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2010 Ignition by Drell-7 2010 Ignition by Drell-7
Another in Rob Caswell's and my series of images based on the novel 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke.
One last time, Discovery's plasma drive comes to life among the moons of Jupiter.  The now combined Discovery and Leonov begin their complex departure from Jupiter's increasingly enigmatic space. From the novel: "Strange, thought Floyd, how terminology often survives long after the technology that gave it birth. Only chemical rockets were capable of ignition; even if the hydrogen in a plasma drive did come in contact with oxygen, it would be far too hot to burn"

Done in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop CS6.

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Monroville Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
I think you messed up on the design of the Leonov.   The BABYLON 5 "gravity wings" (for lack of a better description.. and yes, I know B5 took those bits of the Agamemnon from 2010) are missing.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Our design is based on the book 2010. In the book there was no centrifugal gravity on the Leonov, to save weight, and,also, I think, to emphasis the no frills nature of Soviet spacecraft design. The big centrifuge on the movie Leonov was put there by the filmmakers to make the ship look like it was "doing something" during long shots in Jupiter orbit, and so they wouldn't have to shoot a lot of wire-work with the actors.
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Fantastic view!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant angle for this image!:squee: Am I the only one who thinks that the command module of Discovery, backlit as it is here, looks a lot like HAL-9000's camera 'eyeball'...?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
That was the intention, with the composition and lighting, to get the viewer to think about the intellegence actually controlling Discovery. Glad it worked for you!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I didn't much go for the movie Leonov, as I've told Rob Caswell, with its inflatable-bouncy-cushion heat shield (:wtf:), the countdown sequence worked well for me... As the humans are starting to freak out about Jupiter being consumed, HAL's utterly calm, reasonable voice came across like a nightmare. "I think we should stay. Ignition in two minutes. Dr. Chandra, should I cancel the burn?"
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Of course, this is totally awesome...and it seems to have a Yamato feel to it...for BONUS awesomeness!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Y'know, I hadn't thought about the Yamato similarity at all...but your right!
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Writer
It happens on rare occasions.
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Love the work you do, makes me feel as if I'm actually there.
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