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Bussard statoreactor ship (tri-reactor vessel) by Guilhem-Bedos Bussard statoreactor ship (tri-reactor vessel) by Guilhem-Bedos
From Larry Niven's novel Ringworld.

Almost only used for intestellar travel, this statoreactor device allows for a "permanent" refueling of the engine: an electromagnetic field supplied by autorecharging batteries and built around the prow captures interstellar hydrogen atoms and carries them back to the huge front overture, mouth of the main reactor; this field compresses the hydrogen particules until they reach fusion point –this power source allows propulsion. See a cargo variation here: [link] And a generation ship version there: [link]

Made with pencil & marker in 1996
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and some science knowledge that goes completely over my head even though I read the book!
I'll just go with "that's neat!" and fave it.
seriously that's pretty cool, my brother used to draw designs for how he thought spaceships should look and work. he doesn't anymore though.
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Guilhem-Bedos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the faving: truly deeply appreciated :]
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've added this impressive representation to my personal journal feature!!! fav.me/d6fh7sb
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Guilhem-Bedos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much: truly deeply appreciated, really  :)

Take care!
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome.
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Added to sketches and concepts in Sci-Fi Archives
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Guilhem-Bedos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Looks great.
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Guilhem-Bedos Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MukatKiKaarn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well rendered; I'm guessing the actual scoops generate a much more massive magnetic field to draw in fuel? Of course, I don't really have a sense of scale for this vessel, so they may be pretty large themselves already.
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