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Old 14-04-2015, 01:59 AM   #1
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Default "Interstellar" landers cousins of the Eagle?

I'm thinkin' so.

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Old 12-06-2016, 02:24 PM   #2
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The landers' low, wide tetrapod configuration is very reminiscent of the Eagle's four-legged body plan.
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Old 13-06-2016, 02:46 PM   #3
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It does remind me of an Eagle concept configured for atmospheric use- without the high drag spaceframe and with more contoured side pods.
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Old 13-06-2016, 03:58 PM   #4
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Which makes me wish better advantage had been taken of the Eagles' modular design. The vessels were outfitted with a add-ons and interchangeable modules for specific mission parameters, but these never included retractable landing gear or aerodynamic fairings and heat shields for planetfalls or other endo-atmospheric maneuvers. An oversight that no modeler or 3D artist has yet tried to address AFAIK.

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Old 14-06-2016, 01:26 PM   #5
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IIRC the landing gear was designed to be retractable but when they built the models they just left it down.
I always figured the Eagles had some sort of bubble shaped force field to act as an atmospheric aerofoil. I think in a few scenes when Eagles were blown up an red oval appeared around them just before the explosion
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Old 15-06-2016, 09:59 PM   #6
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Well IMO the Eagles had lots of shortcomings that should have been addressed during the design stage. Maybe Johnson didn't see the scripts that called for repeated planetfalls, or for that matter ship-to-ship docking, neither of which looks to have had provisions designed into the craft, resulting in docking collars that telescope out of nowhere because the script insisted on it. The kind of oversights that I hoped would be remedied if Space: 2099 ever came to be an actual production.
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