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Kirt Blattenberger

Carpe Diem!

(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

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Estes Orbital Transport

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

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)

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.

Drones - Airplanes and Rockets
Model Aircraft Museum, AMA - Airplanes and Rockets
Rocket Kits + Accessories - Airplanes and Rockets
Modeling Resources

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and Rockets

Academy of Model

Aeronautics

Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Tower Hobbies

Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Horizon Hobby

Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Sig Mfg

Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Brodak Mfg