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Designer Peter Laird admiring the DDG-62s mounted on the Blackbird.

The DDG-62 is a model of sublight engine, outdated by the time of the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. The engines are apparently meant for small, one-man craft, and provide ample acceleration that seems to match that of a Viper Mark II.

During the construction of the Blackbird, a prototype craft devised by Galen Tyrol and constructed by crew of Galactica, Colonel Saul Tigh offers Tyrol a pair of these engines that are taking up space in the Baah Pakal's cargo hold (Flight of the Phoenix).

The engines were designed by aeronautical engineer Peter Laird, who says that they were mostly phased out of use 10 years ago (Pegasus).


DDG-62s deactivated for low-observibility (Resurrection Ship, Part I).
  • DDG-62 is also the real-word designation of the US Navy Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Fitzgerald. DDG is the Navy hull classification for a guided missile destroyer.
  • The engines' name is an homage to that very ship. The show's science advisor, Kevin R. Grazier, organized a tour of the vessel for the writing staff. Ultimately only Bradley Thompson and his wife attended, but he later included the reference into the episodes as thanks. [1]


  1. BSG Tech Blog #6