Monday, April 27, 2009

Space Tug

This is another model for my ISS2-project. I already build it during the last fall, the model is nearly finshed... there are just a few more details.

The Tug will be always docked to the space station, it's more kind of a mobile station-module than a stand-alone spacecraft. It's able to act as a constuction plattform, maintenance vehicle and of course as a tug to move space station-modules and bigger cargo.
At the front is a docking port with several additional clamps, fuel and oxygen tanks. Besides the cockpit are two big remote manipulators, three smaller manipulators are folded at the botton. The rear contains the main engines, solar-panels and a second docking port.

The idea behind the design was to create a replacement for the capabilities of the space shuttle as a flexible working plattform after it's retirement.

... somehow I'm afraid how big this project gets.


Andrew Glazebrook said...

That is quite simply fabulous !! Love this design and the modelling is awesome again !!! Great work !!!

Anonymous said...

WOW! This is easily the most realistic, and well thought out, speculative Tug I've ever seen. Amazing attention to detail, and great solutions to the problems of an orbital workhorse. This, and the ISS 2 project in general, is very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic illustration. Some of the best space hardware illustrations that I've seen. Conragdulations on fine work.