Alien Upon receiving a transmission of unknown origin from a nearby planetoid, the ship's computer awakens the crew
Acting on standing orders from their corporate employers, the crew detaches the Nostromo from the
and lands on the planetoid resulting in some damage to the ship. Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt),
Executive Officer Kane (John Hurt), and Navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) set out to investigate
the signal's source. Meanwhile, the Nostromo's computer partially deciphers the signal transmission,
which Ripley determines to be some type of warning.
Newt's family first encountered the Derelict spacecraft on LV-426 as salvage hunters
sent out to a grid reference in the film Aliens. The family of four set off in an ATV,
on arriving Newt's mother and father entered the Derelict via a hull breach caused on impact.
There are a number of Derelicts in the film Prometheus, internally there are bone shaped tunnels connecting
Chambers, similiar to the tunnels on LV223
where Spectagraphs were used to analyse the atmosphere.
The Derelict in Prometheus features a different Orrey from Alien which had
larger entrances but is of similiar size as is
the entire craft in all films. The
craft in Alien and Aliens wasn't explored as much as in Prometheus, leaving the Derelicts' Orrey and the
Egg Chamber for comparison. In Alien the Egg Chamber is beneath the Pilots Chamber
but in Prometheus the
area is used for the Pilots Chair and Cannon Mechanism before flight this raises up from underneath and once a flight course is set.
There was no flight controls on the side or any Sarcophagus and no Holo Map was activated,
the Derelicts Orrey
in both Alien and Prometheus are linked by corridors to the other Chambers, these are made from a bone like structure.
In the film the Derelicts featured a different design then that of H.R.Giger first concept designs, using fewer
protrusions and a smaller understated Orrey unlike Gigers'.
Prometheus Script (Alien: Engineers) is an expansion from the Alien Film, also set on LV426 and using the Derelict that was found there in Alien and Aliens. It shows that the Derelict was made up of Egg Chambers with a Derelict's Orrery and Pilot's Chair.
Prometheus Script (Draft) and Prometheus Film diverted from this layout as the setting of LV223 was chosen. Instead of Alien Eggs in cargo bays the cargo was Urns of different sizes which only needed one chamber.
In games qualities of Alien, Aliens and Prometheus were used, this with the films show that Derelicts could be entered from multiple doors either at the front or the back with multiple corridors throughout.
As the spacecraft was only seen flying in the film Prometheus it is unclear if these doors also served as exhausts, no clear engine bay has been defined leaving a possibility of an external power source.
In Alien the 3 openings which Dallas, Kane and Lambert enter and Newts' family pass in Aliens entering via a hull breach are
the entrances (thought could be
the engines exhaust thrusters), these are set below the Orrey which occupies the bulkier part,
the entrances are then be linked to the
Engine Chamber (Control Room), occupying an adjacent Chamber to the left of the Orrey as it flies forward. In Prometheus
this is the area that the spacecraft Prometheus
crashes into causing an explosion, destroying Prometheus
and bringing the Derelict crashing to the surface, little damage is created and a crew member (Shaw)
is able to escape from the spacecraft later as she collects David using one of these exits.
The craft is made up of seven chambers; Orrey, Control Room, Sickbay, Analysis,
Hibernation Room, Recreation and Containment Chamber.
The craft is U-shape in design and what could be considered as the entrances are on the inner part, the spacecraft would normally
fly horizontally (as it is seen in the film Prometheus flying with Orrey facing forward),
as the spacecraft launches vertically in Prometheus (and is only seen flying in the film and in Aliens; Colonial Marines)
suggests there are launching thrusters for taking off separate from flight.
7 Chambers, an Orrey (Pilots' Chamber), a Control Room adjacent
to the Pilots' Chamber, a Sickbay Chamber, an
Analysis Chamber, a Hibernation Room, a Recreation Chamber and Containment Chamber.
The Derelicts in Prometheus (film) have bone shaped corridors with
detailed walls, similiar to the tunnels on LV223 but in more detail and with a biomechanical
composition. These corridors as similiar in different media but also vary as the number and size of chambers can vary
depending on which media it's in.
Concept art of the Derelict from the film Prometheus.
In Alien and Prometheus principal photography on the Derelict
took place at Shepperton Studios in London,
while model and miniature filming for Alien was done at
Bray Studios in Water Oakley. A crew of over 200 workmen and technicians constructed the three principal
sets, 'The surface of the alien
planetoid' and the interiors of the 'Nostromo' and 'derelict spacecraft'.
For scenes showing the exterior of the Nostromo a 58-foot (18 m) landing leg was constructed to give a sense
of the ship's size. Ridley Scott still did not think that it looked large enough, so he had his two sons and
the son of one of the cameramen stand in for the regular actors, wearing smaller space suits to make the
set pieces seem larger. The same technique was used for the scene in which the crew members
encounter the dead alien creature in the derelict spacecraft.
To save money only one wall of the set was created, and the "space jockey" sat atop a disc that
could be rotated to facilitate shots from different angles in relation to the actors.
Giger airbrushed the entire set and the "space jockey" by hand, in Prometheus filming the
set was almost complete allowing room for filming.
In Alien the egg chamber was set inside the derelict ship and was filmed on the same set as the space jockey scene
the entire disc piece supporting the jockey and its chair were removed and the set was redressed to
create the egg chamber. Light effects in the egg chamber were created by lasers borrowed from the
English rock band 'The Who'.
In Aliens the set design crew set about using the Derelict model from Alien. Due to it's
construction it needed to be reconstructed for it to be usable (this Derelict was constructed with six entrances at the back
and wasn't seen from the front), also smaller models were
created to allow for set filming, small models of the ATV were used when filming with the Derelict
giving it the feel of a much larger model.
H. R. Giger designed and worked on all of the alien aspects of the
film Alien, which he designed to appear
organic and biomechanical in contrast to the industrial look of the Nostromo and its human elements.
For the interior of the Derelict spacecraft and egg chamber, he used dried bones together with
plaster to sculpt much of the scenery and elements.
A similarity of "The Derelict" spacecraft and the "Space Jockey" designs from the first
also appeared in the film Prometheus, Giger again assisting in aspects of the designs for
the new Derelict spacecraft and Aliens.
Derelict is an alien spacecraft in the film Prometheus, two of
these spacecraft appear in the film, with the suggestion that there could be many more.
As a continuation they feature in Prometheus: Fire and Stone comics.