Originally built for the brutal interplanetary race circuit, the SkyVette is a pilot's spacecar. The design attracted a few chuckles when first unveiled at the 2169 Mars Loop race, where traditional forward cockpit models dominated. But the unorthodox SkyVette proved its worth. The re-entry shield system was located at the extreme fore end. This allowed the designers to use a smaller, more efficient unit than traditional mid-shield spaceships. The reactor core was located immediately aft, with the thruster units alongside. With heavy energy conduit length at an absolute minimum, energy loss was minimal. Overall, the Skyvette weighed 20% less than the next lightest race ship.
Due to the efficiency of the design, the pilot could afford to use the re-entry shield on takeoff, slipping through the atmosphere like a fish through water while the other racers plowed upward using brute force. Once in space, the shield proved its worth by allowing the pilot to loop closely around mars within the outer wisps of the martian atmosphere, gaining a respectable lead on the closest competitor.
On return to earth, it was found that all laughter at the strange ship had slipped away un-noticed. SkyVette engineers drank the victory champagne from the Mars Loop cup and entertained suggestions of a production model.
About this creation
This is revision 0. The overall form is how I want it to be, but a few interior structural details will need to be straightened out. The LDD file for this one will be released in mid November at the earliest.