CAUTION : Long introduction. Scroll right down for the images.
Some of you may remember my “Project Orion” animation from last year :
The final animation sank without trace here, but that’s OK, because it was very successful elsewhere. I’m still keen on promoting the concept (giant spaceship propelled by nukes), so I’ll make another one - or try to, it’ll take some work to keep render times down.
This one will take the form of a space battle. In 1962 President Kennedy was shown a model of the spaceship as a last-ditch effort to keep the project alive. This abominable concept was for a ship capable of wiping out every Russian city with a population over 200,000 from orbit. Sadly the model has now been lost. Descriptions of it say it was equipped with 5 inch guns for defence, Casaba-Howitzer bombs (a directed-energy nuke), and 500 Minuteman-style 25 megaton bombs. Kennedy, like the scientists involved and any sane person, hated the idea. One year lated the Limited Test Ban Treaty was signed and the project was cancelled.
But supposing Kennedy had, for some reason, been a warmonger ? With the opportunity of obliterating Communism he would surely have enthusiastically endorsed the project. However, it has since come to light that though the US had no knowledge of it, the Russians knew of the American program and had started their own. So had Battleship Orion gone ahead, the result would be a stalemate. The Cold War would have continued, each side continuing to build a fleet of space battleships, never risking open conflict for fear of total annihilation.
I will set the eventual battle in 2050 at Callisto, outermost of the Gallilean moons of Jupiter. 2050 provides ample time for development of large ships (and I do mean large) and sophisticated space weaponry (lasers etc.) but does not lie too far outside the bounds of foreseeable advances. I chose Callisto for no real reason; I just wanted to render it.
Everything here will be physically and technologically sound. No Star Trek shields or tractor beams or spaceships performing impossible manoeuvers (with artistic concessions such as audible explosions in space). If anyone has any good links to possible space weapons it would be much appreciated.
So, without further ado, here are the very early images so far :