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Drillship Scene WIP 03 by MikeDoscher Drillship Scene WIP 03 by MikeDoscher
Closer. Dreams of ice and smoke on Enceladus.
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zaku1986 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. And I like this moon. His cryovolcanos are cool.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks- In the finished one, I hope to get some light in there on them, and visually imply the energy that's in the vapor as it gets ionized.
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scalpinock Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Isn't there an ocean under Enceladus surface?So,why mining?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
These are taking core samples of the crust, looking at both mineral levels and for traces of complex hydrocarbons. These would have been left behind as water ice sublimated off from the surface.
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karanua Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its great watching with interest as this painting develops and details are added, the drill ship is a great design for a moon miner (or asteroid prospector).
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you've enjoyed the process. :) This sort of ship is a bit more of a flying oil rig than something that can extract solid materials in quantity, but it's being used here to take core samples. In more mainstream use, these would be used to tap pockets of liquid hydrocarbons under the surface of the outer moons. While simple hydrocarbons at the bottom of a gravity well would be of marginal use as fuel, they're more useful as precursors to more complex materials. Typically, these would feed into an automated complex that included a cracking tower.
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karanua Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to see theres a common sense design process going into the vehicle too, far too often we see designs totally unfit for their intended usage.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. For the project this and some of the other designs are going for, I'm pretty much obligated to think these through, or at least look like I am. You see, this and many of the others in my gallery will be part of a book I'm working on concerning what the working boats of the outer planets might look like in perhaps 150 years. :)
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Durnstaros Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice as usual, going to assume that this is a mineral prospector?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes. Kind of a flying oil rig, but being used here to take core samples of the crust and look for anything interesting in the sublimation of the ice.
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