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Vicinity of Saturn by steve-burg Vicinity of Saturn by steve-burg
This was an attempt to design a fairly believable spaceship.

This craft makes use of antimatter/fusion hybrid propulsion, and the crew compartment is heavily shielded and includes a spinning section to allow for simulated gravity during prolonged flight.

The large shield at the rear serves as both a radiation shield and a heat radiator - since this type of propulsion would produce quite a bit of both :)

This is one of several views in this "series"...
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ralfmaeder Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great details.
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Kevemperor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Nice!

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ET8000 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I am glad you like it :)
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JTGuilber Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Gorgeous! A very reality linked design, yet innovative.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! While I am an artist, I nevertheless have an enthusiasm for real science and engineering. So I rolled up my sleeves and made every attempt to incorporate a level of realism into the spacecraft design.

In my formative years, perhaps my biggest influence was "2001: a Space Odyssey" - which was realistic but also resonated on many other levels. I wanted to hit that same "zone-of intersection" where realism intersects with (for want of a better word) "coolness.

My motivation at the time was reading a comment somewhere online that asserted "realistic spaceships are boring". I took exception to that, and this was the result. After all - what is the purpose of science fiction if not to inspire us to reach for such things in reality?

BTW I don't know if you've seen them, but there are actually 4 illustrations of this ship - here are links to the other 3:
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nonculture Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I am thoroughly enjoying viewing your gallery, especially since you are kind enough to make the pieces large enough for computer screen wallpapers.  I just saw your comment here and wanted to add that I noticed the 2001: A Space Odyssey influence right away, but in a good way.  It is original but represents its influences just enough.  Great piece!
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gamingexpx12 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student Artist
Space things are just so awesome!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it!
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Rokis17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice design ... :thumbsup:
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