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Outbound:Courageous by Drell-7 Outbound:Courageous by Drell-7
A new piece in my "How the Solar System was Won" series.

The Courageous is outbound from the Earth-Moon system, on an exploration mission to the asteroid belt. Its low thrust, high efficiency ion engines produce only a few hundredths of a G of acceleration, but it can thrust continuously for weeks, unlike rocket engines. A nuclear reactor supplies the electricity for the ion drive, to allow operations far beyond the Earth's orbit, where solar cells can't provide enough power. The reactor counterbalances the Habitat module on the far end of the boom. The whole ship spins around the engine/hub module, to produce half a gee of centrifugal force to the habitat.

The design is based on a NASA study, but the details are mine.
Rendered and modeled in Lightwave, with post work in Photoshop CS3.
Thanks for taking a look!
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LiamKerrington Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Nicely done!
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beltminer Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
and there she is. quite simply one my all time favorite images. you've done a mans job sir!
george
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Willpagan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Great picture. The detail is fantastic.
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah, interesting setup! Personally, I understand all the engineering, and physics and stuff, I just can't get past the fact it's intuitively flying sideways :XD:

I've said that before "as opposed to rocket engines", but later I realized that technically speaking, ion/plasmas/VASIMR, etc. ARE rocket engines :XD:

Anyways, I love how realistic you do stuff, I'm just looking through all your gallery now :)
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very well engineered. Beautiful concept.
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fluffninja Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I love the design!
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MarCusFX Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice but lens flares don't go behind objects in real life :P
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, yeah. I did it both ways, and, ultimately, I thought this one was more visually satisfying. I'm kind of channeling one of my all-time favorite artists, Robert McCall, who used the flare behind objects to great dramatic effect.
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MarCusFX Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well it certainly creates more contrast. Happy new year :)
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool idea, man!
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