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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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:iconoliverink:
OliverInk Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the ships!
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aurora0x0 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Can you please credit the original modeler of the arks in your description.  It's bad form to not do so.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
The credit is ON THE IMAGE.
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CheshirePhotographer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Professional Photographer
Glad to see someone still using lightwave.  Used to make a living out of it.  Still do occasionally.
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:icon0101dan0101:
0101dan0101 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
nice artwork.
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:iconfastmax:
Fastmax Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Can't believe I took seven years to fave this!!
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MASCH-ARTDesign Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
super image, great work:) (Smile)
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:iconemilion-3:
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice.
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ArielMultimedia Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the realism of his explanation, perhaps you were referring to ships SSTO? if you take into account that the design of the ship, is also very realistic
good work!
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:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome model and render. I especially like the shock diamonds.
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Kelly-Starks Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
I think I saw this design in a sciFi music video?
Very cool looking ship though.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yep, the mesh was done by the same guys who did the ship for the video. Interestingly, I've never seen it.
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Kelly-Starks Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Well if your curious its on Youtube.
Muse - Sing for absolution
I'ld get you the URL, but youtube refuses to come up.  ;/
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Trek1912 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice as well as having some elements from the x-33
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sakpalamey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work! Somehow this one reminds me of the vehicles they used in Interstellar. (2014)
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droneaircraftconcept Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice work
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beefyguy1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Thats badass-ery right there! :D
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Charlesend Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
What a great pic!  Love to see more!
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pjacubinas Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Artist
very well done! love everything about this one!
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MischievousM Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
From among my friends, only I keep saying that I'd buy the first civilian starship, and every one just looks at me as if I'm crazy. Kind of a bummer.

Great work though, is that a 3d model or drawn?
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Aesuran Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
When hearts soar as Eagles dare and dreams again no longer rare send us ever outward there and bring us back without a care...

Awe inspiring works these and not yet a single five year mission or Enterprise in the works. No ARCS no exploratories... not a dollar or moment to spare.

We may well have lost our Pioneer Spirit; but not for lack of inspiration...

Please continue the great work... ~Aes~   :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Aesuran, beautifully well said!
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Pepsomo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Did awesome! May I ask what programme you used to put this design together? Or am I to stand correct? Did you do this? Any information will be greatly appreciated great work man!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
I did the sky and clouds in Vue Studio, the ships were rendered in Lightwave 8. The models were built and textured by Jason Tinsley and Craig A. Clark and made available at Foundation3D.com.
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Pepsomo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Awesome man! Great work on the clouds btw looks great! Apologies for the comprehension/spelling errors I was up to late.


Anyhow -_- great work man! :) 
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lmbednark Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Looks cool! My bet is on SpaceX's ambitions however.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I'm with you on Space X. I think they've got some amazing hardware, and the will to bring the vision to fruition.
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VeliciaL Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
I have the sudden urge to make this in Kerbal Space Program...
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stonealchemist Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice! Great job.
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cybercorpsesnake Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
very cool
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Metaphor12 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing this is so cool!!!! you got yourself a new follower :happybounce: 
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Lindale-FF Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like what would be the perfection of the X-43 technology, approved for manned flights.
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Svia1100 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Can I use this model for my concept?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Its not my model. The model is available at Foundation3D. You would have to adhere to their usage guidelines, and certainly credit the creators as I have on the image.
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TheQuitter Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing artwork and easy favorite. 
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Damus996 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
I guess none of you have ever seen the Muse's video "Sing for absolution" of 2004, right? It is the same ship.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yep! The ship is done by the same guys who did that ship--Jason Tinsley and Craig A. Clark. They made it available on Foundation3D. I think this version has been slightly simplified. Credits are listed on the image itself. I thank them many times over for making the model available.
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russellcattle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Launch on demand is essential if incoming missiles targeting your spaceport are detected.  If you don't get your birds off the ground quickly, the enemy will eat your launch.
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
NASA! Take note.
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SettonDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student Interface Designer
 clem 
This is nice
Very nice

Im in love
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she-wolf1985 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!!! Too coolLlama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
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GradyLorenzo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
MUST KSP
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Mrodr0627 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student General Artist
wow amazing design! 
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Thaiauxn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Glorious.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Not such a science fiction dream, if you are interested read about the Skylon space plane. Due to be flying within the next 10 years.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I am very hopeful that Skylon will come to fruition!
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
I like the little detail of using the same shuttle name too
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