You call your ship what?

While all ships have an official name, more often than not the crew will often call a ship by its nickname. Some nicknames come from (in)famous incidents or battles. Others are just puns on their official name. A few nicknames seem to defy any kind of logic, but just "are" in the same way that… Continue reading You call your ship what?

Sketches – Dortmund Processing Tower

This sketch was originally inspired by 3d render someone had posted on Artstation (I think) of a tower structure on top of a mountain, with a spaceship flying towards it. Very industrial, very high-tech. The reason I thought this would be found on Nordhausen, in the Dortmund star system, is because it has a rather...… Continue reading Sketches – Dortmund Processing Tower

Ship Classification Societies

While shipyards build ships and shipping companies operate (and usually own) ships, who examines the designs that the yards build off and ensure that the shipping lines operate safe equipment? The answer to that is the Ship Classification Society. As an organization, they maintain the technical standards for the construction and operation of space ships,… Continue reading Ship Classification Societies

Navigation Infrastructure

Navigating in space is a surprisingly challenging affair. While one is rarely concerned about running into some unmapped planet, simply navigating by dead reckoning is a recipe for disaster. A well surveyed system will have orbital datasets for all of its components, right down to most of the asteroids, but this is by no means… Continue reading Navigation Infrastructure