Back to old-school speculative spacecraft!
The Nuclear Exploratory Vehicle was designed by Krafft Ehricke (1917-1984) in the mid-1950s. A visionary engineer and protégé of Walter Thiel at Peenemunde (1942 V-2 team), he had early concepts for nuclear and Lox/LH2 engines and advanced spacecraft designs. The NEV spacecraft was proposed to be assembled in space at a low orbit and would be powered by a NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) mod-2 engine. Ehricke imagined the spaceship to have a habitat for up to four astronauts in the front of the spacecraft separated by a long neck to reduce exposure to radiation by the nuclear engine.
Ehricke proposed the spacecraft would take humans to Mars and beyond!*
- 1/144 scale
- 19.75 inches long
- 26 parts
- Skill level 3, recommended for ages 15 and up
- Marking decals
- Instruction sheet
- Requires cement and paint for assembly — sold separately