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Herald Of Humanity by Marrekie Herald Of Humanity by Marrekie
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An attempt to design a realistic, heavy interplanetary spacecraft. Will we ever witness space travel on this scale?

Tnx for 160+ faves people!
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
You forgot to add radiators. 
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Nope, the two slanted units aft of the comm dishes are radiators and the area forward of the european flag as well
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Ah. 
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:iconrealmwright:
Realmwright Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like everything we need to colonize Mars. Forget building a real Deathstar, build this! I'm still not gonna sign up to go, but best of luck to the those that do. I'd just suggest not reading biographies of early New World settlers on the voyage to your new home.
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Haha, very cool comment mate. Thanks.
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bronxboy53 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dunno the answer to your question.... we can only hope.... I wish that the original designers of the Enterprise... had filter their thinking the way you have... put a pair of warp nacelles on this design and you hve a viaable, realistic enterprise. What program did you use?
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Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Well, look who was in charge of Enterprise?  The Vince Russo of Star Trek, Rick Berman.  His concern was never making early Starfleet look like logical exploration (as his vision of Starfleet was not exploration), instead he wanted something that could fight aliens on a weekly basis, and look pretty doing it.  Any wonder they just took the Akira-class from First Contact and flipped it upside-down.  Thank the gods they fired him in that last season... but it was too little too late.

As for ~Marrekie's question... not as long as our lawmakers only care about their own re-election, as NASA's budget is determined entirely by Congress.  Hell, only reason they gave so much money to the Apollo program was because they didn't want the Soviets to reach the Moon first, and paint it red (not a joke, they had actually threatened that publicly at one point).
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thanks for the positive feedback! I created this model in Sketchup.
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:iconandrew-graphics:
Andrew-Graphics Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I hope we get this far
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:iconthech:
TheCH Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YUS.
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:icontechy-ben:
Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
This is just right! Can I "imitate" the design a little? I'm using hexagonal cargo pods, with most designs being modular (inspired by the ISS etc ;) ).
I'm usually stumped when it comes to larger vessels. But you seem to have a knack for it.
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I'd love to see what you come up with my man. Keep me posted :) I'm planning on doing a modular ship myself as well.
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:icontechy-ben:
Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Currently it's: Mental Block
On anything bigger than a shuttle. :P
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:iconohlykine:
Ohlykine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great desing !
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it, i did something similar once, but it never got finished, i ended up getting bogged down with motion studies and simulations for rotation systems
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ebarr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Maybe, but don't hold your breath waiting!
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Sings-With-Spirits Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Love the design!

Do you have other views?
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
No, sorry man. Glad you like this bucket though
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:iconkasterborous:
Kasterborous Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
I'm always a sucker for the more realistic examples of spaceship design, and this doesn't disappoint - chunky and functional but with a certain charm. The only things I'd consider adding to this to increase the "realism factor" would be heat radiators and some sort of impact/Whipple shielding for the habitat section at the front (though shielding would really only be necessary if the ship were interstellar rather than simply interplanetary, and was expected to travel at relativistic speed). I can recommend the website [link] if you have an interest in keeping starship designs as realistic as possible :)
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Thanks for the feedback & the link mate! I appreciate it. You're right about the radiator of course. There's a heat dissipation system on the forward half of the engiine section, but in real life this wouldn't be sufficient. The design would certainly require additional radiators. (About the shielding: it's not an interstellar craft.)
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korblborp Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
i like it! although, i think it needs some more hab space.
WE (you and i, and the rest of us deviants currently living) may not see interplanetary travel on this scale, with this polish, but i sincerely hope humanity manages it sometime soon.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love the counter-rotating habitat section. That's a damn smart way to cancel torque, just like we do with helicopters here at home. This whole design is cool and really efficient-looking.

Would you consider doing a spaceship building tutorial for SketchUp?
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Thanks for the positive words mate. Maybe I'll do a tut on spaceships once, but not atm. I am working on a mecha-design 'tut' though, whichs records my design process for a commission I'm involved in.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool! I'm looking forward to it. I want to learn SketchUp, but I'm interested in building spaceships and other vehicles.
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Xperimental00 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Are those torus colonies at the other end? Awesome. ^^
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Herr-Flick Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Blimey, the European Union in Space? I doubt they could all even be persuaded to sit down and agree on the right order to read the countdown to launch ;) Still, its a nice design of ship, I like the rugged, chunky appearance of the engines in particular, but the whole design genuinely looks right and plausible :)
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Haha, you're probably right mate. Glad you like this bucket
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:iconel-bronco:
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good, indeed!
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:iconcilios:
cilios Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You kick ass with SketchUp
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Thanks man
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:iconcilios:
cilios Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome:)
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:iconiljackson:
ILJackson Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully done...and while not in our lifetime, we'll HAVE to go that route eventually unless we want to go the way of the dinosaurs
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karanua Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Something similar in appearence to what I visualise as the colony vessel in the mars series of books by Kim Stanley Robinson, the rotating sections to provide the crew with acclimatisation gravity is just too cool. Wonderfully original design, well done :D
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
I'm glad you like this bucket mate. Nice ref!
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Tribersman-FR Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Wow Nice design ! I like it.

Maybe a little too much "bulky" for something that fear so much needless weight but you put a lot of realist idea.

It's a detail (actually a really big detail) but I don't think your "radiator unit" will radiate very much to the outside. (that's also what missed to Explorer of "2001")

Since they is no other medium to transfert the heat to, the radiator would need to be really large and perpendicular to each other so they don't just transfert the heat to themself.

But If you already knew all that (You know already much) as a "artistic licence" your ship look great.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
Thanks for the feedback mate. You make a very interesting point and I have to admit, it didn't cross my mind yet. I'll have to consider this for future designs.
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Tribersman-FR Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
It's nothing, you did a nice job thinking about utility.

About Radiators, you have a far better explaination on this site :
[link]

Well actually he have better explanation for everything ^^'

By the way, for Hydrogene based engine, you can refuel around gas giant or ice asteroid I let you search the method :D

I'm going to comment the "mighty ones" now :D
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CalamityJones Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this, I think you'll like what I'm working on, when it's finished, that is :P. I'm attempting to make something vaguely realistic, but with a fully detailed interior...
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Thanks. I'm curious to see what you come up with!
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:iconcsp499:
Csp499 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, what I'd do to be able to see that in my lifetime...
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Second that mate. It's time to leave this rock
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:iconcsp499:
Csp499 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup. As Konstantin Tsiolkovsky- the father of modern rocket science- once said; "The Earth may be the cradle of humanity, but one cannot stay in the cradle forever".
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neb2069 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Brilliant !
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SpinachBaron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
I must say, this is simply great. Just this kind of detailed, realistic and well executed spacecraft design are what I wish I would see more on DA :)
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:iconmarrekie:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thanks for the positive words & the fave man
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SpinachBaron Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
No problem, you deserved them
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AndrewBCrisp Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Another good design - my only quibble would be to replace the fusion engines with ion engines; going from one planet to another with a low-thrust constant acceleration design might be better and cost efficient if you're not in a tearing hurry.

I doubt we'll see vessels like this until we're old and grey, but I'll still look forward to seeing them.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Good comment mate. The reason why I chose fusion engines, is that they minimize interplanetary travel duration. This'll require a higher fuel consumption than ion based engines, but it will provide a more practical spacecraft for human travel and most importantly, it will minimize radiation exposure. It is for these same reasons that space agencies are currently considering to equip manned Mars expeditions with nuclear powerplants.
About the old and grey bit: I fear that's even too optimistic mate. :) Still, who knows what the future will bring. Right now, I'm looking forward to witnessing the return of mankind to the moon!
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great idea the external positioning of space containers!
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Glad you like the design. Tnx for the fave :)
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