2013-03-11

Final model of the VLS rocket

I've finished modeling the VLS rocket. Here's what it looks like in SketchUp after texturing!




After export, the model in Orbiter Space Simulator looks like this:



Very consistent. I'm using the DX9 renderer, and I've yet to add normalmaps!

As I'm happy with the way it looks already, here's an image sequence of a test launch.

VLS lifts-off from Alcantara

Ascending on first stage, after booster separation


Ascending on first stage
VLS rocket ascending on first stage. This configuration was the basis for the early VLM project.

Second stage ignites.

VLS rocket upper stages.

Detail of the upper stage attitude control systems and fairing

A small satellite is successfully released in orbit!