A breakthrough in interplanetary travel was the invention of the orbital Resk Hauler 7. The treads on its back are used to propel smaller vessels to higher speeds, allowing them to escape orbit and travel into deep space without using any of their own fuel.

There has been some conflict since Resk has the monopoly on Haulers and is continually increasing prices. Soon groups of renegades began attacking Haulers to take control of them for their own means.

When Sunn Industries tested their solar powered vessel for atmospheric flight SN1 for the first time, pilots kept passing out for no apparent reason. After weeks of testing they figured out that the huge engines sucked in so much of the surrounding oxygen when under high load, that no air could reach the crew. To counteract that the chassis was redesigned so that the engines are now as far away from the cockpit as structurally possible.

The Rohrmeister 66 is pure raw force. In an age where efficiency is considered the highest goal of all engineering, this beast uses more rocket fuel than a freighter, is noisier than a hover tank and at full speed only goes for 40 min before running dry. It is wasteful, dangerous, and its whole existence in general is just a bad idea.
Yet for some reason it draws people to it in flocks. Sales have skyrocketed and Rohrmeister is laughing all the way to the bank

Have you watched Joker yet?

I have just published an article on the movie’s use of colour as a story telling element. Colours in films are not random or merely aesthetic, but a very deliberate device that can make a story truly shine. Read my post to learn more about how Joker expresses its symbolism through primary colours, shot composition and costume:

mooncube.space/blog/the-signif

Enormous ornamental engravings were discovered on a Saturn moon, but the influx of visitors is slowly washing them away.
The only one to stand in the way of decay is Isabelle: the 106 year old archaeologist has dedicated her retirement to refurbishing the ancient designs. Over the last 34 years no day passed where she wasn't in the fields taking care of "her moon" with her tiny ship, lovingly named "Baby-Shark" for its large fin. It's a lonely fight she leads.

The Rotocorp S4 is a tiny close range ship for one pilot. It has a light, low-powered thruster, but since the entire ship has a mass of next to nothing compared to traditional vehicles, its torque is massive and a pilot can experience a G-force of up to 4.6 G. It is used by couriers to travel between different orbital stations and as a recreational vehicle, but can also be retrofitted with small caliber weaponry, making it popular among militias and insurgents.

The King Arthur 11 was the first probe ever developed to travel through Einstein–Rosen bridges - also known as wormholes.

After decades of travelling it suddenly disappeared and was never heard of again.

Only recently a historian discovered ancient military documents from the 20th Century reporting the sighting of an unusual meteorite that emitted the signature radio signal of the King Arthur 11 before crashing into the Pacific Ocean in a fiery explosion.

The largest ships in Earth's atmosphere are the Colossus series, combining city life with mobility.

Unfortunately they couldn't escape the fate of any major city, and by now most of them are overcrowded. Some have become too heavy to fly at all - sitting on the ground for good, becoming traditional stationary cities atop huge labyrinthine underground complexes that used to be the massive Colossus engines. All kinds of shady business can be found down here.

The Floritech RS-39 is an autonomous rose plantation, tasked to figure out how and where to grow the prettiest roses for various human holidays.
At one point the AI figured out that their roses would grow much better if they used ash as a fertilizer, and before long some learned how to restructure one of their engines into a giant flame-thrower. They quickly became infamous in many systems for showing up out of nowhere and incinerating anything in their path.

The development of space travel technology is often preceded by tinkerers and hobby engineers hammering away in their garages. The most prolific group of these DIY builders call themselves the Dragons, and their goals are simple: Building the most visually striking ships in existence. The famous annual Dragon Parade on the Jupiter moon Ganymed is truly a sight to behold: some of the quirkiest and strangest designs in the solar system as far as the eye can see.

The Resk Guardian is an emergency recovery ship, with wings designed to safely land on snow and ice but also provide shelter while stationary. If immediate evacuation is not possible, the large Guardian is carefully navigated over the crashed vessel, using its wings as walls that shield from wind, snow and ice, and allow emergency services to safely extract survivors.
In case a Guardian gets stuck it has enough emergency rations to sustain its crew for months.

I still have three original pieces for sale left that are looking for a new home - would you like to adopt one?
Pay-what-you-want, plus 3€ in shipping. Just under A4 in size.

Get them while you can!

They are:
01 Ring (minimum 1€)
04 Freeze (minimum 4€)
09 Swing (minimum 9€)

Remy Rodriguez was the first winner of the Saturn Belt Grand Prix who wasn't trained at one of the four Cobalt League elite flight academies. As a computer scientist she discovered a weakness that lead her to victory: Painting her ship with a specific pattern made the AI on board her competitors believe a meteoroid storm was incoming, forcing them to immediately emergency break and disengage. Rodriguez finished first despite her complete inability as a pilot.

­With the advent of interstellar travel and the immense engine power that first enabled it, rapid acceleration and deceleration became a problem. Fragile cargo - humans included - doesn't take these forces too well, so regular ships have to take that into account. The SW1-n has its cargo hold and cockpit suspended between the thrusters, which allows it more time to accelerate and decelerate as it lags behind or overshoots the boosters respectively.

On sale 9€

I just shipped off the first set of sketches to happy new homes. Many more to come! :)

If you want to get a happy little package too, keep an eye open for my daily posts at 21:00 CEST and name your price for an original drawing - it's pay-what-you-want, all October long!

Sub to mailing list to see it at 20:00 at www.mooncube.space

Tell your friends, get one for your grandma, or just treat yourself.

I'm writing short little stories to go along with my drawings that are a bit too long to post here, but you can read them in full in your inbox if you sign up to my mailing list here: mooncube.space/ 🤗🤗

Vonsync Engineering isn't a ship manufacturer, but a top-of-the-line engine developer. In order to break the prior speed record for manned vessels they developed a new thruster with unmatched performance, and as an afterthought strapped a modified rescue pod in front of it. While it did break the speed record, one flaw quickly became apparent: due to the haphazardly constructed crew cabin, any attempt to steer would immediately tear the fragile ship apart.

The Mortus IV is a one of a kind ship: It holds the mortal remains of a deceased pilot. It has just enough fuel capacity to escape Earth's gravity, then shuts down and enters an unstable solar orbit, circling the Sun for years before crashing into it in a fiery explosion. Mourning relatives can observe its trajectory and often wear black until it has arrived.
Some believe that the souls of the dead are still on board, cursing anybody who dares to disturb them.

Named after a long extinct canine from earth, the LX-3 "Husky" has a stunningly low rate of fuel consumption and can stay in atmospheric flight for months. The problem is that to function the engine needs to run at least once a day at various velocities, making it unsuitable for the casual pilot and can quickly turn into a chore. Left unattended for too long the delicate machinery will clog up, and the cost of repairs can exceed that of the whole vehicle.

When the 77B worker drone was first introduced into the construction sector it caused chaos. Specialized to build and repair large space stations, they always work very diligently and with great attention to everything with one exception: each other. Released in swarms of hundreds they would constantly bump and crash into each other, leading to the infamous explosion of the Terraco 8 facility. Small wings were later added to improve spatial awareness.

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