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Henrik Sabelkatten Giese

"IMV-27 ´Ruhr´ asteroid mining vessel" by Henrik Sabelkatten Giese

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Test to see how it looks (and fish for comments :D ). Pencil drawing, scanned and colored in MS Paint. Inspired by the game "2038 - Tycoons of the asteroid belt" and The Nuclear Rocket Homepage.

Concept for a "real life technology" space vessel, thus the large radiator panels and open structure. Mineral-rich asteroids are cut into pieces by robots and EVA:ing spacers and then ferried to the mining vessel. The large pices of asteroid are crushed and pre-sorted in a module (mostly hidden) in the bow of the ship, worthless rock is expelled, and the remaining ore is shuttled to the aft of the ship were it's melted and different metals separated. Once they have cooled blocks of metal are stored in the open space ahead of the smelter assembly. At regular intervalls unmanned shuttles bring new supplies and carry away the refind metals.

Power is provided by a molten-core nuclear reactor in the far aft of the ship. The reactor is directly cooled by a droplet radiator (liquid coolant is sprayed into space and collected in the ring-shaped structure). The large radiator panels are for keeping the rest of the ship at a working temperature, while the crew quarters have their own small radiators.

Ahead of the large radiators are the reaction mass tanks, and at the bow of the ship are the crew quarters, working spaces and supply storage. During long transits the smaller module beside the primary crew module is extended away from the ship and then spun to provide artificial gravity.

Technically I think the ship is feasable, but economically... Not for quite a while!

26 Jul 2008:-) Melissa "Bee" Stephan
Good work, I like a desription that really explains a drawin. 22 Keep it up.

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "Thanks! I’m hoping to inspire other SciFi artists to consider more realistic designs as well - real physics can be rewarding! 2"
27 Jul 2008:-) John R Farley Jr
Great job on both the design and concept. The sad part is we do have the technology, both the US and Europe, to build a ship like this with the same technologies you mentioned. 12 I don’t think it’s lack of money, it’s lack of vision and seeing into the future. We’ve already lost the flying car and the car that drives itself. All we have are cell phones, crash-prone computers, and a bad economy. 8

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "Well, at least we could have it within 10-20 years. Liquid-core nuclear plants and droplet radiators are still experimental.

And about that flying car. Considering how a lot of people drive, would you really dare to go outside if they had *flying* cars?!? LOL"
9 Oct 2008:-) Per Johansson
Very nice spaceship-design, Henrik! And not just a fantasy. I found Your fine gallery thanks to Your nice comment on my "Fighting Faeries". Sorry to say: When I tried to answer Your comment, both that and my answer disappeared somewhee out in cyberspace. You are most welcome to do a comment again, if You want!

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "Thank you! I wonder what happened to the comment on your pic... I’ll see if I can remember exactly what I wrote!"
7 Nov 200845 Floyd
Don’t count out the flying car, or American ingenuity. Try checking out this website: http://www.moller.com/1

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "I remembered that one. It’s going to be interesting to see the final product, but I still very much doubt it will be anything but a very niche vehicle."
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'IMV-27 'Ruhr' asteroid mining vessel':
 • Created by: :-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese
 • Copyright: Creative Commons LicenseThe work 'IMV-27 'Ruhr' asteroid mining vessel' by Henrik Sabelkatten Giese is licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling 1.0 License.
 • Keywords: Mining, Realistic, Spaceship
 • Categories: Spaceships, Ships, Bessels, Transportation..., Techno, Cyber, Technological
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen, Computer-coloured Picture
 • Submitted: 2008-07-24 22:25:21
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