Author Topic: Digital Model of Ernst Stuhlinger's Nuclear 'Umbrella Ship'  (Read 1347 times)

Offline tea monster

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I'm making a digital model of Ernst Stuhlinger's 1950's era Mars ship. The ship was conceived from 1953 to 1959 at the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency. The ship was made famous by Walt Disney in 1957 when it was featured in "Mars and Beyond".

The model is going to be made in Blender. I'm initially going to be doing a faithful representation of the Disney version (which seems to have some differences from Stuhlinger's design documents). Later I hope to make a more modern representation, or maybe something closer to an updated version closer to Stuhlinger's original documents. I'm not the first person to make one of these, but I find it fascinating and I decided eventually that I had to take a crack at it.

Thanks to Winchel Chung and the Atomic Rockets site for information!

Mars and Beyond (ship appears at 40:09):


Astronautix entry: http://www.astronautix.com/s/stuhlingermars1957.html

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Here's where I'm at currently. Most of the major parts are in place. I've got to get some details like the reactor pipes sorted out and none of the upper hull details are done yet.

All textures are Work In Progress (WIP).







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Offline KelvinZero

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Why do you think they put the nuclear power at the opposite end of the radiators?

It would seem more natural to me to put the nuclear power and radiators together, and put the crew section at the opposite end of both, and the electric thrust plus the docked lander at whatever point along the axis defined the center of mass.

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If it were designed today, it would probably look very much like the HOPE designs. From what I've learned, it looks like this was the first study on a 'real' nuclear electric spaceship. It could have been that they didn't think of this till later.

In 1962, he designed a more traditional looking vehicle, more like what you described - http://www.astronautix.com/s/stuhlingermars1962.html

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Some progress on the lander.


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Some progress. Again, all textures are WIP.

Started working on the top deck.


In flight shot

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Started on the Bottle Suits.


Offline Bob Shaw

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The lander design is very Blue Origin in some ways. Not forgetting BO's nod to Flesh Gordon!

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Got arms on the bottle suits.

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The lander design is very Blue Origin in some ways. Not forgetting BO's nod to Flesh Gordon!

Flash. :)  (google what you said if you dare)
"I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact." -Elon Musk
"We're a little bit like the dog who caught the bus" - Musk after CRS-8 S1 successfully landed on ASDS OCISLY

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Pretty sure he meant 'Flesh', due to BO's sub-orbital vehicles resemblance to a sex-toy.

Working on the top deck. All textures are WIP.