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Abdul-Muhsi by Abiogenisis Abdul-Muhsi by Abiogenisis
The USV-3 'Abdul-Muhsi' is a space combat drone created and sold at low cost to the developing nations of the late 21st Century.

Launched from inexpensive single-use rockets in North Africa and South America, the drone blasts into orbit to intercept enemy targets. As it enters range, the protective shell of the launch vehicle falls away to reveal the weapon systems. If the target attempts to defend itself a small countermeasure capsule rockets away, taking guided missiles with it. When within striking distance the high powered laser opens fire on the objective, destroying it by superheating the fuel tanks or electrical systems.

With the laser fired, the power systems are fused and can never be used again. The drone then fires its engines one last time and enters a decaying orbit, destroying itself as it re-enters the atmosphere. Although expensive compared to simply launching a missile, the Abdul-Muhsi enjoys some success as it is immune to most anti-missile countermeasures, and with its long range laser does not have to be launched accurately to destroy its target.
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panjaketaz Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2015
can i use this for a school project website i need it by march 6 2015 thanks :D
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Probably part of the design by the nations that sell these weapons to the developing world is that the laser merely renders the target satellite nonfunctional rather than blowing it to bits, thus creating only one hunk of metal flying through space on its designated orbital course instead of a cloud of debris that threatens anything that comes near it for who knows how long.  The low cost of these weapons is likely to encourage developing nations to use these instead of anti-satellite missiles, thus protecting the major space-faring nations' interests in the orbital frontier.
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Rievil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about RTG reactor with stirling ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioiso… ). I mean, it could flow over the orbit for at least one year, capable to fire laser and move for whole time. However, what kind of power generator was you thinking of? And I really like the ion thruster you made here. I always thought, that the best weapon for vacuum is Railgun. If the shells were made out of reactive matter (classic shells have bullet shell and explosive filling - basicly said; but reactive matter means, the whole matterial of bullet is capable of exploding. Great stuff, still in research over the world weapon laboratories) it could destroy about 1000 and more targets. But laser is more flexible i guess :-)
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
When you design machines, what references do you typically turn to for inspiration and as visual guides?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I usually dont use other art as inspiration: For this one I used photos of Soyuz, the international space station, and the anti mortar laser the IDF developed.
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Mr-Clock Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, this definitely looks like it could be a military derivation of the Soyuz-derived Progress unmanned cargo craft the ISS currently receives supplies with.

That WOULD help with costs a bit, just swapping new parts onto an existing system.  You could probably even still use the Soyuz booster to launch one of these.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Exactly. These things have been flying for over 40 years, I bet they have more left in them yet.
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Tell me, is there anything Soyuz hardware can't do?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Original and the best!
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! :clap: I love both the design and the concept. Great to see some "hard" SF.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Danke :)
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Tawnya Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of the Soyuz capsule arrangement.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Yep, I nicknamed it the Killer Soyuz :)
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Tawnya Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excelent! That would translate to "Killer Union" I love it! :XD:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional
cool
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great! The basic form seems based upon Soyuz or Progress spacecraft!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
It is, I nicknamed it the Killer Soyuz :)
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S-2385 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
am i the only one that think's it look's like a giant orbiting portal gun?

hell i keep expecting to see wheatly in the background.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Lol I didnt notice but yes, it really does :P

I based those arms of the Soyuz docking target but they look like the portal gun arms.
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Pineapple-Insurance Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist
This is beautiful.
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Ohnhai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wouldn't a 'grapling' drone that drags its target into the atmosphere be better to avoid triggering the Kessler Syndrome? After all if you still want to be able to use space after, creating mountains of debris in the most profitable orbits is counter-productive....
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
This is true, which is why wealthy countries seldom use these drones. They are used either by poor countries, or terrorist NGOs who would quite happily deprive everyone of space access to acheive their goals.
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SunSunich Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Combat drones are the most probable method of space combat... And probably of surface combat too, by the end of this century.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Yeah it seems like the major powers are using UAVs pretty heavily now.
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Relatively soon, even the invincible Aircraft carrier will be just as obsolete as the battleship after WWII... But that's the way it goes...

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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Perhaps there will be smaller aircraft carriers with a smaller crew that carry drones?
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Drone Carriers...? Yeah, that seems likely.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
It does indeed. They would be way more cost effective than those floating cities which carriers basically are.
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mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It looks like it's stretching it's arms...
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
There's something satisfyingly retro-futuristic about this... not zeerust or rocketpunk, but more in line with what we thought the future would look like in the 80s.
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right?
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful work, Abiogenisis!! :+favlove: Interesting design- looks quite near-term and practical. The laser emitter really looks like it could focus a deadly beam of light on a distant target. The general advantage of a drone is that it can maneuver and fight, unlike a missile, and you usually hope to collect your drones after a battle (but not always). Does the Abdul-Muhsi carry a chemical laser of some sort?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I am not sure about laser power systems, though I did base the design of this off the Airborne Laser System. It either uses chemical, or advanced power cell.
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grinddown Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Looks like a Soyuz with a laser shoehorned into it, which was the intent, right?
Liking it a lot!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
It was yeah, I was going to call it the 'Killer Soyuz'
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. I guess I'll have to add something similar into Solarstorm, they'd be a pretty good force multiplier for any fleet operator without proper warships. (Admittedly, the only basic differences between a freighter and a warship in SS are the droplet radiators, heftier electrical system and thicker forward shield.)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
This thing didnt bother with radiators, since it is assumed the internal systems can only survive one firing anyway.
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This class of vehicle wouldn't have radiators, I was just referencing the nature of more permanent vessels.
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serget2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Can the infinite cold of space not protect the fuses and circuits from overheating? Maybe use superconductor-technology, works optimal when extremely cold, negative resistance, more power for the laser, can't overheat in space at least for a few more shots.
What powersource? High powered usually means nucleair (Explosive engines wont work in space and rockets are only for propulsion), you don't want Nuclear reactors falling back to earth uncontrolled. Also true for Matter-Antimatter engines (warpdrive like in Star Trek) 1 Gram of Anti-matter combined with one gram of matter would explode with a force of 43 Kilotons, That's 3 Hiroshima Nukes.

Just messing with Ya, it's a cool design, sorry for going all nerd on you, your Drawing got me all thinking so it definitely draws attention.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Actually space is quite poor for radiation, since there is no conductive cooling.

As far as power, I was thinking some sort of advanced, volatile battery, perhaps a next generation Li-Ion of some sort.
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There are electric generators for satellites that use very violent chemical reaction as an energy source, and even nuclear reactors for satellites as the Russian "Topaz".
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serget2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
A large aluminium cooling body placed in direct contact with cold space(which is nothing I know, but it is -274°Celsius out there), should take cere of the conductive problem.

An advanced,volatile, Li-Ion battery with enough force to fire a High powered laser? I'd sure like a battery like that, but I guess the energy crisis will thrive scientists to invent those. If they do a couple of "advanced" solar panels could maybe recharge them, making it a reusable weapon which is way more economic.

I love this way of thinking ;-)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Actually the idea was that the battery was so high powered, it would actually melt and fuse itself after firing, so recharging would be impossible :)

However, it could be made that the laser system itself survives and is sent back to earth to be picked up.
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BinaryRising Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bloody amazing work, as always!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
:D
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VladimirMacHolzraum Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks kind of like a Soyuz (or I guess a Progress, since it's unmanned). Is that what you based your design off of?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
It is :)
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burandotorg Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I was about to make this inquiry myself, though it looks like the descent module took the place of the orbital module in your design.
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful concept, very realistic. You explain how all of your creations work, from the Brin's anatomy and society to spacecrafts. I like it when people do that, because I like to do the same thing.:) I would NOT want to be at the reseaving end of it's laser. How large is it though?
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