When it comes to ownership of the suborbital new Shepard spacecraft, rocket fans will soon be able to follow in the footsteps of Jeff Bezos.
Please note that everything will be scaled down: the Blue Origin New Shepard model rocket was launched this week Estes Industries It will be 1/66 ratio, and can rise 400 feet instead of 62 miles.
At least the price has also been reduced: instead of paying $1 billion a year to support Blue Origin’s New Shepard development program and the orbital-grade New Glenn rocket and advanced projects, buyers will be required to pay only $69.99.
Estes is working with Future club, The educational foundation of Blue Origin, provides New Shepard as a STEM teaching tool. Part of the sales revenue will be donated to the club.
“We hope the new Estes The new Shepard model inspires the imagination of future space explorers and inspires them to play their role in helping to create the future of space life,” Future Club Director Josef Reinke said in a statement. Press Releases.
Each box includes a future club postcard for children to draw or write down their views on the future of life in space. The postcards can then be sent to the Future Club, which will place them on the New Shepard flight and return them to the sender along with the official-looking “fly to space” stamp.
This week’s announcement was made more than a month after Bezos and three crew members carried out a suborbital flight in the New Shepard capsule. It coincided with the success of another new Shepard called RSS HG Wells today. Unmanned flight.
New Shepard is not the first commercial rocket to become a model rocket: Estes sold it ten years ago Spaceship One Model Rocket Pay tribute to the space flight that the rocket plane made history in 2004.For a while, SpaceX sold The model rocket version of its main force Falcon 9.
Both kits are now collectors’ items.