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Tantalus arrives by Drell-7 Tantalus arrives by Drell-7
The Nuclear-pulse powered starship Tantalus has settled into orbit around one of the large gas giants orbiting HV2887. The human crew has revived, and are preparing to begin processing one of the smaller moons for raw materials. The mined ores and volitiles will be used to assemble the architecture necessary to lay down the first colony on the Earth-like world orbiting farther out from the sun.

Done in Lightwave 10, with additional work in Photoshop, Illustrator and Vue Studio. Thanks for looking!
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work :3

Is it a two-stage ship, akin to Daedalus? It does look like it from those cylindrical "pylons" extending from the circular plate.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is a 2 stage design, but this is the upper stage and payload--the first stage was expended getting it up to cruise speed. Those big cylinders are consumables storage.
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, thanks for the reply :3
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Cyborg0013 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What program did you use to make this?
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Cyborg0013 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind, Just saw it at the bottom.
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MilaySVK Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
nice work :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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ironscythe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
If you ask me, mineral extraction and fabrication should begin well in advance of the arrival (or revival) of human crews. In fact, I wouldn't want people spending any significant amount of time near a gas giant, considering what we know about our own system's gas giants. In fact, the moons of a gas giant are the WORST place to be, since they absorb the lion's share of energetic particles from the magnetosphere of the planet. Just look at Io. It absorbs 36 Sieverts a DAY. 
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William-Black Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Callisto is the third-largest moon in the solar system, and about 99% the diameter of the planet Mercury, and the second largest in the Jovian system (after Ganymede), and has an orbital radius of about 1,168,177.8 miles – well outside Jupiter’s lethal radiation belt.

So the validity of concern rather depends on which moon you chose to focus on as a warning example, I would think.

It’s far more likely that a potential terrestrial-like world would be closer to the diameter of Mercury than the diameter of Io, at least in my considered opinion, planetary mass being a major consideration (among other factors) in terms of a planets potential to retain an atmosphere. 
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ironscythe Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Good point.

Not sure why you're talking about planet size. I was talking about the moon in the illustration described as being mined for resources, not the terrestrial planet. 
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