ESA Space Rider

ESA Space Rider 3D model

The European Space Agency's new Space Rider reusable spacecraft. Building on the reentry vehicle design demonstrated on the IXV test flight in 2015, Space Rider will serve as a recoverable and reusable platform for medium-duration scientific payloads in low Earth orbit. The shoe-shaped lifting body/spaceplane portion will perform a parafoil-assisted horizontal landing, allowing experiments to be analyzed back on Earth. A payload bay in the middle of the vehicle allows 1.2 cubic meters of volume for hosted or deployable payloads (potentially including smallsat rideshares). It also serves as a key step towards ESA developing a rapidly reusable human spaceflight vehicle.

The expendable service module is built around the AVUM+ upper stage of Arianespace's Vega-C launch vehicle. The ALEK-2 (AVUM Life Extension Kit) connects the SM with the lifting body, providing long duration mission capabilities such as solar power generation and active thermal control.

This model includes objects with un-applied modifier stacks for editing. All materials and textures are packed into the .blend file

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ESA Space Rider
Royalty Free License 
ESA Space Rider
Royalty Free License 
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3D Model formats

Format limitations
  • Blender 2.93 (.blend)37.3 MBVersion: 2.93Renderer: Cycles
  • OBJ (.obj, .mtl) (2 files)22.4 MB
  • glTF (.gltf, .glb)8.6 MB
  • Autodesk FBX (.fbx)6.97 MB

3D Model details

  • Publish date2021-11-07
  • Model ID#3372790
  • Animated
  • Rigged
  • VR / AR / Low-poly
  • PBR
  • Geometry Polygon mesh
  • Polygons 86,819
  • Vertices 159,105
  • Textures
  • Materials
  • UV Mapping
  • Unwrapped UVs Unknown
  • Plugins used