Progenitor ICARUS 11 "Celestial Augustine" . A massive colony ship from Earth, designed to move mass populations great stellar distances. . Interplanetary
In the Corporate Territories, there is a legend about the Progenitor ICARUS, and a journey made from another world. Most in the Corporate Territories regard the legend as myth or a bedtime story, but in fact, Progenitor ICARUS does exist.
Fifteen massive colony ships, built and paid for by the ICARUS Foundation, for the exploration and colonization of deep space, were completed in the late 2690's, in orbit around Jupiter. Of the fifteen, eight would make a journey that would eventually last almost three mellenia to a sector of space that would come to be known as the Corporate Territories. Only three ICARUS ships would ever make it there, the fate of the other five is unknown.
These massive ships were initially "crewed" with 5 million people, but they could eventually hold up to 50 million before overcrowding would cause major problems in the life support systems.
These ships were so massive, that a full ESC Sector Fleet could berth inside the Hangar complex located under the bow. Here, survey ships, tankers, resource minerships, and such would be berthed during the periods of Relativistic Travel.
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The central section is a rotational gravity zone, and where the majority of the colonists live and work. The five black tanks on the outersection of the colony wheel hold the necesary water for the colonists. The rotation cuts the need for large clunky waterpumps down to a miniumum, and water recycling and reclamation stands at 100%.
The bow section houses mostly industry, navigation and the central computer network. The foundries were so massive, that they could produce large capital class ships for supporting the Augustine. Though mostly, the foundries were used for production of colonial wares.
The aft section houses the engines, the fuel cells, and most of the powergeneration systems required to run the colony. Periodically, the colony would have to make detours to refuel, any gaseous compound would suffice, making even nebulae valuable resources.
Gah! I've been drunk on this design for a while now. I just spent the last two days completing this monster. You will not believe how many times that I scrapped the colony wheel in order to redesign it. This one literally pushed me to my limits.
So, Here are some production update photos for you. Kudos to anyone who can figure how I built this sucker.
Here I photod the complete Augustine next to a white fig to give it a sense of scale. The completed model is roughly 160 to 170 studs long, and contains 5164 parts. Quite literally the largest construction of my life.
Early on, I made the ship in three parts, as I was unsure of how to do the colony wheel. I didn't take any photos of the interior or any of the failed attempts.
The three parts assembled. The main hull was actually inspried by one of the many starships I had designed and drawn when I was younger. The inspiration was a battleship with a similar hull structure, though it was staggered.
Here the major hull work is complete. From here on out, mostly just detail work was all that was left.
The water tanks were a real pain. And if I had needed to build each one seperately, I might have abandoned this project. But thank goodness for the copy command.
I might take more pictures later, but I'm not taking interior shots of the colony wheel. That's my secret. Besides, should anyone want to actually build this with plastic, it would have to be completely reworked and reinforced to actually be feasible.
Hope you all like it as much as I enjoyed building it!