I like the fact the hangar is arranged logically for acceleration, rather than the way most science fiction shows and movies do it. Also, I really enjoy the space/atmospheric fighter design and your attention to detail, such as wingtip RCS and the variety of service trolleys.
I like this design too, but you must realise that acceleration due to gravity is moot in space, unless in atmosphere. Also, the orientation of the landing pads relative to the horizontal axis of the ship could become problematic to rookie pilots. And also, how come the fighter design seems to rely on control surfaces when there is no air in space, rather than directional thrusters?
Obviously, but I think it's clear that if the lifts/pads are arranged this way it's only because all the decks are as well, and those are pressurized and are the ones that matter, anyway...
I think you're wrong, you're still thinking in terms of conventional flight. I am pretty sure docking in space is much, much easier than landing on an aircraft carrier in atmosphere, no matter the orientation of the landing pad - you only need to match speed with the spaceship outside of the bay, then use your thrusters to swivel round so that your nose points towards the bay (or your tail, or sideways, really doesn't matter as long as your belly is parallel with the pad). Since this is space, you will still be going the same way and with the same speed, no matter which way you're facing (in essence remaining motionless relative to the carrier), so now you only need a gentle push towards the bay with the thrusters, then a quick burst the other way to slow down again, and you're home free.
And yet, I was just commenting on the fact the RCS (Reaction Control System, i.e., thrusters) is highly conspicuous if you know what to look for. Just look at the wingtips, in between the two tails and on the nose, below and in front of the cockpit - see those suspicious small oblong things? Those are the thruster ports.
This is obviously a dual space/atmosphere design ("spaceplane", colloquially) like the real life Lockheed NF-104A, the Space Shuttle, Buran, Boeing X-37, etc. so it has to have conventional controls as well. it's just that those are a lot more visible than the thrusters.
On the other hand, I am just noticing a minor goof - why is there a red light on the starboard wingtip? It should have been green...
To quote this excellent website, because of Newton's laws of motion, "under acceleration the ship will seem like it is landed, sitting on its tail fins with the nose pointed straight up" because your inertia will try to keep you still while the spaceship wants to move out from under you, so arranging the decks like floors in a skyscraper rather than the decks of an ocean liner is the best idea. Unfortunately, a lot of sci-fi shows get this wrong, either because they don't care or because it looks "too outlandish". Either that or they just hand wave the issue by having "artificial gravity".
And also, now that I think about it, it doesn't matter wherever you have atmosphere around you or if you're in a stark vacuum, as long as you are inside the ship, you will feel the ship's acceleration as "gravity" pulling your body in the direction of exhaust, that is to say exactly away from where the ship is heading as it is accelerating. At the end of the trip, when it'll be decelerating, the ship will be turned around, pointing it's engines in the direction it's going, so you will still feel "down" is towards the stern of the ship.
The fighter in the foreground is designated "XF-1 Saber." I don't have any information on how many the Titans carry, or what other kind of craft they have (the other small craft seen in the image above were made up by me). Brandon's notes on the Saber:
The XF-1 Saber is the BattleSpace Fighter deployed by the Terrans in combat situations. The term BattleSpace detonates full combat capabilities in both atmosphere and vacuum. Each Saber is powered by a nuclear reactor which is used to heat and ignite atmosphere or hydrogen propellant stored on-board, with an Aerospike exhaust configuration.
Furthermore, the XF-1 Saber features forward swept wings and missile bays blending into the wings to provide protection of ordinance during re-entry as well as to reinforce the wing strength. A computer controlled multi-barrel railgun mounted in a recessed position in the nose (to prevent atmospheric entry damage) serves as a primary armament and makeshift point defense gun.
Titan: The Terrans constructed three massive starships underground, each the size of a city. Each Titan has it's own manufacturing, propulsion, energy, residential, cryogenic suspension, science, weapons, hangar bays and command sections. The Titans were designed for long term space exploration, terraforming and colonization, possibly spanning multiple generations. Crew compliment is 10,000 per Titan, with an additional 250,000 colonists in cryogenic suspension.
Propulsion: The primary form of non-FTL propulsion is provided by extremely large VASIMR engines which emit a distinct purple/blue glow. This thrust is supplemented by large chemical drives burning primarily oxygen and hydrogen for rapid acceleration. Artificial gravity and minor adjustments are provided by soft state gravity drives. Emergency maneuvering is provided by Orion drive fusion devices placed strategically along the hull, which are raised above the armor layers prior to detonation if activated.
FTL propulsion is provided by the displacement drive, which operates under the assumptions the universe functions as a hologram, with modifiable position coordinates for matter. The drive offsets the coordinates, thereby instantaneously transporting the Titan. The drive system requires tremendous amounts of energy and is not applicable to any other Terran or non-Terran ship. In order to provide navigation and position tracking, dimensional phased arrays are located fore and aft, giving the Titans a spiked appearance.
Weapons: Titan weapons were designed with the philosophy of area saturation. Assuming any enemies encountered in space would be more advanced, the Terrans designed the Titans to redefine the word overkill. The Titan's primary weapon system are a series of magnetically accelerated cannons firing heavily armored kinetic rounds with internal propulsion systems for limited acceleration and target tracking. Four turrets are located top, and four bottom, with three cannons per turret. Payload of the projectile ranges from fusion to anti-matter warheads.
The Titans are also fitted with missile silos, with 24 silos top, and 24 silos bottom. Payloads are similar to those of the main MAC armaments. Furthermore, 16 torpedo tubes face forward provide a more heavily armored delivery mechanism compared to the lighter missiles fired from the silos. Area suppression is aided by a series of point defense autocannons and smaller caliber MACs (two per turret) designed to eliminate smaller targets.
Energy Generation: Secondary energy is provided by 12 fusion reactors distributed throughout the ship. Primary power is provided by the infinity core, a contained big bang behind three spinning containment rings. The infinity cores are a result of a failed attempt to create a self sustaining artificial star, resulting in a black hole that was reversed by Andrei. Containment loss of the infinity core could potentially endanger the entire universe. Shutting down the I-Cores safely is a primary goal of the Terrans throughout the book.