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After Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, NASA used the momentum of those triumphs to launch their proposal to develop several pieces of hardware, the Nuclear Ferry or Primary Propulsion Module, which could provide regular transportation to Geosynchronous orbit and the Moon, and the Standard Mission Module, which could serve as a planetary surface base or orbital station. These, combined with a Science Mission Module specific for the destination, could be combined to form Project Argosy spacecraft, capable of missions to Mars, Venus, asteroids and comets. For these deep=space missions, the Argosy spacecraft would launch from Earth orbit, with two PPMs boosting the main craft into its transfer orbit, then separating, to decelerate themselves to return to Earth orbit for reuse. The lone remaining PPM would provide power and propulsion for the rest of the mission. In this way, a robust compatible collection of manned craft would be available for standard missions, in a flexible architecture to meet varieties of mission needs. I've attached the name Argosy, or treasure fleet, to the project.

In  this image: The two orbital components of the Argosy fleet trim their elliptical orbit near Phobos. Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, are two of the darkest objects in the solar system.

Photshop and Ligtwave 10. Mars is the normalmapped masterpiece by Nick Stevens at Foundation 3D.

Thanks for having a look!
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Nx147's avatar

I thought it was kerbal space program, incredible

garryts's avatar
Cool! I love your Argosy series :-)
Thomas-Peters's avatar
Thanks! Its a real labor of love. The concepts and craft really fired my imagination in High School, and my favorite artist, Bob McCall, did a number of images based around it, so its a lot of fun to play in that sandbox.
megadolon013's avatar
  You now what I believe this is very feasible.
Thomas-Peters's avatar
We still have some things to work out, mostly on the life support system side, but I think the bulk of the tech is easily achievable at this point.
megadolon013's avatar
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Kodai-Okuda's avatar
My pleasure.
If you are so inclined, please check out my SF artwork. :)
Eihort's avatar
Must. Build. In. KSP.
NyrathWiz's avatar
Drell-7, do I have your permission to host this image on my Atomic Rocket website in the Reusable Nuclear Shuttle section?
Thomas-Peters's avatar
Yep! That'd be great, NyrathWiz!
NyrathWiz's avatar
Thank you!
Artwork has been added here
www.projectrho.com/public_html…
RoyCalbeck's avatar
Ah, the days when vision still existed at NASA...
Nuclear-Fridge's avatar
Oh, but NASA still has vision... just ask the sub-sub-subcommittee for evaluating 'vision' and its impact on the next budgetary considerations meeting. 'Vision' may be forwarded to the next stage of planning for the 2034 projects listing... (disengages Severe Sarcasm setting here)
RoyCalbeck's avatar
*falls over laughing*
Thomas-Peters's avatar
I actually think its still there in little nooks and crannies. The major problems at NASA really all  come down being left in the lurch for years by congress. Major new initiatives are championed, NASA does the planning and begins work, then congress underfunds the project so that, after a few years, they're so far behind that the program can't continue. This, of course, is a slight oversimplification. NASA is WAAAY too top-heavy in administration, in my opinion, but it still ultimately comes down to "No bucks, no Buck Rogers!"
RoyCalbeck's avatar
Precisely my view on it.  If we put half the money into space development that we do into (name giant mega-gummint program here), we'd have Mars colonized and be mining/solar-discarding NEO asteroids by now.
<font><font>Спасибо, очень понравилось.</font></font>
AbaKon's avatar
Tom, you are clearly the Bonestell of the dArt community. Thank you!
Thomas-Peters's avatar
You are kind, Kon. That may be the best compliment anyone's ever given me....(blush)
AbaKon's avatar
Is it a compliment if it's true? Nope. Just an observation.
dcmstarships's avatar
How different things might be now if the US had managed to move in this direction in the 1970's.
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