Spellflight ยป Contact Lost » Spacecraft

Author's Note: Several different spacecraft populate the Contact Lost™ universe. Many of these vessels are based upon real-world vehicles such as the X-20 Dyna Soar. Others are completely a figment of my imagination. As always, what you see here is a work of fiction.

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Military Spacecraft

The US military had a number of space projects over the years. Some proved to be widely successful, while others ended up on the scrap heap.

YF-19A Saber

YF-19A Saber
An early space fighter, the Saber ultimately didn't live up to the hype.

Blue Gemini

Missed By A Mile
Successor to the YF-19, Blue Gemini proved to be versatile and cost effective.

Vigilance (DSEV-1)

New And Improved
This technology demonstrator fundamentally changed the nature of spaceflight.

SpyGlass

I Spy With My SpyGlass
A spy satellite that could be serviced in orbit, SpyGlass satellites have been in orbit for years. One even went to the Moon.

Ronald Reagan Strategic Defense Laser Satellite (SDLS-1)

Ronald Reagan Strategic Defense Laser Satellite
Completed in 1999, the SDLS's 14 MW laser could vaporize an inch-thick aluminum plate 100 miles away. The 1,315 nm, 3.2 m diameter, 80% efficient laser could strike targets for 6 seconds before needing a 30-second recharge. At much longer ranges, it delivered far less power to the target, which made it too expensive to field in the numbers required to shoot down ballistic missiles. While it failed as an anti-ballistic missile laser, it worked great as a laser broom. Click image for full-size.

Civilian Spacecraft

The US military wasn't the only agency fielding spacecraft. Their civilian counterpart, the National Aerospace Exploration Administration (NAXA) pioneered much of the technology used by the military, while independent businesses like Spartan Aerospace, Bollan Aerospace, and Wild Blue Industries made a profit with space exploration.

Nautilus

Nautilus Beauty Shot
Nautilus was the second Deep Space Exploration Vessel. Strictly a NAXA vessel, she improved upon the technology demonstrated by Vigilance (DSEV-1). On her maiden voyage, all contact with Nautilus was lost as she prepared to fly to Uranus.

Shuttle II

Shuttle II
Shuttle II, the successor to the Space Transportation System, finally realized its predecessor's promise of a fully reusable spacecraft with airline-like performance.

Refueling At Rain Bird
The Blackjack takes on water propellant before boosting to EML-2.

RABBIT

Reusable Airless Body Ballistic Intermodal Transport (RABBIT)
Known as the Reusable Airless Body Ballistic Intermodal Transport, the RABBIT is a NAXA project that replaced their Lunar Surface Access Module.

RABBIT Blueprints

Gateway Station

Gateway Station
Located at EML-2, Gateway was a "blue collar" space station compared to the ISS.

Gateway Station Callouts
Space station callouts

Mars Excursion Vehicle (MEV)

The Devil In The Details
The MEV enabled humanity to finally fulfill their dream of landing on Mars.

Beagle Commercial Crew Transport
The Beagle was Orbital Dynamics' solution to the Commercial Crew Transportation Services series of contracts created by NAXA to jumpstart commercial space services.

Appaloosa

Appaloosa
This tireless workhorse served both military and civilian launch needs at an affordable price.

Homestead Commercial Space Module

Home on the Range
Wild Blue Industries' TransHab-based commercial space module had a number of uses.

SkyRanch II

Home on the Range
SkyRanch II served a number of customers, but the primary tenant was the Shackleton Mining Company.


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