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This image is a part of the Birrin project, the species seen here: abiogenisis.deviantart.com/art…

Born in an age of exceptional technological complexity and profligate resource exploitation, Spear was the first birrin attempt to send a vehicle of any kind to another solar system. Powered by nuclear fusion and cooled by banks of enormous radiators, the intelligent and self-sufficient machine even now represents the most costly and complex undertaking of any birrin age.

The extraordinary expense of the vehicle’s development was shouldered by a multi-national interhouse consortium so extensive that organisations from every continent found themselves contributing. Components were shipped and flown from all over the world to the equator, from where thunderous nuclear rockets catapulted them into orbit.

After half a century Spear, finally complete, undertook a long range shakedown tour of the solar system, flying deep into the realm of the outer planets.

As it slowly returned in-system, however, the scale of the exponentially ascending birrin civilisation began to terminally overtax the planet. Crop failures, famines and coastal flooding lead to regional wars and ethnic cleansing on a scale never before seen, and what little food remained was sequestered by the most able houses.

Meanwhile Spear, all this time arcing closer to home, was supposed to be captured, fueled, and sent on its mission to a nearby star.  As the recovery team prepared to leave orbit, a coalition of minor houses left starving by the major powers launched a salvo of warheads. Bursting into clouds of metal spheres, they tore through the delicate vehicles and their crews at orbital speeds. As Spear fell past uncaptured, the response by the wealthy stakeholders was swift: Invading with full force, the punitive occupation quickly became culling, and birrin society rapidly degenerated into a war so total civilisation would not recover to a semblance of its former complexity for over a thousand years.

Through all this, Spear, pocked by minor impacts and long silent, swung through space in its vast and ever changing ellipse.

Now, with the dawn of a new era of birrin civilisation, Spear is returning once more to the inner system. The powers that be will have decide whether it should be refit and sent on its long delayed mission, or simply stripped for the few valuable parts and cast into the sun.

Seen here is the vehicle undergoing low-orbit trials soon after its completion, pre-fall birrin society still burgeoning beneath.

 

 

 

 

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:iconhannibus42:
hannibus42 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Student Writer
In the immortal words of Abed..

"Cool, cool cool cool"
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:P
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:iconhannibus42:
hannibus42 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Student Writer
*sips lemonade*

Idk how to interpret that emoji... is it good or bad?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Its meant to be the smiling face with tongue out, but it looks quite insane on DA
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:iconhannibus42:
hannibus42 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Writer
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Coolio.
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SmokingSnake71 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
this gave me some ideas
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
SPACE ideas
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:iconsmokingsnake71:
SmokingSnake71 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
kind of a spaceship design (i'm crazy nevermind)
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:iconarcaneunit:
ArcaneUnit Featured By Owner Edited May 29, 2016
not a bad design (*great design). but in space energy should technically be much easier to make. you would not need to run your ship on solar. solar would only be functional for a mechanical failure.
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016
There are no solar panels on these vehicles. Those are radiators. 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Seconded.
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:iconmrpi16:
mrpi16 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Thank you for sharing :) (Smile)

Joker iphone Wallpaper
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Most welcome :)
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:iconzeitschiff:
zeitschiff Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
Magnificent.
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DasMike1987 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
I love the fact that you made the probe appear both functional, and very obviously influenced by the Birrin design aesthetic. I'm curious though, what method of propulsion did the designers intend? I don't see any engine bells, I see RCS thrusters, but both ends of the craft have what appear to be ablative shielding.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There are RCS systems, but they are small at this scale, as there are no planned high G orientation changes. The propulsion system is a fusion rocket at the rear of the ship, and is actually quite small, just very efficient.
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MoseyHosey Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is some 2001: A Space Odyssey level of awesomeness...
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Mikel-Stormraven Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Abso-frigging-lutely AMAZING
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers ;)
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:iconsporediatrymisss:
SporeDiatrymisss Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutley LOVE absolutkey EVERYTHING that you make. It's just fantasticful.
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:iconsorikii:
Sorikii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Please make some tutorials, how Is this even possible T_T
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You can find some tutorials over at design.tutsplus.com/, search for Alex Ries there :)
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
OK, that's impressive, so is the history!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :P
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Nirdian Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist
The timeline for the Birrin is very interesting. So this vehicle was built in "ancient times", and only after their recovery and a subsequent slow climb back to the interplanetary level have they made contact with humanity? Did you ever write a concrete timeline for the Birrin (or a rough draft)?

Anyway, it's a beautiful ship. Very original and fascinating design. I love the 22nd-century aesthetic of the early Birrin space age vehicles.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have a rough timeline, though its all in my head.
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Geomax10 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Is that a Gasdynamic Mirror engine?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No, I did research that idea though...
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Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Awww, dammit, Birrin! You blew it up! Ah, damn you!
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Theodren Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
this beautiful !
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Theodren Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
i m loosing my words when i see such a beauty X)
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Have the space agency convert it to a manned - sorry, birrined - vehicle, put the crew in temporary stasis, and send it off to another system! (Earth, maybe?)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
But damn, stasis might be ever harder than fusion tech!
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
There are different kinds of stasis: warpfield stasis is sort of like Star Trek's warp drive; encase the subject in a bubble of stationary space-time (which is feasible) so their personal timeline stops moving. Or you have more primitive cryostasis; encase the subject in chemically engineered ice to slow down their body clock. With the level of birrin technology at this point, I would suggest simple cryostasis. The original birrin society may have at one point achieved warpfield stasis, but the technology was lost in the societal collapse.
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Blue-Abraxas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great work!!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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FuyukoTheNoisette Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man this is just amazing ...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aww Yiss
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MarkArandjus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It looks so... so... functional! It's just big and strange enough that I totally buy it visually!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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TK769 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love the engineering idea behind this. Fantastic concept, interesting and unusual. Nice job!

Regards,

M
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Danke :D
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Santos-scribbles Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Id lvoe to know youre process on this! specifically how you maintained such clean shapes.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I used 3D Studio Max to model the basic structure, then painted over that. Keeps the perspective perfect.
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Santos-scribbles Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
interesting. its really impressive how you kept the shapes on the inside of the sails clean as well. where they also 3d or was that photoshop wizardry on your part?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When you say sails, do you mean the long curved parts at the front and back? Or the rectangular radiator rows?
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Santos-scribbles Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
im interested in both, actually.
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Jevasi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Fantastic work, this really manages to convey a great scale with the vehicle itself however the little touches, such as the two Birrin spacewalking outside of the capsule, help to ground it and make it even more impressive. I find that a lot of times, especially when dealing with spacecraft, the lack of anything comprehensible to compare them to seems to reduce what stature they have. Then again space does a lot of wonky things with perspective.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was so close to not adding the spacewalkers! Almost an afterthought, but definitely necessary.
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