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Dragon Models 1:72 Aerospace Program 50386
Boeing X-37B Display Model
NASA, Glide Test April 7th, 2006

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Boeing X-37B   4.75"   2.5"

The Boeing X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle is a robotic spaceplane owned and operated by the US Air Force (USAF). This unique unmanned craft serves as a demonstrator for reusable space technologies. Beginning life as a NASA project in 1999, it was transferred to the Department of Defense (DoD) five years later. The milestone orbital mission of this Boeing-managed program took place on 22 April 2010, after being hurled into orbit by an Atlas V rocket. It remained in orbit until 3 December, although the X-37B is able to remain in orbit for 270 days. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) remains a classified project being undertaken by DARPA, although part of its remit is to perform space support missions such as rendezvousing with friendly satellites for refueling or repairs. Dragon's model replica portrays the X-37B during its gliding tests, with the markings appropriate to this early period of its development.

Boeing X-37B

Designed as an unmanned reusable spaceplane, the X-37 was first flown in free-flight on April 7th, 2006 and first launched into orbit on April 22nd 2010. It was originally designed to be carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle but was later redesigned to be launched by a conventional rocket after it was determined that Shuttle launches would be uneconomical. The unmanned design allows for a large payload capacity as well as the ability to remain in orbit for up to 270 days at a time. Possible missions include refuelling or even repairing satellites in orbit using a robotic arm while additional military applications remain classified.

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Dragon's 1:72 scale X-37 fuselage is constructed from solid diecast metal with integrated panel line, speed brake and cargo bay door details. The main wing, tail surfaces and engine exhaust nozzle are constructed in plastic. Many surface details are reproduced on the wings and tail in addition to a multitude of pad-printed RSC thruster ports that adorn the nose and rear fuselage. The scale landing gear and gear doors are easy to configure for ground display. Or, the knurled finger screw can be used to securely fasten the model to its elegant metal display stand.

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Dragon Models 1:72 Aerospace Program

The Dragon Models "Aerospace Program" range presents detailed, ready-made plastic models of spacecraft and launch vehicles.

Dragon Models "Aerospace Program" display model spacecraft feature:

  • Molded plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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