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Caterloopillar is the name given to a family of spaceships containing two major parts  the front and the back. In Caterloopillar each part has the properties of a universal constructor, and thus each part is constructing the building blocks of the other part, while also reading and moving a construction tape. As the name suggests, this creates somewhat paradoxical design, similar to the "strange loop" concept.
The basic Caterloopillar design can be trivially adapted to produce spaceships with an infinite number of different speeds  in theory, any rational speed strictly less than c/4.
The Caterloopillar was voted the Pattern of the Year 2016 on ConwayLife.com.

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Did you know...

 ...that there are currently known elementary spaceships with speeds c/7 and c/10 orthogonal, but none with c/8 or c/9?
 ...that there are currently known elementary spaceships with speeds c/7 and c/12 diagonal, but none with c/8, c/9, c/10 or c/11?
 ...that while the speed limit for orthogonal spaceships in rules using the Moore neighbourhood is c orthogonal, spaceships in Larger than Life rules are capable of breaking this barrier?
 ...that without the use of adjustable glider loops, there are no known oscillators with periods 43, 49 or 53?
 ...that without the use of Herschel loops or adjustable glider loops, there are no known oscillators with periods 57, 59 or 61?
 ... that the largest interesting pattern constructed, the caterpillar, contains over 11 million cells?
 ... that the Gosper glider gun was the first pattern to be discovered that exhibits infinite growth?
 ... that the blocklaying switch engine and the gliderproducing switch engine (and various combinations of two switch engines) are the only infinitelygrowing patterns that are known to have ever occurred naturally from an asymmetric random starting configuration?
 ... that oscillators are known that oscillate at all periods other than 19, 23, 34, 38 and 41?
 ... that the pentadecathlon and the blinker are the only known oscillators that are polyominos in more than one phase?

