Are large spaceships ever going to be a reality?

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

Are large spaceships ever going to be a reality?

Where would they be built? If it's on earth getting anything large into space would a nightmare, wouldn't it?

Building it in space like the space station doesn't seem feasible for anything large scale and solid.

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askme
askme

Once they can refine raw resources to whatever materials they need while in space, then you could see large ships being built.

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

I don't know if they will be ever be built but one thing I'm sure is they won't be like that.

Booteefool
Booteefool

A spaceship the size of a modern aircraft carrier would need heat radiators the size of jamaica

Evilember
Evilember

We would need to be able to build in space first.
This pretty much.

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RumChicken
RumChicken

Building it in space like the space station doesn't seem feasible for anything large scale and solid.
Why doesn't it seem feasible?

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

Doesn't the fact that the object your trying to build is constantly moving is a problem to you? You'd have to send parts and keep them somewhere while a team assembles it all the while in space.

Stupidasole
Stupidasole

The Sun and the Earth and everything else is constantly moving.
You decide on an orbit and the delivery rockets home in on it.
They just dump out their cargo and maybe tie light lines to it so it doesn't drift away.
There's no wind and no major forces acting on anything. Except for residual motions imparted by the workmen, everything stays where it's put.

Really large structures can ONLY be built in space. Like a telescope with a mirror five miles across.

is correct. Almost all SF spaceships are stupid designs.

Evilember
Evilember

I'm venture they'd be assembled in space with a way to cheaply send the components up bit by bit. On that I'm thinking space elevator...? Is that the only idea to send things very cheaply into space we have right now?

SniperWish
SniperWish

This is the correct answer. Currently everything has to be made of what will fit on top of a big tube.

Flameblow
Flameblow

not even close, we got multiple ways, some of which can be made with existing, mass producible materials and tech

eGremlin
eGremlin

Which ones are the most promising (cheapest) and most practicable (uses as much current tech as possible)?

whereismyname
whereismyname

Probably launch loops or orbital rings, though orbital rings require a significant amount of material to make and would probably demand some degree of space industry to manufacture

Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

aerodynamic design
in space

OK scifi tards, time to stop

MPmaster
MPmaster

no fun allowed
people will make a ship however the fuck they want, if they are the ones paying for it to be built

Spamalot
Spamalot

Does a spaceship really need to be any shape at all if it is never is intended to land on or take off from planets?

5mileys
5mileys

if humans invent advanced ai and put it in independant robots that can do what humans do, then yes, we could see large spaceships. The robots could take their time building them. Robots can live forever. So they could work on a spaceship for thousands of years if need be.

iluvmen
iluvmen

Robots need maintenance

hairygrape
hairygrape

needs to be able to handle its thrust
needs to have a center of gravity in line with the thrust
need to optimally use resources for construction

Playboyize
Playboyize

Robots need maintenance
right, they'd maintain themselves.

Evilember
Evilember

you're telling me some megacorp who is spending billions on building a big ship is not fully utilizing every possible square inch of this thing. That the money spent on huge spaceships (as mentioned in OP) would be wasted on aesthetics?

Sure for small pointless shit that the elite have built, I agree with you. But if you're looking at any true sense of purpose you're not going to be worrying about aesthetics. Well except for the iShip 1S

JunkTop
JunkTop

Once we figure out how to weld in space then we can build space ships like we build any big ship here on earth. The problem with big ships is that every extra ounce of non-fuel needs exponentially more fuel. We don't have anything efficient enough to make big stuff worth the effort

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

iship 1S

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Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

welding in space is no different to welding on Earth
the problem is that NASA is a buncha faggots who deliberately no nothing in space

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