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The Eagle Transporter is a spacecraft and the iconic image of the 1970's television series Space 1999. The fleet of Eagles serve as the primary spacecraft of Moonbase Alpha. The Eagles are used to explore alien planets, defend Moonbase Alpha from attack, and to transport supplies and other items to and from the Moon.
The Eagle was designed by Brian Johnson and clearly influenced by the 1968 film 2001, A Space Odyssey. In turn, the Eagle spacecraft influenced the spaceship designs of Star Wars and other science fiction films and television series. Completely modular, the craft are divided into three basic sections : the command module, the passenger module/service pod, and the superstructure (containing the landing gear, access corridor/galley, aft compartment, fuel tanks and main propulsion system). All Eagles are equipped with artificial gravity.
Space 1999 is a British science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons and originally aired from 1975 to 1977. In the opening episode, nuclear waste from Earth stored on the Moon's far side explodes in a catastrophic accident on 13 September 1999, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it and the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha hurtling uncontrollably into space.
The series was the last production by the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and was the most expensive series ever produced for television up to that time. Gerry Anderson MBE (born 14 April 1929) is a British publisher, producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes, particularly those involving specially modified marionettes, a process called "Supermarionation".
His first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh children's series The Adventures of Twizzle and it would be almost a decade before his most famous and successful production, Thunderbirds, would be produced. His production company, originally known as AP Films and later renamed Century 21 Productions, was originally formed with partners Arthur Provis (hence AP Films – Anderson Provis Films), Reg Hill, John Read.
He has also written and produced several feature films, although these did not perform as well as expected at the box office. Following a successful move towards live action productions in the 1970s, his long and highly successful association with Lew Grade's ITC (Incorporated Television Company) ended with the second series of Space: 1999.