Latest WIP, more alternate “2001 A Space Odyssey” designs.

2001 Discovery, alternate version

Now working on alternate unused designs for the 2001 Discovery, of which there were many. This one is fairly close to the finished version, but had added tension cables (helpful), and large cooling vanes (essential).

The vanes can tip – this would presumably be so they can stay edge on to the Sun, to avoid overheating.

Credible design for the craft like “Discovery” in “2001, A Space Odyssey” was considered very important, but the cooling vanes looked too much like wings, and were therefore dropped.

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Not at all happy with the nurneys on the main habitation sphere yet…

6 thoughts on “Latest WIP, more alternate “2001 A Space Odyssey” designs.”

  1. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED SOMEONE TO REPLICATE THIS VERSION OF KUBRICK’S DISCOVERY. THESE LOOK ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING BUT YOU NEED MORE TENSION CABLES RUNNING THE LENGTH OF THE SPINE TO MATCH KUBRICK’S VERSION. THERE IS AN EXCELLENT PHOTO OF WHAT I AM REFERRING TO IN THE SOFTBACK COFFEE TABLE SIZE BOOK “2001:THE LOST SCIENCE”. REGARDLESS, THESE IMAGES ARE GREAT. ALL YOUR STUFF IS OUTRAGEOUS, BY THE WAY, ESP. YOUR VON BRAUN PORTFOLIOS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CREATIONS.

    1. I think that was my first proper comment!
      Thanks very much for the kind words, it all helps gee me up!

      This was based on combinations of elements from the Chris Frayling book, the 2001 File. Essential for any 2001 fan.

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