Science Fiction Art by David C. Mueller / dcmstarships

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Realistic Spaceship Design Projects 1

Interplanetary Space Liner Odyssey

This design is an early 22nd century spacecraft that travels between Earth, Venus, and Mars. It is nuclear – fusion powered and used two rotating ring structures to provide artificial gravity for the passengers and crew. The model was built from various 2001: A Space Odyssey models found on the Internet many years ago. Given the source of the models, it seemed obvious that the vessel should be named Odyssey.

Interplanetary / Interstellar Transport Goliath

This design is a bit of a departure for me. While I love doing fantasy starships, I personally expect that real Human spacecraft are likely to be much more functional looking, at least for the next few centuries. This project is an attempt to depict such a vessel. I hope to be inspired to do another such design in the future.

The design is meant to be a large interplanetary freighter that has been retrofitted with early warp-jump drive for use as an interstellar exploration vessel. In addition to replacement of the original drive systems, the freighter’s crew quarter centrifuges have been replaced with alternate crew modules outfitted with artificial gravity generators.

The original design probably had a lot more fuel tanks with the main fusion reactor located in the aft section rather than next section forward. Cargo modules would have occupied the entirety of the next two sections. Only the forward section would have held crew quarters and life support.

As you can see from the side view, the vessel is quite large. Assuming one of the two 24-deck living modules is dedicated to crew cabins, I have calculated that a crew of around 300 could easily be supported with a luxurious sized cabin for each crew member. The other living module would contain science labs, recreational facilities, medical bay, etc. The smaller module atop the bow is the command and control center. The four tall modules located in the second and third sections contain food production, atmosphere regeneration, and waste recycling systems.

The power sources for the titanic vessel are two nuclear fusion reactors. The ship would need to refuel at gas giants in each system it visits. The hydrogen attraction and processing equipment would be located directly above and below the fusion reactors.

The sublight drive is probably ionized plasma and the huge thrusters are probably chemically powered. The warp-jump drive is a first generation type device that most likely needs to perform many small jumps to travel the average 5 light year distance between stars in our part of the galaxy.

Starship Mueller

This design depicts a medium-sized interstellar exploration vessel with basic faster-than-light travel technology. It is detailed using a combination of parts I have accumulated from other artists over the years and parts I made myself. It does not belong to any of my science-fiction universes. I named it after myself since it is the kind of ship I would like to have were I to venture into the Cosmos.

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