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Skyship Venture: The First Warp Ship

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Yay, another project that has really nothing to do with Celestial Chaos!  This one's slightly more relevant, but I know it's not any of the starships in my profile sidebar.  With all the lore people are posting, I wanted to try my hand at an origins thing with my own twist on it.  I had a love-hate relationship with hard sci-fi starships for a while, believing them to look super cool while destroying all the handwavium-based fun of normal sci-fi, but as of late that has turned solely into a love.  There's just something about all the things to take into consideration that most sci-fi franchises gloss over at best, like heat distribution and maneuvering.  While I'll still go with the established designs for my fleet, as hard sci-fi ships of this type are brittle, not very heavily armed or capable of being armed, and they're a pain to build, I might churn out a few more like this one as time goes on.  It was fun, to say the least.

You know what time it is!

Class: Venture 
Type: Experimental Alcubierre-Johnstone-White Warp Ship 
First Flown: 8/23/15
Length: 133 m  
Width: 49 m  
Height: 51 m  
Armament:  
  • None
Top Speed:  
  • Sublight: 10,000 m/s  

  • FTL: 2.743c  

Powerplant: 1 Mk. XXI(s) Fission Reactor, 2 Solar Panels  
Thrust: 1 Zephyr Industries/Lockheed Martin MagnetoPlasmaDynamic (MPD) Thruster
FTL: 2 Brony Aerospace FT1 Alcubierre-Johnstone-White Exotic Matter Rings
Shields: Electromagnetic Hull Plating (For Protection Against Solar Radiation) 
Maneuvering System: Multiple Fixed RCS Assemblies  
Displacement: 1,000 tons  
Commissioned Ships:  
  • Skyship Venture (XWV-01) 

Crew: 6
Maximum Range: 4 light years without replenishment  
Cost: $250 billion Skylord Dollars ($500 billion USD) (Including Research and Development)
Auxiliary Aircraft: 
  • None 

The Skyship Venture was a joint project between the Skylord Space Agency and NASA based on the proposed superluminal drive system of Dr. Miguel Alcubierre and refined by NASA's Dr. Harold White and UTSSA's Dr. Arrin Johnstone, who refined the ring design to greatly reduce energy requirements and developed the exotic matter necessary respectively.  The three collaborated with the United States Air Force, Skylord Air Force, UTSSA, and NASA to design a starship that could carry humans faster than light for a reasonable amount of time, as opposed to the nanosecond-length warp bubbles that existed in a few laboratories.  By changing the ring shape from a flat ring to a rounded doughnut, Dr. White reduced the energy requirement to only the mass of Voyager 1, something a Skylord Mk. XXI nuclear fission reactor could handle with ease, the conversion to negative energy taking place using the Casimir Effect in the rings.  As the UTS had never slowed their space program after the Space Race wound down, they had made additional advancements in starship construction, including SSTO spacecraft which greatly aided in construction and electromagnetic engines such as the MPD propelling Venture and the VASIMRs now so common on Skylord Space Fleet craft.  The Venture was, until recently, one of the most expensive space projects in the world, including all of the launches to build its drydock, component launches, and the components themselves.  It was recently eclipsed by the Andromeda-class fleet carrier, although that will definitely soon lose its spot as well.  Capable of carrying 6 crew 4 light-years at just under 2.75 times the speed of light, Venture's underwhelming performance compared to newer FTL ships underscored just how revolutionary this change in human space flight was.  No longer did the speed of light restrict humanity to extremely long voyages to only the nearest neighbors.  During one flight, sensors discovered that the warp field could be sustained even with power concentrated to the immediate sides of the vessel, leading to the development of Assymetric Field Warp Nacelles, which greatly reduced the space needed for FTL equipment.  The Venture, joined by the White-designed IXS Enterprise, will be conducting additional research into warp technology for a projected service life of 4 years.  Until then, as more and more vessels are constructed that are bigger, faster, and more powerful, Venture will serve as a reminder that even the biggest thing started small.
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Nexus XIV
12/22/2016 4:50 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
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I love hard sci-fi spacecraft, and this is amazing! Is it okay with you if I upload an edited version of this? I will make sure to give you credit for your amazing work!
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AirshipsEverywhere
12/27/2016 6:48 pm
Level 49 : Master Unicorn
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Sure, just make sure to give me credit. I'm glad you like it, and judging from your stuff I look forward to seeing what you've done with it!
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Nexus XIV
12/30/2016 5:56 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
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Hey I used your spacecraft in this project! Let me know what you think. I made sure to give you the credit that you deserve. http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/solar-system-explorer-spacecraft/
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Nexus XIV
12/27/2016 10:26 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
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Thanks!
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Skallord
09/03/2015 12:19 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Architect
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Very cool.
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GrayRemnant
08/30/2015 6:11 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Senpai
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Very cool!  :D
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Bard Bard
08/30/2015 8:14 am
Level 43 : Master Dragon
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seems similar to the Eclipse Class.
anyway, great job on it!
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AirshipsEverywhere
08/30/2015 11:49 pm
Level 49 : Master Unicorn
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Don't worry, I wasn't trying to steal anything.  All Alcubierre-based ships generally look like this.
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Bard Bard
08/31/2015 5:10 am
Level 43 : Master Dragon
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i know, i was just stating it looked like it
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Yarra
08/29/2015 9:44 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Farmer
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Very impressive. I suppose this would make a great base for your generation ships. It has all the hallmarks of good hard sci-fi. Just what a genship needs.
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