Lockheed Martin X-33 VentureStar Spaceplane Free Paper Model Download

Lockheed Martin X-33 VentureStar Spaceplane Free Paper Model Download

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Lockheed Martin X-33 VentureStar Spaceplane Free Paper Model DownloadThis aircraft paper model is the Lockheed Martin X-33, an unmanned, sub-scale technology demonstrator suborbital spaceplane developed in the 1990s under the U.S. government-funded Space Launch Initiative program, the papercraft is created by NASA.

The X-33 was a technology demonstrator for the VentureStar orbital spaceplane, which was planned to be a next-generation, commercially operated reusable launch vehicle. The X-33 would flight-test a range of technologies that NASA believed it needed for single-stage-to-orbit reusable launch vehicles (SSTO RLVs), such as metallic thermal protection systems, composite cryogenic fuel tanks for liquid hydrogen, the aerospike engine, autonomous flight control, rapid flight turn-around times through streamlined operations, and its lifting body aerodynamics.

Failures of its 21-meter wingspan and multi-lobed, composite material fuel tank during pressure testing ultimately led to the withdrawal of federal support for the program in early 2001. Lockheed Martin has conducted unrelated testing, and has had a single success after a string of failures as recently as 2009 using a 2-meter scale model. For further information please click here.

You can download the papercraft model here: Lockheed Martin X-33 VentureStar Spaceplane Free Paper Model Download [Yadi.sk] [Box] [Gavitex] [pCloud]

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