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Space Shuttle Charger on reentry by Tulmur95 Space Shuttle Charger on reentry by Tulmur95
Charger again. I really like this guy. I was fretting over how I could top my previous drawing, and this was the ultimate result.

(My 400th deviation!)



After his first launch in 2019, Space Shuttle Charger begins to reenter the atmosphere for the first time. Although he was very nervous at first, (who can blame him?) he ultimately made it through and landed safely at Cape Canaveral. As he reentered the Earth's atmosphere, he listened to the Black Sabbath song 'Iron Man.' Charger remarked "If I'm gonna die, at least I'm gonna die happy." Much to his relief, reentry wasn't as terrifying as he expected. 

A year after his first launch in 2020, he would take part in the ill-fated 2 and a half year mission to Mars and tag along with the space station Borealis. A mission Charger would return from, damaged and in otherwise good spirits, in 2023.


One rule all living shuttle abide by is to keep their mouth closed during reentry, no matter what. An important feature all living shuttles have is a special second eyelid that shields their otherwise delicate eyes from the heat of reentry. Completely transparent and heat resistant, it resembles the nictitating membrane found on owls.


Getting the shape of the mouth right was the trickiest part of drawing Charger. I'm satisfied with the end result.
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Victorbrine Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
His belly must be burning after reentry. I mean it's literally a belly flop into the atmosphere. They say water feels like concrete when we fall in at high speed. What does air feel like for him when he reenters, it goes at approximately Mach 25 so air must feel kind of hard instead of the usual wave your hands and feel nothing.
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
It probably feels like he's hitting a solid surface, and feels warm. He wouldn't feel hot, since the tiles are working to insulate his softer and weaker structural components.
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Victorbrine Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Add the fact that he is reentering the atmosphere at Mach 25, thus 25 times faster than the speed of sound: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HIytF…
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
How about the fact that the parents of all the original shuttles, Enterprise, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery, and Atlantis, were SR-71's. NASA needed aircraft that possessed quick wits and adaptability, and superior heat resistance. The Blackbirds fit the bill. Enterprise was a test, he was created only to prove it was indeed possible for shuttles to be born from Blackbird parents acting as surrogates. The other shuttles were the real deal. As Charger and Endeavor prove, shuttles can also have children of their own.
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Victorbrine Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I think a space shuttle parents would most likely be SR-71 and Concorde. Enterprise for example inherited the delta wing shape and whiteness of the Concorde while they inherited the speed and abilities of the SR-71...
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
It's just how my headcannon happens to be.
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Victorbrine Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
In another comment you said that he doesn't want his tiles to be touched. So I assume they are sensitive... right?
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
They're delicate objects. If a tile breaks while in space, a shuttle has no means getting home. If a shuttle went through the atmosphere with a broken tile, they could burn up and die. He's just being protective of them.
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Quartei Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
The pod on the tail is only on Columbia, just her. Her sisters don't have that.
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
I know. Charger is Columbia's son, he inherited it from her.
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Quartei Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
Columbia's tail pod was added in the mid 80s and it stuck even after in the early 90s the SILTS equipment was removed, the pod was kept. 

Does Charger also have Columbia's black wing chines too or does he have the other chines seen on the rest of the fleet?
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
No, his chines are white like the rest of the fleet. Discovery and Columbia are his parents, but he didn't inherit his mother's black chines.
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quasarsmom Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The mouth is spot on...

lovely pic...
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
I originally didn't include the mouth, but decided on second thought that it wouldn't look right.

Thank you! There aren't actual pictures of a space shuttle during reentry. At least, not of the underside. Paintings and other drawings were all I had to go on.
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:iconitshappybunny1234:
[I wonder, do living shuttles have smaller vehicles riding inside them, as large planes and boats do?]
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Yes, in a way. Charger can be fitted with pressurized modules inside his cargo bay, allowing him to fly a crew of cars into space and back again.
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itshappybunny1234 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
[Did he ever have anyone ride inside him, though?]
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Yes.
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itshappybunny1234 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
[Nice.]
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punkrocksavedmylife Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
I wonder if he's sensitive in the belly area... :o
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
He is. Charger dislikes being touched on the underside because the tiles are so delicate. And definitely avoid touching anywhere around his tail or engine bells, nothing irritates him more.
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punkrocksavedmylife Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Then he would find it particularly uncomfortable to experience reentry to Earth like this. :(
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
He doesn't fear reentry, he just fears being touched on his tiles.
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punkrocksavedmylife Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Oh very well then. :nod:
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lusitania25 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Love 
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Do you like it?
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lusitania25 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Yes,its great!
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
I'm happy to hear that!
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TERRAHAWK-chan1986 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
That's one Brave space shuttle
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
I imagine you'd have to be brave to face reentry. You accept the risk of not coming back.
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TERRAHAWK-chan1986 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I was originally thinking of writing a short little comic called if Miami was inhabited by airplanes
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
By all means, write it out.
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TERRAHAWK-chan1986 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
It is really funny and Believe It or Not a couple of Russian planes live in the south to the reason why is Cuba
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