ESA Hermes spaceplane

ESA Hermes spaceplane 3D model


ESA's Hermes spaceplane and expendable service module. This was one of the more significant European efforts towards a crewed spacecraft, and drove many of the design decisions for the Ariane 5 rocket developed concurrently. It was primarily intended to service the Man-Tended Free Flyer platform, also to have been built by ESA in the 1990s, but later plans changed to support the NASA-led Space Station Freedom (which subsequently became the International Space Station)

Several Hermes design iterations were performed, this model is based on the configuration towards the end of the program, shortly before its cancelation.

All materials and textures are packed into the .blend file. Unapplied modifiers and instancing have been used to reduce file size and enable easy editing. A zip file of textures is also included

Recommended for use with my Ariane 5 model


July 25 2021: Initial upload

May 27 2023: Complete remodel. More accurate proportions, better texturing, more details

Oct 25 2023: Update for Blender 3.6, adjust proportions, add body flap

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spationaute24 2023-10-25 19:53:27 UTC
Good quality modeling. Very good communication and quick completion of modifications. Thank you for your work.
ESA Hermes spaceplane
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ESA Hermes spaceplane
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3D Model formats

Format limitations
  • Blender 3.6 (.blend)67.5 MBVersion: 3.6Renderer: Cycles
  • OBJ (.obj, .mtl) (2 files)22.7 MB
  • glTF (.gltf, .glb)8.96 MB
  • Autodesk FBX (.fbx)9.41 MB
  • Stereolithography (.stl) (2 files)14.1 MB
  • Textures 23.4 MB

3D Model details

  • Publish date2021-07-25
  • Model ID#3173658
  • Animated
  • Rigged
  • VR / AR / Low-poly
  • PBR
  • Geometry Polygon mesh
  • Polygons 150,255
  • Vertices 186,209
  • Textures
  • Materials
  • UV Mapping
  • Unwrapped UVs Mixed
  • Plugins used
  • Ready for 3D Printing