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Nostromo and Prometheus and Covenant, Oh My! A tribute to the high-value space vessels of the Alien franchise

Nostromo and Prometheus and Covenant, Oh My! A tribute to the high-value space vessels of the Alien franchise

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FacehuggerMember225 XPMar-31-2017 12:49 PM

Hey guys, this will be my first big topic post on here. I signed up this morning and have been looking through the threads all day, its really addicting. 

In regard to the Alien films, a huge component for me are the ships carrying the various crews and various cargo. The Nostromo was a commercial towing vehicle, the Prometheus was a deep space research vessel, and the Covenant is presumed to be operated for the same purpose as the Prometheus. In Alien, the majority of the film takes place on the Nostromo, which really perfected the whole feeling of claustrophobia and being trapped with the beast.

So feel free to post your favorite images or art of the various Alien franchise ships. (The USM Auriga from Resurrection is welcome here too!)

What's the story, MUTHUR?

11 Responses to Nostromo and Prometheus and Covenant, Oh My! A tribute to the high-value space vessels of the Alien franchise

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FacehuggerMember152 XPMar-31-2017 1:47 PM

Welcome @HappyXeno!

I have no image to post, but I must say that of all the ships in the Alien universe, sofar (apart from the derelict) Nostromo is no. 1. It looks so damn cool, especially when towing the refinery. None of the other ships comes close. Love also the interior, all the nice details. Ron Cobb is a mastermind. So listing them from top to bottom:

1. The Derelict

2. Nostromo

3. Sulaco

4. The Juggernaut

5. Covenant (probably)

6. Prometheus

7. Auriga

8. The Betty

"Kane's son"


XenomorphMember1261 XPMar-31-2017 2:25 PM

The Auriga is my fav.  That ship is just f'n huge. Over 2 miles long


ChestbursterMember731 XPMar-31-2017 2:53 PM

The Nostromo is my favorite ship as well, dark, dirty and huge towing vehicle that looked like a haunted house in space. 

The Nostromo 

Nostromo afterburner 

The Covenant


Covenant afterburner


While I disliked Prometheus and the ship design (basically a 4-engine version of the Serenity), the landing sequence itself was one of the most jaw-dropping I've ever seen.


Rapid descent 

Welcome HappyXeno!


TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-31-2017 2:56 PM

The Covenant after burners remind me of electric razor heads that may have been used in old scifi b movies.

Nostromo does it for me.


ChestbursterMember731 XPMar-31-2017 3:05 PM

I wonder if The Covenant beats the size of the USM Auriga in terms of length? 

(And I had no idea that the Auriga was that big)


PraetorianMember2861 XPMar-31-2017 4:29 PM

I'll always love the Nostromo. :) I do like the PROMETHEUS, but it's kinda 'awkward' when viewed from some angles, but I have borrowed off it's engines for some of my works.

Covenant, nee to see more of it and it's dropship to be able to say.

I love THE BETTY as it just SCREAMS Tramp-Trader.

SULACO, kinda cool, but kinda boring...looks more like a military cargo/freighter than a credible warship.

DERELICT & JUGGERNAUT, always loved the DERELICT and very much enjoy the JUGGERNAUT as they're visual treats.






PraetorianStaff2414 XPMar-31-2017 7:48 PM

Besides being a massive Firefly fan I like the industrial VTOL look of The Betty.....even if it is the Serenity mkII lol.

The Sulaco also has a very iconic look.




XenomorphMember1234 XPMar-31-2017 8:23 PM

I always thought the Serenity ripped off the Betty.

And her crew.

(Sulaco wreckage in the background on that photo above :) )


PraetorianMember2861 XPMar-31-2017 9:13 PM

Ha! Serenity, Firefly-class pre-dates Alien: Resurrection. :D
Sorry...Fangirl moment. :)






PraetorianStaff2414 XPMar-31-2017 9:25 PM

Yeah Serenity/Firefly is the original. Betty & crew are the copies, even though Joss Whedon wrote both. He was very upset and unimpressed in how his Resurrection script was executed and interpreted.


PraetorianMember3381 XPApr-01-2017 5:08 AM

Yes, I have a favorite.

Welcome HappyXeno. Great topic.

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