An idea for an atmospheric scout pod I did a few years ago. Carrying one person, they are deployed from mining drop ships to survey worlds to locate mineral deposits before the mining ship descends to the surface.
dude your my hero this kicks ass
Is this ships supposed to be drilling to besides scouting? Has lots of fragile looking parts for a mini mining ship. But I still love the design and execution.
The idea is that it is just a probe, meant to fly above the surface and scan below the surface for minerals. It's mother ship would do the actual drilling.
Oh ok. The lower part of the ship looks like a drilling head and I thought it does some drilling itself.
Now that you mention it, it does look like a drill. But there's an explanation. Actually the "drill" is a counter-rotating propeller to propel the pod and allow it to hover without having to use boosters or anti-grav systems. The small "blades" are just control vanes for particle blades that would actually extend outward. Hope that clears that up.
I love your ship designs. The other gallery work is good too, but I just love spaceships!!
I like it a lot.