Gep Malakai wrote:
This reminds me a bit of an old piece of Niven fanart I stumbled across years ago
, for the Angel's Pencil from his Known Space series of novels.
Seems to be aiming for the same kind of idea you've got here, but with a few interesting twists like the lifting-body craft docked to the front.
Yep, I remember seeing this many years ago. I quite like it. And the ring idea is really nothing new. It's an interesting concept that the landing craft is also a main part of the overall ship. In its own way it's something like the Vulcan shuttlecraft from TMP with a warp section that is detachable from the main part of the craft.