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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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:icongarryts:
garryts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I love your Argosy series :-)
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:icondrell-7:
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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:icondrell-7:
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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:iconmegadolon013:
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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:iconkodai-okuda:
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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:iconeihort:
Eihort Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Must. Build. In. KSP.
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
COOL :D !
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:iconnyrathwiz:
NyrathWiz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Drell-7, do I have your permission to host this image on my Atomic Rocket website in the Reusable Nuclear Shuttle section?
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yep! That'd be great, NyrathWiz!
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:iconnyrathwiz:
NyrathWiz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Artwork has been added here
www.projectrho.com/public_html…
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:iconroycalbeck:
RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, the days when vision still existed at NASA...
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, but NASA still has vision... just ask the sub-sub-subcommittee for evaluating 'vision' and its impact on the next budgetary considerations meeting. 'Vision' may be forwarded to the next stage of planning for the 2034 projects listing... (disengages Severe Sarcasm setting here)
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:iconroycalbeck:
RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*falls over laughing*
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
I actually think its still there in little nooks and crannies. The major problems at NASA really all  come down being left in the lurch for years by congress. Major new initiatives are championed, NASA does the planning and begins work, then congress underfunds the project so that, after a few years, they're so far behind that the program can't continue. This, of course, is a slight oversimplification. NASA is WAAAY too top-heavy in administration, in my opinion, but it still ultimately comes down to "No bucks, no Buck Rogers!"
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:iconroycalbeck:
RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Precisely my view on it.  If we put half the money into space development that we do into (name giant mega-gummint program here), we'd have Mars colonized and be mining/solar-discarding NEO asteroids by now.
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BOLOmc33 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
<font><font>Спасибо, очень понравилось.</font></font>
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:iconabakon:
AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Writer
Tom, you are clearly the Bonestell of the dArt community. Thank you!
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are kind, Kon. That may be the best compliment anyone's ever given me....(blush)
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:iconabakon:
AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Is it a compliment if it's true? Nope. Just an observation.
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:icondcmstarships:
dcmstarships Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How different things might be now if the US had managed to move in this direction in the 1970's.
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
It would be a very different world, with a whole new set of options for us at this point...
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selunatic2397 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Both beautiful and cool! Thanks for sharing.
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome!:D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
DUDE! Slick retro goodness.....
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wel... the burn they are doing IS retrograde to the orbital direction, but I don't think that's what you mean....I don't see how something is "retro" if it was never done, and the idea hasn't been supplanted by something better. Will this be "retro" when the Chinese, or someone else, actually DO it?
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
They built the shuttle instead. Nice move, NASA (you find Irony at I)...
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, yeah. The Shuttle WAS part of this plan, but only a part. The plan called for continued uprating and extension of the Saturn V, for heavy lift, and the development of space tugs and orbital refueling depots, all kinds of infrastructure on orbit. And, of course, NO ONE expected the Shuttles to fly for 30 years. The idea was to iterate quickly, as the rest of the space program had done until then. We should be on a fourth or fifth generation Shuttle by now...
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to know how you do this.. I can model after a fashion but rendering always eludes me to this degree of good
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Taranis! Your modeling is great! As for rendering, I tend to use radiosity a lot. This one used Mitchell reconstruction on a PLD 7 Pass, and 4 light sources, one for each drive, one Mars bounce light, and a main distant sun. Then, after the render is in Photoshop, I do A LOT of manipulation-color enhancement, level adjustment, and painting. The drives were all paint, and the detail work on Phobos is montage with some crater photography, and painting. I hope that helps?
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:icontaranis69:
Taranis69 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it gives me a direction :)

thanks for the compliment too .. :)
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William-Black Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As with all of your work this is beautifully composed - It's great to see real-world, plausible, spacecraft represented so well in exceptional artwork. Thanks!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I played with a lot of compositions before refining it to this one. Thank you, real-world and plausible are exactly what I'm aiming at. You don't do too badly in that arena yourself!
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NyrathWiz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Smooth and slick work, and impeccably scientifically accurate.
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, coming from you, sir, quite a compliment. I'm honored!
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:iconnyrathwiz:
NyrathWiz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks well researched to me. Realistic NASA-type detailing reminiscent of a Saturn-V stage, accurate NERVA, believable payload, what's not to like?
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Writer
As ever with your work, tremendously cool :D
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are kind, Doctor, thank you.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful :) 
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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