In this old blog post I looked at the ACE and some of the story behind how I came up with it at the time, but I also challenged myself to create a third iteration of the design I had at the time. Perhaps it wasn't the greatest design I had ever made but then again I had only been doing 3D modeling for about two to four months or so.
So now, twelve years later, I have finally revisted this design and hopefully improved it a bit, I think that even my seventeen year old self would approve.
I started with Jovor Long's signature contribution to the M series, the M40 engines; Capable of being airbreathing in atmosphere, closed cycle in orbit and using advanced magnetic fusion propulsion in deep space.
The M40 HAMP (Hybrid Airbreathing Magnetic Propulsion) engines are a highly advanced form of hybrid propulsion.
These engines form the backbone of the ACE and enabled it to be effective long past its scheduled retirement date.
The variable-pitch propeller blades suck in air into the highly efficient heat exchanger where the air is cooled down and the compressed in a turbo compressor after which the compressed air is mixed with highly combustable fuel.
Built-in computers maintain optimal flow through the engines and ensure faultless operation separate from the ACE's onboard flight computers.
Secondly I started working on the cockpit and other internal systems. The M40 ACE features both analogue and digital instruments to ensure that no instrument is without backup. Two separate computer systems operate simultaniously to prevent errors from slipping through and should one fail, the other is more than capable of taking over.
Until next time, and as always have a nice day.