Dragon Models “Dragon Wings” Diecast Model
Delta II Rocket with Launch Pad - "Deep Impact", NASA, January 12, 2005
1:400 Scale. Height: 4”
The United States planned to phase out all expendable launch vehicles after the Space Shuttle entered service. However, after the Challenger accident in January 1986 the Delta program was restarted.
The Delta II rocket entered service in 1989. As an expendable launch vehicle (ELV) each rocket can only be used once. Delta II vehicles include the 6000, 7000, and 7000 variants ("Light" and "Heavy"). Among Delta II’s missions have been the launching of GPS Block II satellites, Iridium satellites and several Mars missions for NASA. The latter includes the Mars Exploration Rovers in 2003 and Phoenix lander in 2007. Delta II rockets have made nearly 150 successful launches since 1989 making it the most reliable system in service. Originally built by McDonnell Douglas production for both the Government and commercial entities is now the responsibility of United Launch Alliance (ULA).
Deep Impact was a NASA Discovery mission for studying the interior composition of the comet Tempel 1. The spacecraft accomplished the mission by releasing a smaller impactor to collide with the comet then took measurements with the "flyby" spacecraft after the impact. Launched on January 12, 2005 on a Delta II rocket, it was the first space mission to eject material from a comets surface and reveal the secrets of its interior. Results will lead to a better understanding of the solar system's formation and implications of comets colliding with Earth.
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