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Chinese CASC lifting body low orbit delivery vehicle
"China still cool! You pay later!"
About this creation
With the cancellation of the NASA space shuttle program, China takes advantage of old US lifting body technology to build and launch their own independent low orbit delivery system in 2022.

Deployment of satelite:






Safely back on solid ground:



I did want to keep it minifig scale; which would make it quite a tight fit for the crew, perhaps it could be likened to a 'Gemini'-sized vehicle with a payload at the back. In the end I went with a smaller scale, although it raises questions about the size of the booster rocket to carry it into orbit...thank goodness this is only Lego and it doesn't really matter!




This actually started off with a more traditional shuttle shape but I scrapped it, I wasn't happy with the boxiness. I was building an angular design but it looked a little TOO angular so after some hesitation I started fresh and I'm MUCH happier with the new design.

Original design:






Anybody up for an impromptu "Shuttle 2.0" design challenge? How would you envision the successor to the NASA stalwart?

Thanks for watching guys and keep it bricky!



Comments

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  September 16, 2011
Oh excellent design and build! With a government backed NASA out of the picture, it will be interesting to see how space exploration shapes up in the next 50 years or so.
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  August 30, 2011
way to save a build!
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  August 29, 2011
Quoting JS Can Cool! Looks like a chibi version of the old GI Joe spaceshuttle
I know right!? I'd love to build that playset :)
 I like it 
  August 29, 2011
Cool! Looks like a chibi version of the old GI Joe spaceshuttle
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  August 28, 2011
Nice shaping! Well done!
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  August 28, 2011
I want this to be real.
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  August 28, 2011
Saw this one at flickr Shan - wonderful job man! - K.
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  August 28, 2011
I like the design and idea to go along with it. The micro figs look rather odd though, yet again, they are very hard to make look right. Overall I think this is really cool! Nice work!
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  August 28, 2011
The shape of this is great, and I love your satellite. Nice work!
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  August 28, 2011
Very nice design! You've inspired me to see if i can come up with a shuttle concept :)
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  August 28, 2011
Very cool!
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  August 28, 2011
Indeed, the shaping on version two is much better than I could do. I like the looks of the ship. It looks to me like it would also be a servicable vehicle to shuttle people and whatnot from a starship to planetside.
 I like it 
  August 28, 2011
cool design , lots of payload room!
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  August 28, 2011
Awesome! Love the hr 2.0.
 
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