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A Bright Future by Marrekie A Bright Future by Marrekie
Concept design of a near future interplanetary spacecraft. I tried to achieve an acceptable level of realism by applying my own, limited understanding of spaceflight principles and by extensively tapping into the almighty web (e.g. Atomicrocket). I’m an aviation engineer though and most definitely not a rocket scientist, so feel free to let me know when I’m talking out of my ass here.

Sketchup 3D / The Gimp
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DarthShmoogy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Since this ship is meant for mining, I wonder exactly what kind of processing is capable for the extracted raw material.  Would most refinement take place on a colony or Earth?  I don't even know what kind of energy needs it would have.

If raw goods are refined elsewhere, there must be fairly regular supply to it when it is in operation around the Asteroid Belt.  That ship could bring fuel and whatever else, then load up whatever raw material was mined.  I'd be interested in seeing that transport.  It may need more speed for its purposes than this ship does, which may translate into solar sails, ion propulsion, or rocket drives with more fuel.  That wouldn't be a problem for space as much in the transport with a smaller crew, though.
Eagle1Division Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I've studied these things for years and she's a real beauty! Gorgeous! One thing I have to ask though, is I'm guessing your mass ratio (propellant to empty mass) is rather low because the NTR's provide such a great specific impulse and the missions are fairly low delta-velocity?
Marrekie Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Hey there, thanks for the positive comment. You're right, considering the used type of propulsion and the intended mission profile, a relatively low mass ratio should be sufficient.
SoFDMC Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The near future will see deep space craft as essentially space stations with rockets attached to them.
Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
I think you're right mate!
longibando Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Interesting. I'm looking for an artist to commit a draw. Do you accept commissions?
Patro321 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Marrekie, I have been a great fan of your Saddling Up pic for awhile and I was browsing today and now found this! Amazing! Would you mind if I made some line drawings of these? I would provide you the pics and credit you of course. I am glad to see you have the same intermodel containers, it makes it easy to scale the two vessels!
Marrekie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
I'm glad you like this design! As long as you credit me, I'm okay with your suggestion to do some line drawings. I'd love to see the end result! :)
Patro321 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Awesome, and again these are amazing drawings. I am myself a big fan of Atomic Rockets.
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