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?
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
One of the things I've built up over the years was a pretty big collection of sketches. While I'm the first to admit that I have the art skills of a physics student (spherical cows and all that), I have done a lot of... passable sketches to work out a lot of details in the… Continue reading Coming Soon: Sketch Sunday
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
One of those awkward things about space travel is that you need to bring everything with you. You have no air, no food, and critically, no power. Fortunately, being a member of a spacefaring civilization does give you a few options as to how you can provide power for your ships. As always, a ship… Continue reading Reactors and Power Systems
While many people state that space is not an ocean (and they're admittedly right once you look at it), that didn't mean that a lot of good ideas didn't cross over from naval ships to space ships. When travel (and commerce) finally came to the stars in force, a lot of the old safety requirements… Continue reading Emergency Ship Data Recorders
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