I would like to present the Lego Ideas Community with The
Space X Dragon Collectors Set. Please take a moment to read the information
below to understand what is in the set, what it represents and some interesting
information about the vehicles!
Space X has been in the space business since 2002 after Elon
Musk risked his finances on getting into Orbit with their first rocket, Flacon
1. Now, in 2020 Space X has a range of vehicles in their fleet that take
satellites up to Low Earth orbit and beyond. Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy are the
main rockets being used with their Starship/Super Heavy launch vehicle in the
making. The set I present today is the Dragon Spacecraft’s which is a family of
capsules that send cargo and crew to the International Space Station. Space X
became the first private company to dock a private spacecraft with the ISS in
2012 and have continued to do so. This year, as of March 8<sup>th</sup>, cargo
dragon version 1 launched for the last time. To clarify, here is what’s
included in the set:
Cargo Dragon V1
Crew Dragon (Dragon
Cargo Dragon XL
Ripley (Space X Suit)
Cargo Dragon 1 is
the current dragon spacecraft that is being used to take cargo to the ISS by
Space X, however, it is being retired after the final flight.
Crew Dragon (Also
known as Dragon V2) is Space X’s crewed capsule capable of taking 7 crewmembers
of the US to the ISS. This spacecraft will become the first to take American’s
on American rockets off American soil to the ISS since the Space Shuttle which
last launched in 2011. Once cargo dragon version 1 is retired soon this year, the crew dragon will also be used for cargo missions. Crew Dragon has integrated
Super Draco engines that are used for in-flight aborts if needed. One proposed
idea by Space X was to use the Super Draco engines to land the capsule propulsively
after re-entering the atmosphere however this idea was discarded as it was
unreliable and possibly unsafe.
Cargo Dragon XL is a brand new version of dragon that Space X only revealed on the 27th of March 2020. It has been contracted by NASA to complete resupply missions to
the new Lunar Gateway Station, soon to be operational around 2024. Only a few
images exist of this spacecraft as it is new however the best and most reliable image
published by NASA has been used to create the model.
The Merlin Engine included in the collectors set is the workhorse engine for Space X, powering
the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy it has been used since the beginning of Space
X and was created with the Falcon 1. Merlin is the engine that I used when
powering the Dragon capsules to space as all the capsules launch aboard a Falcon
9, however Cargo Dragon XL is rumored to be launching aboard a Falcon Heavy as
its destinations is a lunar orbit. The model of the Merlin Engine is highly
detailed; it even includes the exhaust gas pipe as seen on the real thing. The
Merlin Engine is an open cycle rocket engine being it discards the exhaust
Ripley was the
name of the test dummy that occupied the first Crew Dragon test flight back in
March 2019. The Minifigure not only represents Ripley but it also represents the
Space X Suit that will be used by Astronauts when flying aboard Crew Dragon.
Features of this set include 2 stands for Cargo Dragon and
Cargo Dragon XL, with Crew Dragon in the center and spots for Ripely and the
Merlin Engine. The display is completely free of visible studs and it gives the set an
appealing look. The stands can be moved and manipulated in any way to your
liking. The crafts are connected via a technic pin and can be easily taken off.
I hope you like the set, I know it’s one of my favorites
I’ve made and its dear to my heart!
Bring it on! Or should I say, Brick It On!