Space Prospector

I was at lunch with my friend, Don Anderson, and we were talking about Project X, my proposed series of stories set in the Asteroid Belt during the lead-up to what might eventually become a solar system-spanning war. We got talking about the kinds of spaceships that might exist in 2312. More importantly, we focused in on the standard rock rat, the ever-popular miner-prospecter of the Asteroid Belt.

What kind of ship would a miner-prospector need? He’d have to be out on his own for long periods of time, maybe by himself, or with a partner or two. Within minutes, the napkins came out and Don started started drawing. Here, through the magic of scanning, as filtered through Adobe Photoshop, is one of those napkin drawings:

The spaceship of a miner-prospector in the Asteroid Belt

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  1. HQuirk
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM | Permalink



    What are the dimensions of the craft?

    What drives it (plasma (ion) rocket, fusion, etc.)?

  2. Posted March 26, 2015 at 7:52 PM | Permalink

    Dunno. Yet.

    Right now, I’ve worked out more of the politics, the AI technologies and Jupiter atmosphere mining than some of the core technologies. Such as what technologies are in widespread use for propulsion.

    As of last week, though, I’m working on a story set in the outer planets, featuring a trouble-shooter for the fledgling Outer Planets League. I’m working out a lot of these details as I go.

    And, with any luck, I’ll even be going down to the level of spaceship deck plans, a la the type of plans you may have seen for the Traveller roleplaying game.

  3. HQuirk
    Posted March 27, 2015 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for the quick response…I’ve asked similar questions of other folks and got zip for my trouble…nice to get a response at all (nicer to get a civil one).

    You may know of this already:

    When you get down to the nitty-gritty (of ship building, and space tech in general) you could do a lot worse (and can’t do better) than Chung’s site as a resource.

  4. Posted April 3, 2015 at 8:07 PM | Permalink

    Oh, yes, Im very familiar with Winchell Chung’s habit of collecting and curating very, very interesting SF stuff online. And, yes, that particular link is one of the ones I’ve been looking at.

    I’ve also been very impressed with his Star Mapping pages…even created some web stuff to generate 3D perspective star maps based on some of the research (and stellar data) that he collected.

    But thank you very much for trying to point me towards an awesome resource…

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