Thursday, 8 March 2012

Saturn Probe

Dateline: 2069 - Preparations for the Saturn Probe Mission proceed in Mars orbit. Nuclear powered cargo transports are set off in advance for Jupiter, to pick up the Jovian gravity field and slingshot on the final leg to Saturns inner systems. Heavy duty shuttles from Mars Base deliver the cargo to the unmanned transport rockets, loading up each of the four transports with equipment for the mission. Non essential items are sent ahead of the main vessel, to rendezvous in outer Saturn orbit, cutting down on weight and space on the mission command ship, the Heimdall.
 The Heimdall has a six man crew and has been assembled in martian orbit from modules sent on from Lunar base and lifted from Mars. The main hull section comprises six ion drive engines and a number of cargo units. The crew modules Bifrost and Gungnir at the front are modified heavy shuttles designed for atmospheric re-entry and planetary landing. Near the rear are the two manipulator units with circular probe launcher units and at either side of the main ship are the twin escape and crew transfer pods. Even with the new sophisticated ion drive and a shunt from Jupiter, the voyage to Saturn will take a month. The cargo rockets sent ahead will automatically make orbit around Saturn and the Heimdall will tow them to their final destination on arrival. Final checks on board the ship are being made in anticipation of launch tomorrow. All four cargo rockets are already bound for Jupiter, using nuclear fission engines, the journey to Saturn will be faster, as they will be able to approach closer to Jupiters radiosphere and take advantage of a steeper angle of approach to gain the maximum acceleration from the massive pull of the gas giant. The Heimdalls crew are undergoing final medical checks on Cydonia Base before being shuttled to their ship for launch.

12 comments:

  1. Great images -funnily enough, I was just contemplating using that background!

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  2. go for it Andy, im sure youll make a better job with it than me!

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  3. Great story Wotan, cannot wait to hear the next chapter -

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  4. This is cool! Shades of TV21...(gosh, that dates me!) I presume the models are Matchbox Mega-Rigs?
    Grif

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  5. Heimdall is mega rig, but I'll use other similar scale toys too, as the tale unfolds...

    It's actually inspired by tv21s Saturn Probe story too!

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  6. Did you like Saturn Probe, Wote?

    By the way ... what happened to email-notifications of comments? They no longer appear to be an option. Or is it just my browser?

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  7. i liked the idea of the series, thought the name of the ship was a bit daft though. Basically i found myself with a bit of time on my hands and amused myself with a couple of toys and then thought of something to do with the photos!

    Email notifications work for me - id check the settings your end. Im on Firefox btw.

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  8. (nods) the idea behind Saturn probe was good, but I thought the realisation of it was less so. Just wondered what you thought of it all and if you'd read much of it.

    I can see the parallels, but yours is better in my opinion.

    Re email notifications, there used to be a "radio" button which you clicked if you wanted to be made aware of others commenting. It isn't there anymore. What I see of late is this: http://tinyurl.com/7d5kw6v

    Which settings are you referring to, Wote? Blogger keeps blogging well updating and "fixing" things ... dunno where anything is these days.

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  9. well thanks for the kind comments. I thought the original Saturn Probe idea was sound, but it was clearly designed as a 'puff=piece' to fill out a few stray pages here and there. SOme of the art and rendition was good, but other parts were less so.


    Mine is basically an excuse to play with my toys, pure and simple.

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  10. You never need a better reason than that! (smiles)

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