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Interplanetary Transport System at Alpha Site by MacRebisz Interplanetary Transport System at Alpha Site by MacRebisz

ITS landers at Alpha Site, first large scale human colony on Mars.

My take on SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System announced by Elon Musk last year.

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Lady-Pilot Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
Interesting concept! If these "shuttle-like" crafts can get their fuel on Mars, this concept would be possible. They will fly to Earth and land like space shuttle, will they? How about way back?
I guess that the living spaces are underground, because of radiation protection?
GREAT AND REALISTIC CONCEPT! You have a lot good ideas here!
SpaceBoundOperator Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The spaceX its concept in this artwork comes from the actual spaceX ITS concept revealed a couple years ago. The ITS would have taken off with a boost stage, gotten refueled by an unmanned fueler ITS and flown to mars and landed vertically like in this picture, it then would have been refueled by the sabatier process using the water on mars, come back to earth and landed vertically again, much like a falcon 9 boost stage. The ITS concept has been scrapped for the BFR which is only a bit smaller but accomplishes the same mission.
Lady-Pilot Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Thanks for explanation!
Nostromo1809246 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
Always good job! Great 
iefke Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. Reminds me of the piles of science fiction i read in the seventies.
I like his plan in general, but now we just gotta figure out how to get hundreds of people to live on the surface of Mars. Not talking volunteers. Where will they live? What will they eat? How will they recycle oxygen?
Nachtigall44 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
He mentioned that they will live in carbon fiber and glass geodesic domes.
Michael-McDonnell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017   General Artist
Or build in the canyons and mountains.
Lanto1 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
i love your work really cool man
Odinsknot Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
This is so brilliant and just mashes all my geek buttons. :-)
xmanmonk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! Thanks!
Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017
It feels like 1965 again.  When it seemed everything was possible.
SpaceBoundOperator Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece man. Excellent work. Maybe I'll see you on the ITS one day
SpaceBoundOperator Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooooo! SpaceX related stuffff
EmrahSerdaroglu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Astrobyte Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
the bowl shaped landing sites make no sense. They would tend to collect copious quantities of Martian dust and silt.  It would make more sense if they were flat or even ever so slightly domed with excavated areas surrounding them (easier than building a platform). The Martian wind will tend to keep the landing site clear of dust and any dust/silt that collects around the launch site would be blasted outwards and upwards during launches or landings. 

Nice artwork. Insufficient thought.
Machairodontinae Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017
Bowl landing pad is a nice way to solve one obvious problem the ITS have - rocks hitting the engine bells during last seconds of landing. It have to be pre-built by some unmanned mission before manned landing.
JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2017  Professional Artist
Well, actually they do make sense in a way. For a start they would be designated 'landing bowls' and the con-cave shape is designed to act as a blast filter both when landing and when taking off, although I will readily admit that such sites should be further from habitation in case of a launch or landing accident. This is a Stage One colony and its resources are pretty much rough and ready - in time, and with improvements in hardware and services, a craft might be landing in a dedicated silo constructed out of rammed packed soil or custom-manufactured bays which are outfitted with loading/unloading ramps and service gantries and of course blast-bunkers to protect personnel from incidents and accidents.

I'll have to make assumptions here about the technology, but it looks very much as if the craft have their own cranes for loading and unloading cargo. As for the infamous Martian dust and of course the storms, well - dust happens and a storm of any significant size would indeed lay down a layer of dust which would be removed by a mobile unit outfitted with a blade much as a snow-removing vehicle on Earth is used to clear roads after snowfalls, with emphasis on forming spiraling patterns of dust on removal and building the dust up into walls around the silo, although it would also be useful to collect this dust and use it in structural work, once again compacting it and augmenting it to make a form of Martian concrete for constructing purposes.
Astrobyte Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
The major issue with a bowl shape landing site is probably acoustics and shock waves generated by the rocket engines and rocket engine exhaust. These would be directed back at the rocket engines likely destroying the rocket engines or the rocket/spacecraft that is landing or taking off.

This is one of the reasons that launches from Earth have flame trenches and water deluge systems. They are not there for cooling but primarily to diminish shock waves and acoustics.
JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Artist
Correct, but the lower gravity helps with things as well. The sound issue is also one of the reasons why such landing/take-off pads would be located (or should be) some distance from the habitation section, although it could be argued that the fully-fueled cargo rocket going up from the colony which experienced a gyro-stabilizer or engine inefficiency issue on the way out would or could potentially become a flying bomb - so naturally you want to be as far away from that as possible. As for the acoustics, there are ways of damping that down, such as placing the craft in a pit or building up soil around it. I don't need to tell you these things, although my commentary is predominately aimed at the viewers of this image.
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Professional Photographer
Great concept work! :thumbsup: ;)
SaraMFDraws Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you so much
LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intriguing! And absolutely gorgeous colors and shading!
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