EDIT: IMPORTANT NOTICE! We originally purchased this as part of a block of pre-existing art by other designers, and did not design this or a couple of the other designs going into Fortune and Glory. This was done because - as may of you know- suffered a severe head injury in January, coded twice (i.e., died) in the ER and on the operating table, and is still in hospice recovery unable to do most of the work he used to. He has managed to draw a handful of pieces since he's been in rehab, but cannot keep up with the backlog of art we have to put in to meet our deadline in three weeks. This was one of those designs. So, for those who have been pointing to the original design on gallery or elsewhere and claiming we are "ripping it off", be aware that 1) we are using it with his full permission, blessing and giving credit for the design, 2) it was never claimed that it was an original design of ours, and 3) for those who point to similarities between this and the Elite armour from Halo, there's a reason- the original artist who designed this went on to work for Bungie. 'nuff said.
Now, originally I was going to drop this from the game because of all of the complaining, but at 's urging I am reconsidering. I would still like to hear from my watchers out there, however.
Under current plans, the B-52, along with the younger B-1B Lancer and the new stealthy B-2 Spirit, will be kept around until approximately 2037, by which time the Air Force calculates that attrition will have reduced the fleet below the minimum 170 aircraft. The B-52s may fly to 2045.
Based on current operating procedures, attrition models, and service lives, the total bomber inventory is predicted to fall below the required 170 aircraft fleet by 2037. This date will become the target Initial Operational Capability (IOC) date for a follow-on to the current bomber capability, and an acquisition process can be planned by backing up from this date. Based on current projections for airframe economic service life and forecast mishap rate, initiating a replacement process no later than 2013 will ensure a capability to fill the long-range air power requirement as the current systems are retired. There are, however, additional concerns besides service life and mishap rates that could shift this replacement timeline. Changes in employment concepts, driven by technological advances in munitions and threats, or improvements in industry’s ability to perform cost effective major structural extensions could extend the today’s bomber force well beyond current projections. This may shift the acquisition timeline for a replacement capability further into the future.
The Light Bomber (Manned) concept calls for a medium-sized aircraft that blends the advantages of a tactical fighter with a strategic bomber to develop a medium/long range, high payload capability (inter-theater) affordable bomber. The aircraft will utilize some level of low-observable technology to obtain an effective yet affordable aircraft which can provide for multiple/heavy weapons carriage and launch for missions requiring real time decision making/replanning or autonomous operations. Cost would be controlled by utilizing off-the-shelf systems and affordable stealth technologies (JSF technology). Logistic support would be enhanced by maximizing commonality of support equipment with existing systems.
The Bomber Industrial Capabilities Study was directed by Congress, chartered by the DOD, and conducted by The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC). The study concluded that building a new bomber type, a B-3, could easily cost in excess of $35 billion for research and development alone (with unit flyaway costs about the same as a B-2). Technology concepts from the USAF Scientific Advisory Board's (SAB) New World Vistas and technology concepts submitted for the 2025 Study were reviewed and concepts harvested from these efforts included the Future Attack Aircraft. This concept envisions a 500-nm-range manned or unmanned aircraft that would use stealth technology (both RF and IR) to reach a target and employ laser or high-power microwave (HPM) weapons. An unmanned aircraft with a "tunable" HPM weapon could provide either the nonlethal or lethal punch SAF needs in the constabulary mission.
Two concepts under consideration by Air Force Materiel Command included:
* Multi-mission - Manned, multi-role capability, radius > 450+ range (hi-med-hi), Payload??, medium threat, Unit Flyaway Price (UFP) <$75M (BY00) Number of Concepts Scored: 3 (‘96); 1 (‘97); 1 (‘98) * 10.2 Deep Strike - Manned, 1000NM < radius < 2000NM, 12-24 klbs, high-med-high or hi-lo-hi, med-high threat, $50M < UFP < $250M (BY00)
A 1999 RAND Corporation study articulated a rationale for acquiring a Mach 2 supersonic bomber with the following characteristics
* unrefueled range of 3,250 nmi * weight of 290,000 to 350,000 pounds each * payload of 15,000 to 20,000 pounds * support of 37 to 40 percent of the current USAF tanker fleet and 100 air superiority fighters.
The Mach 2 bomber could attack targets almost anywhere in the world while operating from well-protected, permanent bases on US and UK territory. A total inventory of approximately 80 to 105 of these Mach 2 bombers could deliver enough PGMs (about 560 tons per day) to replicate the USAF Desert Storm effort.
A design I did for the 2012 Ron Paul movement. I wanted to do something that would grab people's attention when they see it. Not commissioned from Ron Paul or his campaign but from a group of people who want to make people informed of the truth and the availability of other options other than what Fox News tells you about. We got lost in the day to day routines of working, going to school, feeding our families, etc and lose the interest to research and understand what is going on in the country we live in. I appreciate any feedback about the art and understand that there are those who disagree with Dr. Ron Paul's beliefs and that is one of the very freedoms he looks to preserve. So please feel free to criticize my work and give any advice(I am new to this type of art) that might make it better but please keep the political debates to other forums. Thanks for taking the time to look!
Constructors are 70 M tall mechanical giant controlled by halcyon pilots employing psychic. They employ a myomer material of artificial muscle fibre. The arms house huge nanoforges, tanks which hold, produce and maintain nanobots which are employed during nanolathing. The machine is powered by a semi organic body and power supply. The unit is fairly fast and mobile, but while it can hold damage fairly well, is not meant for extended combat. These titans are employed by halcyons to speed up colony constructions, teraforming, and the productions and repairs of their citadels, althought some of these have been seen in combat refits.
Done in Illustrator CS3, shading done with style effects.
Completed (or mostly completed, I may go back and change a few more things) version of this:
The Seraph is a limited-production, advanced heavy fighter used by the Dominion of Zecha. Its impressive armament consists of four forward-firing 20mm vulcan guns, two twin-linked 35mm resonance cannons (mounted on the two dagger-shaped "wings") and two 6-tube air-to-air or air-to-ground missile launchers. Its most unusual (and arguably most formidable) armament, though, is an array of four unmanned remote attack drones (not shown) that can be commanded by the pilot, and are each armed with a high-powered cutting laser capable of slicing through heavy armor. However, no normal pilot can control these special remote weapons, which is why this advanced fighter craft is used exclusively by the best and most elite Zechite warriors.
TrekBBS December 2014 FanArt Challenge entry ==================
The idea for the challenge is to try to create magazine covers that are in the context of the Star Trek universe - what the people there might read, rather than something from our reality that is 'about' Star Trek - and, hopefully, based on recognizable magazines rather than completely made-up (I think that ups the challenge, rather than just creating an image that screams Star Trek and then inventing an obvious title like "Starfleet Today" ).
Since I'm such a muscle car fan, and I have the Dart to play with, it was inevitable that I would try to make an appropriate magazine cover for the hot rodder of the future - "Car Craft" was a natural title to modify, and this genre is no stranger to including a bit of cheesecake along with the chrome.
American banknotes are in dire need of a redesign. Even though the green color of money is deeply interwoven into the nation's culture, the need for color differentiation between denominations has forced the inclusion of color. The recent redesign of banknotes by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is poorly executed and aesthetically lacking. Because the coloring of the current notes is so subtle, it is still hard to differentiate between denominations by that method alone.
My proposed redesign keeps the culturally important green color of money, but introduces a brightly colored holographic strip into each denomination, making them easy to tell apart. This strip includes embossed dots for the sight-impaired as well, making currency far more accessible.
One of the most important things about America is our Bill of Rights. It is possibly the most important information any citizen can have. The design of our money currently contains semi-religious (the eye in the pyramid) and overtly religious (In God We Trust symbols and text that go against the incredibly important separation of church and state implicate in the first amendment. In my redesign, these are replaced with the text of the Bill of Rights. It has been proposed that these ten amendments are in order of importance, so it is fitting that the most important rights are included on the most common banknotes.
The $1 bill lasts only 21 months before it needs to be replaced. For this reason, I propose that the $1 banknote be eliminated in favor of the current $1 coin and a new $2 coin. For this reason, Washington is depicted on the $5. I also propose the discontinuation of the penny, because it currently costs more to produce one than it is worth. This is precedented by the elimination of the half-penny in 1857, after which the smallest unit of currency, the penny, had more buying power than today's quarter does.
Most of today's security features could easily be incorporated into this design, and the hologram (enhanced with a microprinted guilloché pattern) would be extremely difficult to reproduce.