ok, another design coming up and perhaps it may be just in time.
What I've done is come up with a shuttle for the Yydryl. I initially was trying to go organic but I'll admit I ran into some problems. I figure
that the Rigelians would go with a inorganic shuttle design instead of a organic. That would alleviate several problems with an organic design such
as Heat/Cold, Avoiding burning up upon reentry, thruster systems, flight avionics, poisoning your own shuttle upon encountering a poisonous atmosphere
etc. I figure in a concession to those who would like a organic design however the shuttle is rather beetle shaped. I figure that should work pretty
ok, on to stats assuming that you go with the design. Like anything that I've created feel free to modify what it can and can't do to fit in with
your story. In other words this is a guideline only.
Total crew capacity:
10 counting Pilot and co pilot.
(More can be fit in an emergency for short duration)
Both space and Multiple atmospheric capable. Does NOT contain a FTL drive. This is for planetary landings and ship to ship transport. Like say from
the Yydryl to the Penelope for example.
I'll leave just how fast this shuttle can fly up to you people.
Access to the shuttle is through a lowering ramp located underneath the nose.
On the top you'll see two pods (The ones with the blue glass and lights). This contains the drive that is used for space based operations.
On the underside (The Scoop with the red doohickey in it) is a compressor drive (or that's what I call it). If the atmosphere contains sufficient
oxygen then the atmosphere is scooped in, compressed, mixed with fuel, and then burned. If the atmosphere doesn't contain sufficient oxygen or
something nonburnable then it simply scoops atmosphere in, it's compressed using the shuttle power plant and ejected out the back. Sort of how a
squid travels in that respect.
The main body contains Grav compensation when landing or flying in higher grav planets. I'll let you people figure exactly how many gravs it can
compensate for. When combined with the lifting body aspect of the shuttle this can serve as a emergency "Get us off the planet and into orbit" inc
case of otherwise total drive failure. Note that without having anything to interact upon reaching orbit you would need to be picked up by a
different shuttle and get towed back to the Yydryl. Due to energy consumption I would make it either a one shot deal or a get to orbit and then a
semi controlled landing if not rescued. This can serve nicely for dramatic effect.
The shuttle is Aquatic capable using the underbelly scoop (Just like in a atmosphere without oxygen). Speed is severely curtailed in this mode.
The shuttle itself is normally unarmed itself. However I can see it carrying a weapons locker. I'll let you people figure out exactly what you want
it to carry.
Weapon carrying versions of the shuttle can be made if need be but I would view them as inferior to a dedicated Fighter craft. This is primarily
designed for ship to ship and ship to planet use.
ok, onto the artwork. One thing to note is that I used a basic starfield as a background to give a more accurate look to what you would see in space.
oh, and I remember someone mentioning that they wanted lights, well there are several.
Note that the distortion is due to how close the nose is to the viewer.
Link to full sized front view pic
Link to full sized side view pic
You'll note the rather beetle shape.
Link to full sized top view pic
Finally a angle view:
Link to full sized angle pic
Hope that you enjoy.
[edit on 10-5-2009 by Deson]