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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

Docked at an interplanetary vehicle

Docked at an interplanetary vehicle

Docked at an interplanetary vehicle

Docked at an interplanetary vehicle

Undocking from an interplanetary vehicle

Undocking from an interplanetary vehicle

Maneuvering in orbit

Maneuvering in orbit

Maneuvering in orbit

Maneuvering in orbit

flying through the cloud tops

flying through the cloud tops

flying through the cloud tops

flying through the cloud tops

Rigged finished 3D model

Rigged finished 3D model

Rigging details

Rigging details

Rigging details

Rigging details

Finished concept

Finished concept

Concept thumbnails

Concept thumbnails

Concept sketch

Concept sketch

Test animation

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