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An unmanned spacefreighter is being prepped for launch towards an asteroid mining base. Sketchup 3D / 2012
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We live in an incredible age. We have all the basic knowhow available to send man on a journey to explore the solar system. In reality, we've practically confined ourselves to our homeworld. Space programmes in the US and Europe are being crippled by budgetcuts. Nonetheless, I refuse to be pessimistic about the longterm future of space exploration. We'll find a way to leave the cradle.
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templerman Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Yes, you are right about the short-sightedness of governments. It reflects the difference between political scientists and politicians.
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LazarusDeCain Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
only a matter of time .. .space is our future.
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SpookyChick1013 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, we will find a way to leave the prison our leaders are trying to keep us in. Commercial spaceflight looks like the best idea yet. Humanity will have the stars, in time.
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arvidwollin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Cool! love it!
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Yoji00 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I need to make this in Kerbal Space Program now.
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LazarusDeCain Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
you too? :D
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bronxboy53 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like the way you think!
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Hydraman123 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
amen! expand into the stars!
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streincorp Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree... sadly watching the decline of space era :(
Anyway, very nice cargo! well done :clap:
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screenscan Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Interface Designer
dope!
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saucer-level-0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Artist
nice words. great pic, too.
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Ywander Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Writer
Instafave, of course. Really well thought out, hard science design, bro. Always knew you had it in you! ;)
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Really? I sure as hell didn't, hahaha! Thanks budski! Hoe was freezeland??
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Ywander Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Wet and deprived of sleep. But nothing compared to the armaggeddon that was happening back at the office which I mercifully escaped. Forget that old Cityhoppertje for the entrance to the Fokker terrain, I've got a big ass 777 that's not going anywhere for a while. :onfire:
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do love these 'realistic' approaches to space ship designs :) I wish I was able to do the same ;) Excellent work sir
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Thanks for your positive words!
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Ginzoo Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
nice
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TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That way is being pioneered by companies like SpaceX, Bigelow, and virgin Galactic. I think SpaceX was even supposed to dock their Dragon capsule at the ISS sometime this year, and I've heard tell of a race between civilian space companies to land a probe on the Moon.

Of course, these are just the companies in America. I'd love to know how the private space industry is doing over in Europe.
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bobafetthotmail Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
I heard Reaction Engines ltd development is going nicely (also because EU is dumping some cash in them). You know, Skylon, and mach 5-capable aircraft engines.

The sad fact is that the main Skylon issue isn't engineering (as apart from the engines it's pretty conservative), but demand. Spaceplanes manage to stay afloat only if constantly running (like commercial aircraft), that means their main cargo is mainy supplies and fuel for orbital tugs. While hard to believe, a properly done rocket and a capsule is still far far safer for people.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Well, in Europe two airlines are currently working to realize suborbital flights; Virgin (as you mentioned) and KLM. Airbus is working on its own spaceplane design. The European space programme (led by ESA) is suffering from the same problems as NASA though. Development of a shuttle was canned years ago and their idea to turn the ATV into a manned vehicle hasn't developed into a real design (yet?)

Anyway thanks for all those faves man!
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TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem.
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ScarecrowKing Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I'm really surprised we don't have a permanent station on the moon. Which is irritating.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
I know what you mean man.
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ScarecrowKing Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
There's probably plenty of material to mine, and a moon base would be an excellent launch platform for trips to other planets.

Sigh. Eventually... Eventually...
Well, I'm waiting for the game Miner Wars. It's a space exploration rpg/mmo. Uses a geomod system similar to Red Faction 1 and allows you to build bases and tunnels into asteroids. I guess I could also call it post apocalyptic... Since the Earth is now a collection of asteroids. XD
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bobafetthotmail Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Look for High Frontier by Sierra Madre games. That's probably the best realistic board game about space exploitation I've seen in a while.

As for the moon... heh its main value is rocket fuel (actually water). Considering that it's value is around 3000 bucks per kg once it is in orbit...
If that opens up anything in orbit and on the Moon becomes so much cheaper to harness.
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StGeorge67 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Perfect design!
I think real future interplanetary spaceships would look like this, because of its simple modular concept.
Simple, but intelligently designed and propably inexpensive to build.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad you consider this design credible.
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mikemars Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this could fit right into coboy bebop. looks cool
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pagan-live-style Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Virgin Calactic mining company ? greetz len.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Marrekie's Howling Mad Miners Ltd!
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pagan-live-style Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Don't forget to nital etch the ore after machining !!

Even Howling Mad Miners have to live to certain standards !

Greetz looney lenZ
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
brilliant
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thanks mate :)
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Is it automated or does it have a crew on board?
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
It's unmanned. I'm currently working on a manned ship though.
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Reactor-Axe-Man Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If we're gonna go into space, we aren't gonna do it on the public dime. The last 40 years have demonstrated that. Private space ventures are our only hope, and those are only going to take off once private property rights are recognized in space.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I agree that the only way to build a proper space infrastructure is by commercialisation. Economic development of space resources will lead to standardization of hardware. Such hardware could be used as a basis for missions further into the solar system. IMO this will all remain wishful thinking though, untill a company actually manages to set up a profitable enterprise in LEO.
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djomally Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Hank McCoy.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
=D =D =D
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8FtSpider Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Artist
NICE! Very well done!
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AndrewBCrisp Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Ooh nice design. Although... you named it the "Peter Griffin"? o.O
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Hahaha, well spotted. Big hero of mine!
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kbmxpxfan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I really like the design. But isn't it a little small for making such a long trip worth the effort?
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AndrewBCrisp Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
My guess is that, since it's unmanned, time isn't a factor. Just push it on a Hohmann transfer orbit and it will get to its destination eventually.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Exactly. Unmanned spacecraft do not require the same thrust-to-mass ratio as manned spacecraft. However, when equipped with proper NTR propulsion modules, this transport can still achieve very reasonable delta-V's.
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Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Wow! I really like this. Hey... One of my designs has a triple engine pod at the back too. :P
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Darvel Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your vehicle designs and I love the fact that you designed a container ship instead of a bulk freighter. Also, I like the fact that you have a container still being loaded on, it gives it an action shot feel.

My only remark is the shape and layout of the containers - I've noticed this in other container space ship designs too, so it's not just this one, please don't consider this some kind of an attack - why are the containers arranged on three planes and have a triangular design? The design of a ship in BSG used what looked like larger TEU containers, but again arranged on three planes. I realize that it's aesthetically more pleasing, but it just looks like an inefficient use of the space. I guess it's just me taking something too seriously. :?
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thanks man. Great feedback! The fact that I arranged the containers on three planes is really a matter of form-follows-function. I designed this spacecraft around a central hexagonial truss, much like the central truss being used to keep the ISS together. At first, I only attached containers on the top and bottom of the central truss. It then occurred to me though, that the shown arrangement on three planes (instead of two) allows for more containers to be attached on the same truss. It turned out to be a logical arrangement.

Regarding the trapezoid shape of the actual containers, you really have a point. This was purely an artistical choice. I really can't provide a practical reason for this shape. The aim was purely to make the containers deviate from standard shipping containers. :)
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Darvel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for clearing that up and for taking the time to answer. :)
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
wow greta designe man
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