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About Digital Art / Hobbyist Member Seth PritchardMale/United States Group :iconrealspaceshipdesigns: RealSpaceshipDesigns
Real Spaceships, Real Science!
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Seth Pritchard
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm a physics student at UTSA, with a strong interest in planetary science, astrophysics, and cosmology. I have an intense passion for science, and I'm a vigorous supporter of manned space exploration and settlement. After finishing my physics degree, I plan on starting a PhD in astrophysics, and then maybe going back and getting a degree in aerospace engineering.

Eventually, I want to apply to NASA to become part of the Astronaut corps. My ultimate goal is to one day walk on Mars, and maybe even help to establish the first permanent human presence there.
There is much in the world we don't know. So much we'll never know. The universe is replete with mysteries, and that's part of what makes life so wondrous. That's why we try our hardest to figure out how it all works, because when we start looking at how nature is put together, at how everything interacts at the very smallest scales all the way up to the scale of the entire cosmos, we not only drive our civilization forward technologically, we also satisfy a deep-seated and age-old passion; the need to explore. Our curiosity is very much a part of what makes us human. It gives us a rush when we learn something new about the universe that we didn't know before. It's almost like an emotional high. Learning gives us pleasure. It's also, at least for me, a very profound an intimate experience. It goes beyond the simple intellectual joy one gets from solving a difficult logic puzzle. When you discover a new bit of how reality works, it puts you on a level of understanding and connectedness with the cosmos that, for that instance, no-one else in human history has had. That's what I strive for as I begin my scientific career. I want to know the cosmos on a deep and intimate level. I want to have that profound connectedness and oneness. Some people satisfy that need with religion and other illusions. I prefer to try to get to know reality on reality's terms. With that in mind, I think my field of choice couldn't be more appropriate. After all, we are all very much deeply connected with the universe. The atoms in our bodies all came from the cores of long-dead stars, traveling across space and time to come together for the briefest of instants to be a part of our bodies. As Carl Sagan used to say, we're all made of star-stuff. This is what makes life worth living. The quest for knowledge is what drives me. It's my telos; my reason for being. It is the end to which I strive.

What's yours?
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014   General Artist
Your goals regarding taking part in planet colonization are awesome.
AndrewLyle Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
want to see art
francisdrakex Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Your designs are brilliant! To me they are the proof that realistic spaceships can outshine space opera stuff. Especially the lightweight apperance and modest power levels make them plausible. They inspire imagination: How would it be 
onboard of one of these slender vessels travelling to an outer planet?

Just a question: How long does it take to create one of these models?
And do you take the proportions like size of radiators and tanks from existing concepts or are you doing some background calculations to find them out?

SMPritchard Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Depending on the complexity of the model, I'll typically spend around 5-10 hours in total building the geometry, and then another couple of hours on top of that doing texturing, lighting, and scene composition. I also generally do some back-of-the-envelope calculations to figure out the rough mass and size of tankage and radiators. It's actually pretty fun!
S-I-O-N-E Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome work... found the Tsiolkovsky while looking for stuff to inspire a hard sci-fi story I'm working on. Realistic spaceships are so much more exciting than ridiculous fantasy ones!
SMPritchard Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DACantero Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
¡Feliz Cumpleaños! :)

It's always a pleasure looking at your spaceship designs.
SMPritchard Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

And I'm glad you like them. :)
lmbednark Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Since we're both hard science fiction fans I thought you'd love this: [link]

It's called Europa Report and the trailer came out today. I'm looking forward to it. What do you think?
SMPritchard Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks interesting, despite the fact the the radiation flux on the surface of Europa due to charged particles trapped in the magnetosphere of Jupiter would probably kill you in under an hour.
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