Kit #AA2012. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In early 1990s, with the Cold War ended, the stockpile of ICBMs were deemed redundant. NASA proposed these retired military missiles be converted to and used as a low cost, small payload launch mission. According to these objectives, Orbital Sciences Corporartion submitted a reusable launch vehicle as a cheaper cost proposal to NASA. In 1996, A contract was awarded to develop the unmanned test bed, designated X-34. The X-34 demonstrator was designed to test many new technologies and operational practices. It consisted of air-launch from the Lockheed L-1011 carrier aircraft, flight to altitudes up to 250,000 feet, then followed by reentry and landing. There were three X-34s built. The first vehicle was tested in captive-carry flight in 1999. The second X-34 was expected to make the first powered flight during late 2000. However, due to the funding constraints, NASA cancelled the project in March 2001. Limited quantities available from remaining Anigrand stock! ORDER NOW before it TAKES OFF into the wild blue yonder!