Coe ship

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Coe ship
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Pattern type Puffer engine
Number of cells 28
Bounding box 17×12
Direction Orthogonal
Period 16
Mod 16
Speed c/2
Heat 38.0
Discovered by Tim Coe
Year of discovery 1995

The Coe ship is the first period-16 c/2 orthogonal spaceship to be discovered; by Tim Coe in October 1995. It works as a puffer engine because it produces a long spark behind it as it moves.

If nontrivial flotillae are not counted, then Coe ship is the fifth most common naturally occurring spaceship, appearing once per 171,000,000 heavyweight spaceships.

Despite its small size, it never appeared in a soup until 2015 when apgsearch was devised. By doing so, it became the first naturally occurring non-period-4 spaceship to occur in Life out of an asymmetric random starting pattern.[1] A second Coe ship appeared in June 2016, and three more shortly after. However, the Schick engines and the copperhead have appeared in symmetric soups.

Image gallery

Just a few of the many rakes and puffers which can be powered by the Coe ship [2]

Coe ship powering a backward rake
Coe ship powering a forward rake
Coe ship powering a block puffer

See also


  2. (jslife/c2-extended/c2-0016.lif)

External links

  • Coe ship at Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Life