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Solar Electric Mars Ship with Lander and Orion by francisdrakex Solar Electric Mars Ship with Lander and Orion :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 8 6 Solar-electric powered to Mars by francisdrakex Solar-electric powered to Mars :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 11 4 Fusion in a Bottle by francisdrakex Fusion in a Bottle :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 9 5 Morning Dawn in the Gale Crater by francisdrakex Morning Dawn in the Gale Crater :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 3 0 Mars Lander Above Gale Crater by francisdrakex Mars Lander Above Gale Crater :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 2 0 Mars Lander Incoming by francisdrakex Mars Lander Incoming :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 11 6 Hermes Rotate ! by francisdrakex Hermes Rotate ! :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 20 12 Earthrise 2.0 by francisdrakex Earthrise 2.0 :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 4 0 Hermes Infographic by francisdrakex Hermes Infographic :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 16 14 Hermes Rendezvous by francisdrakex Hermes Rendezvous :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 22 0 Hermes in Earth Orbit by francisdrakex Hermes in Earth Orbit :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 24 5 Hermes Leaving Earth by francisdrakex Hermes Leaving Earth :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 19 3 Hermes from 'The Martian', rear view by francisdrakex Hermes from 'The Martian', rear view :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 19 9 Hermes from 'The Martian' by francisdrakex Hermes from 'The Martian' :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 71 10 Orbit Achieved by francisdrakex Orbit Achieved :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 5 0 The Soda Can of Death by francisdrakex The Soda Can of Death :iconfrancisdrakex:francisdrakex 22 8

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Solar Electric Mars Ship with Lander and Orion
The solar electric ship in Mars orbit is configured for a surface exploration mission. The Orion has been relocated to a lateral docking port to give way for the lander. The lander has deployed its mushroom-shaped inflatable heat shield and is ready for departure.

The crew habitat consits of two ISS-derived modules, with a utility tunnel in between to provide independent energy supply and heat managment.

The picture is dominated by the large solar wings providing power to the electric drive. The drive itself is at the end of the lightweight center truss. It consits of two fold-out panels with Hall thrusters, an energy management system and heat radiators. 

Two chemical thrusters are located at the rear of the ship, to provide an inital kick for the return flight later on.
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Solar-electric powered to Mars
High above the Martian surface the crew of the solar-electric tug prepares the Mars lander for its descent. The UFO-shaped body up front is the inflated high-speed decelerator heat shield of the lander.

The scene is rendered in Orbiter 2016.
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francisdrakex
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deviantART is a community of incredible creative persons. Talented artists show their masterpieces here and browsing through their galleries reveals art far beyond my imagination. It is like having a museum of contemporary art at the click of the mouse.

Myself being an engineer and hard SF fan, I like it when realistic technical solutions are the nucleus of visually thrilling concepts. Occasionally I do some designs inspired by books or blogs and put them here, to share them with you.

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:iconcenturion030:
Centurion030 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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francisdrakex Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Thanks a lot! Hope you enjoy the contents here. :)
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:iconcenturion030:
Centurion030 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Welcome and looking forward to it!
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YumonStudios Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
DO you do commissions or requests?
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francisdrakex Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016
Hi! Sorry, I don't do commissions or requests.
But I am available for technical discussions or thought exchange. :-)
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YumonStudios Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
What is the weirdest/coolest rocket and/or probe? It has to be Ariane 4. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
Coolest probe would be Deep Space 2. ;3
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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francisdrakex Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Thanks a lot! :-)
Sorry for the delay, I had not been at the forums for some time. 
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Oh no problem and you are very welcome!!! :)
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supergeniuscoyote Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Thank you. Definitely check out William Black's realization of the Michael from Niven & Pournelle's Footfall.
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