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Argosy:T minus 20 Hours by Drell-7 Argosy:T minus 20 Hours by Drell-7
After Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, NASA used the momentum of those triumphs to launch their proposal to develop several pieces of hardware, the Nuclear Ferry or Primary Propulsion Module, which could provide regular transportation to Geosynchronous orbit and the Moon, and the Standard Mission Module, which could serve as a planetary surface base or orbital station. These, combined with a Science Mission Module specific for the destination, could be combined to form Project Argosy spacecraft, capable of missions to Mars, Venus, asteroids and comets. For these deep=space missions, the Argosy spacecraft would launch from Earth orbit, with two PPMs boosting the main craft into its transfer orbit, then separating, to decelerate themselves to return to Earth orbit for reuse. The lone remaining PPM would provide power and propulsion for the rest of the mission. In this way, a robust compatible collection of manned craft would be available for standard missions, in a flexible architecture to meet varieties of mission needs. I've attached the name Argosy, or treasure fleet, to the project.

Here, the nuclear boosters have been joined with the mission spacecraft, and final check outs and adjustments are proceeding in Earth orbit. In 20 hours, the window will open for the Mars launch.

Modeled in Lightwave 10. I already had the Nuclear Ferry modeled, and I'm still working on the Science Module and Standard Mission Module. Thanks for taking a look!
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somercet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Ah, we can dream. :(
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nuclear powered rockets would be the best way to open the way for manned exploration of Mars by cutting down the journey time to weeks.
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Tyyrlym Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
That is just all kinds of sexy.
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007Blacksheep Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
WOW Brilliant Illustration work.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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William-Black Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Exceptional work on your research and execution. This is one of the best depictions of the Boeing/North American Rockwell Mars mission spacecraft I’ve ever seen. It’s great to see new post-Apollo Integrated Program Plan art. Very well done!
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Taka67 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
If they only had done this. :(
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, someone may do it, someday...
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StealerofSuns Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SpaceX. Elon Musk ftw.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, sorta. I love the optimism and engineering creativity that Space X has brought to an industry that seems to be more and more accomplished at explaining why they CAN'T do something, but they can't pull off a Mars mission on their own. At some point, a nation, or nations, must commit to the vision of moving out into the solar system, and make it a priority backed with ideology and proper resources.
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