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Freight among the Moons by Drell-7 Freight among the Moons by Drell-7
Threading its way among the complex orbits of a superjovan planet's family of moons, a modular Freighter tows cargo modules. Structurally, it is possible to create a lighter ship frame by pulling cargo, rather than pushing.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of the Traveller Imperial Transports!

Wonderful crisp soft but striking imagery combined with that superb engineering sense!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've never seen this one! Cooool!

Literally. Cool colors, and a neat perspective. It's got a nice early 22nd century feel.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really should change the lettering to Chinese, of course...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
OOO! You should! You should!
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kedamono-mizudori Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
It looks great. However, you might want to angle the ship's drives away from the cargo spine. If those are fusion drives, you'll melt the nearest pods with the heat wash. :onfire:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
It would not effect the cargo pods unless the exhaust were directed at them. There's no "heat wash" in space. With no atmosphere the heat would not radiate laterally. The only way the pods would heat is if they were directly impacted by the exhaust particles.
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kedamono-mizudori Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Ah, but you still have radiant heating. A fusion plume is going to radiate in all directions and you need to shield against that IR radiation. The plume will be a million or more degrees hot. That heat radiation is omnidirectional, and if your ship is close enough to the plume, the radiant heat can do damage to your ship.

Yes, convectional heating is not an issue, but radiant heating is always an issue.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, its a matter of the density of the plasma exhaust, and the Infra-red absorptive properties of the cargo pods and spine. The density of the plasma is fairly low' so there are relatively few ions to radiate infra-red. And heat shielding, I will postulate for purposes of this design, is effective and cheap. It does not seem an unreasonable assumption.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
The engine's magnetic nozzles are actually canted outward about 5 degrees (not easy to see from this POV) With the high exhaust velocity of a fusion drive (creating a very narrow exhaust stream) that seems like it would be enough to avoid spraying the cargo pods, from a rough estimate...
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kedamono-mizudori Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Ah, that might be enough, especially if you have tight control of the exhaust.

So is that spar the modules are attached to expandable? Also, have you considered what other ships use those modules? How stackable are those modules? There's a reason why cargo contains in real life are cubes.
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