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Lunar Orbit Ops by Earthlight by Drell-7 Lunar Orbit Ops by Earthlight by Drell-7
Once the Nuclear Lunar Ferry rendezvoused with the Lunar Orbit Station, it was up to theLunar Tugs to take the cargo Modules on the last leg of their journey to the lunar bases. These rugged, versatile craft, utilitarian and squat, provided logistic support, satellite retrieval, and servicing in the Earth orbit and cislunar environments.
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dcmstarships Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
always loved this tug design
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
It was always a favorite of mine, too! It made so much sense that it be able to fit in the shuttle cargo bay for deployment.
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innovari Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
I've ever loved this Nuclear Lunar Ferry design, since I've seen in an old book.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOL!! Yep, looks like the moon's gettin a jab! And with a pretty blunt needle, too...
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Is it just me...or are they about to jab a syringe into the "moon". I know I've had that happen to me, so maybe this is just repressed memories coming to the surface....
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Kjasi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
So this is what happened at the beginning of "Space 1999"! ;p
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Notice that the engines on the back of the Eagles are small NERVAs!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, basically. All the designers for 1999 were big fans of the "real space" hardware NASA was proposing when the show was in production.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I feel like I'm looking at a 1969 issue or Popular Mechanix! :D

Ooooo! Where can I find that lunar terrain???
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
OH! And Starbase1 posted his lunar terrain square over at Foundation3D, in one of his threads. I "Squeezed" it horizontally to force the perspective.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm channeling my inner Bob McCall : ) I originally built these models a while back, as kind of the infrastructure of my "How the Solar System was Won" series.
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karanua Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah the days of conical hardsuits and lunar tractors with real caterpillar treads.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, these plans were the last proposals really pushed by vonBraun. They began appearing around about the time of Apollo 15, as the logical next step. They still are. No one has made that next "small step" yet--I wonder who will?
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Golly mister! These remind me of those "Conquest of Space" and such ilk from those bygone days of "Futurism!" Excellent!!!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just a tad later than that, actually. The designs here were proposed in the '70s and '80's. These concepts were NASA's proposal for the REST of the "Space Transportation System" the only part of which to fly was the Shuttle, (that's why all the Shuttle missions are labeled "STS 20, STS 301, etc.) The Tug and the cargo modules were 15 feet in diameter-designed to be launched in the Shuttle's cargo bay. The Nuclear Ferry and the Lunar Station were 33 feet in diameter, and designed to be launched by a heavy lift booster uprated from the Saturn V.
But you're right--they still carried the optimism and drive of "futurism", and assumed that a wide variety of vehicles and operations, space-based, in order to robustly move out into the Solar System.
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
THAT'S WHERE I HAVE SEEN THEM! In my parents Funk and Wagnals!!!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yep! I remember when this was the plan! I'm old....but still crabby! :)
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Heh I found the bell-jar hardsuit on Google 3D Warehouse. [link]
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! Thanks, archangel, that is major coolness! :)
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