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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-08-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX announcement
SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Flying Model Rocket

Available soon from Amazon.com

On Dec. 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 17,000 miles per hour (7,600 meters per second).

After nearly two orbits, Dragon fired its thrusters to begin reentry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean three 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, and full color stickers for body and nose, the impressive finished model stands a big 22.8 inches (58 centimeters) tall. No painting required!

The kit includes molded transparent fins for flight, which can then be removed for display. Dual parachutes return the Falcon 9 and Dragon 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 (A8-3, B6-4, C6-5 recommended), engine igniters, flame proof recovery wadding, launch system.

Designed by SpaceX, and tooled and manufactured in California.

Build and then fly your own model of America's newest private space transportation system — from SpaceX!

  • Molded nose cone, tail and transparent fins
  • Large full-color body wrap sticker
  • Dual parachute recovery
  • Finished model stands 58 cm (22.8 in) tall

Lee Brandon Cremer
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posted 12-08-2011 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lee Brandon Cremer   Click Here to Email Lee Brandon Cremer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have to love the marketing idea, NASA take note - create your own line of models and cash in.

I will buy it just for the capsule.

capoetc
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posted 12-08-2011 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Lee Brandon Cremer:
NASA take note
Important difference: NASA is in business to spend money, and SpaceX is in business to make money.

Cozmosis22
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posted 12-09-2011 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm. Interesting turn of events for SpaceX. Are they going to build space vehicles or model rockets?

Regarding NASA: supposedly they are "in business" to explore This New Ocean and are explicitly prohibited from advertising.

music_space
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posted 12-09-2011 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sponsoring the manufacture of models has been a proud tradition with several space agencies, and I salute SpaceX for joining in with this initial offering.

I cherish the Soyuz launcher model from the Samara factory very much.

kyra
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posted 12-09-2011 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It might be wise to get an extra to keep in the package. I had not thought about it much until I saw the model but this launch is a huge milestone.

This is hard to resist with the cute Dragon Capsule. I'm surprised they didn't make it 2 stages like the Falcon 9, but multistage models are tricky to fly and get back intact.

Jay Chladek
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posted 12-10-2011 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Enough with the jabs at NASA. Technically they can't make money off of stuff like that. Of course, JPL tried it a few years ago with their Hot Wheels licenses, but those aren't around anymore (and JPL is a little weird in terms of NASA centers anyway).

Since this is a SpaceX project, SpaceX can do whatever they want to make such a product and sell it. I'm glad they are doing so as frankly, I want to get one of these. I hope they also consider licensing a more detailed plastic model as well, as I would love to build a big Falcon 9 with Dragon, or a Dragon by itself.

GoesTo11
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posted 12-11-2011 01:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will not only buy one of these, I've emailed SpaceX and asked why they don't have an online store.

When I wanted a SpaceX baseball cap, I had to buy it on eBay. It seems to me that a company founded on the leading edge of capitalism is somehow behind the curve re: an easy means of both revenue generation and promotion. Hopefully, this model is a sign of more swag to come!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-28-2011 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now available from Amazon.com for $25.45 (marked down for $29.99).

Beau08
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posted 12-28-2011 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Beau08   Click Here to Email Beau08     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ordered mine... debating whether to order a second to put away.

Spaceguy5
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posted 12-29-2011 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
Hopefully, this model is a sign of more swag to come!
A few recruiters visited my university last year (with a little swag, I got a promotional booklet and a pen). They gave the impression that while SpaceX is working on cutting edge technology, it's really a small group where literally everyone has equal say and a lot of people know each other. Perhaps as the company continues to grow and acquire clients, we'll see more and more swag.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-30-2014 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX has updated its flying model rocket kit to feature the Falcon 9.1.1 but rather than topping it with a Dragon, it now includes a payload fairing.

JBoe
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posted 05-30-2014 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a way to get the Dragon capsule one or is it totally phased out for this new version?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-30-2014 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears the original Dragon version has been phased out. Hopefully, SpaceX will soon release a Falcon 9.1.1 version with Dragon V2.

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