Dragon DRW56394 NASA Delta II Rockets with Launch Pads Set [3-Pack] (1:400 Scale)
"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
- President John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, Houston, Texas, September 12th, 1962
The USA planned to phase out all expendable launch vehicles (ELV) after the Space Shuttle entered service. However, the Challenger accident of 1986 changed all that, and the Delta program was restarted. Termed Delta II, these rockets achieved their 75th consecutive successful launch on September 18th, 2007. To date, they have made 151 launches since 1989, and the type is recognized as the most reliable system in service. Originally built by McDonnell Douglas, production for both US government and commercial entities is now the responsibility of United Launch Alliance (ULA). As an ELV, each rocket can only be launched once. A Delta II rocket consists of Stage I tanks, solid rocket boosters, interstage, Stage II tanks, optional Stage III rocket motor, and finally the payload fairing (nose cone).
Four further Delta II launches are scheduled, carrying SMAP and OCO 2 satellites in 2014, and JPSS-1 and ICESat-2 satellites in 2016. Beyond that, the future of the Delta II is uncertain. However, this space rocket has proven a hugely successful design and this 3-in-1 kit from Dragon offers a range of payloads. This versatility makes it even more desirable as part of a space model collection. For ultimate impact, the Delta II model can be displayed on a launch pad.
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Height: 6 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: August 2013