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Telikos Protocol - Rail gun platforms by AdamBurn Telikos Protocol - Rail gun platforms by AdamBurn
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Whilst working on one of the pages this image stood out as being too awesome to keep under wraps until issue one is released, so we decided to throw it out there.
It shows two of the orbital rail gun platforms that orbit Earth used to safe guard it from asteroids, they are very big and very powerful. Enjoy :)
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Jimbowyrick Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me-think' that by the time that we could build that, we'll have the tech to capture asteroids, comets, space junk, and put them into orbit between the Earth and Moon.
Infinite resources are within reach!
Paint 'til you faint!
ReaperZick Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
Amazing,it reminds me of the gun from doom 4 Clap 
BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  New Deviant
Y'all really don't think Earth put those big guns in space just to shoot rocks do you....
Viper2458 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Cum historia
Multat valde Razgriz
Revelat ipsum
Premum daemon scelestus est

Cum potentia
Caenum daemon fundet
Moritem in terram
Deinde moritur
MASCH-ARTDesign Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
super draw and model:) (Smile):) (Smile)
CaptViper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
very cool
MarcoViana Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Yeah !!!
qarcadia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great !!
alimahdi2993 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
P0MG Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Oh my... Damn I love It!
123er33 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Deeparth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
This is amazing! I can almost here them firing.
Eddy207 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Wow! That's freaking owesome!
Kilowog93 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
pls more Verunas ships.The Style of them are so awesome!
Draithen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
OH my goodness. I saw this AWESOME picture a year ago approx somewhere over the internet, never knew where it came from and now I found it! Ho-ho-holy ... This is really awesome! :)
Battleoid1 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Orbital railguns... for when you don't like that guy on the moon base...
qblmsthf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome! :D
DawnAboveHeaven Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aggrobanana Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
RenegadeMaster88 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
great stuff!
Geosciful Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Perhaps adding an astronaut doing an EVA or a space shuttle docked to one of them would give a sense of scale. Great work.
Firestorm-Delta Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A railgun in space, firing. Looks awesome man. If I could I'd keep clicking the favorite button but I might break deviantart if I do that too much.
vichor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the concept. Love the art.
MainCodeHacker Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hot dam this is great!
ScarlettMagpieArhte Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, saw this at lfcc in the summer and just wondered if you still have any prints of this ? 
Emerald-Flash Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kinetic energy. The most primeval, but also most effective form of weaponary. I love that concept!
Askesemann Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love rail guns. Even more when they look like this.
skygazer127 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Incredibly beautiful!
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
ICEFALCON29 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Artist
cosmo4545 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that is amazing

vala553 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Wouldn't railguns just shatter the asteroid, rather than turning it back?
So now you have asteroid buckshot making for Earth. Now what?
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Depending on the type of shot they fire it could just push it out the way depending on the asteroids consistency, either way if it does shatter into many tiny pieces its not too much hassle compared to one giant piece :ahoy:
vala553 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Lasers are better for that; they'll just vaporize the surface material(making a form of plasma rocket)
instead of hitting the asteroid with what amounts to hammer blows.
And when it comes to incoming asteroids, breaking them apart is the last thing you want to do. An intact asteroid will "merely" hit the surface with all attendant effects; fragments won't make it down through the atmosphere, but with the number of fragments from a killer asteroid, the combined reentry heat will set the target area(depending on the point of fragmentation, but at least several kilometers) on fire.
Jipeto Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always figured the idea with the railgun was to blow pieces large enough off of the asteroid in order to change its trajectory. Then by act of early warning your would only have to nudge it a few degrees, enough for it to miss earth. The same premise as someone throwing something heavy while on a skateboard. Though the skater may be stationary the force of throwing the heavy object applies force back onto the skater propelling them. This is one of the options we have when trying to defend from such a threat. A railgun is actually prefect for the task as well since it can apply all of its force to a precise spot unlike explosives.
vala553 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
And what would you do with the pieces?
And the irregular composition of most asteroids will make it difficult to break off chunks at the required accuracy, not to mention the inefficiency of the method(a large chunk of the transferred energy goes to the pieces shot off, leaving the asteroid only slightly diverted.)
A laser would vaporize a portion of the asteroid, venting it as high-velocity plasma; a rocket of sorts. This is actually more efficient than shooting chunks off, as energy need not be expended in needlessly breaking off said chunks. Furthermore, only the surface of the asteroid matters when targeting, as only the surface is vaporized, thus you can be much more accurate.
Jipeto Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I imagine that would be much more effective. The rail gun does have merit though it may not be the most effective method. I have to admit that I'm a kinetic impact fan. I enjoy the idea of launching things really fast at other things.
Desmond-Ruler Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
It's cools looking, that's why it works better!

I win :P
NeptuneGate Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They might as well shoot antimatter beams. That would pulverize the asteroid even if breaks apart.
vala553 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
How much antimatter are we talking?
NeptuneGate Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A few grams per rail gun. You only need to shoot anti-atom by anti-atom at it, pulverizing it into smaller parts until it disintegrates into pieces small enough not to cause damage to the orbiting satellites and weaponry of the planet and the planet itself (they would burn in the planet's atmosphere upon entry).

We've already produced a 20 nanograms of it under lab conditions strictly for research, but given a very good reason for it, we could very well develop a lot, lot more, even now, as an early 21st century 0.6-ish Kardashev scale civilization :D. AdamBurn's storyline seems to be set in a far or more distant future, so I believe even a few kilograms of anti-matter wouldn't be a problem of production, let alone just a few grams of it as ammunition :).
vala553 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Actually, the burning up bit is the problem., since most of the asteriod's mass is still there. As in,"Flash forest fires across the target hemisphere" problem
NeptuneGate Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends how much mass these pieces would carry. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere even though they are not quite small to being with. Another factor is their composition (some would burn more easily, some won't). This is why there are multiple rail guns pictured here, and I'm guessing the detection and tracking method is also more advanced than today's technology, giving them the advantage to deal with the asteroid in time.
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account5555555555 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Pure awesomeness. I like how you added the detail. It looks like a photo.
templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Sorry to point out some flaws about this but unless it has an onboard fusion/fission plant it would need far more solar energy collectors and it wouldn't make a corona of plasma like that by firing unless it was in atmosphere. Some seriously kick ass art though
Darkfur18 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
The plasma is probably from the surface ablation that the shot is experiencing due to the hueg amount of energy that is being pumped through it. Railguns are, by nature, highly corrosive, and you would want to focus all of the corrosion on the expendable shot.
rikkuXchan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as for the corona of plasma part, if your going to make a satellite weapon you wouldnt position it in high orbit, its impractical for satellite weapons to be in high orbit anyway because its revolution around earth is slower than in low orbit, it would be in low orbit so it will be forced to speed up its revolution around the planet, and that would make the cannons more responsive to threats as well as use the highest number of satellites on the single large target should it need to destroy smaller chunks if diverting it or destroying it initially was a failure, if technology has advanced to the point where it manages to keep a satellite of that size from failing then it can stay in the suborbital and have even wider coverage, the downside is that it'll start feeling the gravity pulling against the sections and the air resistance as it skims alongside the edge of the exosphere, and computed targeting at that orbital velocity would be reeaally difficult to achieve.. but.. if you can do all that you can have some badass plasma effects!! (technically you can when its low orbit but suborbital is so much more intense!!)
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The solar panels were more for aesthetic than anything else, it has an interior power source :ahoy:
You could say that they powered the atmosphere genorators so that if the main power plant went offline you could still breathe
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