On December 8, 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to launch, fly, and recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit.
The Falcon 9 rocket delivered the Dragon spacecraft to orbit where it circled the Earth at speeds greater than 7,600 meters per second (17,000 miles per hour). After nearly two orbits, Dragon fired its thrusters to begin reentry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 3 hours, 19 minutes and 52 seconds after liftoff.
Now you can build and fly your own 1:88 scale model of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft. With molded nose and tail, full-color pre-printed body tube, and full color sticker for nose, the impressive finished model stands a big 58 cm (22.8 in) tall. No painting required! The kit includes molded transparent fins for flight, which can be removed for display. Dual parachutes return the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft separately to Earth.
REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY (not included): Scissors, adhesive tape, white glue, epoxy glue (5-minute type), coffee stirrers or similar to mix and apply epoxy, sheet of printer paper (either A4 or 8.5 x 11 in).
REQUIRED FOR FLIGHT (not included): Model rocket engines (recommended B6-4 or C6-5, but not A8-3), engine igniters, flame proof recovery wadding, launch system.
NEW! Includes full-color pre-printed body tube instead of the full-body sticker. The model's launch lug is 1/8" diameter and the model is designed for standard B and C sized engines, so these are good matches for this rocket:
Estes 302215 Porta-Pad II Launch Pad
Estes 302220 Electron Beam Launch Controller
Estes B6-4 Model Rocket Engine Pack
Estes C6-5 Model Rocket Engine Pack
Designed by SpaceX, and tooled and manufactured in California.
Build and fly your own model of America's newest private space transportation system - from SpaceX!