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Argosy-Trim-Burn by Drell-7 Argosy-Trim-Burn 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.

In  this image: The two orbital components of the Argosy fleet trim their elliptical orbit near Phobos. Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, are two of the darkest objects in the solar system.

Photshop and Ligtwave 10. Mars is the normalmapped masterpiece by Nick Stevens at Foundation 3D.

Thanks for having a look!
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garryts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I love your Argosy series :-)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Its a real labor of love. The concepts and craft really fired my imagination in High School, and my favorite artist, Bob McCall, did a number of images based around it, so its a lot of fun to play in that sandbox.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
  You now what I believe this is very feasible.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
We still have some things to work out, mostly on the life support system side, but I think the bulk of the tech is easily achievable at this point.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Hell Yeah!!!
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:iconkodai-okuda:
Kodai-Okuda Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. :)
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Kodai-Okuda Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure.
If you are so inclined, please check out my SF artwork. :)
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Eihort Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Must. Build. In. KSP.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
COOL :D !
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