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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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Kelly-Starks Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  New member
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 36 minutes ago  New member
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  New member 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  New member
What a great pic!  Love to see more!
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:iconpjacubinas:
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  New member
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  New member 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
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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RedShoulder Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Fantastic design--it not only looks cool but it looks _functional_.  It looks like something that NASA could build (or someone else in corporation with NASA) in the near future.


Faved this--and I'll definitely check your other work out.  


--
I sell my soul, but at the highest rates.
    --Harlan Ellison
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Not my design--its the work of Craig A. Clark and Jason Tinsley, as credited on the art.
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rds98 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
in a few decades, ships like these will take us into orbit for the price of a family vacation.
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SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They still look like the orbiters require a significant amount of assistance to achieve escape velocity. Nonetheless, it would still wind up being an incomplete system since the idea for the Space Shuttle was to be a self-contained reusable vehicle to achieve LEO. The design of this suggests that it still required a boost stage, that would need to detach.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
The Shuttle, as designed in the 70's, was not supposed to be Single Stage to Orbit-this was considered an untenable goal for the materials and technology of the time. This is a fully reusable system incorporating a fly-back booster, which would land and be refueled for reuse. Admitedly, its a rather fanciful design, but the idea is viable. The Shuttle would only need to achieve orbital velocity (5 miles per second), not escape velocity (7 miles per second)
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SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
8Km/S is not good enough! This is America, man, do you not embrace our wisdom! It must reach escape velocity if we are to continue going to space... why, it would be criminal not to! Think of the astronauts, willing to die for the honor of watching their blue marble vanish into nothingness as their air supplies run out!


Seriously, though... Escape velocity is only 11Km/s? Even for a physics buff like myself, that is... well, significantly lower of a velocity than I had imagined. And the margin between Orbital velocity and Escape velocity is, well, holy shit! I need to hit the books, again.
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masscomics Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  New member Professional Digital Artist
Great design, absolutely great!+fav 
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SammyV8 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2015  New member
Damn i wish i could even get into one of these i would really love to see how the engine works
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Sampel-16 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Looks amazing love it
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