In a comically awesome report, a Chinese news site that was discussing possible aircraft carriers of the future pulled some schematics from a very interesting source.
The Chinese news hub specializes in translating news stories into a variety of languages, and this particular piece, “4 Major Trends In Aircraft Carrier Development“, was taking a look at the possible futuristic aircraft carriers we might see. Accompanying the article was a set of schematics that are instantly recognizable to any fan of Battlestar Galactica. Scmp.com reports:
The article focuses on developments in missile defense systems, stealth fighters, automated drones and electromagnetic catapults, all of which will play an important role in the construction of future aircraft carriers.
Japanese netizens were not as intrigued with the piece’s content as they were with the images accompanying it. Many commented that the article’s two pictures, labelled as concepts for “future aircraft carrier designs,” looked like something from science fiction.
“Are these graphics from a video game?” one netizen wrote, while others said that the pictures looked reminiscent of Macross, a Japanese animation which debuted in 1982 and featured futuristic robots and spaceships.
Eventually, savvy internet users deduced that one of the pictures was a schematic that had been used by the animation studio responsible for the visual effects in the American science fiction television programme Battlestar Galactica. The other image was a concept design for a “Lilypad” floating city, created by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, who has also created similar mock-up images for sustainable structures in Taipei and Shenzhen.
While the idea of aircraft carriers eventually resembling the Battlestar Galactica is pretty amazing, chances are any aircraft carriers of the future might take a more practical, Earth-bound stance on the design.
Hmmmm…. Practical and Earth-bound? Sounds like the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier to us!
Images: galacticafanon.wikia.com, SyFy, Marvel Studios