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Mars Shuttlecraft Departing by Drell-7 Mars Shuttlecraft Departing by Drell-7
A reusable Shuttlecraft departs an orbiting station over Mars, ferrying crew down to the surface.
The Mars surface was derived from Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter data, which was converted to a grayscale map and used to deform a plane. The Shuttle itself is based on a biconic aerobody, one of the many shapes being considered for Mars entry vehicles. The station modules are based on the Boeing Destiny module of the International Space Station.
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somercet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Interesting. Martian atmo is too thin to support parachute landings. So this shuttle will need to land vertically on the ground, a la SpaceX's Falcon spacecraft.
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
True--if you're trying to decelerate from interplanetary speeds. This vehicle starts off in Martian orbit, and decelerates from orbital velocity by engine firing, so it comes into the atmosphere at a much more modest velocity. So a parachute can cut a major part of its velocity. This being said, it will still rely on its main engines for terminal braking and landing. But it will require much less fuel.
SoFDMC Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This should be reality by now. We should be on Mars and going on to Jupiter.
hgfggg Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
The engineer's dilemma- you always have limited resources.
SamSquared Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student
What sort of propulsion system does it use; aerospike engines perhaps?
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sadly, no. That would have been a better choice. Instead, these are variants on the Space Shuttle's throttle-able and restartable engines, adapted for methane.
SamSquared Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student
Well, if you can refuel on the surface of mars I suppose you don't have to be as efficient as if you have to carry all your fuel with you.
IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
The shuttle is named the 'Robinson Crusoe '?[Haha-something for us 'Olde-school' movie fans] .And the mother ship[s];The 'Armstong' and 'Aldrin'?[And lets not forget the 'Collin's' class also?]
celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I suggested you! [link] :squee:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sir! You're very kind.
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