Kliper Spaceplane

A 3D-model of the spaceship Kliper (Клипер). I build the detailed model for an illustration project during my illustration studies. The task of the project was to design a hypothetical article for a magazine. As subject, I chose the the attempt of Russia to build a reusable replacement for their old Soyuz spaceships. After finishing the illustration project, I continued to work on the model and tried to build it as detailed a possible. The result are the following renderings.


Some closeups of the model. They show the tiled heat shield, the service module, sensors, rendezvous antennas, engines, etc.. The last closeup shows the rocket adapter with integrated escape rockets.
The ship is designed to carry six astronauts. They sit in the winged front part. The cylindrical back part contains the docking equipment, instruments, oxygen and fuel. At the end of the mission only the front part with the crew returns to earth. The back part remains in space and gets destroyed when entering the earth’s atmosphere.
My version of Kliper isn’t 100% accurate. The references I used were very rough, and the design procedure wasn’t finished when I build the model. To compensate missing information, I used a lot references of the Space Shuttle, Buran and other similar designed spaceplanes. This method helped me, to develop a convincing 3D model.


After finishing the model, I created a space environment to show, how the Kliper spaceship would look like in space.