Science Fiction Art by David C. Mueller / dcmstarships

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Realistic Spaceship Design Projects 2

Starships Observant and Audacious

These designs depicts a medium-sized interstellar survey vessel and a somewhat larger exploration cruiser with basic faster-than-light travel technology. They are a rather retro-vision of early human starships meant to conjure up images of the science fiction films 2001:A Space Odyssey and Forbidden Planet. The United Earth Space Exploration Corps fictional background for these two ships could be a prelude to either the Deep Space Exploration Group or United Galactic Federation fictional backgrounds.

Starship Revelation

This starship design is a follow-up to the Explorers of the Celestial Expanse project I did in 2012. This project is a re-conceptualization of the basic concept of that earlier project, but with a design that attempts to be a bit more realistic.

Warp Jump Explorer Revelation is my attempt to depict an early human starship from an era perhaps a millennium in the future. It is a member of the first generation of exploratory vessels sent out from our star system after we have developed the ability to travel faster than light. As a creation of a mind that straddles the late 20th and early 21st centuries, this vision is influences by those of so many other artists, designers, and engineers who have dreamed of interstellar travel. I do not expect my vision of an early human starship to be accurate, but I do hope it conveys the excitement and wonder I feel at the possibility of such star-faring technology.

The primary written inspiration for this project is the following: “It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri and the other nearby stars. It will be a species very like us, but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses: more confident, far-seeing, capable and prudent . . . For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness. What new wonders undreamt of in our time will we have wrought in another generation, and another? How far will our nomadic species have wandered by the end of the next century, and the next millennium?” – from “Pale Blue Dot” by Carl Sagan

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