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Skimming the Jovian Clouds by Drell-7 Skimming the Jovian Clouds by Drell-7
A few seconds before aerobraking in the upper Jupiter atmosphere, Leonov is traveling at nearly twelve miles per second. The antenna and science booms, along with the radiator panels have been folded back to fit in the aerodynamic shadow of the heat shield. The aerobraking will slow Leonov into a highly elliptical orbit around Jupiter.
Rendered and modeled in Lightwave 8.5, with cloud backdrop painted in Photoshop.
Thanks for taking a look!
-Tom
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015   Digital Artist
is the reason most ships have those grid-like girders is to maintain structure but reduce weight?

the middle section
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yep. In vacuum, there's no drag to worry about, so there's no need to have a fuselage.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Digital Artist
ah i see

but ..but >w> what about them pesky speedy rocks?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
micrometeorites? You're better off building Whipple Shields into your self-sealing fuel tanks. That will take care of anything under a millimeter. Stuff larger than that is sufficiently uncommon that you really don't have to worry about it.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015   Digital Artist
:D yay!
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Very nice artwork.   Your version of the Leonov looks like a descendant of the Soyuz and Mir programs.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
That was certainly part of the thought process, when we started designing the Leonov. We wanted to think about evolving the Soviet hardware. Equally, we wanted to carefully read Clarke's description in the novel, and shape a Leonov reflective of his words.
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ANDY1701A Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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4-X-S Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Its 2.36G out there, we can't add more metal to the gas ball.
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ShengDaFlashPRo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
ooooh nice.
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