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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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TLhikan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
That's amazing. 
VilAzabache Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
This quality is better than reality.
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Aww yiss!
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.
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thanks, and it seems to be true! They are a rising star :)
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.

Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Its slow, precise and dusty work :)
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
reminds me of spice mining
Empress-Ryzal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning!  :D
BadbrushArt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
These Geographic images you've produced are really top notch.
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