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Bronco Medium Freighter by DPRagan Bronco Medium Freighter by DPRagan
HA "Bronco" Medium Freighter
Manufacturer: Houston Aerospace

262.47 feet long (80m)

Not the biggest commercial freighter, bit one of the most durable and the second most common (Slightly eclipsed by the newer HA "Hammerhead"). comes with two medium dual-eletromag cannons.

Uses the microwave argon plasma (MAP) type engines and laser ignited molecular plasma (LIMP) systems for landing and taking off from planets

The universe uses a gravity producing system that was supposed to be a warp drive, but they are still working out the power requirements to compact and otherwise distort space/time. still most ships reactors can at least use a smaller version of the system for gravity.

Sorry, I don't have the engine work detailed that well ^_^;;; mostly trying to stretch my muscles. that and if you are making a ship for a scifi story, well you need one that looks like it can work and still look cool. ;)

Lightly Inspired by
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:iconmercenaryx:
MercenaryX Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Looks a little out of Homeworld.
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Really, I thought my main inspiration came from Star Wars (the pic in the description) and maybe Trinity (Ĉonverse)
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:iconwieweser:
wieweser Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Where are the the up/down steering engines?
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Those are the blisters near the corners, also there are "rudders" in the main engines, for fast stops the output can be channeled through the outer shell of the engine toward the bow.
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:iconwieweser:
wieweser Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Brilliant!
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Thanks :) The freighter can be equipped with more engines (for faster directional control) but this is the stock version of the ship.
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:iconroidroid:
roidroid Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
molecular plasma?
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
O2, CO2, N2 atmospheric gasses converted to Plasma by a laser in a bell-chamber. They start our as gas molecules but the end product is not.
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:iconroidroid:
roidroid Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
ok so just like.... normal plasma then :)
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
The source is environmental but ends up as regular plasma
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:iconroidroid:
roidroid Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
it's just that "molecular plasma" is already a specific thing, concerning cold plasmas. [link]
Hot plasmas would be preferable for a thrust engine, no? Particularly if you want it to expand into a nozzle (eg: bell)
A hot plasma made from the atmospheric gasses, i'd probably call that "atmospheric plasma".

However, your plan might be to magnetically accelerate the plasma?
In which case a bell nozzle might again be outof place.
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Don't need to, it's only activated in an atmosphere where the hot stuff expands out of the bell and is replaced by cooler air which is heated.

basically it's a self contained laser launch system.
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:iconroidroid:
roidroid Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
ok cool. That's not molecular plasma though, it'd be too hot to remain molecular.

So it's basically like the old airbreathing nuclear ramjet designs, but with a laser rather than a reactor. [link] (this was a real design)
So i suppose... an airbreathing laser ramjet
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
More like a reference of what it starts out as then what it end up, Scientist wanted to call it something-else, but the acronym went weirder than LIMP (LIP engines?)
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Mm, looks spaceworthy to me. :thumbsup:
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
;)
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:icondrbender:
DrBender Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Cool!
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
^_^ You have to have a good ship ;)
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:icondrbender:
DrBender Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I shall name it Lollipop!
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Let me guess painted by Jericho? :)
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:icondrbender:
DrBender Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
good ship lolipop... joke...
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I know ;) So Shirley you Jest
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:icondolphinsilverwolf:
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Depending on how efficient your particle accelerators are, you can get away with using a large-scale fusion reactor and be safe. We're talking a reactor core of 100 feet in height. Pretty big, but it'll generate plenty of hot fusion plasma without the nasty issues of something that could explode or produce long-term radioactivity.
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
This is a bulk freighter, nothing that powerful and the engines microwave plasma for thrust.
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:icontwilightbourne:
Twilightbourne Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooo prettty.... *drools over starship*
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
And it can be yours for a measly $990,000! ;)
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:icontwilightbourne:
Twilightbourne Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo... Do you take Galactic credits?
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Usually New Dollars of New Yen.
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:icontwilightbourne:
Twilightbourne Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.. drat... and the Exchange rate for Thorium is terrible.
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
heh :)
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:icondolphinsilverwolf:
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Wish I could afford it, except I put about $1.2 trillion into the "Gaia's Hope." Kinda short on cash, especially after paying the crew and all that...say, we're always looking for adventurous types...
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
^_^
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:icondrunkfu:
Drunkfu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Nice tight sketch.
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks :) I think I have future plans for this piece :)
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Bisected8 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Technically if it's soft sci-fi the "looks like it can work" can slide....
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:icondpragan:
DPRagan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
^_^
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