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Guinness Book of World Records

Saturn V Apollo Skylab<br/>1st US Space Station 1Saturn V Apollo Skylab<br/>1st US Space Station 2Saturn V Apollo Skylab<br/>1st US Space Station 3

Space Race post-Apollo

Perfect for the prolonged "building season"

Vital Statistics

Length: 1048mm
Diameter: 100mm
Weight: 481.9g
Recommended Motor: E16-4, F15-4 (not available in the UK)
Supplied motor: Klima D9-3 (full 20Ns) with 18 >24mm adapter
Motor options: Cluster 5 x C6 motors giving E+ total impulse, 5 x D9 giving F+ total impulse
Projected Altitude: 400 Feet
Recovery: 1x 18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute; 2x 24 in. (61 cm) Parachute

Between 1967 and 1973, NASA successfully launched 13 Saturn V rockets - two were unmanned test flights, nine carried astronauts to the moon or Earth orbit, and one, the last Saturn V, had a mission unlike any other. This was the launch of the first American space station, an enormous orbital habitat called Skylab.

Apollo was not meant to be a singular achievement. After a series of moon landings, NASA expected to transition to the Apollo Applications Program (AAP) which would have used the hardware developed for the moon missions to support expanded space exploration activities. AAP would have deployed Lunar Module cargo carriers and astronaut "taxis," lunar surface habitats, and orbital space stations. But NASA's funding was diminishing and by the time of Armstrong's "Giant Leap" the public and Congress had lost the drive to keep space exploration a priority. Apollos 18, 19 and 20 were canceled even though much of the hardware had already been paid for and built.

In an attempt to salvage some part of AAP and utilize the hardware on hand, a single Earth orbital space station - Skylab - was proposed. The space station was constructed from a modified S-IVB stage and on May 14, 1973, was lifted to orbit by the Saturn V's powerful first and second stages. Compared to the Apollo Command Module, the interior volume of the Skylab orbital workshop was vast, with room for a crew of three to live and work in relative comfort. Eventually, three separate crews called Skylab home for successively longer missions, culminating in an 84 day stay between November 1973 and February 1974. Although there were plans to keep Skylab aloft indefinitely for future crews, unexpected orbital decay brought the massive space station down in 1979, scattering its parts across Western Australia.

The Estes Saturn V Skylab is an accurate 1:100 scale reproduction of this historic rocket and its space station payload. Vacuum formed tube wraps and fin fairings add a textured realism to this model's surface. Injection molded fins are both durable and detailed - a fin alignment guide is included for precise placement. The detailed water-slide decals accurately represent the markings of this historic mission. Before flight, remove the realistic engine nozzle assembly and prep for launch.

The Estes Saturn V Skylab can reach up to 400 feet on an Estes F15-4 engine, sadly not available in the UK or Europe. At ejection, the rocket separates into two sections for recovery - the Saturn V first and second stages return together under dual 24-inch parachutes, while the Skylab upper section sports its own 18-inch canopy. With impressive E-engine launches and multi-segment, multi-parachute recoveries, the Estes Saturn V Skylab will stand out in any model rocket fleet!


This is officially a Skill Level 5 as there are a lot of parts, thin plastic BT wraps and it must be built LIGHT. If you are an experienced builder, you can create superb flying model from this kit.

We don't have any mini F1 engines to fit your Saturn BUT you can make a motor mount that holds five Klima D9s which will get your precious bird flying. That's the equivalent of more than F total impulse. You'll need Igniter Sticks and Tape Match for worry free cluster ignition. There are lots of modification tips on the web.

If built according to the instructions (VERY VERY LIGHT!), this model is definitely flies but is still underpowered on the previously recommended D12-3. There are a number of solutions to this including motor substitutions with Cesaroni Pro24 (when available) and clustering. We recommend a six pack of Klima D9-3 motors that are 20pc more powerful than an Estes D and weigh a mere fraction.

There are also a number of recovery solutions that may work better than the standard issue. As this model has a large silhouette, it should not be flown in much wind at all especially off the standard Estes Porta Pad (MaxiRod or not!). If you intend to build AND fly this kit, let us help you get the best result! The Klima Air Launcher and 6mm rod are a far more stable platform.


Pencil, #220 #320 #400 and #600 sandpaper, ca, ca accelerator, epoxy, yellow glue, tube-type plastic cement, liquid plastic cement, putty for plastic models, sanding sealer, tweezers, hobby knife, sharp blades, masking tape, permanent spray adhesive (not artists' or repositionable), paint (flat black, flat white, silver). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately):

Estes recommends Porta-Pad E Launch Pad and E Launch Controller, model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

WE recommend the Klima Air Launcher pad, 6mm rod, Klima Launch Controller or Estes Pro Series II Launch Controller.

NOTE Courier shipping is required for this large kit. Estes' own box is unsuitable for shipment and often a custom box has to be made and significant internal padding added. With a courier, there is more insurance cover, too, in case things go wrong! If you are paying for a courier anyway, why not get some motors at the same time?

Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly. Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, igniters and recovery wadding are required - sold separately-unless otherwise specified.

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