former being the first double-orbiter probe - planned to orbit orbited the asteroid Vesta, Vesta from [[TheNewTens 2011]] to late 2012, then leave left under power once its it was done collecting data and fly flew to the dwarf planet Ceres.Ceres that began to orbit in 2015 -. Ion engines accelerate much much more slowly than rockets[[note]]at max. throttle, Deep Space 1's engine produced a third of an ''ounce'' of thrust[[/note]] so they can't be used as launch engines, but once in space, their ability to fire for a very, very long time means that they eventually hit velocities far greater than what a rocket with the same amount of propellant could manage.
* ''Voyager 1'' and ''Voyager 2'' -- so far, among humanity's ''only'' starships, together with Pioneers 10 and 11, as they've recently left the Solar System. Bonus coolness points for the fact that that, unlike the two Pioneers, they're still working after ''forty years'' in space, plus ''Voyager 2'' being the unique probe that has explored the four outer planets.
7th Nov '17 2:52:58 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The ''Galileo'' probe to {{UsefulNotes/Jupiter}} deserves to be listed here because of its TroubledProduction. The ship was designed to be launched from the Space Shuttle, but the Challenger explosion delayed until that. Once en route to Jupiter, its main, umbrella-like, antenna did not fully deploy despite the efforts of mission' engineers to do that[[note]]It's thought the lubricant evaporated after years of having the probe stored[[/note]], thus transmitting data to Earth at a lower rate than expected. Once in Jupiter there were troubles with the on-board data recorder[[note]]Forcing to leave unused a part of the tape's recorder -less scientific data to be recorded-[[/note]] and, of course, Jupiter's strong radiation belts played havoc with the spacecraft. Despite that the mission was a great success, ''Galileo'' launching an atmospheric probe to study the Jovian atmosphere, being sturdier than what their engineers thought, and making a lot of discoveries on Jupiter and its moons before being sent to burn on Jupiter's atmosphere in [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2003]] (and, why not, she was one of the coolest space probes ever launched by NASA.)
* The ''Cassini'' mission to {{UsefulNotes/Saturn}}, that was also one of the heaviest[[note]]Only the ill-fated Soviet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos_Program Phobos program]] probes were heavier[[/note]] and most complex spacecrafts ever launched -extra coolness points because she carried a lander (''Huygens'') that landed on Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005-. Like ''Galileo'' above it had a TroubledProduction but mostly on Earth being victim of budgetary cuts[[note]]That forced a heavy redesign of her[[/note]], being about to be cancelled a number of times due to cost overruns and other problems[[note]]The UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} administrator at the time even nicknamed it derisively "Battlestar Galactica", and only European pressure as the ''Huygens'' probe was [[UsefulNotes/{{ESA}} European]], averted that[[/note]], and when it was about to be launched in 1997 protests of anti-nuclear groups due to the plutonium carried by her [=RTGs=] almost derail that. However the mission is considered to have been succesful beyond expectation, ''Cassini'' having orbited the ringed planet from 2004 to [[TheNewTens 2017]] when it was also deorbited into Saturn's atmosphere.

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* The ''Galileo'' probe to {{UsefulNotes/Jupiter}} deserves to be listed here because of its TroubledProduction. The ship was designed to be launched from the Space Shuttle, but the Challenger explosion delayed until 1989 that. Once en route to Jupiter, its main, umbrella-like, antenna did not fully deploy despite the efforts of mission' engineers to do that[[note]]It's thought the lubricant evaporated after years of having the probe stored[[/note]], thus transmitting data to Earth at a lower rate than expected. Once in Jupiter there were troubles with the on-board data recorder[[note]]Forcing to leave unused a part of the tape's recorder -less scientific data to be recorded-[[/note]] and, of course, Jupiter's strong radiation belts played havoc with the spacecraft.spacecraft's systems. Despite that the mission was a great success, ''Galileo'' launching an atmospheric probe to study the Jovian atmosphere, being sturdier than what their engineers thought, and making a lot of discoveries on Jupiter and its moons before being sent to burn on Jupiter's atmosphere in [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2003]] (and, why not, she was one of the coolest space probes ever launched by NASA.)
* The ''Cassini'' mission to {{UsefulNotes/Saturn}}, that was also one of the heaviest[[note]]Only the ill-fated Soviet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos_Program Phobos program]] probes were heavier[[/note]] and most complex spacecrafts ever launched -extra coolness points because she carried a lander (''Huygens'') that landed on Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005-. Like ''Galileo'' above it had a TroubledProduction but mostly on Earth being victim of budgetary cuts[[note]]That forced a heavy redesign of her[[/note]], being about to be cancelled a number of times due to cost overruns and other problems[[note]]The UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} administrator at the time even nicknamed it derisively "Battlestar Galactica", and only European pressure as the ''Huygens'' probe was [[UsefulNotes/{{ESA}} European]], averted that[[/note]], and when it was about to be launched in 1997 protests of anti-nuclear groups due to the plutonium carried by her [=RTGs=] almost derail that. However the mission is considered to have been succesful beyond expectation, ''Cassini'' having orbited the ringed planet making a lot of discoveries on it, its rings, and its moons from 2004 to [[TheNewTens 2017]] when it was also deorbited into Saturn's atmosphere.
7th Nov '17 2:48:44 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The ''Cassini'' mission to {{UsefulNotes/Saturn}}, that was also one of the heaviest[[note]]Only the ill-fated Soviet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos Program]] were heavier[[/note]] and most complex spacecrafts ever launched -extra coolness points because she carried a lander (''Huygens'') that landed on Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005-. Like ''Galileo'' above it had a TroubledProduction but mostly on Earth being victim of budgetary cuts[[note]]That forced a heavy redesign of her[[/note]], being about to be cancelled a number of times due to cost overruns and other problems[[note]]The UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} administrator at the time even nicknamed it derisively "Battlestar Galactica", and only European pressure as the ''Huygens'' probe was [[UsefulNotes/{{ESA}} European]], averted that[[/note]], and when it was about to be launched in 1997 protests of anti-nuclear groups due to the plutonium carried by her [=RTGs=] almost derail that. However the mission is considered to have been succesful beyond expectation, ''Cassini'' having orbited the ringed planet from 2004 to [[TheNewTens 2017]] when it was also sent to burn in Saturn's atmosphere.

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* The ''Cassini'' mission to {{UsefulNotes/Saturn}}, that was also one of the heaviest[[note]]Only the ill-fated Soviet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos Program]] org/wiki/Phobos_Program Phobos program]] probes were heavier[[/note]] and most complex spacecrafts ever launched -extra coolness points because she carried a lander (''Huygens'') that landed on Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005-. Like ''Galileo'' above it had a TroubledProduction but mostly on Earth being victim of budgetary cuts[[note]]That forced a heavy redesign of her[[/note]], being about to be cancelled a number of times due to cost overruns and other problems[[note]]The UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} administrator at the time even nicknamed it derisively "Battlestar Galactica", and only European pressure as the ''Huygens'' probe was [[UsefulNotes/{{ESA}} European]], averted that[[/note]], and when it was about to be launched in 1997 protests of anti-nuclear groups due to the plutonium carried by her [=RTGs=] almost derail that. However the mission is considered to have been succesful beyond expectation, ''Cassini'' having orbited the ringed planet from 2004 to [[TheNewTens 2017]] when it was also sent to burn in deorbited into Saturn's atmosphere.
7th Nov '17 2:44:53 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The ''Cassini'' spacecraft, in orbit around {{UsefulNotes/Saturn}} from 2004 to 2017. Extra coolness points because she carried a lander -''Huygens''- that landed on Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005.
* The ''Galileo'' probe to {{UsefulNotes/Jupiter}} deserves also to be listed here because of its TroubledProduction. The ship was designed to be launched from the Space Shuttle, but the Challenger explosion delayed some years that. Once en route to Jupiter, its main, umbrella-like, antenna did not fully deploy despite the efforts of mission' engineers to do that[[note]]It's thought the lubricant evaporated after years of having the probe stored[[/note]], thus transmitting data to Earth at a lower rate than expected. Once in Jupiter there were troubles with the on-board data recorder[[note]]Forcing to leave unused a part of the tape's recorder -less scientific data to be recorded-[[/note]] and, of course, Jupiter's strong radiation belts played havoc with the spacecraft. Despite that the mission was a great success, ''Galileo'' launching an atmospheric probe to study the Jovian atmosphere, being sturdier than what their engineers thought, and making a lot of discoveries on Jupiter and its moons before being sent to burn on Jupiter's atmosphere in [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2003]] (and, why not, she was one of the coolest space probes ever launched by NASA.)

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* The ''Cassini'' spacecraft, in orbit around {{UsefulNotes/Saturn}} from 2004 to 2017. Extra coolness points because she carried a lander -''Huygens''- that landed on Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005.
* The ''Galileo'' probe to {{UsefulNotes/Jupiter}} deserves also to be listed here because of its TroubledProduction. The ship was designed to be launched from the Space Shuttle, but the Challenger explosion delayed some years until that. Once en route to Jupiter, its main, umbrella-like, antenna did not fully deploy despite the efforts of mission' engineers to do that[[note]]It's thought the lubricant evaporated after years of having the probe stored[[/note]], thus transmitting data to Earth at a lower rate than expected. Once in Jupiter there were troubles with the on-board data recorder[[note]]Forcing to leave unused a part of the tape's recorder -less scientific data to be recorded-[[/note]] and, of course, Jupiter's strong radiation belts played havoc with the spacecraft. Despite that the mission was a great success, ''Galileo'' launching an atmospheric probe to study the Jovian atmosphere, being sturdier than what their engineers thought, and making a lot of discoveries on Jupiter and its moons before being sent to burn on Jupiter's atmosphere in [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2003]] (and, why not, she was one of the coolest space probes ever launched by NASA.))
* The ''Cassini'' mission to {{UsefulNotes/Saturn}}, that was also one of the heaviest[[note]]Only the ill-fated Soviet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos Program]] were heavier[[/note]] and most complex spacecrafts ever launched -extra coolness points because she carried a lander (''Huygens'') that landed on Saturn's moon Titan in January 2005-. Like ''Galileo'' above it had a TroubledProduction but mostly on Earth being victim of budgetary cuts[[note]]That forced a heavy redesign of her[[/note]], being about to be cancelled a number of times due to cost overruns and other problems[[note]]The UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} administrator at the time even nicknamed it derisively "Battlestar Galactica", and only European pressure as the ''Huygens'' probe was [[UsefulNotes/{{ESA}} European]], averted that[[/note]], and when it was about to be launched in 1997 protests of anti-nuclear groups due to the plutonium carried by her [=RTGs=] almost derail that. However the mission is considered to have been succesful beyond expectation, ''Cassini'' having orbited the ringed planet from 2004 to [[TheNewTens 2017]] when it was also sent to burn in Saturn's atmosphere.
5th Nov '17 12:40:08 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* ''Voyager 1'' and ''Voyager 2'' -- so far, among humanity's ''only'' starships, together with Pioneers 10 and 11, as they've recently left the Solar System. Bonus coolness points for the fact that they're still working after ''thirty years'' in space, plus ''Voyager 2'' being the unique probe that has explored the four outer planets.

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* ''Voyager 1'' and ''Voyager 2'' -- so far, among humanity's ''only'' starships, together with Pioneers 10 and 11, as they've recently left the Solar System. Bonus coolness points for the fact that they're still working after ''thirty ''forty years'' in space, plus ''Voyager 2'' being the unique probe that has explored the four outer planets.
24th Oct '17 5:11:49 AM ChronoLegion
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* The USS ''[[Series/TheOrville Orville]]'' from the eponymous series. While hardly unique (there are 3000 ships in the Union fleet, after all), her crew is responsible for a number of feats that belie her size and firepower, using excellent maneuvering and clever tactics to defeat ships several times the size. In addition, the ''Orville'' has a sleek jellyfish-like appearance.
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