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Mars Shuttlecraft Departing

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A reusable Shuttlecraft departs an orbiting station over Mars, ferrying crew down to the surface.
The Mars surface was derived from Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter data, which was converted to a grayscale map and used to deform a plane. The Shuttle itself is based on a biconic aerobody, one of the many shapes being considered for Mars entry vehicles. The station modules are based on the Boeing Destiny module of the International Space Station.
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Emilion-3's avatar
How does it land?
Just like SpaceX's Mars transport.
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MASCH-ART's avatar
tolles Design und nice work
somercet's avatar
Interesting. Martian atmo is too thin to support parachute landings. So this shuttle will need to land vertically on the ground, a la SpaceX's Falcon spacecraft.
Thomas-Peters's avatar
True--if you're trying to decelerate from interplanetary speeds. This vehicle starts off in Martian orbit, and decelerates from orbital velocity by engine firing, so it comes into the atmosphere at a much more modest velocity. So a parachute can cut a major part of its velocity. This being said, it will still rely on its main engines for terminal braking and landing. But it will require much less fuel.
SoFDMC's avatar
This should be reality by now. We should be on Mars and going on to Jupiter.
hgfggg's avatar
The engineer's dilemma- you always have limited resources.
SamSquared's avatar
What sort of propulsion system does it use; aerospike engines perhaps?
Thomas-Peters's avatar
Sadly, no. That would have been a better choice. Instead, these are variants on the Space Shuttle's throttle-able and restartable engines, adapted for methane.
SamSquared's avatar
Well, if you can refuel on the surface of mars I suppose you don't have to be as efficient as if you have to carry all your fuel with you.
IsoGraph60XYZ's avatar
The shuttle is named the 'Robinson Crusoe '?[Haha-something for us 'Olde-school' movie fans] .And the mother ship[s];The 'Armstong' and 'Aldrin'?[And lets not forget the 'Collin's' class also?]
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Thomas-Peters's avatar
Thank you, sir! You're very kind.
celticarchie's avatar
You're welcome! :D
Ludo38's avatar
Very intersteing vision. The reflections on metal surfaces give some magic to the technical set.
alveric's avatar
Really nice - hard sci-fi rules!
celticarchie's avatar
This has that sense of real adventurous space exploration. :D
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RobCaswell's avatar
Another fave, though I haven't looked at it in a while. There's something McCallian about this - maybe the brightly colored helmets and MMUs. Great design on the vehicle and the reflection on the module is very nicely done.
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