The Mercury and Redstone combination comprised the United States’ first manned space craft. There were two manned Mercury-Redstone sub-orbital flights in May and July 1961

By the late 1950s the US and USSR were racing to be the first country to put a man into space.

Nobody knew what effects space travel would have on the human body so the United States decided to conduct sub-orbital tests as a first step.

For manned flights the small Mercury capsule was mated with the Redstone rocket, which was a development of the German V-2 rocket of World War II.

The first Mercury-Redstone flight occurred on 5 May 1961, carrying astronaut Alan Shepard 487 km down range from Cape Canaveral in 15 minutes.

A second similar flight was made on 21 July 1961 before Project Mercury moved on to using Atlas launchers for orbital flights.

This model represents the first Mercury-Redstone, Freedom 7, that flew with Alan Shepard on board on 5 May 1961

New Ware 1/144 kit. Completed in July 2006.

Work Bench Notes


MODEL: Mercury-Redstone

ROLE: spacecraft & launcher

TIME PERIOD: 1960-1961

ENGINES: one Rocketdyne A-7 of 35,375kN thrust

WIDTH: 1,78m

LENGTH: 25.41m

GROSS WEIGHT: 30,000kg


SCALE: 1/144


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