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Spear by Abiogenisis Spear by Abiogenisis

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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:iconnirdian:
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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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
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
:D
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:icontheodren:
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
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
: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
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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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Thanks :)
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TK769 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the engineering idea behind this. Fantastic concept, interesting and unusual. Nice job!

Regards,

M
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
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
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
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
I was so close to not adding the spacewalkers! Almost an afterthought, but definitely necessary.
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an interesting shape
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:iconmoreuse:
Moreuse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, makes sense.
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:iconconnont:
connont Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You NEED to write sci-fi. Your's would be some of the best hands down.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Working on it :P
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jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Amazing. It's alien, yet it has aesthetics similar enough that it's very familiar to our own space travel technology. :) (Smile) 
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Kalgrost Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
A beautiful and haunting image, both visually and in words. Poignant and evocative of the difficulties intelligent life must almost certainly face throughout the universe, as well as a glimpse of what we might hope to achieve ourselves if we can overcome our folly.
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Your alien species seems to have an even worse attitude about tribalism and warfare than even us humans!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
They had a few rough patches ;)
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:iconiszrian:
iszrian Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
The spear is one gorgeous interstellar ship :D
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
So if the Spear was an intelligent machine, did it make any attempts to modify itself or obtain fuel some other way once the original plan had failed?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Nah, its intelligence is very limited to its task. More like a smart insect than a truly flexible intellect.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa... so cool! I love the birrin society, it's fascinating :heart:
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Waow, this is the bomb :O
Your space technologies designs are fabulous...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Danke :D
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
how exactly is this ship propelling itself? I see no obvious rockets or ion drives. The ship over all seems to very symmetrical.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
At the rear of the ship is a fusion rocket. It is symmetrical because it also needs a shield on the tail end for the deceleration phase.
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
in that case, I am assuming it is fusion steam jet rocket? so with this design wouldn't having an exhaust at both ends make sense?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
I have not encountered that design, where can I read about it?
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
first for a quick and dirty listing of rocket types www.projectrho.com/public_html… its not definitive, but it covers most loosely.

Their are lots of variations of what I am talking about, but basically you use a fission or fission reaction to heat up water at supper sonic speeds around the reactor and vent the gas out the exhaust for thrust, what I was saying is that you could have an exhaust going in ether direction rather than turn the ship around.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Sounds intriguing! I might use such a design for in-system travel.
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Well its just one way, its not overly efferent, but it is FAST! The point of showing you the web page is to show you a list of practial ideas, have fun!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Cheers, looks like an amazing site :)
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MemoriesXV Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're truely one of the best space/xenobiology-related illustrators I've ever seen. The astonishing amount of details, your limitless imagination, the fascinating description going with your artworks... This is a very high quality work, and even if my opinion doesn't value much for I'm a beginner in terms of drawing, I felt the urge to tell you that. Your work is incredibly inspirational, and I hope that you'll keep going this way. I don't know if you receive all the recognition you deserve to get, but I thought this kind of comment would help you continuing. Keep the good work up!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thank you kindly, my friend :) I shall keep the work up!
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