"When I was a kid, my uncle taught me this pencil and paper game he called Star Wars." "I have no idea who originally invented it." "Basically you draw two bases on opposite ends of the paper. Each base gets a mothership and two flanking defensive (immobile) turrets. Players wage war on each other by launching fighters from their motherships, then attempt to blast away their opponent's base. [...] To launch fighters, move, and fire weapons, players place their pencil tip on the selected unit's cannon. Then they must hold the pencil in position with a single index finger pressing down on the end of the pencil. Finally a player fires by pushing down on the pencil forcing the tip to draw a line outward. " [more inside]
ShapeWright Ship will take your name (or really any string of text) and generate a 3D model of a spaceship based on it.
Dreams of Space. A blog featuring art from non-fiction children's space flight books 1945-1975. Lots of great graphics, from the realistic to the now fanciful. I must also point out the wonderful Czech pop-up book and A Trip to Outer Space With Santa.
What would combat in space really be like?
Spaceships that became other spaceships: The Millennium Falcon, The Colonial Viper, The Eagle Transporter - from the blog of Gavin Rothery, visual effects designer on Moon. Previously.
"Google and Virgin Group today announced the launch of Virgle Inc., a jointly owned and operated venture dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement on Mars." Virgle - with their 100 year mission to boldly go where no tycoons have gone before - to Mars! Why not join their startup civilization (apply here folks), become a pioneer and live in Virgle City! But for all of you potential astronauts out there - don't look here!
ZetaFlow. Blow up a few of his spaceships, then build your own to blow up. Some instructions inside.
Astrona - Space & Astronomical Art Journal : "specialising in space and astronomical art, science fiction art, visions of future worlds, design and visualization of technologies for living in space, space exploration, spaceships, starships, space colonies, etc."
"Since I was a little boy I have always dreamed that one day man would journey to the moon and beyond. I now try to create images that show the possibilities of space flight with the technologies that are currently available today or what could be in the near future. In doing so, I try to depict what a manned space mission might actually look like to one of the 9 planets in our solar system." [Not Flash, but fun for Friday anyway.]
I LOVE YOU I WANNA LOVE YOU TENDER. You could be my only sweet surrender. I would never bring you any kind of sorrow. (38 Mb QT)
All your spaceship are belong to LEEIF. Someone stole the source code to the guidance package for the US space program, including GPS. Tomorrow Never Dies, anyone?
Need to know about starfleet ship classes? and I mean all the starfleet ship classes. Geek away and beware the MIDI file embedded in the page if you surf at work and wish to remain a closeted trekkie.