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30th Sep '17 4:03:45 PM ZerroDefex
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', [[BigBad Ronan's]] ship, the ''Dark Aster'' is three kilometers long.

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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', [[BigBad Ronan's]] ship, the ''Dark Aster'' is three kilometers long.wide.



** The largest ships to date are Vorlon ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eclipse]]''-class planet killers. Estimates put them at 26-36 miles in diameter (they're circular). And they're definitely visible from planetary surface.

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** The largest ships to date are Vorlon ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eclipse]]''-class planet killers. Estimates put them at 26-36 miles in diameter (they're circular). And they're definitely visible from planetary surface.surface as one partially eclipses the sun when it briefly arrives over Centauri Prime.
16th Sep '17 5:11:03 PM nombretomado
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** Then there's the [[YanksWithTanks United States']] thought experiments on the concept of the [[BaseOnWheels Mobile Offshore Base]], with the primary selling point of all designs being a landing strip long enough to accept C-17 and C-5s full of tanks - which is at least as long as this trope requires (for reference, a standard carrier can only accept a single empty C-130 after special preparation).
** It's not like the Japanese [[http://www.industrytap.com/worlds-largest-floating-airport-in-tokyo-bay/3684 planned to build a 4 km floating airstrip and had a 1 km prototype]]. So, as always, only the budget prevents the YanksWithTanks from going to CrazyAwesome levels.

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** Then there's the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States']] thought experiments on the concept of the [[BaseOnWheels Mobile Offshore Base]], with the primary selling point of all designs being a landing strip long enough to accept C-17 and C-5s full of tanks - which is at least as long as this trope requires (for reference, a standard carrier can only accept a single empty C-130 after special preparation).
** It's not like the Japanese [[http://www.industrytap.com/worlds-largest-floating-airport-in-tokyo-bay/3684 planned to build a 4 km floating airstrip and had a 1 km prototype]]. So, as always, only the budget prevents the YanksWithTanks UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks from going to CrazyAwesome levels.
27th Jul '17 11:01:05 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[http://imgur.com/P8AyX25 Problems that arise on a 260km ship. (Star Wars)]] {{parodie|d}}s this by chronicling the maiden voyage of the 260km (100km larger than the Death Star!) ''Ultra''-class [[Franchise/StarWars Star Destroyer]] ''[[FreudWasRight Freudian Nightmare]]''. [[AwesomeButImpractical It runs into a few problems]], including but not limited to the crews being forced to set up tent cities because it would take days to travel from their quarters otherwise.

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* [[http://imgur.com/P8AyX25 [[https://plus.google.com/+Swtorstrategies/posts/Qk35nrahWtA Problems that arise on a 260km ship. (Star Wars)]] {{parodie|d}}s this by chronicling the maiden voyage of the 260km (100km larger than the Death Star!) ''Ultra''-class [[Franchise/StarWars Star Destroyer]] ''[[FreudWasRight Freudian Nightmare]]''. [[AwesomeButImpractical It runs into a few problems]], including but not limited to the crews being forced to set up tent cities because it would take days to travel from their quarters otherwise.
16th Jul '17 4:27:02 PM WillKeaton
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** Less confirmed is information about Great Crusade era flagships (20-26 km long), various Xeno ships (i.e. Interex) that were 2-3 times bigger, Eldar Crafworlds [[note]]DependingOnTheAuthor and on exact craftworld, they might be the size of a planet or "just" 40 km long[[/note]], the Rock (size of a city and accompanying bedrock), the Phalanx (small moon sized) and World Engine (planet made into spaceship).

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** Less confirmed is information about Great Crusade era flagships (20-26 km long), various Xeno ships (i.e. Interex) that were 2-3 times bigger, Eldar Crafworlds [[note]]DependingOnTheAuthor ,[[note]]DependingOnTheAuthor and on exact craftworld, they might be the size of a planet or "just" 40 km long[[/note]], long.[[/note]] the Rock (size of a city and accompanying bedrock), the Phalanx (small moon sized) and World Engine (planet made into spaceship).
16th Jul '17 4:26:17 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The infamous ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyers are 1,600 meters long, or approximately one mile, while Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'' was 19 kilometers, taking this trope quite literally UpToEleven. As a real-world comparison, this makes ''Executor'' roughly the size of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Manhattan]]. [[http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-super-star-destroyer-is-manhattan-sized-1726012171 Literally.]] However, the ''Venator''-classes shown in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' were only 1,137 meters and apparently capable of landing. The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' adds many more examples, some of which are found under Literature. The Galactic Empire has the {{justifi|edTrope}}cation of the Tarkin Doctrine: a MileLongShip is imposing and scary and symbolic of the Empire's might. Certain Rebel ships match or exceed the ISD in length: Admiral Ackbar's flagship ''Home One'' is nearly four kilometers, though as Mon Calamari Star Cruisers are custom-built they vary pretty widely in length. The most common variety (the "winged" cruiser exemplified by ''Liberty'', the second Death Star's first victim) are 1,200 meters long.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The infamous ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyers are 1,600 meters long, or approximately one mile, while Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'' was 19 kilometers, taking this trope quite literally UpToEleven. As a real-world comparison, this makes ''Executor'' roughly the size of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Manhattan]]. [[http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-super-star-destroyer-is-manhattan-sized-1726012171 Literally.]] However, the ''Venator''-classes shown in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' were only 1,137 meters and apparently capable of landing. The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''Series/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] adds many more examples, some of which are found under Literature. The Galactic Empire has the {{justifi|edTrope}}cation of the Tarkin Doctrine: a MileLongShip is imposing and scary and symbolic of the Empire's might. Certain Rebel ships match or exceed the ISD in length: Admiral Ackbar's flagship ''Home One'' is nearly four kilometers, though as Mon Calamari Star Cruisers are custom-built they vary pretty widely in length. The most common variety (the "winged" cruiser exemplified by ''Liberty'', the second Death Star's first victim) are 1,200 meters long.
16th Jul '17 4:25:27 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The infamous ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyers are 1,600 meters long, or approximately one mile, while Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'' was 19 kilometers, taking this trope quite literally UpToEleven. As a real-world comparison, this makes ''Executor'' roughly the size of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Manhattan]]. [[http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-super-star-destroyer-is-manhattan-sized-1726012171 Literally]]. However, the ''Venator''-classes shown in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' were only 1,137 meters and apparently capable of landing. The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' adds many more examples, some of which are found under Literature. The Galactic Empire has the {{justifi|edTrope}}cation of the Tarkin Doctrine: a MileLongShip is imposing and scary and symbolic of the Empire's might. Certain Rebel ships match or exceed the ISD in length: Admiral Ackbar's flagship ''Home One'' is nearly four kilometers, though as Mon Calamari Star Cruisers are custom-built they vary pretty widely in length. The most common variety (the "winged" cruiser exemplified by ''Liberty'', the second Death Star's first victim) are 1,200 meters long.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The infamous ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyers are 1,600 meters long, or approximately one mile, while Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'' was 19 kilometers, taking this trope quite literally UpToEleven. As a real-world comparison, this makes ''Executor'' roughly the size of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Manhattan]]. [[http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-super-star-destroyer-is-manhattan-sized-1726012171 Literally]]. Literally.]] However, the ''Venator''-classes shown in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' were only 1,137 meters and apparently capable of landing. The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' adds many more examples, some of which are found under Literature. The Galactic Empire has the {{justifi|edTrope}}cation of the Tarkin Doctrine: a MileLongShip is imposing and scary and symbolic of the Empire's might. Certain Rebel ships match or exceed the ISD in length: Admiral Ackbar's flagship ''Home One'' is nearly four kilometers, though as Mon Calamari Star Cruisers are custom-built they vary pretty widely in length. The most common variety (the "winged" cruiser exemplified by ''Liberty'', the second Death Star's first victim) are 1,200 meters long.
2nd Jul '17 12:09:42 PM nombretomado
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* The International Space Station, our current largest spaceship (technically; its rockets are only to help keep it in orbit), is around a tenth of a kilometer wide, and around 1/14 kilometer long (according to TheOtherWiki). This sounds more impressive than it is, due to the space station's shape (some of the length comes from the arrays of solar panels on either end) [[note]]The living space has been described as a six-bedroom house[[/note]].

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* The International Space Station, our current largest spaceship (technically; its rockets are only to help keep it in orbit), is around a tenth of a kilometer wide, and around 1/14 kilometer long (according to TheOtherWiki).Wiki/TheOtherWiki). This sounds more impressive than it is, due to the space station's shape (some of the length comes from the arrays of solar panels on either end) [[note]]The living space has been described as a six-bedroom house[[/note]].
1st Jun '17 4:40:50 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Series/TheExpanse'' the LDS Church commissioned the ''Nauvoo'', a two-kilometer GenerationShip, to take them to the next "promised land." [[spoiler: In season 2 the Outer Planets Alliance commandeered it to knock Protomolecule-infested Eros into the Sun, but missed.]]
17th Apr '17 5:06:41 PM nombretomado
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* In StephenBaxter's ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' universe: the Xeelee Nightfighter. The cockpit is small, about the size of a room, but its ''wings'' stretch out for kilometers in either direction, like vast sails. The purpose of these wings are never made evident, as the ship itself travels via teleportation.

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* In StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' universe: the Xeelee Nightfighter. The cockpit is small, about the size of a room, but its ''wings'' stretch out for kilometers in either direction, like vast sails. The purpose of these wings are never made evident, as the ship itself travels via teleportation.
10th Apr '17 5:45:23 PM nombretomado
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* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/{{Genome}}'', the main character notices a [[VestigialEmpire Taii]] ship, a Moon-sized sphere, patroling their ancient borders (which now belong to younger races). Subverted in that this ship is a relic of bygone times. The Taii ship is escorted by a tiny human destroyer that can incinerate the giant sphere with a single volley.

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* In SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/{{Genome}}'', the main character notices a [[VestigialEmpire Taii]] ship, a Moon-sized sphere, patroling their ancient borders (which now belong to younger races). Subverted in that this ship is a relic of bygone times. The Taii ship is escorted by a tiny human destroyer that can incinerate the giant sphere with a single volley.
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