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A colony on Venus

During the mid XX century, scientists learned that Venus has massive quantities of nitrogen and sulfuric acid among other useful materials in its atmosphere. So at the end of the XXI century, a few private companies built aerostat colonies avoiding the harsh Venusian conditions on the ground, like Frauenliebe’s industrial cloud top settlement over Rusalka Planitia. These floating habitats are used to extract gases and to house personnel, equipment, airships and landing rockets. Unmanned smart canisters are filled with processed materials, which are then shipped to Low Venusian Orbit using an active supported mass driver.

This project started as an entry for an Artstation challenge and as part of an episode of Isaac Arthur's Science and Futurism YouTube channel on Venus' colonization which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI-old7YI4I&list=PLIIOUpOge0LsIzYlIAIRdAGJTqAW6FmCE&index=2

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Smart canisters approaching an A-type habitat and its mass driver

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Smart canisters maneuvering at Venus' atmosphere

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A convoy of airships

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B-type habitats and airships

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A-type habitat and an airship

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An airship landed on a B-type habitat with a greenhouse

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A convoy of airships

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The colony during an evening storm

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A-type habitat and its mass driver

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A-type habitat and its mass driver

A colony on Venus - Appearance on Isaac Arthur's channel

A colony on Venus - Appearance on Isaac Arthur's Science and Futurism channel

A colony on Venus - Appearance on Isaac Arthur's channel

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Concept illustration as seen in Artstation's Beyond Human challenge

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3D model

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UV layout sample

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Concept callouts as seen in Artstation's Beyond Human challenge

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Concept thumbnails

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Concept thumbnails

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Later concept callouts

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Process diagram. The landing rockets were changed to smart canisters with parachutes