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Shuttle Xpress Kit E2X Easy-to-Assemble

A new wave of fighter technology. The Shuttle Xpress carries two fighter shuttles to battle. At apogee (peak altitude), it releases the two fighter shuttles that glide back to earth.

Estes Shuttle Xpress Kit E2X Easy-to-Assemble (est1722) #1722
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Specifications :
  • Length: 17.69 in. (44.9 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.35 in. (34.3 mm)
  • Weight: 3.2 oz. (89.7 g)
  • Recovery: Booster - 12 in (30 cm) Parachute; Shuttles - Glider
  • Fins: Plastic molded
  • Maximum Altitude: 586 ft. (179 m)
  • Estes Product Number: 2183
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"Buy it for the nose cone only"
wallyum (Ft. Thomas, KY)
This one was a huge disappointment. The gliders disengaged fine, but then floated down like dead leaves instead of gliding, and nothing we tried could change the flight path. The cockpit nose cone can be used to clone an Estes Greyhawk, but that's the best I can do as far as a recommendation.

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Features

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Flights up to 586 feet.
  • Parachute body tube recovery.
  • Plastic fins.
  • One year warranty.
  • Detailed illustrated assembly and launching instructions.

Specs

  • Length: 17.69 in. (44.9 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.35 in. (34.3 mm)
  • Weight: 3.2 oz. (89.7 g)
  • Recovery: Booster - 12 in (30 cm) Parachute; Shuttles - Glider
  • Fins: Plastic molded
  • Maximum Altitude: 586 ft. (179 m)
  • Estes Product Number: 2183

Includes

  • One model rocket kit
  • Decals
  • Detailed Instructions

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"Shuttle Express"
matthewbodyk
The concept of this rocket looks better than it actually performs. This rocket is easy to build. However, the shuttles only disengaged correctly if I was using a C engine. The shuttles break very easily. We had only a hand full of launches before the shuttles became unusable.

 
"Can't disagree - a little disappointing"
jeverson
While I can't disagree with the other reviews, I suppose our expectations were lower to begin with for this E2X rocket. We gave this an average rating because of the following: Pros: *Cool factor - looks nice on the launch pad *Originality - The shuttles along for the ride have disengaged well on 3 separate flights without issue. *Reliability - The ejection and recovery of the rocket and its two shuttles were flawless on 3 flights. Cons: *Shuttles do sustain damage quite easily - they are made of inexpensive foam that is difficult to repair. *Shuttles do sort of tumble like leaves rather than glide as advertised (stole that description from another review because that description is spot on). Conclusion? There are better rockets from Estes in this price range.

 
"Different experience from the other reviewers"
jcarter
We actually have had decent luck getting glides out of the shuttles in this kit. First couple of flights led to nose dives, but after a small amount of tail weight and making sure the elevons stayed up, we get actual glides. Certainly not competition level glides, but enough that the kids have fun chasing them all over the field. It's nice that a younger rocketeer can assemble it by themselves, also. (We also haven't experienced separation issues with any of the recommended engines.)
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