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Nuclear OTV Commercial Transport

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Light Freighter for intraorbital service between space colonies and industrial platforms, designed for the System States Era of my Orion’s Arm future history setting.

Featured on Realistic Spaceship Illustrations Blog, Link: here

In the System States Era asteroid mining operations thrive throughout the asteroid belt and among the moons of Jupiter and Saturn the Martian terraforming program has left legacy: a sprawling archipelago of island stations and industrialized moons, Bernal Sphere's and O'Neill Cylinders, Spindle and Wheel cities, and a population of humanity growing into the millions. Space colonies are independent city-states and trade is their lifeblood. Entire generations are born and live their lives in spinning cylinders, bubbles, and torus shaped habitats, harvesting, mining, and fabricating all they need from the environment of the outer solar system.

Orion and Medusa style nuclear pulse freighters haul payloads of raw materials across interplanetary distances, while nuclear orbital transfer vehicles (OTV’s) provide light freight and passenger service between space habitats in Jupiter and Saturn orbit.

A timeline for my future history is to be found here: Timeline

See my Nuclear OTV Diagram for more detail.
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TheGermanUser's avatar

Sehr schön. Und sehr beruhigend

A small question about the Medusa Drive - would the attitude thrusters be needed on the sail itself, to control its spinning, when the ship turns around?

P.S. I absolutely love your pictures.
William-Black's avatar
Interesting question. Medusa is one of the more interesting variants of nuclear pulse, and eventually I'm sure that one of these days I'll get around to modeling one. So, off the top of my head, I'd imagine the best means of dealing with the sail for a flip-and-burn would be to reel it in, perform your skew-flip, then redeploy the sail.
JESzasz's avatar
 I can imagine living in such an era would be an exciting time to live in. I assume that sphere is where all the cargo and passengers stay?
William-Black's avatar
The sphere is the LH2 propellant tank. See diagram image here Nuclear OTV Commercial Transport Diagram
MrRocketDad's avatar
This is pretty much what I imagine my Mobile Fleet Tenders from Conjunction look like.  It's even around Saturn!
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