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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.

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Let me know what you think comments most welcome.

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

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

Cheers sir!
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:iconstargazer2112:
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!)
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:iconcolourbrand:
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!
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:iconstargazer2112:
Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
no problem! It is a good design. :)
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:iconcommander-fillmore:
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 
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wellllllll - it has its moments ;)

Cheers sir :D
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:iconcommander-fillmore:
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Yea alrighty then
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I mean is that I am no tech head sir - just a guy assuming sir :)
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:iconcommander-fillmore:
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
I've noticed but you did a good try and I congratulate you on that good sir 
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks amigo! :D
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:iconcommander-fillmore:
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Your welcome dude
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Digital Artist
where are the ion engines?
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dead centre of the dish sir :)
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013   Digital Artist
but wont the nuke explosion's damaged them?
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No idea - I just based this on an idea that's been touted a lot :D
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Digital Artist
looks like an orion engine
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inspired by actually :)

Cheers for popping by and commenting :D
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013   Digital Artist
:3 well i am suddenly a rocket enthusiast and i love kerbal XD

i saw the mars rocket launch yesterday
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lets hope that doesn't flee into deep space missing Mars :(

Hey glad to inspire :D
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:iconlordomegaz:
LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   Digital Artist
i just got antimatter engines in kerbal ^^
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would be handy that ;)

Cheers sir :)
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
its a bussard ramjet
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Something like that sir :D

Me and tech sort of miss each other :(
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:iconblueradical:
BlueRadical Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice, i like the more realistic spaceships even though i'm into sci-fi, just something so famililiar about them that makes them seem as if they truely belong in space you know...good work...watching. :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what you mean - I wonder what goes through the mind of some designers when many of their ships resemble junk with no design or purpose filled with glare bits.

Aside of these ships being official in the Traveller universe, these are the kind of vessels I like - form, fit, and function.

Thank you sir for the words and the watch :D
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shanesemler Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool, I thought the same! A ship like this would be perfect for travelling around the solar system. I did a version of the same concept for a book I recently completed. [link] Great minds think alike! ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One has one's moments :) thank you sir :D
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Emigepa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!!!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you amigo :D
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Guilhem-Bedos Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"It is based on the old Project Orion Nuclear rocket (I believe) [...]"
Isn't it the Daedalus Project instead?

Nice ellipses ;] and a very realistic design overall...
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So many said Orion or Daedelus - I lost count LOL!

Thank you sir - just wanted to make something look plausable - for once :D

Thank you for taking time to visit :D
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JesusAConde Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great man! the only thing i can say about this one is. check out pictures of planets. sometimes you can see a little bit of a rim light in the dark side . but with some color. its gonna look awesome.. . =) makes me wanna do some space stuff =/
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do some space stuff man! Like to see your spin - and thanks for the advice :D
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Andreu1991 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Excellent work.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)!
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kiml42 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This seems like an excellent design of ship, very practical and logical. And you've explained it so well there's pretty much nothing to ask. Except; what are the dishes on the forward side of the radiation shield?
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - I sort of had you in mind when I was doing this.

I was going to post this on Flickr once, but now that is null and moot.

As for the dishes, they are communications and tracking systems - and the strongest place to mount them is there. They can run up the pylons, fold out to the edge of the bell, and close in. I mean, feesibly, where else can they be mounted?

Thank you for taking a look and faving it sir - enjoy :D and nice to hear from you again!
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Before I even clicked I knew where this was heading. Nice to see someone draw a ship that uses nuclear pulsed propulsion. Everyone else is hung up on ion engines or fusion rockets and the like. A nitpick though: by fuel tank, I sure hope you mean bomb storage, since there is no liquid of gaseous fuel, rather the idea is to chuck a warhead behind you and ride the blast. Also, the crew would like to inform the engineers that shock absorbers aren't just for cars.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well one tries sir - the original idea of this was some sort of intergalatic explorer as done by other artists on this concept. If I am right, such ships were proposed to go to places like Alpha Centauri, and Barnard's Star. At the time they sound like WOW ideas.

However as we scan the stars for planets, its coming clear that many worlds are barren. Sending folk out there in such ships with "sleep pods" or multi-generation is blatant suiside.

So I relooked at the idea of something that can work as a local ferry. This is it in ways.

Hmmm, very good point on the fuel tank issue and the mini bombs. To be honest - I forgot! However this design can still use that in the centre but also a second drive for gentle cruise. Think about it, a small atomic blast is a powerful force and one has to make sure they are at the right degree to get to where they want otherwise they will have a trip into oblivion. As you know, space has no resistance so a powerful force will keep the momentum up until something interupts.

The fuel I also made as part of the life support system. I got the idea off nuclear subs where they charge water to separate oxygen from it. Its also used to fuel docking ships and as a reserve for low yield thrust of Ion drives - mean lets be honest, gentle nudges to get into a right point and a controlled approach.

As for shock absorbtion, well the crew are mounted in that microphone head way way from the engines. However, the superstructure is one series of shock absorbers. Its not just the engines it has to widthstand the shock of; there are thermal changes, gravitational influences and such. A flexible structure is more safer than a rigid one.

Think too many go for too many convenient technologies like 'integrity fields' etc. Then again they may come, who knows.

Thank you very much for coming by and giving me a lot of interesting thought - bloody well appreciated!
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! I was genuinely amazed with this!

I am absolutely loving this ship structure. The dish in the rear of the craft is stunning;
I am only picturing the sheer size of it!

It's a very realistic design. Evidently you've taken a lot of thought into how it works.

You've really done something with this, good sir!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! I am glad I have stunned you sir, huzzah!

Well after two years trying to make this thing sort of work, yep! A lot of thought and sweat went into this.

BTW Two years of on and off.

Most of the struggle was how to make it come together, what elements could work and so on. The background was the dictator and it flowed since.

I tried to make a feesable in-system ship instead of something 'easy'. I am glad it worked sir and thank you for your benevolent comments :D
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunned I be!

I guess it was worth the wait, if you will. Two years??
Quite a lot of improvement can go on over that time!

Sometimes easiness just doesn't look practical. I know exactly what
you mean there!
Always a pleasure, never a chore- always looking forward. :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, two years of walking from and back to it. It all clicked with the backdrop.

Interesting analogy but I put it down to the skill of the artist - I have seen some ideas that look done easy and appear brilliant, and others - less said the better.

Indeed - Cheers sir :D
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I don't believe I can say the same thing has ever happened to me.
Backdrops really can do amazing things!

Very much so. :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trust me it does - once you have a great or ideal backdrop - it flows.

Nothing is worse that having a good piece of art ruined by a terrible backdrop.

Why do we look at the sky and go WOW!?

Hope this helps!
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know exactly what you mean.

As for the sky- I do that all the time! :D

Trust me, I'll keep it in mind!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad I can help ;)
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