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Geisha of the Stars (Nightingale Class) by HandofManos Geisha of the Stars (Nightingale Class) by HandofManos
A variant made for :iconshoguneagle: depicting a major story ship used in one of great universes he has created.
The logos I have added have been created by :iconviperaviator: and were added as requested by Shogun. Viper is an excellent artist and his insignia, flags and emblems are certainly a look. Original Nightingale design by :iconbagera3005:

Also some formation about the ship as written down by Shogun :) :
Specifications: Columbia Shipyards Nightingale-class interstellar courier/patrol ship

General characteristics

Crew: 6: pilot, co-pilot, navigator/sensor operator, weapon systems operator/loadmaster (WSO/LM), communications officer, observation/passenger position
Passengers: Varies (cabin space for six additional passengers)
Length: 273 ft 2 in
Wingspan: 148 ft 4 in
Height: 20 ft 8 in
Wing area: 3248 ft2
Empty weight: 850,000 lbs (385,900 kg)
Loaded weight: 1,050,000 lb (476,700 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 1,585,945 lb (720,019 kg)
Powerplant: 6 x Commonwealth Spatial Drive Works Mark VIII thermonuclear fusion pulse engines w/trans-atmospheric boosters + McDaniels Astrophysical Warp Dynamics Type 202 time/space warp drive
-Dry thrust: 68,113 lbf (303.10 kN) each
-Thrust with afterburner: 136,225 lbf for -220 (606.20 kN for –Mark VIII) each
-Thrust from trans-atmospheric boosters: 275,575 lbf for -200 (1226.31 kN for –Mark VIII) each
FTL Performance: 12 Light Years per day
Fuel capacity: 535,945 lb (243,319 kg) internal


Maximum speed (atmosphere): Mach 5.6 / Mach 30 (trans-atmospheric boosters only)
Maximum speed (Space): 5,000 kps (kilometers per second) acceleration
High altitude: Mach 5.5+
Low altitude: Mach 5.0
Combat radius: 215,657,500 smi (spatial)
Combat radius: 40.7 Light Years (interstellar)
Service ceiling: 325,000 ft
Rate of climb: >60,000 ft/min (with trans-atmospheric boosters)
Thrust/weight: 1.95 (Mark VIII)


4 X Mark XX Takashi-Toyama point-defense laser cannons (turret-mounted)
2 X Mark XII Takashi-Toyama “Shield” medium-energy anti-missile laser cannon

Missiles: None

ESWR (Early Spatial Warning Receiver): 320,000 smi (515200 km) or more
Radar: Pinnacle Sensor Works Long-Range Warning Array 285,000–300,000 miles (458850-483,000 km) against 1 m2 (6 sq ft) targets (estimated range)
Takashi-Toyama “Aegis” Type 80 Defensive Energy Shield
Victoria Defensive Implements AIR-11 flares for protection against IR missiles.

Commonwealth Aerospace Electrics XX-20 Identify Friend/Foe (IFF) interrogator
Commonwealth Aerospace Electrics Type-C Spatial Electronic Warfare Warning Set
Victoria Defensive Implements SWR-20 Early Spatial Warning Receivers (ESWR)
Pinnacle Sensor Works ACS-A Advanced Countermeasures System (ACS)
Victoria Defensive Implements AIRD-5 Chaff/Flares dispenser system
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BrentOGara Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! I love the design. I assume the technical info is from Shogun? Given that her fuel mass capacity is half her laden mass, and her listed acceleration, she's got to be sending reaction mass out the exhaust pipe at more than the speed of light to make that acceleration happen (even if it only lasts for a fraction of a second). That thrust/mass of 1.95 is too low by several orders of magnitude. On the other hand, perhaps the 'fuel' is not also the 'reaction mass'... a reactionless drive system would just need the energy of the 'burning' fuel, and would not need to send anything out of anywhere.

... I do have to point out that no matter how you claim to be accelerating all that lovely mass, "Maximum speed (Space): 5,000 kps (kilometers per second) acceleration" is 0-lightspeed in 59 seconds. That's just crazy... and super sexy. Maybe that's why she's a Geisha?

What do I have to do to make "the system" stop thinking this post is 'spam' (why would it even think a few lines of text was compressed pork byproduct in the first place?)
HandofManos Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and yes the technical information is by Shogun himself :D and I really dont know how you can stop the system from marking your post as spam ;)
BrentOGara Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good stuff :D!

I just needed to change the formatting... :shrug:
bagera3005 Oct 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
hay you forgot some one
HandofManos Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added ;) Keep in mind the original ship design post mentioned you but you are right :) consider it rectified
bagera3005 Oct 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
 It looks fast. As usual you do great work.
HandofManos Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and yeah it is intended to be quite fast :D
Colourbrand Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a magnificent bird! Exceptional detail put to her, and she looks wonderful!

Excellent work as usual sir :D
HandofManos Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I hope to work on some personal projects soon since I got myself a new tablet! Yay!
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