Dragon Models "Dragon Wings" Diecast Model
Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (Glide Test) - NASA, April 7, 2006
1:72 Scale. Length: 4.9”. Wingspan: 2.5”
The Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) is an unmanned reusable spacecraft operated by the US Air Force. It began as a NASA project in 1999 and was transferred to the Department of Defense five years later. The first orbital mission of this Boeing-managed program took place on April 22, 2010, after being launched by an Atlas V. It remained in orbit until December 3rd.
The X-37B 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. This replica portrays the X-37B during its gliding tests, with the markings appropriate to this early period of its development.
The X-37B can remain in orbit for up to 270 days. Once its mission is complete, the spacecraft re-enters the atmosphere and lands at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. It is the second reusable spacecraft to perform an automated landing after returning from orbit, the first was the Russian space shuttle Buran (similar to the NASA space shuttle) in 1988.
The Dragon Wings Space Collection includes high quality, fully assembled, die-cast models of spacecraft and rockets. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail using original specifications. They are constructed with diecast metal and some plastic components.
Category: Dragon Wings Space Collection
Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years