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ISV Bernal by Reactor-Axe-Man ISV Bernal by Reactor-Axe-Man
Excerpt from Flight Voice and Data Recorder, ISV Arachne, (Eschaton, 12 Ophiuchi, UNSCR-03408-02), lost in the 2MASS J02530084+1652532 System (a.k.a., Teegarden's Star, 12.59 LY from Sol.)

All times given in minutes and seconds prior to loss of data.

182m56.2s - <VOICE 1> - Whooooaaa... Hey there, skip. Got us a contact just come across the Shelf. Looked hot there for a sec, but she's shaping up nice and fat and slow.

181m33.1s - <VOICE 2> - What do you mean, 'looked hot'?

181m19.2s - <VOICE 1> - I mean she looked fast just before the FTL Shelf. Could be nothing. I never got enough of a track to get a pseudovelocity.

<sounds of someone settling into an acceleration couch>

179m48s - <VOICE 2> - What's she look like now?

<sounds of sensor console being adjusted>

178m3s - <VOICE 1> - Hmmmmm... 5000 tonnes rough displacement estimate... Nominal thermal output for a merchant of that displacement... Closing on a vector to discharge at the star, same as us... Bit out of the way for a merchie, though...

175m40.3s <grunting noise, indeterminate>

174m22.9s - <VOICE 2> - Not unless you wanted to come into Epsilon Eridani off the usual vector... I think maybe we got us a smuggler... What's their squawk?

173m19.6s - <VOICE 1> - Squawking ID number 05700-15, Brazilian Diplomatic bona fides... Not a smuggler.. What the hell's a diplomatic courier doing here?

170m55.7s - <VOICE 2> - No idea, but I bet it's worth something...

169m18.5s <cackling laughter, presumed VOICE 1>

169m1.1s - <VOICE 1> - A payday! About damned time!

168m39.7s - <VOICE 2> - Continue on course. Don't hail them. If they hail us, be nice and friendly. We'll hit 'em when they're discharging at the star.

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Reactor-Axe-Man Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reactor-Axe-Man Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love realistic looking starships. Not all smooth and aerodynamical.

Good work!
Reactor-Axe-Man Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
Very welcome.

Btw, what power source do you envision in your ships?
Reactor-Axe-Man Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The power reactors (that, they produce electrical power) are likely nuclear heated gas-turbine fission plants using helium as the working fluid. The reason for this is that they would have long core lifetimes and be pretty reliable. For propulsion, the engines would be D-He3 fusion torches, with the military drives being augmented with antimatter mixing for higher exhaust velocities and hence higher delta-vees.
wuestenbrand Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Work .. :-) ..
Reactor-Axe-Man Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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