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D.S.I Helium 3 Transport Vehicle by AdamBurn D.S.I Helium 3 Transport Vehicle by AdamBurn
Continuing with my Lunar Helium 3 mining project this image shows the Helium 3 Transport Vehicle. Each one of the huge harvesting platforms has a fleet of 6 H3TV's which can hold a huge amount of refined Helium 3 ferrying it between the constantly moving behemoths to the transport docks dotted around the Lunar surface. Each of these vehicles will make around 6 trips a day and a fully automated but still hold a small crew for safety and maintenance reasons.
Like the giant harvester these vehicles are fitted with polarising plating which prevents the course and dangerous Lunar dust from sticking to the hull and damaging components, despite these methods each vehicle has to undergo a total deep clean once every month to prevent massive systems failure, to make sure the Helium 3 keeps rolling in on time a stand by fleet of H3TV's are located at each transport dock.

The vehicles have a top speed of 20 mph and are powered by small fusion reactors.

Here are the other images in the series.
Harvester: [link]
Survey Vehicle: [link]
Freighter: [link]
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delta7Xx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
that thing is nice :3
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InterceptorV Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Very nice. Perhaps one day an industry of the future?
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thatenglishguy Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
And as Helium 3 will be the next energy source (provided humankind can come up with ways to efficiently and economically harvest it), this is entirely believable.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Inspired quite a bit by the film Moon, that's what they are mining for the purpose of using it for fusion reactors.
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It all makes perfect sense. I suspect you have a future mining career waiting on the moon. But as an engineer, not a lunar roughneck.

Because these are big, slow, and dirty I imagine they'd be called Sasquatches or "Squats"
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Hailthepegasi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I when ever look at art like this I always question whether it's 2D or 3D because it's so damn amazing

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William-Black Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Outstanding, love the rugged look of your Helium series vehicles.
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BadbrushArt Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Absolutely stunning gallery, the helium set really stand out.  I've been tasked with some ship designs and paintings so my apologise if you see a mass of favourites from me. [Inspiration and style references tabs basically].
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, and no problem, I often spend some hours looking at my vast collection of inspiration artwork from many artists it's the best way to get motivated :)
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:iconwilliam-black:
William-Black Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is inspirational, among the best I've seen. Thanks for the intellectual excursion's into your vision of a vast and bright future.
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:iconstardustmemory:
StardustMemory Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
This is really good Adam!
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:iconcatacutan95:
catacutan95 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I love the DSI series of work you've done! Badass work!
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:iconkilo139:
kilo139 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
industrial might
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marcoasalazarm Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
This reminds me of the movie "Moon".
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I f... love this design!!!
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Cool!
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Helix21885058 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
INCREDIBLE
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Be sure to watch the movie "Moon" for reference! :D
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EvenSkarangerArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is beyond awesome, so awesome it got its own gravity field,
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ChinaEmpire Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
absolutely wonderful work! It is in the level of perfection! one more thing, did you use Photoshop for this digital painting?
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid :)
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hw-Chimas Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent series.
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:iconstorm-bunny:
storm-bunny Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
super cool !
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BanzaiSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Awesome design!
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djomally Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Inspired by the film "Moon" i take?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup :ahoy:
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:iconpeter83:
peter83 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. Like the realism on this. going for favs.
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :ahoy:
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:iconamiramz:
amiramz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013   Digital Artist
I just love this
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VampireDGhost Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah!)
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DarkHeart81 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Another awesome piece. I wonder what's next... Perhaps the launcher or ship that transports the Helium to Earth.
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have a few ideas to go through but yeah the options do include the launcher that send the H3 to Earth, there is also things like a deep core mining device, surveyor, and various other things.
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samcollends Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Earth's best tank :)
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:iconbazinger:
Bazinger Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Must be a pain to park this beast LOL

Awesome !!!!!
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:iconscorpidilion:
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
good job :thumbsup: ;)
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LevSHA9000 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Mmmmmm! Such a power!
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martinsilen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Cool machine again!
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Ferain Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Artist
The look and the lighting makes it feel incredibly real. Awesome idea, taking the principle of giant dump-trucks and bucket-wheel excavators and putting them on the moon. =)
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, it's pretty much a revamped version of what we do on Earth
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StTheo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i like this lots and lots, gives me a practical homeworld feel which i cant agree with more
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I always liked the HW series and their take on sci-fi vehicles they always seemed massive and futuristic but practical and had a function I tried to make something along the same lines :ahoy:
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alexthegreater Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm, might it make more sense to transport He3 via a sub-orbital lander?

An He3 mining rig will also dig up aluminum and oxygen, which can be processed into rocket fuel. Which could then be used to power a fleet of small cargo landers to transport the He3.
A fusion powered crawler seems like a waste of He3 that could otherwise be sold.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This vehicle just takes the stuff to docks around the Moon that's then fired in huge canister towards certain locations in Earth's oceans where they are then retrieved, they are launched with electro magnetic rails similar to a railgun only not as devastating, it elevates the need for ships going back and forth which is time consuming. The fusion plants on the vehicles are a lot smaller than the big ones on Earth and need a tiny amount of fuel nothing that will make a dent in supplies
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alexthegreater Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I assumed some sort of mass driver would be used to transport them back to earth. The question is getting the He3 from the mobile refinery to the mass driver (which would probably be located at the north pole for cheap solar power)
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's what these do, they transport the H3 to the mass driver array from the giant harvesters which also double as the refineries
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lastbullet2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Yeah that a good point, but if a solar storm or flare started I think that a ground based transport would be a better option.
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:iconalexthegreater:
alexthegreater Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well you can usually see a solar flare coming in advance and take precautions.
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lastbullet2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
but sometimes they are hard to detect and could hit a shuttle while its in transit.
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MCPaddingtonMoFo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Dammnit stop spewing these out, you've brought back my hunger for giant Sci-fi vehicles. :facepalm: By the way, you gonna do anything Steampunk? :D
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have done some steampunk in the past and I liked the style, giant blimps, sails, and lots of gears haha. So yeah I will probably do some more steampunk images in the future they seem to go down well. I have 3 steampunk images in my gallery so far.
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