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.
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?
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).
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.
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
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.)
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.
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
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
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.
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!