This is a list of fictional spacecraft, starships and exo-atmospheric vessels that have been identified by name in notable published works of fiction. The term "spacecraft" is mainly used to refer to spacecraft that are real or conceived using present technology. The terms "spaceship" and "starship" are generally applied only to fictional space vehicles, usually those capable of transporting people.
Cepheus — a ship made for transport between different bases and colonies in the deep Solar System in the movie Ad Astra.
Discovery One – a scientific research spacecraft sent to Jupiter in the novels: "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010: Odyssey Two" and the corresponding films: "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "2010: The Year We Make Contact" (1984).
Europa One – a scientific research spacecraft made to send astronauts to Jupiter’s moon Europa to find extraterrestrial life under the moons surface in Europa Report.
Lander – a ship used as a way to transport the crew of Europa One to the surface of Europa. It contains mining and recording materials to search for alien life under the surface of the moon.
Excelsior – from the 1918 Danish film Himmelskibet (A Trip to Mars), "The film that marked the beginning of the space opera subgenre of science fiction." — Phil Hardy
Arcadia (アルカディア号) – the most powerful space battleship in the Captain Harlock universe, created by Tochiro Oyama as his final gift to his friend Harlock before his inevitable demise
LCAM-01XA Archangel – a state-of-the-art warship from the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED & SEED Destiny. The first of its class, which it also takes its name from Archangel. She has a nearly identical sister-ship known as the Dominion. Both ships are named after the Hierarchy of angels, and had there been a 3rd sister-ship, she would've most likely been called the Seraphim.
Argonaut – the most advanced starship of the Iron Tribe in the anime series Heroic Age
Ark – a ship from Transformers. The flagship of the Autobots commanded by Optimus Prime in several Transformers series. The computer of the ship was called Teletraan I (voice provided by Casey Kasem), and it provided intelligence to the Autobots for their various missions. The original series saw it crashing on Earth several million years prior to 1984, and it was discovered some three million years before then by the characters of Beast Wars: Transformers.
Aurora — Private starship owned by Alterra which had a mission of terraforming planets but was shot down when attempting a slingshot maneuver around planet 4546B. (From the Subnautica video game)
Axiom – the Buy n' Large starliner in the films WALL-E and BURN-E, which is used, together with other starships, to provide a temporary home for humanity, but the originally planned 5-year cruise turns into a 700-year time period.
"The Derelict" – the name given to the abandoned alien spacecraft discovered by the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo in the film Alien (1979)
Darksyde – The Predacon transwarp ship in the Beast Warstelevision series. The name was spelled with a y in the Beast Wars video game and in the DVD box set. In IDW Publishing's 2008 Beast Wars Sourcebook it was spelled "Darkside". The ship's computer was voiced by Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff.
Destiny Ascension – an Asari dreadnaught with a crew of 10,000 that serves as the flagship of the Citadel fleet in the Mass Effect universe
Lander – two cargo spacecraft used in the Endurance mission to transport materials from the Endurance to Mann's planet; Lander 1 is later used by TARS to propel the craft far enough from SMBH Gargantua.
Ranger – various SSTO spaceplanes featured in Interstellar: the Ranger Test Article, piloted by Cooper during his crash; the twelve Rangers used during the Lazarus missions to carry astronauts through the wormhole to twelve potentially habitable planets; Ranger 1 and Ranger 2 used to carry personnel from the Endurance to Miller's, Mann's and Edmunds's planets (Ranger 2 is later used by Cooper like TARS's Lander); the futuristic Rangers, used around Saturn as the Cooper station's auxiliary craft (one is later stolen by Cooper and TARS to rejoin with Amelia on Edmunds's planet).
Event Horizon – gravity drive exploration starship, aiming to explore Proxima Centauri, disappears on its maiden voyage and rediscovered seven years later with its crew missing, a space-borne "Mary Celeste"
Exelion – 12 kilometer long warship originally commissioned as Earth’s flagship in Gunbuster.
Icarus – near-light speed ship with onboard cryogenic chambers used to land astronauts on habitable worlds thousands of light years away to ensure the survival of the human race in Planet Of The Apes
Island Cluster Class Colonization Ship 25 (Macross Frontier) – Colony Fleet consisting on a transformable fighting ship, the main population vessel and other smaller islands from the anime Macross Frontier
R.L.S. Legacy – a space exploration vessel from the Disney animated film Treasure Planet. It is a space ship that is designed to emulate a Sailing ship from the 1600s.
Leonora Christine – colonization starship utilizing the fictional Bussard ramjet drive in the novel Tau Zero to create enough speed for onboard time dilation to occur so the passengers can reach the far away Beta Virginis star within their lifetime.
In the Star Wars universe, a "starfighter" is a blanket term for all small combat space craft, regardless of shields, hyperspace capability, weaponry (unless it carries none), armor, maneuverability and crew. "Snubfighter" (a term first used in Star Wars), though no concise definition has been given, often refers to a fighter carrying shielding, secondary weapons systems such as proton torpedoes or concussion missiles, and being hyperspace capable. Starfighters sometimes bear mission designations similar to modern fighter aircraft, such as "strike fighter" and "space superiority fighter".
TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) – various spacecraft-time machine hybrids equipped with some sort of jump drive featured on the television series Doctor Who. Many TARDIS versions are featured, the Doctor's one (a Type 40 TT Capsule) externally resembles a British police box.