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Foreground is a launch center, in the distance a Callisto Crew Vehicle climbs skyward under thrust of an Orion nuclear pulse rocket.

Artwork featured in Issue 34 of 3D Art Direct Magazine Link here

An older image, but one I am personally rather fond of, composed around 2009-2010. I was going for the look/feel of late 1960's early 1970's era Sci-Fi book and magazine art, so the image is very stylized compared to the rest of my work. The 2001 style space suited figure by Max Grueter fit the theme very well.

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

A Timeline Graph is to be found here: Timeline.

On my Orion's Arm timeline the image would fall during the Outer Solar System Frontier Era.

Nuclear ground launch of a Callisto mission spacecraft, launched on an ice mining terraforming resource recovery mission. Vehicle is launched with a minimum ground to orbit fuel load and its four man flight crew only. Full mission nuclear impulse fuel-stack will be launched aboard a Martian Nexus heavy booster which will make rendezvous in Mars orbit, along with a Nuclear SSTO carrying the remaining 46 members of the Callisto mission crew.

The Orion fission initiated pulsed plasma rocket carries a ten thousand ton Crew Vehicle – which on arrival in Callisto orbit will separate from the Orion interplanetary stage and land on nuclear light bulb style closed cycle gas core rockets.

Two unmanned mission support spacecraft will be launched in similar manner, one carrying a nuclear powered drill-rig and in-situ hydrogen/oxygen cracking plant (which will remain on the surface of Callisto). A second unmanned mission support spacecraft carries supplies, tools, specialized surface crawlers, and all other items required to support the 1 year Callisto surface stay. Mission supplies are packaged in containers carried aboard a re-usable landing/launch vehicle which will be used to ferry Ammonia and Methane ice packages to orbit for mounting on the mission support interplanetary stages – when fully loaded these will return the mined materials to Mars to be de-orbited aboard the Nuclear SSTO.

Callisto resource recovery missions are 3 year duration missions.

Journal Entries:

For contextual information on the purpose of the Callisto Resource Recovery missions see my essay on Terraforming Mars.

An essay on Nuclear Pulse Propulsion is available here: Orion: Nuclear Pulse Propulsion.

Callisto Mission Images:

Callisto Mission Crew Vehicle Launch

Outward Bound

Falling Toward Periapsis

Discarding Stages

Callisto-Mission Spacecraft Flight Control Station

Callisto Mission Spacecraft Command Deck Overhead

Callisto Mission Spacecraft Crew Quarters

Prospecting Callisto

Mining The Ice

Periapsis: Racing the Clouds of Jove

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Captain-jed's avatar
This looks cool, I like the idea of the 60's or 70's style approach to the picture.