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Launch on Demand by Drell-7 Launch on Demand by Drell-7
A versatile, reusable vehicle to access low Earth Orbit is the Holy Grail for the Astronautics community. The Space Shuttle, with its expendable tank, refurbishable Solid Rocket Boosters, and long periods of servicing between every flight, never lived up to this expectation (nor was it meant to. The U.S. Congress declined to fund the full system) So this still remains a science fiction dream today. Here we see two such craft, ascending together into orbit.

This piece started out as a test of Vue Studio 7's cloud rendering. I liked what I got, and ended up bringing it into Lightwave as a backdrop, where I rendered the Arks.

Thanks for taking a look!
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xXMCproXx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
There's problem with design. IT NEEDS MOAR BOOOOOOSTERSZZZZZZ.
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pumpkinman68 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful vessel ! The mix between LW and Vue is a real success.

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18766208099 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
This is very cool!
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bobafetthotmail Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I think you could consider adding a Space-Shuttle-like big orange tank under their belly.
It would add both realism (-ish) and cool factor.
Everyone likes big orange drop tanks :)
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aoneko44 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
goood!!!!
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Applebe-1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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shanesemler Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ok I read further down and it is fictional. The thing is, these sorts of ships have been proposed and killed repeatedly. And that's why the US now has no manned space craft capability. :(
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep. And the fact is, the fully reusable system was the ORIGINAL proposal for the Shuttle. Its what we should have been flying all along. That was killed by Richard Nixon and his political advisors in 1970, and its been a similar story ever since. I hear the Chinese may be working on one, though...
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shanesemler Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool. I don'tknow if your description is real or not but it's the story of basically every shuttle replacement proposed for the last 25 years. The US congress sucks.
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lekkimsm2500 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Lord almighty, those engines produces a shitload of thrust!

But absolutely lovely picture!
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AL-Eileen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Gorgeous, believable design, and a wonderful composition!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, I can't really take any credit for the design, but thanks for the kind words on composition!
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now thats a shuttle!!
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templar127 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Simply EPIC!!!
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work, I need one of these baby in my garage =P
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful - seriousl - beautiful.
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Antares-One Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Great concept beautifully executed. On first sight, I thought the whole thing, including the comment bit, was fictional. ^^;
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jedi-one Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
It is fictional (except the background, I guess).
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Augos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student General Artist
wowee!
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weylandyutani Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
You do really great work, Drell.
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section31sloan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
you'd think that since we build the shuttle in the late 70's we'd be able to pull together something like this today.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think we could, pretty easily, with political will and a realistic budget.
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deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I think this design is good. Futuristic without being outlandishly odd.
(Insert 'hopeful' icon here) Maybe someday.
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ChainsawDroid Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
thoughtful and beautiful. instant fave.
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MandalShArK Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like the Ship in MUSE's Sing for absolution vid!, Great looking craft!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, that was the basis for Jason Tinsley's model. The original for the video was done by Craig A, Clark. Glad you like it!
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Bartoleum Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Wow, nice!
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Gryphon2001 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Really great Artwork!!! Have you ever looked up the Original
Concept Work for the Shuttles? (The ones done by the German Rocket Scientists who were driven out of the program for being accused as nazis?)
The Proper way to build Rocketplanes is with Titanium Frames and Inconel (Nickle Alloy) Skins (Think X-15) The Booster Plane was to be of conventional Construction (Alloy Aluminum) with the Rocketdyne F-1 Motors from the Saturn. No Fireworks were to be used ('solid rocket motors') except
for their normal, approved role as "emergency" systems for
Separation and Ejection of the Crew Compartment in the event of Structural Breakup of the vehicle.

What the bureaucracy built was a Conventional, somewhat
supersonic Airplane, Aluminum Frames and Skin, protected from hypersonic heating effects with Carbonite and Ceramic
Tiles glued on with Bathtub Sealant (Silicone, not much different than you buy at the Auto-parts Store).
This Mess was then blasted into Orbit by Solid-Fuel Rocket
Boosters that were "Man-Rated" by Changing the traditional
Definitions and standards for Safety. These type of rockets
would not have been Allowed for Primary Propulsion under
the Apollo Program Standards.
The first Shuttle and Crew were lost due to the Failure of
Rubber Gaskets used to Seal the Booster Rockets, where
Nickel-Silver Crush Gaskets should have been used.
The Second Shuttle and Crew were lost when a piece of
Insulation broke off of he Fuel Tank and Cracked one of the Carbonite Wing Edges of the Spacecraft. Upon Landing, the
Superheated Air flowing over the Wing worked its way into
the leading edge and Melted the Aluminum Wing-Spar until
the Wing broke off under the high Air-Loads that are normal
at those Speeds. If the Spacecraft had the Proper Type of
Construction for its Designed Use, the Insulation would have
simply Bounced Off of the Wing, perhaps denting it slightly.

BUT BILLION$ WERE SAVED BY BUILDING THE CRAFT CHEAPLY.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Right on all counts (well, its carbon-carbon, not carbonite, which is a Star Wars made-up material with interesting properties. I particularly find depressing that, when the agency wanted to retire the shuttles, the "proven technologies" they wanted to use to save development costs were the SRBs and the External Tank--the 2 components that had directly caused total loss of crews and vehicles. But the companies that made them came from states with very influential congress members....
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Gryphon2001 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Yeah, "Carbon-Fiber Composite is also
the term, but for the Low-Temp stuff..
In the Maintenance end of the Business, Aircraft Mechanics like myself often call it 'carbonite', and I don't know if that came into use recently, or after the "Star Wars" mention...

And your right, once the 'Space Program' stopped being a popular National Pastime, and became just more government Pork, what happened was that bureaucrats decide who needs to be 'bought off' with the $$$$ and no one gives a damn as long as the Money is passed around.

That is Why there is No real 'replacement' for the Shuttle Program,
No Moon Mission, No Mars Mission, and
every 'project' goes through a Multi-
Billion $$$ "Design Study" phase for
a few years, and then gets Canceled.

Bureaucrats want to maintain the
"Status Quo" of X number of government
Employees at Y number of Contracting
Firms Employing Z Taxpayers. Unfortunately, with the looming Total
Bankruptcy of the federal government,
Nothing is going to Change....
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, wow! I didn't know you guys called it carbonite! That's kind of cool, the folks who work with it every day, I think, are the ones who get to name it whatever they want!

I guess any time you have huge amounts of money being passed around, opportunists in the process will try to get some personal gain out of it. I hold out some hope for private space, at least for awhile. But, yeah, the status quo, where everybody's nice and comfortable, stands directly in the way of progress, R&D, and innovation in spaceflight these days.
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InvertedVantage Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Cooool....Not sure what's going on with the ship though, it looks like it splits into two aircraft? Three? Not sure what it's doing. :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
That is, essentially, what it is. The Booster gets the Orbiter up to about 40 miles, and 3 miles per second, then detaches to glide back to launch site to be reused. The Orbiter makes the final, fully rocket powered, sprint to 5 miles per second, and 250 miles and inserts itself into orbit.
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InvertedVantage Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Neat idea. I did quite a lot of research way back when on SSTO and MSTO launch systems. Yours definitely looks a lot cooler than what's out there now ;) Biggest issue is just getting over the massive amount of fuel a rocket has to carry - most launchers are about 90% fuel, 5% launcher, and 5% payload (the numbers are around that anyway).
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
I wish I could claim the model and design for my own, but it belongs to Jason Tinsley. He did a superb job!

Yeah, that's just the facts of life with rockets. But they're pretty much the only game in town, to operate in the speed and altitude regimes you need to get to orbit. The lower stage seems to be an air-breather, though (note the big intakes) so ay least the Booster doesn't have to carry oxidizer.
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InvertedVantage Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Yea, that does help a lot - there was some research back in the 60s/70s where they developed a way to pull and compress oxygen from the atmosphere so they could add oxidizer on the way up, but that got canned in favor of the Apollo project and the Saturn V.
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MikeZ83 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always nice to see this model again.
Good work on the shock diamonds!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Its a beauty of a model. Its got so many good angles, and interesting shapes. I fiddled with the shock diamonds for a long time. Thanks for noticing--I think the final product holds together pretty well.
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RHCheng Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's sick! :clap:
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
it looks like two aircraft attached to each other
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
That is, essentially, what it is. The Booster gets the Orbiter up to about 40 miles, and 3 miles per second, then detaches to glide back to launch site to be reused. The Orbiter makes the final, fully rocket powered, sprint to 5 miles per second, and 250 miles and inserts itself into orbit.
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
very cool. I am a fan of the SSTO project I believe Nasa's biggest problem is the fact that their commander is changed every 4 years and ussually forgotten by the adminstration.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I would love to see a SSTO approach properly funded. Both the DC-X and Venture Star were very promising, but they got their funding pulled. Ultimately, I think that it will be possible to fly effective SSTO systems, but we may need to have something like a fully-reusable 2 stage system in the interim. But, then again, if you get someone with deep pockets totally behind a SSTO, we could have one pretty quick!
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Nasa is in need of some private sponsors
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah. That'd help! :D
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korblborp Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
congress declined to fund it.....but they sprung for more stealth bombers when the first one was way over budget, and way under performed, and the airforce didn't want anymore.
skewed priorities much?
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Seanobi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
That's incredible! I really feel like I'm looking out from the window of another ship right beside it. A+
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CryptoThinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice.. but.. I think it's too similar to spaceship from Muse's Sing For Absolution :O_o: [link] or here on dA [link]
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