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Old 15-05-2011, 04:07 PM   #41
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Skiffy,

I need to make a couple more post before it will let me send a PM. So, more on Almaz in a bit!

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Old 16-05-2011, 06:49 PM   #42
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Hi Folks,

There is a slideshow from Excalibur Almaz available on the web. It is over seven months old, but contains images of the proposed service module. I have been informed that it will be updated soon, so grab this version while it's still available:

http://www.slideshare.net/ExcaliburA...erview-5282495

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Old 09-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #43
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I've been working on a 3d model of the Excalibur Almaz RRV (Reusable Returnable Vehicle). It's been a lot of fun, and I'll probably go further and make a habitation module and maybe even do some animation.

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Old 10-07-2011, 02:07 AM   #44
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Very Nice work!
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:32 AM   #45
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Hi Skiffy,

That looks amazing, what software did you use to make the model?
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:58 AM   #46
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Thanks Tim, Cap, I use Blender for most of my 3d. It gets poor press because its an open source free program, but it now has many of the features of high end packages like Maya, 3dMax and Cinema4D.

There's a little post processing in Photoshop - just to add a focus blur to the front end, but the rest is all Blender.

There'll be an animation soon - TBH it's a lighting and compositing test-run for when I present my eagle, but I want to wait until I've got that completely nailed before I show it.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:07 AM   #47
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Skiffy, beautiful work. I think someone however needs to help NASA with the design. Very un-inspiring. Needed the Anderson team working on it. Do you think the astronauts enter via a sofa...I bet they don't.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:29 AM   #48
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The military is re-using much of their stockpile for civilian purposes. The Peacekeeper missile and Minuteman missile are now being used to launch satellites in Low Earth Orbit. The Minotaur I and II are derived from the Minuteman missile, while the Minotaur III, IV and V are derived from the Peacekeeper
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:53 AM   #49
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Do you think the astronauts enter via a sofa...I bet they don't.
Thanks Forza27 - not via sofa, no - lol. There IS a hatch in the heatshield though, so they could still come up from under!
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Old 20-06-2012, 07:03 PM   #50
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Sorry to dig up an old thread, but Excalibur Almaz are now ready to go back to the moon - anyone got 100 million to spare?

http://news.sky.com/home/technology/article/16249613

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...cost-100m.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/s...-for-100m.html

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Old 17-12-2012, 05:15 PM   #51
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The capsule y'all are referring to was called the "TKS". It was designed to be a resupply craft for Soviet space stations, including the military Almaz and civilian Salyut. Here's a nice article on it.
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The capsule y'all are referring to was called the "TKS". It was designed to be a resupply craft for Soviet space stations, including the military Almaz and civilian Salyut. Here's a nice article on it.
Cheers headcase, nice article! I wouldn't fancy spending too long in one of these though. Having sat in the capsule, after squeezing my 6'3" frame in there, my knees were right under my chin.
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Old 17-12-2012, 11:20 PM   #53
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Thanks!! As far as I know the TKS was never flown (launched or landed) manned but, yeah, they were pretty cramped. FYI the TKS later became the FGB, which is one of the largest modules on the International Space Station (without the capsule stuck on the end of it). It also formed the basis of several of the modules on the Mir space station, so it's got a good reputation.
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