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Kaybor-Kendi 'Tallantelli' Launch Vehicle by Abiogenisis Kaybor-Kendi 'Tallantelli' Launch Vehicle by Abiogenisis
Access to space has been achieved twice in Birrin history.

In the first age rocket technology advanced so far as to allow several moon landings and the construction of space stations, the remains of many still orbiting Chriirah in the modern era several thousand years later.

The second, post war age eventually saw a return of birrin rocketry, mostly reverse engineered from rediscovered ancient designs. With the expanding need for communication, navigational and military satellites many launch systems were developed, though few approached the versatility of the Tallantelli.

A mishmash of technologies, the Kaybor-Kendi Tallantelli launch vehicle was designed for versatility rather than specific requirements, allowing a Kaybor-led business consortium to service clients from around the globe. Taking off from large specialised runways, the Tallantelli carries its cargo piggyback propelled by 6 powerful turbojets and two huge linear aerospike engines. As the thinner upper atmosphere is reached the turbojets are shut down and their exhaust slot closed to improve aerodynamics, while the aerospikes automatically adjust their efficiency as the vehicle climbs towards space.

For many rockets the altitudes reached by these systems is sufficient and they are launched under their own power to achieve orbit. Heavy loads, or those with smaller propulsion systems may need and extra boost. Four conventional liquid rocket engines mounted in pairs beneath the aerospikes are ignited, pushing the vehicle ever higher and helping to maintain a nose-up attitude in the thinning atmosphere until launch altitude is reached.

With launch complete, the vehicle can then return to any number of specialised spaceports servicing the industry and land as a conventional aircraft, ready for another flight in only a few days.

Depicted is one of the most versatile configurations of the Tallantelli: The re-usable manned vehicle Tuum, launched from the Tallantelli with the help of a solid rocket booster, can carry relatively large payloads and more importantly complex construction and maintenance machinery into orbit, where it deploys them to build and repair space stations, satellites, and interplanetary spacecraft.
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Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great design.  Perhaps a bit short on fuel tanks, but i could have a oxygen recovery system like Skylon, for the aerospikes. Great balance in the composition. Inspiring again!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Yeah actually the shutters are closed here, but that big elevator at the rear of the launcher splits to reveal air breathing engines for the climb out.
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burandotorg Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I'd love to see a sketch of the orbiter mounted to its launch vehicle. Are the mounting brackets enclosed behind doors similar to the way the External Tank mount points were on the Space Shuttle Orbiter?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Yeah, the mounting systems on the orbiter close flush to provide a single re-entry surface.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
I've been imagining that in orbit many of the Birrin might experience S.A.S.
This means that it wouldn't always be enjoyable for them to be in a zero-g environment.

The technology of Birrin is so fascinating; alien, but not so different from ours!

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Actually most birrin dont like it at all, since they didnt evolve from primates they are poor climbers, so heights are dangerous to them. Most astronauts use drugs to reduce their anxiety on EVAs.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're right.
That's very necessary.
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Good lord, imagine being high in space...
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
I beg your pardon?  :-? (Confused) 
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:icondarwin-king:
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Astronauts using drugs in space to stay calm. Just made me connect highness and space, which I'd imagine would be pretty crazy.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
I see what you mean.

 I apologize for my errors in writing. SAS is an abbreviation which stands for space adaptation syndrome, also known as space sickness.
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Oh no, it's fine brooks. 

Divers, as I've experienced, get a similar effect when at certain depths. It's not very fun, especially for those susceptible to vertigo or headaches. 
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masterofThardus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
So...if the second Birrin space age was largely achieved through reverse engineering, is their current society compareable to that of Warhammer 40k's Imperium in any way? I don't necessarily mean that they're ruled by a massive theocracy that views any creativity as heresy, but that they don't fully understand the tech they use, and that some of it isn't so much being created as it is blindly copied.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Nah, the distance in time isnt so large and the technology of the previous birrin civilisation was not too advanced, so all the working machinery is understood. There are a few computer systems however that cant be decoded.
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JulHenBer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
I really like it!!!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Danke :D
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Whoo! SSTOs!
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Yoji00 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I was amused that this came up as I was searching Google for images of RLVs (reusable launch vehicles)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
The best :)
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:iconamberchrome:
amberchrome Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing detail. And very believable.
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:iconamorim-cruz:
Amorim-Cruz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, I'm inspired. Awesome artwork. Thank you.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Glad to hear it :)
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chrisdavidparkinson Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
This could be a page out of a TTA book. Really like the NASA-esque shuttle tiling on the Tuum.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Cheers. Whats TTA?
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:iconchrisdavidparkinson:
chrisdavidparkinson Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Stands for Terran Trade Authority, a series of books featuring futuristic vehicles. It was very influential to me.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Ha sounds interesting! Better check it out.
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did the Birrin advance so far?
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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Question: do the Birrin have an expression comparable to the human "WEEEEE!"
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Like a raptor squeel :P
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Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Very good.
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EVLWNS Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Your art is magnificent. Hauntingly realistic and plausible-looking. Gah! I just want to jump right through the screen and into this fascinating world you've created! Every image you put up makes me want to know MORE!

Now, after that gushing, I'm really intruiged by hints you drop about human-Birrin contact. Might you ever do a picture depicting First Contact between them? And how did the humans get to wherever it is the Birrin live?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I have considered first contact scenarios of a few different kinds, and I might even make multiple parallel plotlines to explore the ideas.
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MShadowy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliantly done.
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AliasUndercover Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
They do like to keep their engines on top of their aircraft, don't they? I love the continuity.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Bottom of the craft is so... Human :P
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Darwin-King Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Bottom mountain engines seem practical, but somehow you make top mounted look very functional.
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Nirdian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist
I totally missed this! :O

What a beautiful work, the atmosphere is really great and I love the utilitarian design of the spacecraft and the way it shows us familiar technology, but approached from a different (alien) angle. :)
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Flying-Snake Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I love how you combine great pictures with detailed decription. And everything seems well thougth. You are One of my Very Favourite Artists here!
And that launch system is great! I wonder how will our earthly struggle for reusable spacecrafts work out...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thanks :) I think we will go back to traditional rockets as they seem much safer and cheaper.
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Alex-Brady-TAD Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Man thats excellent.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Thanks :)
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medevac001 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is insane, realy nice
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pheonix1901 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
very cool I love your realism
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful design concept of a Two-Stage-To-Orbit. May the NASA engineers take note of this...
And superb background, as ever.
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mikluho4 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Очень нравится!
Будоражит фантазию.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Спасибо :)
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huioo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
so is that blue flag the kaybor flag? or just like the equivalent to a mission badge? or a corporate logo? so much backstory
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
The blue flag is actually one of the space corps logos, it features the two moons against a blue background.
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huioo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
ah shit I didn't see that. it just gets more great every time a new level of detail is pointed out
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