ZLSA Design

Hello. I’m Jon Ross, and I’ve worked with others on 3D art, programming, and web design for nearly a decade. Here’s some of my work.

The Future of Space Launch is Near

An illustrated guide to SpaceX’s launch vehicle reusability plans; cowritten with John Gardi and published on 13 December 2014, just 6 days before the original launch date of CRS-5.

  • 3d
  • web
  • written
  • Blender
  • Emacs
  • Gimp
  • Inkscape

SpaceX infographics

A series of infographics that explain the concepts and engineering behind SpaceX vehicles and trajectories.

  • art
  • space
  • spacex
  • Inkscape

SpaceX's Journey to Mars: 2018 Red Dragon

A short article, designed for those new to SpaceX, that explains the 2018 Red Dragon mission

  • art
  • spacex
  • written
  • Blender
  • Inkscape

Air Traffic Control

An air traffic control simulation game. If you think it’s too easy, wait for it.

  • aviation
  • code
  • game
  • web
  • Emacs

Indoc: inline documentation generator

A NodeJS library/command line tool to generate documentation from comments in the code.

  • documentation
  • nodejs
  • Emacs

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.2

A very high quality model of the upcoming SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.2 rocket.

  • 3d
  • art
  • space
  • Blender

Falcon 9 vs New Shepard

A to-scale comparison of the New Shepard flight and the Falcon 9 return to launch site.

  • 2d
  • art
  • space
  • Inkscape

Earth and moon

High quality render of the Earth and moon

  • 3d
  • art
  • space
  • Blender

Team Fortress 2 Sentry Gun

Team Fortress 2's level 1 sentry gun. Modeling, shading, and rendering took 8 hours from start to finish. The only textures in the image are the concrete and the walls; the sentry texturing is entirely procedural.

  • design
  • Blender
  • Cycles

Piper Archer CX

A semi-fictional general aviation aircraft for the FlightGear flight simulator.

  • art
  • aviation
  • simulation
  • Blender
  • Emacs
  • Gimp
  • Inkscape

Tesla Model S postcard

Intended to be given out by the owner to those interested in the Model S.

  • design
  • Blender
  • Inkscape

F9R-Dev2D

A simple 2D Falcon 9 test vehicle simulation, featuring semi-realistic gameplay — er, simulation — and an autopilot.

  • code
  • game
  • spacex
  • web
  • Emacs
  • Inkscape

Low-poly rocket and plane

A low-poly rocket and plane. Originally created as concept art for an abandoned space game.

  • 3d
  • art
  • lowpoly
  • space
  • Blender
  • Gimp