are capital ships
from the science fiction
universe of Battlestar Galactica
, depicted in the original Battlestar Galactica
movie and series, the Galactica 1980
spinoff, and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica (1978–1980)
Battlestars are the premier capital ships, effectively the space equivalent of aircraft carriers
, of the 12 Colonies of Man; Battlestars have fought for at least five hundred yahren
in the Thousand Yahren War
against the Cylon
The hull is divided into the main hull with the bridge and propulsion systems, and winged hangar bays on the port and starboard sides. Each hangar bay typically carries many Viper
Starfighters and several shuttles. Given the large dimensions of the ship design there is an internal rail car
system to transport personnel, especially in the event of a battle alert.
The fuel for a Battlestar and its Vipers is called tylium
, a mysterious material that can be found only on certain planets. The Marvel Comic version listed several capabilities not seen in the tv series such as the Wall-a huge corridor, where technicians in huge floating chairs listed with headphones, by way of the Battlestars' sensors, everything from distant quasars, pulsars, super nova remnants and so forth, as a means to keep surveillance on possible Cylon activity or the true location of Earth.