Homepage - Airplanes and Rockets
About Airplanes & Rockets
AMA 92498 | ©1996-2014

Estes Orbital Transport

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. Incredibly, these models are regularly going for more than $120. 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.

To the right 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.

Estes 1971 Model Rocketry Catalog - Pages 48 & 49 - Airplanes and RocketsSpecifications:

Price: $3.75
Booster:
Length = 23" (58.4 cm)
Body Diameter = 0.976" (24.8 mm)
Wingspan = 7.9" (20 cm)
Weight = 2 oz. (57 grams)
Re-Entry Vehicle:
Length = 8.6" (21.8 cm)
Body Diameter = 0.736" (18.7 mm)
Wingspan = 5" (12.7 cm)
Weight = 0.5 oz. (14 grams)

 

Estes Orbital Transport kit - won on eBay - Airplanes and RocketsAirplanes and Rockets - Estes Orbital Transport kit - won on eBay (back) - Airplanes and RocketsHere 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Search
More than 1,100 unique,
searchable pages indexed.
All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the Airplanes and Rockets website are hereby acknowledged. If you own material used here and want it to be removed, please send an e-mail stating so.

Copyright 1996 - 2014

Webmaster: Kirt Blattenberger, BSEE

Family Websites:   RF Cafe    Equine Kingdom

Supermodel Melanie Blattenberger holding my Aquila Spirit glider - Airplanes and Rockets
My lovely enabler, Melanie
Custom Search
More than 1,100 unique, searchable pages indexed.

Webmaster & Progenitor

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger

 

Carpe Diem!
(Seize the Day!)