Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Extraterrestrial RV

Take a road trip on another planet with the "Pillbuggy," a spacecraft/RV designed to travel in extreme or even outer space environments. It is an independent, self-contained haven for travelers. Its shape is inspired by the common armored "pill bug," with ground-hugging stability. The front end is a hyperglass bubble which shows panoramic views to the driver and a companion. A maximum of four people can inhabit the Pillbuggy, though two or three are probably optimum. The "dino-scales" at the roof are actually variable form solar collectors which move and change shape according to how much energy is collected from the sun. The Pillbuggy can explore Earth environments too, such as remote deserts or islands. It is not meant to be driven on highways or in cities, and does not go very fast; it's for exploration, not speed.

This design is inspired by this "extreme RV" built for Earth travelers, though I'm not sure that the vehicle really exists. The truck looks unstable, as if a driving mistake or a storm would tip it over quickly. My recreational vehicle fantasies are fueled by my memories of growing up and camping in my family's red Volkswagen "Campmobile," which was hardly extreme but braved muddy campsites in the suburbs of Brussels and Paris.

Drawing of "Pillbuggy" is brown ink on sketchbook page, shaded in Photoshop, 3 1/2" x 3", May 26, 2015.

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