Space Station Alpha Flight 5A

11" x 24" 300ppi Digital Painting (2000)
© Orbital ATK

Space Shuttle Atlantis delivers the U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny on ISS Flight 5A in February 2001.


Artist's Note: The image is a combination of traditional oil and digital painting. I was unable to paint the earthscape to my satisfaction with Photoshop's tool palette so I painted portions of the earthscape in oils and scanned the oil painting's image into Photoshop. That was then used as a basis to paint the rest of the background in Photoshop.

A relatively simple 3-D model of the 5A configuration and the Space Shuttle was built in Autodessyes FormZ. That model was used to get the viewpoint for the painting and line art from the 3-D model was then brought into Photoshop. This step replaced using a physical model or a freehand drawing as the basis for the work. Space Station Alpha and Shuttle Atlantis were then painted as a digital painting and combined with the digitally painted earthscape. No computer generated imagery or photography was used in this painting. Equipment was an Apple Power Macintosh G3/333 and a Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet.


Many of the Orbital ATK paintings are available as high quality prints through Orbital ATK, MS PUBS, PO Box 707, Brigham City, Utah 84302. While not normally available to the general public, the prints are available to military units, aerospace organizations and industry representatives. Reproduced with permission of Orbital ATK. Unauthorized use of this image is strictly forbidden.