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I recall reading several Sci-Fi books/series that imagined spherical ships the size of earth's moon or even larger.

 

Filled with generators, shields, engines, weapons, and hangers for smaller ships like battleships.

 

Basically, a more mobile deathstar.

 

Frankly a bit ridiculous, since there ended up being dozens of the things in a ridiculous-scale battle.

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I recall reading several Sci-Fi books/series that imagined spherical ships the size of earth's moon or even larger.

 

Filled with generators, shields, engines, weapons, and hangers for smaller ships like battleships.

 

Basically, a more mobile deathstar.

 

Frankly a bit ridiculous, since there ended up being dozens of the things in a ridiculous-scale battle.

 

While that sounds possible it is basically not .

You see even though every thing is weightless in space thrust to weight ratio still matters. And at some point the size/mass/weight of an engine gets so large that it becomes to much for it to effectively move it's self.

Now the max size  changes according to what ever fictional  technology that is being use but even with the most amazing ludicrous tech you can think of  any thing the size or mass of  a small moon would not be able to move effectively. 

You be talking about year long burns to even change your  orbit , and you can totally forget maneuvering in battle. 

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[While that sounds possible it is basically not .

You see even though every thing is weightless in space thrust to weight ratio still matters. And at some point the size/mass/weight of an engine gets so large that it becomes to much for it to effectively move it's self.

Now the max size  changes according to what ever fictional  technology that is being use but even with the most amazing ludicrous tech you can think of  any thing the size or mass of  a small moon would not be able to move effectively. 

You be talking about year long burns to even change your  orbit , and you can totally forget maneuvering in battle.

It did employ various fictional technology to allow things like traveling through an artificially created wormhole, some kind of warp drive thingy, and above all (for purposes of moving a small moon) ability to control or at least produce gravity, and nullify it.

 

Basically, if it isn't currently known to be possible, there was a tech that addressed that and allowed it.

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I appreciate all the fine work people have offered thus far.  - Thank you, everyone !!  ;)

 

My ship classification system is partly inspired by historical and current naval classification, while others are borrowed (ie stolen) from various ideas in this post, and elsewhere.

 

                  Modules        Ship Classification

                          1                        Miner

                          2                        Scavenger

                          3                        Scout

                          4                        Skirmisher

                          5                        Fighter

                          6                        Interceptor

                          7                        Corvette

                          8                        Frigate

                          9                        Destroyer

                        10                      Cruiser

                        11                      Battle Cruiser

                        12                      Battle Ship

                        13                      Juggernaut

                        14                      Dreadnought

                        15                      Titan

                        15+                    Elite Titan

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