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1st Nov '17 1:56:19 AM PaulA
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* The derelict space craft from Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series were giant spheres. In the second book, ''Galactic Derelict'', the heroes managed to find one intact.

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* The derelict space craft from Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series were giant spheres. In the second book, ''Galactic Derelict'', ''Literature/GalacticDerelict'', the heroes managed to find one intact.
16th Oct '17 4:19:38 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Frieza's Saiyan Pods are of the sufficiently advanced variety. There's also the larger ones adapted from that technology.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The "Saiyan Pods" used by
Frieza's Saiyan Pods forces are of the sufficiently advanced variety. There's also They're person-sized and have no visible engines, but they can make year-long interstellar trips with no issue while the passenger is in suspended animation.
** Doctor Briefs reverse-engineers this technology and builds a much
larger ones adapted from that technology.one for Goku, which more resembles the page picture. In addition to being much roomier, it includes a training gym with multiple gravity settings, allowing Goku to grow more than ten times stronger during his journey.
8th Jul '17 8:33:07 AM Dauthium_Silencer
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* The second WesternAnimationKatyCaterpillar movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.

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* The second WesternAnimationKatyCaterpillar [[WesternAnimation/KatyLaOruga Katy Caterpillar]] movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.
8th Jul '17 8:32:14 AM Dauthium_Silencer
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* The second KatyCaterpillar movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.

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* The second KatyCaterpillar WesternAnimationKatyCaterpillar movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.
23rd May '17 10:23:39 AM Saber15
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* These are present in the ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'', ''VideoGame/MechAssault'', and ''Videogame/MechCommander'' game series, which are based on ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech''. For the most part, they function as a StationaryBoss, with huge amounts of armor and high-powered weapons. ''Mechassault 1'' starts off with a ComingInHot landing by a sphereoid dropship after it was damaged by anti-air fire, causing it to smash into the ground and damage or destroy most of its [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]]. The ships' idiot technician cannibalizes parts from heavy battlemechs to repair a ''Cougar'' scout mech, much to the annoyance of the commander.

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* These are present in the ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'', ''VideoGame/MechAssault'', and ''Videogame/MechCommander'' game series, which are based on ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech''. For the most part, they function as a StationaryBoss, with huge amounts of armor and high-powered weapons. In ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'', they are present in some custom maps as a base with built-in mech hangars and defensive turret arrays. ''Mechassault 1'' starts off with a ComingInHot landing by a sphereoid dropship after it was damaged by anti-air fire, causing it to smash into the ground and damage or destroy most of its [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]]. The ships' idiot technician cannibalizes parts from heavy battlemechs to repair a ''Cougar'' scout mech, much to the annoyance of the commander.
29th Jan '17 6:00:34 AM KBABZ
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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' featured a few of these as escape pods, used both in the story for a quick getaway and in gameplay to take you to a different part of the level. They would not be featured again, however ''[[RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus Into the Nexus]]'' would reveal that it was rather luxurious as it had a holo-screen, wet bar, games console and massaging seats. It would also explain why it disappeared: activating all the features at once would cause it to explode, forcing a recall.
15th Jan '17 2:44:33 PM DustSnitch
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** Spheres are BadAss. Nothing says "we mean business" like a MotherShip that looks like a wrecking ball with guns.

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** Spheres are BadAss.badass. Nothing says "we mean business" like a MotherShip that looks like a wrecking ball with guns.
29th Nov '16 1:07:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The second KatyCaterpillar movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.

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* The second KatyCaterpillar movie, ''Katy, Kiki & Koko'' had the shapeshifting alien use such a ship. It was not capable of taking off vertically and had to reach escape velocity by bouncing on the ground.

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29th Nov '16 1:06:47 AM Morgenthaler
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28th Nov '16 1:33:30 PM Morgenthaler
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A SciFi plot calls for a vehicle that can land on an alien planet and be somewhat {{Badass}}. A SpacePlane would be cool, but you'd need a runway. So instead, you have a DropShip shaped roughly like a sphere that consists of a vertically mounted rocket engine surrounded by landing struts, fuel, cargo, a control room, and usually a ramp to offload personnel and cargo. The type of engine is unimportant. It can be an actual rocket or a HandWaved "[[DramaticAlienVTOL antigravity generator]]" or "[[PowerFloats reactionless thruster]]".

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A SciFi plot calls for a vehicle that can land on an alien planet and be somewhat {{Badass}}.badass. A SpacePlane would be cool, but you'd need a runway. So instead, you have a DropShip shaped roughly like a sphere that consists of a vertically mounted rocket engine surrounded by landing struts, fuel, cargo, a control room, and usually a ramp to offload personnel and cargo. The type of engine is unimportant. It can be an actual rocket or a HandWaved "[[DramaticAlienVTOL antigravity generator]]" or "[[PowerFloats reactionless thruster]]".
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