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From Syd Mead’s Kronovecta Sketchbook: Deckard’s Blade Runner Sedan


Deckard’s Sedan was intended to be a private vehicle representing the “state of the art” for the time frame of the film. Assuming internal lift technology for the Spinner also assumed the same capability for other expensive vehicles. I started with imagining an elite “flying” sedan which had been decommissioned from flight use and now would be forever limited to street use only. Fore and aft aerodynamic panels, vectoring nozzles and directional control vanes had been removed. The Sedan as built for the film was, then, the “core” vehicle enclosure, with ground wheels, traffic lights and impact bumpers added for legal ground traffic use. The result was an intense, rolling mechanical mismatch of silhouettes resembling the general size and proportions of the familiar “sedan.” Several prop cars were built by Gene Winfield, who also built the Spinners and Sebastian’s van.
—Syd Mead
Sketches drawn 6/22/1980

From Syd Mead’s Kronovecta Sketchbook: Deckard’s Blade Runner Sedan

Deckard’s Sedan was intended to be a private vehicle representing the “state of the art” for the time frame of the film. Assuming internal lift technology for the Spinner also assumed the same capability for other expensive vehicles. I started with imagining an elite “flying” sedan which had been decommissioned from flight use and now would be forever limited to street use only. Fore and aft aerodynamic panels, vectoring nozzles and directional control vanes had been removed. The Sedan as built for the film was, then, the “core” vehicle enclosure, with ground wheels, traffic lights and impact bumpers added for legal ground traffic use. The result was an intense, rolling mechanical mismatch of silhouettes resembling the general size and proportions of the familiar “sedan.” Several prop cars were built by Gene Winfield, who also built the Spinners and Sebastian’s van.

—Syd Mead

Sketches drawn 6/22/1980

wannabeanimator:

Disney’s Master Teachers: Life Drawing For Animation at WonderCon 2014

longnowsalon:

The ESA Rosetta mission has narrowed down to 5 possible landing spots on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Via brucesterling:

*Looking for a spot to land on a comet
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Rosetta_Landing_site_search_narrows

longnowsalon:

The ESA Rosetta mission has narrowed down to 5 possible landing spots on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Via brucesterling:

*Looking for a spot to land on a comet

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Rosetta_Landing_site_search_narrows

futuramobiles:

1989 Pontiac Stinger

starblade:

The British Interplanetary Society’s unmanned Daedalus 54,000 ton deuterium fusion starship concept, ca. 1978.  Max. velocity: 12% of light speed. Overall length: 190 meters.
One-way flight time to Barnard’s Star: Approx. 50 years. To Alpha Centauri A in approx. 39 years.

starblade:

The British Interplanetary Society’s unmanned Daedalus 54,000 ton deuterium fusion starship concept, ca. 1978.  Max. velocity: 12% of light speed. Overall length: 190 meters.

One-way flight time to Barnard’s Star: Approx. 50 years. To Alpha Centauri A in approx. 39 years.

humanoidhistory:

Anna Lee Fisher, the first mother in space. Pictured here in 1979 when she was selected by NASA as a candidate for space travel, Fisher is currently the oldest active American astronaut. (NASA/DoD)

humanoidhistory:

Anna Lee Fisher, the first mother in space. Pictured here in 1979 when she was selected by NASA as a candidate for space travel, Fisher is currently the oldest active American astronaut. (NASA/DoD)

(via womeninspace)

spacebromance:

"Everyone knows this."

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bmwusa:

Design brought to life.

bmwusa:

Design brought to life.

marcusto:

ferdisanerd:

mrcheyl:

Prismatic Vinyl Wrap LED Gallardo [x]

I think I just got passed by Automan.

I’m all about this kinda flash

marcusto:

ferdisanerd:

mrcheyl:

Prismatic Vinyl Wrap LED Gallardo [x]

I think I just got passed by Automan.

I’m all about this kinda flash

(Source: techspec)