The Martian Republic's forces employ the Chryse Aerospace FS-140D as the primary planetary defense fighter and interceptor. Armed with four pulse lasers, two plasbolt cannons, and various missiles, the craft is an excellent combat machine. Oddly, this fighter has few other users beyond the Martian military. A few have been employed by the Interstellar Axis, and some have been sold to sanctioned mercenary outfits. This FS-140D streaks into a higher orbit with the Isidis Sea viewable beneath it and the Utopia Bay above and behind the tail.
Design note: The X-15 was the inspiration for this craft, with additional wings and SF weapons and engines added.
The USS Calahan is a destroyer class space warship of the NATO forces.
Side Note: No name as given to me for this ship, so I picked one from the film "Threads". The USS Calahan is a naval vessel that rams the Soviet cruiser Kirov, adding to the tensions that lead to WW3. A rather dark "inside joke".
The "Black Widow" spacecraft was a commission for Paul Kidd and was drawn according to his specs. A very stealthy smuggling vessel, fitted with a gun turret and twin missile tubes. A large cargo hatch features on the aft end.
A Russian Cosmo forces late model La-71 Attack craft patrols a colony world orbital zone. Armed with high energy weapons and missiles, most note worthy two large "anti-ship" missiles, the craft is ready to battle all intruders.
Design notes: This was done to the writer's original notes and plans. I had drawn an early version over ten years ago, and this "late model" version is based on that original( and much more crude) artpiece. I pulled out my trusty Russian/Soviet aircraft reference books for detail and color ideas.
The Marauder patrol craft is a spaceship found in the "Stellar Horizons" setting. It's actually called the "Orion" class, but since so many pirates, smugglers, and other assorted unsavory types use it, its become known as the "Marauder".
This piece of art was done for the forthcoming Stellar Horizons vehicle guide, due out late spring, early summer 2010.
The "Athena" series spaceliner by Lyntech Aerospace, built to transport people between Earth and the Outer Colonies, it now provides passenger service to every arm of Terran space. She's an FTL starship capable of transporting 46 first class and 180 coach class passengers, plus 200 tons of baggage & cargo. The "Athena" has a crew of 14.
146 examples have been built to date.
The ship pictured operates along the Alpheran IV Route.