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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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xXMCproXx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
If you excuse me, I must build this (or at least something similar.) In Kerbal Space Program.
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xXMCproXx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Also, question. Is the Tallantelli Air Launch Platform (<-- That's how I define this cool looking vessel.) manned? If so, what's the capacity and the tasks the crew, if there is one, do? And give a estimate of how many tonnes that thing can carry.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Both are manned, the shuttle can carry from 1 to 5 birrin, the launcher can carry 5: two pilots, an engineer, a loadmaster and an observer.
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xXMCproXx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
I see. I would like to see the Tallantelli in full rather than the rear.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Yeah I should try and do a proper design pass...
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
"Several moon landings"
Even stoners can truly fly....



p.s. no offense
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
:mlgmontage: 
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Bartoleum Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I appreciate your attention to realistic aerodynamic design, and other details in these vehicles!  are those Aero-Spike engines on top of the launch vehicle?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
They are! Too good an idea not to use :P
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015   Digital Artist
so is aerospike engine better than regular rocket bell shaped ones?

all i know about them is the x-33 venturestar T_T

are they viable for even today?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
I believe they offer more efficiency then bell types as they automatically optimise themselves as they enter different air densities. However I think they are more complicated and expensive than bells.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015   Digital Artist
meh... a bit more complex and expensive shouldn't really stop us ;)

considering most of the problems they suffered with the x-33 are now fixed today. so we could build one right now!


its just american congress wont cough up the cash XD >W<
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Its all about money and cultural will, really.
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DyslexicGamer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Does their moon have its own moon? And I'm guessing their moons are super close in comparison to our moon. They must have some really crazy ocean tides
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
I am dumping the second moon in future pics, as I found it would be unstable. Also, it looks close because it is taken as through a telephoto lens. 
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DyslexicGamer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Seems reasonable but I assume it slightly closer then are moon
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
It is closer, so they have extreme tides.
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DyslexicGamer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Serve's Up then! I guess it would be easier to surf with four legs
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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   Photographer
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   Photographer
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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Altair75 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Photographer
I beg your pardon?  :-? (Confused) 
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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   Photographer
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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amberchrome Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing detail. And very believable.
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Amorim-Cruz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist 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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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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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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