THE 10 BEST SPACESHIP DESIGNS, EVER

What follows is my own opinion. But it is my site, so I can put here what I like. So these truly are THE 10 BEST SPACESHIP DESIGNS, EVER!!!

I list them, counting down to what I think is THE best, and give my reasons for why I like them.

I encourage you to disagree with me and perhaps build your own list. Do it! Killed an hour out of my afternoon that’s for sure!

10.
THE ICARUS II
This gigantic ship from ‘Sunshine’ starts the list off. Highly impressive, with its big wide disc at the front and long, thin body, it truly is a design made for star cruising only. It really gives you the sense of being brittle, and susceptible to breaking easily.

9.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
How can you have a list for the best spaceship designs and not have Galactica? I’ve included both versions here for you to drool over.

8.
THE RODGER YOUNG
As much as I love Galactica, I think I prefer this design of a space battleship from Starship Troopers. It has beautiful lines to it that I think Galactica is missing.

7.
THE PAN-AM SHIP/THE DISCOVERY
Yes I chose two. But I’m allowed to. I couldn’t choose. These are from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

6.
THE CYGNUS
Who doesn’t love Disney’s ‘The Black Hole’? Oh you don’t? Oh… Well I love it. I love everything about it, for all of its cheese and cheapness. And who can’t respect The Cygnus for being the most bizarre space ship design for a big budget movie that has ever been seen?

5.
COUNT DOOKU’S SOLAR-SAIL SHIP
A weird choice, I know. And you’re probably thinking “No X-Wing? No TIE Fighter?” Well, Dooku’s ship from Attack of the Clones gets my vote because it shows that Star Wars could be a little different in where it took designs (see the Falcon below). The audacity of Dooku to have a ship that could ‘sail’ through space, instead of relying upon engines alone is something that I find endearing. And the ship is a beautiful design.

4.
SERENITY
Looking like a bee, or some kind of flying lizard, the Serenity proves that the beauty in a ship’s design doesn’t always come from the way it looks, but by the way it performs in its role. Both a home and a hardy vessel of the stars, Serenity is one of the better modern space ship designs to grace the small screen in recent years.

3.
THE NOSTROMO
What makes the Nostromo, from ALIEN so appealing is the fact that it has almost no aerodynamic qualities to it at all. And I’d even go so far as to say it barely has a ‘design’, or meaning to its shape. Floating through space like a giant metal cathedral, the Nostromo acts as the perfect setting for a futuristic horror story and sets the tone for a film about design as much as it is about the cold, unknown horror of deep space.

2.
THE MILLENNIUM FALCON
There’s no denying the shear brilliance behind the design of the Falcon, with its flying saucer aesthetic. When you see this baby twist and turn through a volatile asteroid field, you can’t help but fall in love with her.

1.
THE ENTERPRISE
When it comes to number one, there can only be Kirk’s Enterprise. And I love the design so much that I simply can’t decide on which variant is better. So here’s all of ’em! Even the Abrams-prise, which I think is a brilliant reinvention of an old design.


What have I missed out here? What should have made the list? What would make YOUR list?

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