Monday, September 17, 2018

Official schematics for Big Falcon Rocket v2018 by Elon Musk, SpaceX

SpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 schematics
Today SpaceX CEO and lead designer Elon Musk provided an update of SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) design and announced the first BFR Lunar mission, orbiting the Moon in 2023.

Here are video, schematics and images from his presentation (open link in new tab to view image in full resolution). Animations of the Big Falcon Rocket from presentation HERE.



Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) and Big Falcon Ship/Spaceship (BFS) v2018 schematics:


SpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 schematicsSpaceX Big Falcon Rocket v2018 schematics

SpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 schematics - rearSpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 landing profile

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket Lunar mission trajectoryInside SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket manyfacturing mandrel

Big Falcon Rocket launch:


SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) v2018 launchSpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) v2018 launch

Watch SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket update livestream here

The livestream will start on September 17, at 18:00 PT


Most recent design of SpaceX's Big Falcon Ship
Past evolution of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) design:

SpaceX Big Falcon Ship passing International Space Station

The 2nd stage of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) - the Big Falcon Ship (BFS) - passing International Space Station (ISS) - a short clip from longer video by Hazegrayart.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mars Police illustrations by Matt Chinworth

Illustrations of Mars police's daily life by American illustrator Matt Chinworth for an article "How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?" in The Atlantic. More of his illustrations here.

Mars Police field work illustration by Matt Chinworth

Mars Police training illustration by Matt Chinworth

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SpaceX ITS spaceship fleet on Mars by James Vaughan

Picture of the Day 15/9/2018 - SpaceX ITS (larger, 2016 version of Big Falcon Rocket) spaceship fleet on Mars by photographer and concept artist James Vaughan. More of his aerospace and defense concept art here.

SpaceX ITS spaceship fleet on Mars by James Vaughan

Friday, September 14, 2018

Official: updated design of SpaceX's Big Falcon Ship and big announcement on September 17

SpaceX has posted image featuring an updated design of the 2nd stage of Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) - the Big Falcon Ship (BFS) - and informed that on Monday, September 17 at 18:00 PT there will be an announcement of the first Lunar BFR mission with a private passenger flying around the Moon. Full message from SpaceX here:
"SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle - an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space. Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17 at 6pm PT."
Evolution of the BFR design:
With every iteration the SpaceX "Mars rocket" looks more and more like your stereotypical rocket from the 1950s :)

Close-up of the Big Falcon Ship from the official image:
SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship - 2018 design

... and the full image with BFS orbiting the Moon (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):
SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship orbiting the Moon

Unofficial diagram for the updated design by Reddit user forteefly (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):
SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship - 2018 design - diagram

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Spaceport in large Mars cave by Connor Sheehan

Picture of the Day 9/9/2018 - Spaceport in a large Mars cave by British concept artist Connor Sheehan. More of his art here.
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Spaceport in large Mars cave by Connor Sheehan

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Olympus Mons erupting

Picture of the Day 6/9/2018 - Eruption of the Olympus Mons on Mars seen by an astronaut; created by Reddit user Jason251.
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Eruption of the Olympus Mons on Mars seen by an astronaut

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins

Picture of the Day 4/9/2018 - Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins from "Rockets, Satellites, and Space Travel" book (1958).

Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Underground human base in Mars cave by Sefrina Arifin

Picture of the Day 2/9/2018 - Small underground human base in a Mars cave by Indonesian environment artist Sefrina Arifin.
More of his art here.
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Underground human base in Mars cave by Sefrina Arifin

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mars colony with domed gardens and spaceport by Duncan Li

Picture of the Day 31/8/2018 - Human colony on Mars with domed gardens and a spaceport by Australian concept artist Duncan Li. More of his art here.
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Mars colony with domed gardens and spaceport by Duncan Li

Sunday, August 26, 2018

SpaceX BFR spaceship approaching Phobos by Mack Crawford

Picture of the Day 26/8/2018 - SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship (BFS) approaching Phobos by digital artist Mack Crawford (brickmack). More of his space concept art here.
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SpaceX BFR spaceship approaching Phobos by Mack Crawford

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Woman and child arriving to Mars by Alexander Alza

Picture of the Day 22/8/2018 - Woman and child arriving to make a new home on Mars by environment artist Alexander Alza.
More of his art here.
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Woman and child arriving to Mars by Alexander Alza

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Exterior and interior of a house on Mars by Evexoian

Exterior and interior view of a tube-shaped house on Mars by Canadian digital artist Evexoian. More of his art here.

Mars house exterior by Evexoian

Mars house interior by Evexoian

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mars colony on the edge of a canyon by Tomas Honz

Picture of the Day 16/8/2018 - Mars colony built on the edge of a canyon by Czech digital artist Tomas Honz. More of his art here.

Mars colony by Tomas Honz

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mars colony style resort at Wadi Rum by Chad Oppenheim

Design of a desert resort at Wadi Rum, Jordan by American architect Chad Oppenheim looks a lot like possible human colony on Mars carved into a cliff :)

Mars colony style resort at Wadi Rum by Chad Oppenheim (day)

Mars colony style resort at Wadi Rum by Chad Oppenheim (night)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mars colony by Peter Silva

Picture of the Day 10/8/2018 - Mars colony during a sandstorm by concept artist Peter Silva. More of his art here.
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Mars colony by Peter Silva

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mars colony city by Mariano Ruiz Manzano

Picture of the Day 8/8/2018 - Mars colony city by Mexican computer graphics artist Mariano Ruiz Manzano.
More of his concept art here.
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Mars colony city by Mariano Ruiz Manzano

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Painting of SpaceX ITS spaceship on Mars by Nick Oberg

Picture of the Day 28/7/2018 - Painting of SpaceX ITS (2016 version of BFR) spaceship on Mars by Nick Oberg.
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Painting of SpaceX ITS spaceship on Mars by Nick Oberg

Saturday, July 21, 2018

HD images from the season 2 trailer of NatGeo's "Mars" TV series

National Geographic has released a season 2 trailer for its "Mars" TV series. The fictional documentary series depicted first human mission to Mars and hardships of building a base on Mars in a lava tube in season 1. The six-episode season 2 promises to dig deeper into the challenges of life on Mars, covering everything from the first Martian-born babies to surviving the common cold to the first commercial efforts to exploit the planet's resources. Season 2 will be broadcasted worldwide starting on November 12th.

Here are some HD images from the trailer. Open link in new tab to view images in full resolution.

BFR landing pads - image from Season 2 of NatGeo MARS TV seriesHuman base - image from Season 2 of NatGeo MARS TV series

Astronauts - image from Season 2 of NatGeo MARS TV seriesExploration rovers - image from Season 2 of NatGeo MARS TV series

Human base and rover - image from Season 2 of NatGeo MARS TV seriesPipeline accident - image from Season 2 of NatGeo MARS TV series

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mars exploration rover by Alexandra Hodgson

Picture of the Day 19/7/2018 - Mars exploration rover by Canadian illustrator Alexandra Hodgson. More of her concept art here.
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Mars exploration rover by Alexandra Hodgson

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Capital city of Mars by Nick Hvostik

Picture of the Day 15/7/2018 - "Opportunity: The Capital of the Corporate Republic of Mars" - cover art for Half Life 2 unfinished game mod "Badge of Blood" by concept artist Nick Hvostik from "Massive Black".

Capital city of Mars by Nick Hvostik (Massive Black)

Monday, July 9, 2018

3D-printed home on Mars by SEArch+/Apis Cor

Picture of the Day 9/7/2018 - a 3D-printed home on Mars by SEArch+/Apis Cor team - one of the 10 finalists in phase 3 (virtual model stage) of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Home on Mars by SEArch+ Apis Cor (NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Big Falcon Rocket images by Gravitation Innovation

There has been released a bunch of stunning unofficial SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) render images created by David Romax (Gravitation Innovation). Open image link in new tab to view images in higher resolution:

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch by Gravitation Innovation

SpaceX BFR spaceship leaving Mars by Gravitation Innovation

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) before launch by Gravitation InnovationSpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch by Gravitation Innovation

Friday, June 29, 2018

Boy on Mars messaging his dad (image from The Expanse season 3)

Picture of the Day 29/6/2018 - Alex receiving a video message from his son on Mars - image from episode 6, season 3 of The Expanse sci-fi TV series. Images of Mars from season 2 of the series here.

Boy on Mars messaging his dad - image from The Expanse TV series

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Vintage poster "Expedition Mars" by Kip Ayers

Vintage style poster "Expedition Mars" featuring a family exploring Martian landscapes by freelance illustrator Kip Ayers.
More of his illustrations here.

Vintage poster Expedition Mars by Kip Ayers