Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
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
Add a Comment:
 
:icontemplerman:
templerman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
 It's a great looking image and has a feel of reality about it that 2001ASO gave me in 1968. As far as I can determine there are some seven-teen flags on the habitat module. Is the USA still out of the space business, or is the Stars and Stripes plastered on the far side? Not being patriotic, just expressing my dismay at the present condition of our space program. 
Reply
:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Its interesting how many folks note that about this image. Its completely accidental--the american flag is part of the other group of flags on the other side.
Reply
:iconsamsquared:
SamSquared Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student
I love the realistic design; roughly how large is it?
Reply
:icondrell-7:
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.
Reply
:iconabakon:
AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Writer
Woooo-hoooo! New desktop!
Reply
:iconjavajunkie1976:
Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Is it flying sideways or am I mistaken? Great image.
Reply
:icondrell-7:
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.
Reply
:iconvala553:
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.
Reply
:iconvala553:
vala553 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
VASIMR, sorry.
Reply
:iconseaquester:
Seaquester Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very sharp looking and entirely feasible space craft.
Reply
:iconbeltminer:
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.
Reply
:iconcyberraven:
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
Reply
:iconweylandyutani:
weylandyutani Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Apparently there's a subgenre of science fiction called "mundane" sci-fi, which is predicated entirely in real science and engineering as it stands now. No warp drive, no bug-eyed monsters. Usually deals with inner solar system exploration, using the kind of tech NASA has in it's toolbox for the forseeable future.

The "Courageous" strikes me as a graphic example of this genre.
Reply
:iconweylandyutani:
weylandyutani Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Great stuff. Why no Canadian flag?! Ha ha...
Reply
:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
OOPS! Definitely an oversight. It might be on the other side. Canada has made consistent, steady, and very important contributions to space tech, including the absolutely essential CanadaArm and CanadaArm 2. I'm sure they're in for the long haul of space exploration.
Reply
:iconweylandyutani:
weylandyutani Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
No worries, just sort of half-joking. Actually this design reminds me a bit of one of the original concept sketches for The Nostromo by Ron Cobb from Alien.

You can see here: [link]

I really like your work, especially the Leonov, which is much closer to Clarke's vision. they look like ships that may actually fly someday!
Reply
:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes! The Hammerhead was always one of my favorite Nostromo designs! I always sort of wondered if it influenced the NASA design study on which the "Courageous" is based. I'm lucky enough to have a copy of Cobb's "Colorvisions" book, which has a great full page version of that drawing.
Thanks for the kind words. I find it much more interesting to actually take the time to take a stab at plausible spacecraft design. I think the realism adds something to the art, even if the audience doesn't necessarily get all the nuances.
Reply
:iconweylandyutani:
weylandyutani Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Hmm... if so, then it would be life imitating art, then art imitating life again.

You do it well. I only wish I could be one of those who actually get to take part in these voyages someday. Maybe my kids/grandkids?...
Reply
:iconpondman1955:
pondman1955 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Really amazing stuff...especially the 2010...matched very much how I 'pictured' the ship...(not from the movie)...from the novel!

great visualization and it 'feels right'...I could see this on the cover of the sequel vs what they did use...

Keep up the great work!
Reply
:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Superb details and the central drive config has always been an intriguing engineering solution.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
August 8, 2009
Image Size
499 KB
Resolution
2000×1146
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
13,691 (6 today)
Favourites
152 (who?)
Comments
20
×