At some point in my young model rocket career, I owned an Estes
Orbital Transport, but I am going to try to procure one through an eBay auction. The one I won on eBay
is pictured below.
The Orbital Transport was an early space shuttle concept that used a high altitude airplane to lift
the orbiter to the edge of space and then the orbiter would launch itself into orbit. The solid rocket
booster and powered shuttle ended up winning out, as evidenced by our now-defunct Space Shuttle (Space
Transportation System - STS) project. Interestingly, the system being developed by Burt Rutan's Scaled
Composites Virgin group, "SpaceShipTwo,"
is akin to this Orbital Transport.
Below are pages 44 and 45 out of the 1971 edition of the
1971 Estes Model Rocketry Catalog
that featured the Saturn V and Saturn 1B models.
Length = 23" (58.4 cm)
= 0.976" (24.8 mm)
Wingspan = 7.9" (20 cm)
Weight = 2 oz. (57 grams)
Length = 8.6" (21.8 cm)
Body Diameter = 0.736" (18.7 mm)
Wingspan = 5" (12.7 cm)
Weight = 0.5
oz. (14 grams)
Here is the Astron (Estes) Orbital Transport model rocket kit that I won on eBay. It is part of the
collection I am attempting to assemble that represents Estes model rocket kits that I had as a kid back
in Mayo, Maryland.
Here is a list of my other rocket models.