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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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pumpkinman68 Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful vessel ! The mix between LW and Vue is a real success.

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This is very cool!
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:iconbobafetthotmail:
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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Applebe-1 Jan 6, 2013
SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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shanesemler 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 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 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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Lord almighty, those engines produces a shitload of thrust!

But absolutely lovely picture!
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:iconal-eileen:
Gorgeous, believable design, and a wonderful composition!
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