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From the book by Mack Reynolds, published by Tor Books 1983.

This was originally done as a college assignment, in which I had free reign on the subject matter (which was rare). Many of these style assignments (like Forge Of God) ended up being bought by Publishers as "stock art" and used whenever the art fit a story.

So, in this case, I never read the book, but it did have the "romance of space exploration" that Mack Reynolds' books often depicted.

Gouache on Illustration board 13" x 20"
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This is the first of many older traditional works I'll be posting here, digitized with my new transparency scanner.

These works were locked in my transparency file, some as long as 27 years.

This art was the 1990 cover for Harry Harrison's anthology "There Won't Be War", a peaceful answer to Jerry Pournelle's Anthology, "There Will Be War" (I illustrated that one as well). It was published by Tor Books

The space station was inspired by the art of Alex Schomburg.

Oil on masonite approx. 20" x 30"
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From the book by Fred Saberhagen, published by Tor Books around 1991. The story of a race of killer machines stalking the galaxy.

Oil on masonite, size 17" x 26"
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Safely on the ground, the surface crew of Argosy 1 tests their Mars legs, and takes a moment to take in the view at their home for the next eight months.
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Built in Lunar orbit from materials mined at Hipparchus Station, the Research Vessel Endurance takes shape in its 96 kilometer high parking orbit. The aft sphere of the Reactor and Plasma Drive Module has just been attached to the main structural support spine, and the radiator array. The main Lifesystem is somewhat hidden in this view by the big hexagonal panels of the Encounter Debris Shield. Endurance will be accompanied by her sister ships Ross and Hero for the expedition to Comet Cho-Bennet 5.
Modeled in Lightwave 8.5, with textures painted in Photoshop.
Thanks for taking a look!
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"Martian Argosy" is a melding of current and classic ideas of how to get the first Mars Expeditions done. It incorporates a version of the inflatable TransHab that has been test flown in the last year for the main crew module of a nuclear thermal spacecraft, and a pretty standard ballistic lander. This is a bit of an "old school" or brute force approach, but its appealing from the point of view of robustness of the vehicles, and maneuverability. Mounting a fleet of three craft cruising together allows the ability to rescue the crew of one of the vehicles in an emergency in transit. Besides, it just looks cool!

Rendered in Lightwave, with the Mars terrain generated from Mars Orbiting Laser Altimetry data converted to grayscale by a LightWave plugin, then used as a displacement Map. I then painted the color map, using Mars maps and photography as reference.
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This is a concept of a ship designed to traverse the solar system, delivering and retrieving personnel and materials from the various colonies within our cluster of worlds.

It is based on the old Project Orion Nuclear rocket (I believe) that uses a nuclear pulse engine to get man to another star system. Of course the idea cannot really work because of the extreme range of distance to another system, and the fear of time and getting there – after all, we can find planets, the ability to live on them is something else.

So I redesigned the ship as an in system transport. Its powered by a combination of nuclear energy with a massive grid of high powered Ion drives to cruise it through the system. The bell at the back protects the ship from its own radiation. Lead lined materials are used to protect the ship as best as possible from cosmic radiation.

The ship is made up of four sections – the engine unit with jettison capable/swap out fuel tanks, the large transport grid, the sealed transport bays, and the crew section.

The large transport grid is for massive transports and non-re-entry capable modules – think large lunar modules or cargo pods.

The sealed transport bays are for launching atmospheric craft. The bays protect them from cosmic forces so that their structural integrity is not compromised. The bays can take a variety of shuttles.

The crew section is here where passengers relax, stretch themselves and so forth.

This pic took me two plus years to do – mainly because I had no idea how to finish it.

The backdrop was inspired by :iconarcas-art: with a pic of a ship in orbit around Saturn.

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Let me know what you think – comments most welcome.

Enjoy!
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This is my interpretation of a new battle cruiser commissioned by ComStar prior to the Word of Blakes’ assault and conquest of Terra, forcing the most powerful Inner Sphere faction out of their home system: Sol.

It is called the CSV Oberon and it’s designed to hunt down and destroy warships; fitted with the latest and some innovative tech to achieve its goals, it had to flee the system or it would fall either into Robe hands or be destroyed.

It’s the story of its crew and this unique war machine as they travel across the Inner Sphere to regroup with ComStar forces on Tukayyid and protect this advanced warship at all costs.

Think Andromeda + New BSG + B5 + Farscape + Star Trek but in the BT universe.

The Oberon may be named after a fairy king in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but only a fool would treat this mighty ship with no respect.

I would go into detail about its abilities and functions but that would not be fair on the designer of this magnificent machine as well as the scribe behind the entire concept – :icondsherratt74:

I based the ship off his inspirations for the design – namely the Re-Imagined Battlestar Galactica and the Omega Class Destroyer from Babylon 5.

To see the beastie and its capabilities here are a few links

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Surrounding this monster are another couple of his creations – Firestorm and Tiger Shark class fighters.

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I wonder where the idea of the Firestorm came from eh? ;)

Seriously he is a talented soul so please pop over and check out his stuff!

As for this, I did this to experiment with hull textures and layouts. Also its a good idea, hence why I did it.

Enjoy!

NB - As a result :icondsherratt74: has made a 3D model of her - but retitled her Titania; [link]

Please check her out as well as this magnificent man's fantastic gallery :D
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Another of :iconshoguneagle:'s concepts; this time the Martian version of a Starliner.

I was inspired by the concepts of :iconhandofmanos:'s depiction of Martian ships for :iconshoguneagle: and went along with that; the hard part was to make it work.

It took time because I wanted to make the design interesting but different from the Cygnus liner I had done earlier. I also wanted it to be striking. In the end, a bit of glare, floods and the setting of the lights made it come to pass; and the logo worked a treat :)

Needless to say, :iconshoguneagle: is a happy bunny!

Well, comments are always welcome.

Enjoy! :)

Stats below:-

Name: Vela-class commercial medium liner
Origin: Civilian
Manufacturer: Phobos shipyards, Phobos orbit, Mars (primary yard)
Type: Interstellar medium luxury liner
Control System: Bridge w/screen control stations
Length: 312 meters
Width: 106 meters
Main Drive: 1x 1.8 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 1 x 7500 KW
Main Thrusters: 2 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Verniers: 24
Acceleration: 28 kps (kilometers per second)/1.0 light year per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: Anti-collision/spatial radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, telescope
Fixed Armament: None
Additional Armament/Compliment: 148 crew (9 flight crew, 12 maintenance crew, 127 cabin crew); 600 passengers, 4 shuttles
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors
Equipment: Artificial gravity system, lifeboat system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (1 for shuttles/transient craft), hyperspace generator, 2 presidential/royal suites, 8 executive suites, 120 luxury cabins, 120 single suites, 175 double suites), amenities (movie theater, 2 pools, zero-g recreation facility, 5 sun rooms, 5 spas, 2 dining rooms, 2 medical bays, etc.)
Commissioned: 03/20/2867 (IS Vera Lynn)
Ships of Class: IS Vera Lynn, IS Bettie Page, IS Mata Hari, IS Marilyn Monroe, IS Audrey Hepburn, IS Rosemary Clooney, IS Judy Garland, 513 others in service
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:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: Reworked & updated, Feb 2015. :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:

:bulletred: Prints are available. The print will not contain a watermark! :bulletred:

This is why you don't want to live anywhere near a black hole, or any other kind of old, dense star.

You'd have more and more time to do what you like the closer you get to the event horizon and you would have something beautiful to look at, but your planet wouldn't last much longer, unfortunately.

    

COMPOSITION: Entirely composed and painted in PS (except for the asteroids which I created in Lightwave using particles and hypervoxels) over the course of roughly one and half days.

ORIGINAL SIZE: 22x9 in. 143 layers.
    

Comments and critique welcome as always and by all means, if you feel like it, do buy a print. ;)

Thank you to TreeClimber for inspiring me. :cuddle:
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:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: Reworked & updated, Feb 2015. :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:

:bulletred: Prints are available. The print will not contain a watermark! :bulletred:

Step one: Point a finger at a remote star system in a random galaxy somewhere in our universe; or another... and start painting.

A personal layer record for me on this one. :o

    

COMPOSITION: Entirely painted in Photoshop.

ORIGINAL SIZE: ~12.5x20 in, 518 layers, 1.76 GB PSD.
    

Comments and critique welcome as always and by all means, if you feel like it, do buy a print. ;)

Thank you to TreeClimber for helping me picking out little imperfections during WIP. It happens with that many layers! :cuddle:
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:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Thank you very, very much for the unexpected surprise of my first DD. :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Thank you to *AFineWar for suggesting and ^alltheoriginalnames for featuring it!
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I usually make it a point to thank everyone individually, because I never take interest in my work - by anyone - for granted, but in this case it's just too much! Every single comment and :+fav: is truly appreciated though! It means a lot.

    

The beginning of colonization efforts somewhere at the outer rim of our known universe. The ship designs are based in part on real NASA concepts, just as the Helios colony vessel.

COMPOSITION: Textured environment (starfield) and digital painting (planets, nebulae), composed in Photoshop. My work. Scene and lighting setup in Lightwave with final composition of all elements in Photoshop (including all FX).

MESHED: Helios Colony Vessel & Ark Ship by Jason Tinsley, Heavy Shuttle & X33 Shuttle by Kenny Mitchell.

Original size: 4500x1600.

    

Comments and critique welcome.

Thank you very much to *TreeClimber for the valuable WIP input and suggestions! :cuddle:
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This was an attempt to design a fairly believable spaceship.

This craft makes use of antimatter/fusion hybrid propulsion, and the crew compartment is heavily shielded and includes a spinning section to allow for simulated gravity during prolonged flight.

If we could afford to build one... why not amortize the cost and build two :)?

This is one of several views in this "series"...
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This was an attempt to design a fairly believable spaceship.

This craft makes use of antimatter/fusion hybrid propulsion, and the crew compartment is heavily shielded and includes a spinning section to allow for simulated gravity during prolonged flight.

The large shield at the rear serves as both a radiation shield and a heat radiator - since this type of propulsion would produce quite a bit of both :)

This is one of several views in this "series"...
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A pair of interstellar survey craft approach an exo-planet. Will it support life?

This is a mix of 2D and 3D elements.

The nebula in the background is partly painted, and partly a modified version of this NASA photo of the Cat's Paw nebula [link]

Edit: made minor adjustment to the background
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The Artwork:

Concept Mars Settlement nuclear pulse propulsion spacecraft designed for my Orion's Arm future history setting.

Image featured: on Winchell Chung’s Atomic Rockets site, Project Orion page, under William Black's 3D Orions.

In the image: two Orion nuclear pulse propulsion spacecraft, foreground vehicle in final phase of assembly and partially lowered into its construction shaft, the more distant vehicle is an example of the completed spacecraft.

Orion’s Arm is Hard SF – so my designs are grounded in the science and physics of real-world spacecraft, existing or proposed. When I work out designs for spacecraft in my future history, as an artist I ask what are the spacecraft intended to do? and what real engineering solutions exist which might accomplish the intention? When you are talking about sending hundreds of tons, or even thousands of tons of payload per vehicle flight, to Mars, then there is only one real solution, nuclear pulse propulsion, also known as Project Orion – because atomic bombs contain thousands of times more energy, indeed millions of times more energy, than any of the chemical fuels used in existing rockets. So, the spacecraft are based on the designs of Project Orion, the advanced propulsion study initiated at General Atomics in 1958 under auspices of the U.S. Air Force Special Weapons Center, and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Orion reacts small directional nuclear explosives against a large steel pusher plate attached to the spacecraft with shock absorbers. Efficient directional explosives maximize the momentum transfer, leading to specific impulses in the range of 6,000 seconds, or about thirteen times that of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. With refinements a theoretical maximum of 100,000 seconds (1 MN•s/kg) might be possible. Thrusts were in the millions of tons, allowing spacecraft larger than 8 × 10⁶ tons to be built with 1958 materials.

Initial plans for Project Orion considered launching from Area 25 on the Nevada Test Site, commonly known as "Jackass Flats," this plan was later abandoned after modeling revealed a high level of capture which would result in the creation of artificial radiation belts. Launching from high latitudes prevents formation of artificial radiation belts. Ground launch sites would cluster around the Arctic Ocean.

More information on Nuclear Pulse Propulsion is to be found here: Orion: Nuclear Pulse Propulsion.

Image Foreground: The Mars Entry and Descent Aero Shell of a Settler Transport sits exposed, prior to the Launch Vehicle’s nose-cone being mounted. The actual Mars landing vehicle is nested inside the Entry vehicle's aero shell.

In the middle distance: a fully assembled, ready to launch, Orion launch vehicle towers over the construction/launch site. The vehicle is the size of a sixty story office building (600’ tall by 328’ diameter) and masses 50,000 tons. [Note: before the more distant vehicle launches the foreground vehicle will be lowered into its protective construction shaft.]

The challenge of Martian settlement is to soft land one million tons of freight and 1000 colonists on the surface of Mars. A payload containing the necessary equipment and stocks of seed and frozen animal ovum required to maintain yearly harvest along with the tools required to construct the infrastructure of an industrial colony, food stores to sustain the colonists for the first year and supplement natively grown crops and live stock for several years, and for long term consideration a bank of frozen ovum and sperm representing a sample of 500,000 diverse individuals to supplement the gene pool – arriving ten thousand tons at a time in individual landing craft launched via 110, single stage, earth surface-launched nuclear fission initiated pulsed plasma rockets.

The settlement project requires 110 such vehicles.

100 of these carry unmanned landing craft ferrying one million tons of freight – ten thousand tons per vehicle – to the landing target located on the planes of Syria Planum. The cargo carriers will make fuel conservative Hohmann transits to Mars – launched individually, as completed, over the span of nearly a decade.

The spacecraft in this image carry the human settlers, the human transports go last – these are launched when all vehicle assembly is completed, launched one at a time, all being launched over a span of weeks. The settler’s transports make a 39 day fast transfer trajectory to Mars at 125,490 fps (85,562 mph/137,700 kph).

Vehicles are assembled in thousand foot deep vertical dry-dock shafts, their base-plates resting on a circular barge mounted to a rail system within the shaft – the vehicles are raised or lowered by the expedient of flooding the shaft – bringing the level under construction to the surface. Components are readied in the surrounding Component Assembly buildings (which are temporary structures to be broken down and removed to a safe distance prior to launch). The larger elements are assembled in the open spaces between these structures.

The launch vehicles are assembled using the same techniques as modern day ocean going vessels: large modular segments are assembled then moved into place and positioned by large mobile derrick cranes. Work crews complete the final task of securing the connections.

Here ground crews complete final consumables loading prior to the cargo lock being sealed. The gantry platform will be pulled back for the next step – which involves positioning and securing the launch vehicle’s nose cone. Once this is completed the gantry will be positioned for one last time to permit the settlers and flight crew to board the vehicle before it is elevated into the launch position. The vista you see here represents the final view of Earth the settlers will see as they board the vehicle (sans the foreground assembly buildings and truck park – these being removed from the launch area prior to the boarding phase).

The Backstory:

Image is part of a future historical setting, more detail is found on my profile page under the heading Orion’s Arm Future History, A Synopsis. A Timeline Graph is to be found here: Timeline.

The Mars settlement project began with a few visionary men, among whom a sense of endeavor sparked a bold movement to carve out a foothold for man on another world.

The intent: to establish a permanent human habitation.

For the settlers the journey is one-way – an all-in-one move to the red planet. There is no provision for continued support from Earth, nor any tie to any national government on Earth. The settlers are leaving Earth behind, severing all connections. The endeavor is entirely private.



Mars Settlement Project Complete Sequence Image Links:

Final Preparations:

Right Before

Launch:

Orion Nuclear Ground Launch

Terminus of an Arc

Entry, Descent, Landing:

Propulsion Module/Entry Vehicle Separation

Piercing the Veil

Flight Control

A Sound of Thunder

Cue The Pyrotechnics

Riding The Fire

Over Noctis Labyrinthus

Terminal Descent

Post Landing:

Martian Dusk
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Vehicle Systems & Configuration Chart

Nuclear pulse propulsion Reconnaissance Mission spacecraft designed for my Orion’s Arm future history setting.

Image featured: on Winchell Chung’s Atomic Rockets site, Project Orion page, under William Black's 3D Orions.

Image is part of a future historical setting, details in my journal entry Orion’s Arm Future History, A Synopsis.

Reconnaissance expeditions fall at +300 years on my future history timeline. A journal post with more detail on this era is to be found here: Martian Earth Return.

A Timeline Graph is to be found here: Timeline.

This is the first in a class of vehicles designed for use during the Martian Earth Return segment of my future history. The three types of vehicles included in this class are: Reconnaissance, Contingency, and Intervention.

A second class of vehicles will include a nuclear pulse HLLV – for lofting heavy payloads to Earth orbit, engineering vehicles with heavy landing craft to prepare landing sites for the HLLV’s, and an interplanetary cargo transporter.

The Martian terraforming program requires a far broader sampling of Earth-life than the initial settlement requirements of food animals and agricultural crops suitable to environment shed farming – so a return to Earth is part of the effort. However …

Earths civilization has collapsed. The causes and conditions of that collapse, the status of any remaining human population, and what might lay in wait for the Martians (a dead world, a human population reduced to savagery surviving in primitive conditions, bunkered enclaves of reactionary military forces, or survivors capable of becoming partners in trade) are all unknowns.

The first phase of the Earth return employs Reconnaissance mission vehicles in order to answer these questions.

The spacecraft is an intelligence gathering platform which employs a sophisticated Electro-optical Hyperspectral/Multispectral imaging array. Crew disciplines bridge expertise in Measurement and Signature Intelligence, (MASINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), and Imagery Intelligence (IMINT).

Electro-optical MASINT has similarities to IMINT, but is distinct from it. IMINT's primary goal is to create a picture, composed of visual elements understandable to a trained user. Electro-optical MASINT helps validate that picture, so that, for example, the analyst can tell if an area of green is vegetation or camouflage paint. Electro-optical MASINT also generates information on phenomena that emit, absorb, or reflect electromagnetic energy in the infrared, visible light, or ultraviolet spectra, phenomena where a "picture" is less important than the amount or type of energy reported.

Hyperspectral sensing allows discrimination of refined signatures, based on a large number of narrow frequency bands across a wide spectrum. These techniques can identify military vehicle paints, characteristic of particular countries' signatures. They can differentiate camouflage from real vegetation. By detecting disturbances in earth, they can detect a wide variety of both excavation and buried materials. Roads and surfaces that have been lightly or heavily trafficked will produce different measurements.

Hyperspectral imaging can detect disturbed earth and foliage. In concert with other methods such as coherent change detection radar, which can precisely measure changes in the height of the ground surface. Together, these can detect underground construction. It can detect specific types of foliage supporting crop identification; disturbed soil supporting the identification of mass graves, minefields, caches, underground facilities or cut foliage; and variances in soil, foliage, and hydrologic features often supporting NBC* contaminant detection.

*(Nuclear, Biological, Chemical warfare)

In a certain sense, the initial phase of the Martian return to Earth presents unknowns of similar scale to what an interstellar expedition might encounter: an unknown world and a potential first contact scenario. The mission turns the NASA nuclear pulse exploration missions on their head, launching from Mars and exploring an Earth which, in the three hundred years since the Martian departure, has become an unknown.

The Reconnaissance spacecraft is the Martian’s first fully re-usable Orion spacecraft – a surface launched spacecraft which performs its mission and returns to a touchdown at its point of origin to be refurbished and used again. 

Ground launch is accomplished via rocket assist, firing four engines derivative of the Rocketdyne L-6 – six million lbs thrust per engine – lofting the vehicle to an altitude sufficient to avoid ground-reflection shock waves from the nuclear pulse drive. On mission return, after the nuclear pulse drive has canceled the vehicles orbital velocity, the spacecraft descends using its integral rockets to trim the vehicles free-fall velocity and brake the spacecraft during the last several kilometers of descent to touchdown.

Details on the Rocketdyne L-6 here: Rocketdyne L-6 Engine

At launch first-stage toroidal shock absorbers are protected from the rockets reflected ground-blast by its integral micrometeorite shield. Second-stage shock absorbers are retracted to their full stop position. Rockets loft the vehicle to about 700 feet.

On engine shutdown the rockets are withdrawn into internal bays, engine ports are sealed, the first-stage shock absorber micrometeorite shield is retracted, the second-stage shock absorbers move to their nuclear pulse start position, and nuclear pulse operation is initiated. 

An upcoming post will detail the launch site designed to accommodate low-altitude nuclear pulse operation.

Acknowledgement:

Special thanks to Rhys Taylor for his input, advice, and time spent in brainstorming these ideas with me. Dr. Taylor's advisement helped shape and constrain the concepts surrounding this type of spacecraft, and the overall concept and form of vehicles involved in this stage of my future history setting.

Related Images:

Expedition to Earth 

Reconnaissance Orion Launch Site

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Vehicle and mission concept created for my Orion’s Arm Future History, synopsis at the link. A Timeline Graph is to be found here: Timeline.

Each mission-cycle a convoy of three spacecraft depart Mars orbit (after some final assembly on-orbit) bound for Callisto. The Martian’s (see Orion’s Arm Glossary, scroll down to Martian’s) launch these missions year after year, decade after decade for hundreds of years.

Callisto resource mining operations employ a nuclear powered drill-rig, used to recover water and ammonia, these are and separated and an electrolysis plant produces hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel, and for use in spacecraft ECLSS. Ammonia is packaged for transport back to Mars for use in a program to terraform the planet.

Ammonia is a powerful greenhouse gas, used to jump-start the terraforming process.

The program also supplies commercial propellant depots serving mining operations scattered throughout the asteroid belt.

From Winchell Chung's Atomic Rockets site: “The four major Galilean moons are within Jupiter's lethal radiation belt, except for Callisto. If you want ice that isn't radioactive, you've come to the right place. It is almost 50% ice, and remember this is a moon the size of planet Mercury. That's enough ice to supply propellant to the rest of the solar system for the next million years or so.”

Each convoy of spacecraft includes a crewed vehicle, an unmanned drill-rig/electrolysis plant transport/carrier, and an unmanned mission cargo carrier which hauls a mission-support payload of supplies and equipment aboard a re-usable surface to orbit shuttle which is also tasked to loft materials from the surface of Callisto to the awaiting carrier spacecraft for transport back to Mars.

Foreground in the image is a rather large surface crawler/transporter which is backed into the Drill-rig/Electrolysis plant’s materials transfer station. Note the scale of the space suited figure climbing the ladder alongside the cab.

The crawler/transporter (I refer to it as the materials processing rig in the diagram images) packages material for shipment and transports it to the landing site of a re-usable surface to orbit shuttle – visible image-center, background. The crawler/transporter also serves as a tanker to refuel the re-usable shuttle and to service the crew vehicle visible image-left.

For more detail see Callisto Resource Mining Mission Cycle Chart.

On my Orion's Arm timeline this image would fall during the Outer Solar System Frontier Era, see journal entry at the link for further details.

Image is part of the series of works to be found in my Outer Solar System Frontier Gallery.

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The Tsiolkovsky, the first manned interstellar spacecraft ever built, accelerates away from the Solar System with a crew of 100 frozen colonists. Using pulsed fusion propulsion, it powers it's way up to nearly 20% the speed of light. At such tremendous speeds, the diffuse gas and dust of the interstellar medium becomes a hail of deadly projectiles. To protect the the ship from the occasional collision with dust grains, a massive triple-layer impact shield absorbs the majority of impacts. By the time the Tsiolkovsky reaches it's target, the shield will be blasted and scarred with impact craters and radiation damage.

After it has achieved coasting velocity, the main engine is jettisoned. Once it is time to decelerate, a magnetic sail, a loop of superconducting wire many hundreds of kilometers wide is deployed, acting as a parachute by braking against it's destination's stellar wind. A smaller fusion-pulse engine then slows it into a capture orbit.
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Departing Earth during the May 30, 2035 low-energy opportunity, the nuclear-powered Ares starts it's 8-month journey to Mars.

Background Image of Earth courtesy of NASA.
Design of the Ares based off of several NTR (Nuclear Thermal Rocket) designs from the incredible site [link]

That is a TransHab module stuck to the bow end, yes. As you can probably tell from many of my other renders, I'm quite fond of them. :P
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Taken from a work-in-progress short story of mine.

An Earth-Saturn/Titan shuttle passing rather close to Enceladus, an icy outer moon of Saturn, in a kind of reverse-gravity boost to slow down somewhat before reaching it's intended target, Titan. A lander will dock with it from one of the surface settlements and ferry the crew of 6 and their cargo down to the surface. The craft took just under a year to make the journey, owing to it's powerful fusion drive and the optimal position of Saturn in it's orbit with respect to Earth. If you look carefully, you can just make out the very faint cherry-red glow on the massive radiator fins. This is a critical component that many an SF spacecraft seem to lack. Without them, the crew ad electronics would fry from the heat generated from the drive, the powerplant, the crew and their activities, and pretty much anything that occurs on the craft. So the heat is pulled away from the critical areas with coolant pipes and out to the radiators away from anything important, where it will slowly leak into space. Protecting the crew habitats on either end of the rotating arms are tanks that shield them from radiation. In addition, the entire habitat module is further shielded by a Whipple-style debris shield (multi-layered impact shield) to protect it from dust particles and micrometeors.

The background image of Enceladus is a real photo (actually a mosaic image) taken by the Cassini-Huygens probe in 2005.

The design of the craft itself is highly inspired by a NASA study of a manned mission to Jupiter or Saturn in the style of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The ship was called, of course, Discovery II. The paper is here: [link]

I'm sure NASA won't mind me stealing...er, I mean, "adapting" their idea a tad...
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Helios System and a selection of neighbouring star systems. The "Redline" is defined as a radius that serves as a warning; not to exceed "jump" distances beyond 50 light years.
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I re-rendered my concept design of the "Union International SpaceStation" based upon classic sci-fi (such as 2001), as well as a feasible idea for a small international spase station superseding the current one.

Schematics and previous rendering available in my gallery

(IASA stands for International Aeronautics and Space Administration)
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Helios portrayed slightly differently.
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Oil on canvas. 22"x28".

A mostly spontaneous painting with emphasis on color. It's also meant to describe early Spring, especially in the north, when it appears that Spring is well underway but then there will always be one last gasp of Winter's breath that is left.
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Oil on canvas. 15"x30".

A painting that I did a few years ago. I realized that I forgot to include it in my D/A gallery.

Spontaneously painted organic forms, except for the jelly fish- that's from a photo. I also like to look at photos of organic imagery including people, then squint my eyes or look at them upside down. They form interesting organic shapes which I then render as 'morphs' of various kinds.
The painting is set in the British Isles. You may recognize the ruins in the distant background.

The morphology or 'luminorphs' as I now call them, like to seek shelter in old ruins but will come out at dusk to slowly creep along the countryside.
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Oil on canvas. 22"x28".

A spontaneous Spring painting.
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The Earth Orbital 5 station is a huge multi purpose space station. It has various docking bays, landing pads, shipyard, comms and radar equipment, and a host of other detail. The model is just under 4 million polys and is poly efficient. Close ups are very highly detailed.
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The CDF tempest (destroyer Class) engages in battle with Krahh.
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The CDF nemesis is a heavy cruiser, well armed and fast this capital ship is robust and deadly. At just under 1.5 million polys this cinematic ship is great for close ups.
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