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Basic FTL Colony Ship by Jburns272
Basic FTL Colony Ship
Basic Colony Ship
Manufacturer: Various
Wet Mass: 3000t
Dry Mass: 1500t
Mass Ratio: 2
Length: 24m
Height: 25m
Capacity: 1000 people
- Alcubierre FTL Drive (300t)
- NSWR (33t)

Basic FTL Colony Ship is the simplest method of establishing extrasolar colonies in an economic environment that makes FTL drives prohibitively expensive to build. The Colony ship primarily consists of a habitat ring (which also houses the propellant tanks) surrounding an Alcubierre FTL Drive. A nuclear salt water rocket (NSWR) at the end of the ship provides intra-system propulsion. NSWRs use water as propellant, rather than hydrogen; this results in smaller propellant tanks, allowing the ship to fit within the FTl drive's warp bubble.

These ships are only intended to make a single voyage. A typical mission for one of these colony ships is as follows:
1) The colony ship loads its colonists in Earth orbit and departs with at least one accompanying cargo transport. The cargo transport carries equipment that the new colony will need, such as modular building kits, livestock embryos, 3D printers, generators, electrolysis equipment, and perhaps most importantly, one (usually two) STO (surface to orbit) spaceplane.
These ships then travel to their destination.

2) Once at their destination, the cargo transport will unload the STO transports first. These will then ferry the colonists and their equipment to the planet's surface. Any unused propellant in the colony ship will often be used to fuel the STO transports.
Towards the end of this process, the colony ship's FTL drive (and often the NSWR with it) are detached from their support struts. the drive is then loaded into the cargo transport which will return it to Earth. The struts and fuel lines can then form the basis of docking support for future spacecraft.

3) Once the colony is set up on the surface, the cargo transport departs for Earth with it's first valuable cargo from the colony. The former colony ship now serves as the colony's space station.


I've had this idea for a little while and thought I'd put it out there.
I was hoping I would get enough time to put this up before I fly out. Comments and thoughts very welcome. :)
Toudaiyama Outpost by Jburns272
Toudaiyama Outpost
Toudaiyama is one of several outposts on Ryusei. The name comes from the nearby mountain where the residents plan on building an observatory.

This satellite image was taken four months after the colonists first arrived. The colony still consists of three prefab habitat modules, each housing 50 colonists, plus one more module to store heavy equipment. Each habitat module provides 6804m^2 of solar panels as well as an equal amount of land for growing crops. The equipment module provides a further 13,608m^2 of solar panels. The panels from the equipment module have been moved together for convenience. This process is just beginning on the northern habitat module. this will ease future expansion of the settlement.

These colony modules drop to the surface from orbit as per my previous idea regarding colony ships.


It's been an eventful past few months. My wife and I bought our first home together back in May and we had to furnish it; it was partially furnished, by which I mean there was a floor toilets and doors. My school was a few teachers down for summer as well, which meant a much busier time. It was our first anniversary yesterday as well I am a dummy! Heart . We are also going back to my home country(ies?) next week.
I managed to finish this a little while ago but forgot about uploading it. I figured I just had some time to do that now before we fly out. Otherwise I'd have to wait another month.
Or at least severely throttled. For the past few weeks I've had trouble getting onto Deviant art. According to (…) , I should be able to access this site. ( and my computers (from several different locations, not just at home) say otherwise. I can get on with my VPN (as I'm doing now) but that's a pain especially since it seems to cut out every 10 mins.

This may sound like an odd request considering where I'm making it but is there anyone else around in China who's had similar problems? Or anyone who might know more than me?
  • Mood: Annoyed
  • Reading: Exams I have to mark
  • Eating: Fried rice
  • Drinking: Mongolian tea


Joshua Burns
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
People's Republic of China
Current Residence: Inner Mongolia, China

I'm a NZ-born astrophysics graduate but I'm also interested in East Asian calligraphy and painting. I'm currently teaching English here in Inner Mongolia.
I want to become much better at calligraphy so I'm happy to receive any and all comments and feedback.

はじめまして、私は助守和(ジョシュワ)です。 ニュージーランドで生まれて、大学で天体物理学を勉強しました。私は今日本で英語を教えています。書道にも水墨画にも興味があります。^^

Nau mai. Haere mai. Tēnā Kōtou. Ko Joshua tōku ingoa. Nō Kirikiriroa ā Aotearoa au.

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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
Zeroibis Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2015
Thanks for the favs and for your comments. I hope that you will enjoy other photos from my trip as I get them up.

Hopefully, you will get another chance to see the view from Hakodateyama when it is not cloudy. I got very lucky that it had cleared up at that time. Earlier when I was at Goryokaku Tower a storm blew in and turned the view I had from the city there into a screen of white. You could actually see a wall of white come across the city from Hakodateyama at that time which I captured on video. If that storm had come in the evening I would have also missed the chance for the great view.

Knowing that you like calligraphy I was wondering if you have ever picked up any goshuin in your travels.
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.

I'd like a chance to go back to Hakodate if I get the chance. Sounds like you had the opposite problem to me; when I went to Goryokaku, the sky was a lot clearer. I did get some interesting photos at Hakodateyama; the clouds somehow made the cable car look like a submarine.

I don't think I've had the chance to see more than a few goshuin. And if so, they would've all been in museums.
Zeroibis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Ah, for goshuin you can actually get them at virtually all shrines and temples. Some places even have more than one as they offer it for a particular pilgrimage ect. In most cases you can see the monk/priest preforming the calligraphy. In order to get them you require a goshuicho and need to ask for it. You can at the most major temples/shrines see people lined up for them but otherwise for all other locations you need to ask for it. In the case of local family temples this will sometimes result in you being asked inside the home attacked to the temple and given tea while waiting for the goshuin . The cost is generally 300JP, some places will ask for that amount directly others will wait to see if you know that it should be that amount and only in the case of Osaki Hachimangu Shrine did they actively refuse to accept any payment. Note that there is only particular locations where the books (goshuicho) to then have your goshuin placed in can be obtained. This site can help you find places that have the books:…
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I think I misunderstood you. No, I don't think I have seen any.
Encoder6 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Happy dance
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries!
Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep on doing the shufa! Cheers Yao.
chinese-cutes Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
By the way, thank you so much for liking the comic 'Want'
as a favorite.  I was wondering...if you don't mind, could you like
the FB page
too...if you have FB?   Or if you prefer Tumblr?  I hope you have a
nice day : )
Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.
I do have FB, but it is somewhat difficult to log into where I live. Thank you anyway.
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