by Greg Shuey
Originally concieved and configured as a purpose-built ship to deal
with the ever-increasing quantity of obsolete satellites and orbital
debris, Sisyphus was built in earth orbit from an off-the-shelf
collection of existing scientific and industrial modules into a robust
Twenty years after the original commission, the ship was extensively
reconfigured and refitted for lunar service, mostly hauling oxygen
maunfactured on the moon to orbital depots. The design is meant to
represent a 'plausible' idea of a well-kept working industrail
spacecraft of the mid 21st century.
From bow to stern, ship consists of command module, with crew
quarters, interconnect module, control cupola and airlock. Aft of that
(between fuel tanks) is the crew radiation shelter. Above that is the
cargo handling deck (including robot arm and satellite maintenance /
launch platform. The rest of the ship is fuel tanks and engines.
The command module is a plastic cup, cut away for windows. Cockpit from
sheet styrene. Airlock, control cupola and crew shelter are plastic
lamp insulation sleeves, and fuel / oxydizer tanks are 1.5" PVC pipe
with sheet styrene ends. Other details are sheet and strip from
Evergreen, and the spherical pressure tanks and auxiliary engine bells
are 'ball in a cup' games and 'mini-maracas' (cut in the right places)
respectively, 99 cents for twelve from a local 99 cent store. The main
engine is the pointy end of a plastic easter egg. The whole thing is
glued together (mostly) with CA and liberally coated with floquil
'reefer yellow' and some brushed-on 'SP orange', and testors 'exhaust'
metalizer for the seven engine bells. Decals are from the spares box,
and the whole mess is coated with future.
I intended to finish with a
flat coat and a very little weathering (not much weather in space) to
represent the ocassional collision with a cloud of paint chips and the
odd lost Hasselblad camera, but ran out of time.
Image: Top view
Image: Front, high
Image: With cargo deck removed
Image: Airlock and command module
Image: Above and behind
Image: With cargo