In the near future, craft such as these will be sent throuout the solar system and beyond. Designed to do many things well, these ships are the workhorses of the Sol System. Primarily they will be the support of manned space exploration, able to haul people and cargo to the farthest planets,able to manuever up to an asteroid and perform a myriad of scientific excercises. They will also provide rescue and salvage options for other space going craft.
The Legacy series is designed for a time when the worst intelligent hostile forces in the region may be human pirates. If there is intelligent alien life out there we havent found it yet.
The oversized cassegrain antenna is set up for comm to earth, but it could be swung around to scan the cosmos for other radio signals. I built it to have the option of being adjustable by motor if I felt like doing so.
This model is approximately 170 studs in length and given the scale I mentioned previously of one Astronaut in full EVA gear could stand on a stud, I estimate the overall length of this vessel to be about 510 feet.
There is room enough on board this vessel for 256 people, if you assume two people per each of the 128 rooms. That is far more privacy than astronauts on board the ISS get, and far better than the 6 bunks per walk-in closet sized space that enlisted crew get on board US Aircraft Carriers. I got a tour during the summer of 2011 on the John C. Stennis CVN-74 (the carrier that was used to film Transformers) and was impressed at how
tightly everything is packed on a ship so huge.
On a model such as this, it is hard to find a stopping point, but I was able, finally, to say to myself "I am done."
Yes, I know I did not include any topside vertical thrusters, nor nearly enough escape pods for 256 people.
Maybe we will have perfected the "Honey, I shrunk the kids" Beam by that point, but if we had, we could launch colonists to mars inside an acorn. Hmmm that would be an interesting model...
And so at 6,498 pieces and 5 months in the making, I submit to you the Legacy System Explorer.