More pics from the Space Cowboys game
Dug up some more pictures of the Cabra.
Here, we see an early morning on a frozen moon, as seen from the back corner of the control deck. The seat on the right is for the pilot, while the seat on the left is for the navigator. If you look close, you’ll see a couple of holographic controls. Also, notice that both chairs are set up to slide from side to side, as the task demands.
The reception area, the fanciest room in the ship, kept spotless and unused unless entertaining customers. Osolo, who was in charge of cleaning, would lock the doors and make everyone go the long way around, rather than put wear on the only carpet on board.
The clear table-top was made of man-made diamond, while the tables and chairs in the background were made of bamboo. Between them, the table and chairs were more expensive than the table. Advanced materials science and widespread colonization of space caused things like miraculous metals and huge diamonds cheap and wide-spread, while living things, like trees, were rare and expensive.
You can really see the curve of the living quarter units, here. The ship had a ring of these units around the outside of the hull’s curve. They had flexible passages between them, and were set up to be able to rotate over ninety degrees. They would take one position, with “down” towards the landing gear, when on a planet or under thrust from the rockets. When switching over to spin gravity, they would rotate into the second position, where “down” points outward from the ship’s center, away from the axis of rotation. In the first position, one would walk from room to room, around the ship, on a level, circular path. In the second, one would walk to and from the same rooms, but one would walk uphill the entire way, before arriving back at one’s starting point. There were two decks within each unit, with stairs between.
The switch between normal gravity and spin gravity is also the reason for the ladder in the middle of the room and the door on the ceiling. Despite there being two doors visible, no more than one would work at a time. As shown, one would walk out the door on the wall and find oneself in an airlock. Under spin, to get to the airlock, one would have to climb the ladder and open the door in the ceiling.
Finally, here’s the image that I claimed would be the “freeze-frame” shot using for the credits montage, on the TV show that was the game. It’s meant to be more of an “in-flight” shot, with all the running lights going and the solar panels out.
You can tell the ship isn’t in transit, because the plasma sail isn’t deployed. If it were, there would be a set of four cables, at right angles, centering on the plasma sail array on top of the ship, where you see the red “caution” light. The cables were about the diameter of a person’s arm and miles and miles long, made of some advanced super-conducting metal weave. The entire sail, at maximum thrust, was something like sixty miles across, so to the naked eye, it just looked like a cross of cables vanishing into the distance. You couldn’t even see the curve of the loops: really, those four cables were the overlapping bits of four huge flat circles, tangent only at that one central spot.
The external engineer would handle letting out these massive lengths of cable when raising the sails. One of his duties was to hang color-coded lights on the sail cables, for visibility and navigation. For the benefits of other ships, the upper hemisphere (the direction of travel) would be one color, while the lower would be another. For the benefit of the engineer, other variations in the lights – blink rate, color variation, and so forth – could be used for navigation within the web of the sails.
When under sail, the ship would sit in the center of this net of invisible cables, surrounded by its own constellations of lights. The plasma of the sail would be visible from the aurora. When under spin, the entire arrangement would seem to revolve around the ship, like the sun rising and setting, about once every minute. From the external engineer’s crew station, it would be an impressive sight.