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In-System Traveller by Colourbrand In-System Traveller by Colourbrand
This is a concept of a ship designed to traverse the solar system, delivering and retrieving personnel and materials from the various colonies within our cluster of worlds.

It is based on the old Project Orion Nuclear rocket (I believe) that uses a nuclear pulse engine to get man to another star system. Of course the idea cannot really work because of the extreme range of distance to another system, and the fear of time and getting there after all, we can find planets, the ability to live on them is something else.

So I redesigned the ship as an in system transport. Its powered by a combination of nuclear energy with a massive grid of high powered Ion drives to cruise it through the system. The bell at the back protects the ship from its own radiation. Lead lined materials are used to protect the ship as best as possible from cosmic radiation.

The ship is made up of four sections the engine unit with jettison capable/swap out fuel tanks, the large transport grid, the sealed transport bays, and the crew section.

The large transport grid is for massive transports and non-re-entry capable modules think large lunar modules or cargo pods.

The sealed transport bays are for launching atmospheric craft. The bays protect them from cosmic forces so that their structural integrity is not compromised. The bays can take a variety of shuttles.

The crew section is here where passengers relax, stretch themselves and so forth.

This pic took me two plus years to do mainly because I had no idea how to finish it.

The backdrop was inspired by :iconarcas-art: with a pic of a ship in orbit around Saturn.


Let me know what you think comments most welcome.

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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Ha, first thought it was supposed to be an interstellar ramship before reading the description.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey no worries :D

Thanks for popping by and commenting :D
Darkaiz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There is nothing sexier than "Nuclear pulse engine" <3
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are a few - but I still go with you on this :)

Cheers sir!
Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
This looks really cool! :)

It reminds me of the Pegasus from the BBC's documentary: Voyage to the planets. (which was really good!)
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOOOOoooooooooooHH Yes!!!

Then they took the idea to the US and made the atrocious "Defying Gravity" or something to that effect.

Cheers for the great words!
Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
no problem! It is a good design. :)
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Well it's not ad design but it looks really fragile other than that it's a good design that needs a few docking ports 
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wellllllll - it has its moments ;)

Cheers sir :D
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Yea alrighty then
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