ARC Advanced Rolling Cockpit
The Advanced Rolling Cockpit, or ARC, is an advanced multi-functional transportation vehicle. An integral part of the Battledart, the ARC is a product of an exciting future in space for humanity, with its own history, philosophy, mythology, and technology.
The design of the ARC explores the resultant form language of multiple characteristics of elegance. Read more about my methods for measuring design elegance here.
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Measurably Elegant Design
ARC visibly demonstrates multiple characteristics of elegant design through pure functional response to requirements. Aesthetic characteristics of elegance include: concentric symmetry, streamlining, smoothness, seamlessness, and novelty. Read more about measuring design elegance here.
The ARC is a product of an exciting future in space for humanity, with its own history, philosophy, mythology, and technology. ARC is a human-centered transportation project demonstrating visual futurism and industrial design.
Color and Materials
The ARC takes on the jewel-like finish of a glowing future core. As the life carrier, the ARC is an egg in concert with the avian-inspired Battledart which carries it.
The ARC comes to life as a futuristic human-scale vehicle capable of tackling any challenge in any environment. Blending highly advanced translucent materials with straightforward cockpit controls and displays allows an instantly readable masked complexity within a simplified smoothed form.
The result is the seriousness and precision of a fighter jet cockpit mixed with a feeling of hop-in-and-go fun.
What is Required When Designing the Future?
Use the strengths of design-centered thinking to drive the design. Embody the aesthetic, hopes and dreams of the future universe. Visibly indicative of human-centered design. Guided by aesthetics and usability for relatable universal appeal.
The egg to the Battledart’s bird, the ARC is inspired by silver jumpsuits, pinball, rolling boulders, dark rides, and future transit. Subtle inspirations from real-world spherical aerospace structures like WWII Ball Turrets and Cold War satellites and capsules add plausible realism to the futuristic aesthetic.
ARC Origin Story
Driven by current events and inspired by pioneering aerospace of the early 20th century, this project is set in the late 24th century, with the Battledart itself at least 100 years old by this time.
To communicate the difference between vehicle technology 1000 years in the future and technology 200 years in the future, I decided to remove any kind of gravity manipulation or attenuation from the vehicle. To lessen the effect of g-forces during space combat, the spherical cockpit rotates independently of the rest of the vehicle to keep the pilot aligned to best take accelerations.
Driving Story Development
In the future, all humans are augmented. And the spherical cockpit will not mitigate all acceleration. But the combination effectively communicates to the audience what is happening and why it is novel.
The bad guys, meanwhile, do not use the spherical cockpit. So the bad guys are more heavily augmented and visually more mechanical.
Evolving Transportation Design
The ARC evolved into its own vehicle as the design progressed. This allows the pilot to enter and exit the vehicle at a distance, and protects the pilot when entering/exiting the vehicle. In addition to rolling across the ground, the ARC can travel along a track, can serve as rolling transportation in micro-gravity, and can serve as an all-aspect escape pod for the pilot!
Multi-Axis, Multi-Access, All-Aspect
Designed from the inside-out to meld with a carefully constrained design envelope.
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The resulting aesthetic of late 21st century optimism is bolstered by prior Doctoral work in design and elegance and deep faith in the spacefaring future of humanity.
The Battledart is designed to be piloted by multiple species… multiple species with different ways of sitting, with tails, with different eye placement and fields of view. The spherical design of ARC allows the packaging of the evoraptor’s segmented tail, and supports the lobstermans’ rolling up into a ball and differing fields of view. It works for humans too!