Suspension of Disbelief: The Spaceships of the Near Future

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Suspension of Disbelief: The Spaceships of the Near Future

Science fiction has a plethora of ideas about what happened in the past and what to expect from the future. Unfortunately, not all of those ideas are exactly plausible in reality. In Suspension of Disbelief, we’ll take a look at the best ideas from sci-fi movies, books, comics and videogames to see where (and if) they intersect with the real world.


The golden era of space exploration is over, but that doesn’t mean the spaceship is a relic of the past. Since the Space Race started in the 1960s, government agencies have led the way in space exploration, but over the last decade or so it has become economically viable for private corporations to develop their own spaceflight technologies. While NASA is working on a replacement to the Space Shuttle, private corporations are building planes, rockets, and ships that will go into space, achieve orbit, and maybe even go to Mars.

We covered the history of real-life spaceships, but humanity’s progress isn’t stopping there. Click through the gallery to see the spaceships that are in our near future, some of which we may even ride on in a few years.

Hailing from upstate New York, Cameron Wade is a freelance writer interested in movies, videogames, comic books and more. You can find his work at