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Spearhead-type space drone

Interplanetary spaceship tankers cannot harvest the gas from planets by themselves, but instead, work with enormous drones like the Spearhead-type. These are gas scooping, unmanned space shuttles that never land on the gas and ice giant planets, and just hover through their upper cloud tops, collecting the raw material and then return to the planets' low orbits to transfer it to such orbiting refineries.

This project was part of an episode of Isaac Arthur's Science and Futurism YouTube channel on Jupiter's colonization which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQnvjGN91Mg&t=1409s

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Docked at an interplanetary vehicle

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Docked at an interplanetary vehicle

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Undocking from an interplanetary vehicle

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Maneuvering in orbit

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Maneuvering in orbit

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flying through the cloud tops

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flying through the cloud tops

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Rigged finished 3D model

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Rigging details

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Rigging details

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Finished concept

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Concept thumbnails

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Concept sketch

Test animation

Earlier version in low resolution appearance on Isaac Arthur's Science and Futurism YouTube channel