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CNSA Nanking by Abiogenisis CNSA Nanking by Abiogenisis
This artwork was commissioned by Australian Geographic and featured in their July/August edition.

"After a slow start in the 21st century, the exploitation of the vast mineral resources of the asteroids began wholesale and a commercial race to claim the most valuable was engaged.
Only the largest nations had the ability to directly access space commercially, and so large multinational consortiums formed around China and the USA in the construction of large mining and prospecting vehicles to be sent to the nearest asteroids.

The most advanced and longest serving of these vessels is the crewed CNSA Nanking, a huge vehicle constructed in earth orbit with components and expertise from over half a dozen nations and bankrolled by PRC mining interests. The Nanking carries supplies for a small crew to survive for months or years in space and carries equipment enabling it to produce many of its essential resources from materials collected from the asteroids it prospects.

Along with a complete internal geophysical, chemical and nuclear analysis laboratory for assessing samples, the Nanking carries two mobile pods which can approach asteroids to take samples, lay anchor lines, and perform maintenance on the Nanking herself.

When an asteroid is discovered that may be worth exploiting, the Nanking lowers one of several modular analysis units to the surface. These bond to the outer rock or dust and begin to mechanically, chemically and thermally bore a sample shaft into the rock to ensure the mineral content is present in commercial concentrations: This process may be completed several times on a single asteroid to be certain of its viability.

Should the asteroid prove a strike, a claim is lodged with an international register and the Nanking begins construction of the first stages of mining infrastructure. This will later be completed by more specialised automated vessels, which home in on a transponder left by the Nanking."
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:icon21mauricio21:
21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  New Deviant
Australian Geographic seems much more interesting than National Geographic :)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Its literally a bigger magazine, with huge illustrations
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:iconandrew-lim:
Andrew-Lim Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Awesome work man
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Thanks :)
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:icontlhikan:
TLhikan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
That's amazing. 
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:iconvilazabache:
VilAzabache Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
This quality is better than reality.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Aww yiss!
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:iconmichel-lamontagne:
Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Chris Foss evocation, with all those bands of color, although his detailing was never quite this sharp..  Nor certain the containers are practical, but they are visually efficient.  I've started putting Chinese characters on all my designs, it just so likely that they will dominate the future.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thanks, and it seems to be true! They are a rising star :)
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:iconfreddotron:
Freddotron Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I love it! especially that little EVA pod.
I can imagine the big ship looming over a small asteroid, hugging the ground, slowly falling downwards in the weak gravity until a tiny burst of propellant forces it back up for another day, floating above.


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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Its slow, precise and dusty work :)
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:iconbagera3005:
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
reminds me of spice mining
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:iconempress-ryzal:
Empress-Ryzal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning!  :D
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:iconbadbrushart:
BadbrushArt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
These Geographic images you've produced are really top notch.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Cheers, that was a fun job!
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:iconkampy:
Kampy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
great! :-)
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:iconnokreatr:
NoKreatr Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconhunter-wolf:
Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvelous work, very believable and fantastic rendering of a space environment.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thanks :D
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Epic !
I kinda wonder what could be happen if they seen/Encounter with more superior race or Humans?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
It is a human ship: From China :)
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Oops Sorry ! The mining ship is lloks like so much alien I didnt look the wartings !
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
;)
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
CURSE YOU!  :D
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:iconarghouse:
ARGHouse Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Also reminds me somewhat of the Taiidan resource collector.
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:iconarghouse:
ARGHouse Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your near future artwork is EPIC!
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:iconscarlettinfinity:
ScarlettInfinity Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Fantastic!!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thanks :D
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:iconiszrian:
iszrian Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
As one of my friends had put it, ''Humans born now are too late to explore the earth and too early to explore the stars''
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Deep sea is still open ;)
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:iconiszrian:
iszrian Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Indeed, it is shameful that we know more about space than our own oceans :p
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:iconhgfggg:
hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
To me it's shameful that we focus more on the oceans than space.
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:iconiszrian:
iszrian Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Well, unless we discover some form of ftl which is not likely for at least next 100-300 yrs, and then we only begin to get a vague idea on the working principles, the oceans are the next best thing i'm afraid :(
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
True. However, our solar system is certainly easy to get to, and there are a few planets and moons just a few years away that need exploring... (venus,mars,europa,ganymede,io,titan,enceladus,triton...)
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lmbednark Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
This is spectacular! I cant take my eyes off it! I know that there's a lot pessimism, but I'm pretty optimistic about the future of space exploration. A question though, what does CNSA stand for?


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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Chinese National Space Agency :)
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:iconblueradical:
BlueRadical Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
RELLy fantastic, such a nice representation of our future in space, China most certainly would be one of the more dominant forces in space, good stuff.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Thanks, I think so too :)
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:iconscarfield:
Scarfield Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Sweet! A "slightly" more realistic "Enterprise" indeed!
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TK769 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Impressive and plausable.

 

Love it!

 

Regards,

 

M

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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Cheers :)
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:iconmalgrumm:
malgrumm Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
nice!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome mining spaceship, Abiogensis, thanks for sharing!! :heart: This looks stylish and realistic, glad to see maneuvering thrusters are included... so many SF art spaceships leave those out, leaving no way to maneuver or make small course corrections. I like the mobile pods, too. Looks great, seems pretty realistic, and is overall inspiring. o_o
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:iconamorim-cruz:
Amorim-Cruz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Digital sci-fi goodness!
Your work is awesome and I thank you for sharing it!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thanks, glad you like it :)
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:iconmikemars:
mikemars Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
your process result looks very professional with a lot of care put into these. can you discuss some of that? i think that would be equally interesting to people here. :)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Actually, yes. Keep an eye on my journal.
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:iconmikemars:
mikemars Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
really enjoyed your tut's makes me want to take a look at making masking more a part of my process than i have in the past. thanks for sharing. -m
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:iconfabiansh:
fabiansh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
great work so ergonomic and also beauty .
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:iconstoopdapoop:
stoopdapoop Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Heh, the mobile pods remind me of spiders. I love that it has eight "eye" windows too.
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