“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
― Stephen Hawking
The USS Hawking, the class prototype of the federation exploratory Hawking class with an Hornet class escort.
The Hawking class explorer type starship, named after Stephen Hawking, was one of the most advanced starship classes of the earliest 25th century. The ship has an overall length of nearly 700 meters (698,2 m) and is capable of advanced slipstream travel to cross multiple sectors in minutes instead of days. Hawking class starships were in service for nearly 100 years and represent the backbone of the exploration forces of Starfleet in the 25th Century.
The USS Hawking NCC-81104, the class Prototype, was the at least fourth Starfleet starship to bear the name, after a Oberth class in the 23rd century, a Nebula class in the mid 24th century and a Merian class starship in the late 24th century.
In the sense of his name giver, the Hawking class is an exploration and science vessel which completes the main task of the Federation to gather knowledge, discover new worlds and seek out new civilisations.
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Background Nebula painted in Paint Shop Pro 7
Hawking class model by MarkKingsnorth
Hornet by Cyrille 'Tachy' Lefevre
Full Size: https://www.deviantart.com/euderion/art/25th-Century-Hawking-class-817314617
A Starship é a nova aposta do Elon Musk para provar de vez que a Spacex é digna de confiança para ganhar contratos junto à Nasa a fim de colocar novamente astronautas americanos na nossa Lua, em Marte, e até nas luas de Saturno. Na imagem podemos ver a Starship pousando em Marte, usando sua técnica inovadora de frear utilizado a parte inferior da nave para aparar o máximo possível de atmosfera, desacelerando-a e usando dispositivos semelhantes a barbatanas que se movimentam coordenadamente para manter a nave estabilizada. Durante a descida os motores são então ligados mais uma vez para frear de vez e pousar suavemente em solo Marciano.
This image is from the Haas 2CA, a Single Stage to Orbit (SSTO) rocket named after Austrian-Romanian medieval rocket pioneer Conrad Haas (1509-1579) under development by ARCA Space Corporation.
The rocket has one stage that is fueled by hydrogen peroxide and kerosene. ARCA Space Corporation is in talks for a a Space Act Agreement with NASA Wallops Flight Facility, to launch the vehicle that in 2019 from Wallops Flight Facility. ARCA has also started the FAA licensing process in 2017. The SSTO launcher configuration, using the Executor Aerospike engine, is designed to deliver the following results: a payload to LEO of 100 kg (220 lbs) and a cost per launch of $1 million.
The rocket has an exceptional mass ratio of 29, the highest ever achieved by an orbital vehicle. This is made possible using composite materials and dense propellants. The Executor, a linear aerospike engine, is the most advanced rocket engine currently under development for orbital launchers. Because of its ability to auto adapt to the altitude pressure drop, it promises optimum performance at virtually all flight levels, allowing the use of up to 30% less fuel than any other rocket engine. This engine aims to keep construction costs low, without sacrificing the high performance. The thrust vectoring control is achieved by throttling the 16 combustion chambers, changing the individual chamber mixture ratio. This eliminates the heavy and complex gimbaling system for the engine. The team also decided to build the whole vehicle from composite materials that offer low construction costs and very low weight.