The M40 X pro Asteroid class Explorer (or A.C.E) is a highly advanced ship based upon the M20+ class Explorer. Both have the design of classic space shuttle with some differences. When the M20+ was first created by Japanese scientist Jovor Longs it was just used for deep space recon missions. But when the second version, the M20 X planet class explorer was released, it was then they saw the opportunities evolve. The M40 X was the third in this series to be made and it was still the same design but it had a better engine and more cargo capabilities. The M40 X pro Asteroid class explorer is therefore the fourth in the series and, as the name says, is exclusively created for asteroid exploration. It has thrusters strong enough for really sharp turns and its maneuvering capabilities are so good that , when flown by the right pilot, it can land on an asteroid in mid flight. Is has the same cargo capabilities as the M40 X but it has only got room for one pilot and one copilot. The training for being a qualified M40 X a.c.e pilot is one of the hardest, because this spacecraft unlike all the others has heavy weapons, the pilots and copilots both need to complete the weapons training for military fighter pilots. Even although these ships are very outdated they are still used for many things but new ones are not being made anymore. After the success of the M40 X many other ships were made, like the M40 X planet class explorer and the M50 X planet class explorer.
The actual background to the "ACE" is in fact very special. I created this spacecraft 3-4 years ago in LEGO but I never really used the design for anything until I started on a mod (modification of a game) about 1 year ago. Back then I had just learned how to model and my models weren't very good but I already had the basic design. It was also then I finally had a use for the name "Asteroid Class Explorer", since every game needs a good story I already had a head-start with the story I had created around the ACE.
I spend nearly 7 hours on this model and it's quite an accurate representation:
These aren't the only variations on the M40 X pro ACE, while working on the ACE's design during the past months I made some variations, mainly in colors.
1. More powerful cockpit frame.
2. Polarized cockpit window.
3. The M45 X A.C.E Custom with improved engine system.
I will write more about the world of SPACE 3102 in further blogs and naturally keep you updated on the production of the game.
So there is the story of the M40 X pro Asteroid Class Explorer.