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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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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Hey Colorbrand, the name looks familiar... *coughs Kentares cough* Wink/Razz 
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
:lmao:
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Same here.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
I love the name - people like Enterprise - Kentares is my bag :)
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
So it seems my friends. Regardless I though that was a nice, ah, "Easter egg" there.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Trust me I am not that smart No, I disagree! 
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Oh give yourself some credit man! Take this as a oppertunity to capitalize on, turn it into a little white lie. Nobody will blame you, at least they shouldn't. And if they do, then tell them offNod 
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner 4 days ago
:thumbsup:
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Something like that sir :D

Me and tech sort of miss each other :(
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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
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 Digital 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
One has one's moments :) thank you sir :D
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:iconemigepa:
Emigepa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!!!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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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