On January 19, 2006, an Atlas V launched from Cape Canveral Air Station to prepel NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its three billion mile journey to Pluto. When New Horizons reaches Pluto in the Summer of 2015 it will be travelling about 30,000 mph, too fast for it to be able to slow down to got into orbit around Pluto. Instead, New Horizons will snap photographs and capture data as it passes within 6000 miles of Pluto’s surface.
DFR’s scale model of the Atlas V in its “New Horizons” AV511 configuration is JonRocket.com’s latest addition to our online catalog. This is DFR’s most detailed kit to date with many 3D printed parts and a pre-applied vinyl wrap on the body tube.