On May 30, 2020, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken climbed aboard their Dragon Crew spacecraft and did something no one had ever done before – they rode a reusable commercial rocket to orbit. It was the start of the Next Space Age.
Until that moment, human space flight had always been the purview of nations. The resources and expertise required to “slip the surly bonds” and launch satellites, cargo, and especially people into space were well beyond the means of any individual or corporation. Space flight was expensive. Space flight was difficult. Space flight was a rare commodity. But not anymore. Now, finally, human space flight was attainable.
The key to this revolution is the Falcon 9 rocket. This extraordinary two-stage launch vehicle, designed and manufactured by Space X, is able to safely lift more than 50,000 lbs into orbit. Remarkably, after a successful launch, the first stage returns to Earth for an upright, powered landing and a precision touchdown, ready to launch another payload into orbit. There’s never been anything else like it!
Now, Space X has collaborated with Estes to create a 1:100 scale launchable reproduction of the Falcon 9 rocket with its Dragon Crew spacecraft payload. And just like the actual Falcon 9, this flying model rocket can be re-launched over and over again! The fully assembled scale Falcon 9 is composed of molded plastic parts with silk-screened markings and comes ready to fly. Show off your Falcon 9 model with the included custom display stand, or store in its specially designed collectable case.
Every launch of your Estes Falcon 9 will be an event! Though it won’t reach orbit, you can expect launches up to 300 feet on a recommended Estes engine. Recovery is via 18-inch parachute – sorry, powered return to pad is not a model rocket recovery option at this time!
A fantastic model on display or in flight, this Estes and Space X Falcon 9 collaboration belongs in your collection today!