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Asteroid Fly-By by Drell-7 Asteroid Fly-By by Drell-7
En-Route to her rendezvous with Comet Murasaki-Tate III, the Deep Spacecraft COURAGEOUS flies by the Near Earth Asteroid 2092-3087, nicknamed "Frigid Nelson", in an apparent homage to Captain Dame Daphne Richardson's ex-husband. An impactor cloud of microprobes has been released and will make contact with the asteroid a few hours after COURAGEOUS's closest approach.
Built and rendered in Lightwave 8.5, with post work done in Photoshop CS2.
Thanks for taking a look!

-Tom
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SamSquared Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student
I love the realistic design; roughly how large is it?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
The hab module you see in the foreground is 45 feet long, so the vehicle is a bit over 400 feet long ( or wide, depending how you think of it) Giving a 200 foot radius to the spin axis.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Writer
Woooo-hoooo! New desktop!
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Is it flying sideways or am I mistaken? Great image.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well...no. Its flying along the axis of thrust, its just the axis of thrust is at right angles to what you might expect. The ion drive only produces a few hundredths of a G of thrust, but that's fine for deep space, the engine fires continuously for months. The ship is also spinning about the thrust axis, like a propeller, in order to simulate gravity for the crew, who occupy the hab module, nearest to us. The ship's reactor, which provides power for the electric ion drive is at the far end of the rotating boom, to provide a counterbalance for the hab, and to keep the radiation hazard as far away as possible from the crew.
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vala553 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Doesn't Vasmir give more thrust AND more efficiency over ion drives?
Granted it's power hungry, but that's why you have a reactor.
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vala553 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
VASIMR, sorry.
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Seaquester Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very sharp looking and entirely feasible space craft.
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beltminer Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
simply breathtaking. some time ago i found a copy of out bound courageous,on a random late nite surf for inspiration, never knew it's creator. have since studied the design and excecution many times. what a wonderful surprize to find her here again. it may sound silly but your work touches my heart. thank you my friend.
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CyberRaven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifully rendered, with such detail, now we just need to give NASA or whoever a boot up the backside into making nuclear powered ships
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