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#AA-2012   1/72 scale  Orbital Sciences X-34  Reusable Lunch Vehicle

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

20 resin parts

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Decal

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Span 117 mm

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Length 246 mm

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Unit price: US$40

Shipping charge: US$4@

Each model kit contents one set of canopy and one sheet of decal. Extra accessories of the canopy and decal can be side-order.

Extra decal

US$0.2

Extra canopy

US$1

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Aircraft History and Specification

In early 1990s, with the cold war ended, many ICBMs were deemed redundant. NASA proposed these retired military missiles be converted to demonstrate a low cost, small payload launch mission. According to these objectives, Orbital Sciences Corp submitted a cheaper cost proposal to NASA. It was the reusable launch vehicle. In 1996, A contract was awarded to develop the unmanned test bed, designated X-34. The X-34 demonstrator was designed to test many new technologies and operational practices. It consisted of air-launch from the Lockheed L-1011 carrier aircraft, after reaching altitudes up to 250K ft, then followed by reentry and landing. There were three X-34s built. The 1st vehicle was tested captive carry flight in 1999. The 2nd X-34 was expected to make the first powered flight during late 2000. However, due to the funding constraints, NASA cancelled the project in March 2001.

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Reusable launch vehicle

To demonstrate a cheap, reusable vehicle to deploy commercial satellites

27ft.8in.

58ft.4in.

11ft.6in.

1x Marshell MC-1 Fastrac rocket engine

5360 mph (Mach 8)

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