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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!
October 27, 2010
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Oct 27, 2010 12:46:03 pm

by shayhurs Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 27, 2010 1:09:43 pm
This is an excellent looking spacecraft. Nice work on the modeling and render work.

by Seaview123 Homepage »

Oct 27, 2010 1:53:17 pm
Awesome Job I love it!

by Wolfmanw Homepage »

Oct 27, 2010 4:28:17 pm
Wonderful space scene. Has to be viewed at full-size to that all the details can be appreciated. Outstanding job! Thanks for sharing.

by Haydaad Homepage »

Oct 27, 2010 8:54:31 pm
Wow, cool! That's a great looking design.
Very detailed and realistic model. Looks like those power plant radiators are doing their job, glowing a nice cherry red....

by geirla Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 28, 2010 12:27:13 pm
As alway love your work in its detail and accuracy. The picture looks spot on for lighting. Very well done, excellent in all respects!



by Bambam131 Homepage »

Oct 28, 2010 5:48:04 pm
Certainly one of your best... even if it is one of your quickest :)

by arcas Homepage »

Nov 8, 2010 8:01:46 pm
Space artist Joe Bergeron depicted such a craft on the cover of the Time-Life book "Starbound" from the Voyage through the Universe series. The ship unfortunately is not on his site. I've checked already.

by technogeek Homepage »

Nov 28, 2010 10:09:51 am
well-done realistic spacecraft design!

by dcmstarships Homepage »

Mar 25, 2011 4:46:08 pm
Klasse Modeling und wunderschöne Space-Szene!

by SIGMAWORLD Homepage »

Apr 24, 2012 1:49:57 pm
I'd love to see this animated...

by starbase1 Homepage »


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