2014-12-22

Skylab B

I did a series of add-ons that depict the planned Skylab B international space station, a follow up to the historical US Skylab program.


In reality the Skylab B hardware exists and is on museum display. It was identical to the flown Skylab, since it was its flight spare.

For this add-on, an alternate reality is considered, based in several proposals by NASA made in the 1970's.

The main changes are the lack of the Solar Observatory, the additional docking ports for Soviet spacecraft, and the alternate solar panel positions. This configuration would allow the station to accommodate extended docking or servicing by Apollo, Soyuz, Progress, Salyut and eventually the Space Shuttle.


Besides the Skylab B station, the addon also has a AMU "jetpack", a LEM derived Apollo Telescope Mount, a Resupply Module, EVAs and custom cargo, and even a Skylab-Soyuz mission scenario!













2014-12-19

Texture updates for Gemini, Mercury and Titans

This year I released the final versions of my textures for the Mercury and Gemini addons. It's compatible with the latest add-ons and features normal and reflection maps for extra details.




Gemini spacecraft: 

Complete overhead and side control panel textures
Cleaned up VC and doors
Normalmaps for graphic clients.

Agena Docking target

Improved Agena target textures
Normal and reflection maps.




Updated textures for the rockets used in the Mercury Program. Same as with the previous update, but with now with normal and specular maps added.







Adds normal maps to the improved Titan textures, already avaliable on previous Gemini repaints. Compatible with Project Gemini and CVEL Titans.

Constellation Orion CEV video

Great to see my Constellation Orion CEV capsule in this video!




2014-02-10

Dragonfly shuttle from “Once Upon a Time… Space”

Dragonfly (Libellule) shuttle from “Once Upon a Time… Space (Il était une fois… l'Espace)”

3D model of this nice spacecraft design, straight out of the early 80's.
For size reference I used images from the series. They are not completely consistent, so I derived scale from the lateral door visible in some episodes and from the large cockpit. This means that the spacecraft is about 110 meters in length. I changed the underside to depict a heat shield. It would be nonsense not to have it, since the craft is meant for atmospheric reentry and fight, even is a fantasy context.

 

2014-01-31

Skylab B

Although silent, I'm quite busy working the Skylab B series of add-ons!

They depict the planned Skylab B international space station, a follow up to the historical US Skylab program.








In reality the Skylab B hardware exists and is on museum display. It was identical to the flown Skylab, since it was its flight spare.

For this add-on, an alternate reality is considered, based in several proposals by NASA made in the 1970's.

The main changes are the lack of the Solar Observatory, the additional docking ports for Soviet spacecraft, and the alternate solar panel positions. This configuration would allow the station to accommodate extended docking or servicing by Apollo, Soyuz, Progress, Salyut and eventually the Space Shuttle.


There's a basic “virtual cockpit” with the "Wardroom Window", that faces sideways from the station, so you will have to turn the viewing direction to look outside.




Besides the initial Skylab B add-on (http://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=6394), there are two missions packs available:
Skylab B missions (SL5 & SL6) and AMU v2
Skylab B missions 2 (SL7) and ATM B

The mission use both AMSO and AAPO Apollo spacecraft, along with the correct launch pads for the Saturn V and Saturn Ib.

The AMU (Autonomous Maneuvering Unit) is an early EVA backpack, that allows the astronaut to move away from the station, without being tethered. I'm following some references from the Gemini AMU, but with the spacesuit being more in line with the Apollo era.





The ATM (Apollo Telescope Mount) B is a space observatory based on the Apollo Lunar Module. Again based on a Nasa proposal, I have it setup so that both the ascent and descent stages can perform autonomous observations. When docked to Skylab B, the cabin serves as an manned observation station.