Starship Scuffles in Real Life? A "realistic" design for a space battleship was created by the United States air-force during the Kennedy administration. It would be propelled by an "Orion drive" (i.e. driven by the force of nuclear explosions), and would be equipped (alongside a full nuclear arsenal) with naval-style battleship turrets. A battle between two such ships using their turrets is probably the closest Real Life could come to fulfilling this trope. In practice, the very design of the ship terrified Kennedy to such an extent that he cancelled the entire program.