A free model of the SOFIA observatory aircraft has been made available in NASA database of 3D printable files. NASA has added a miniature model of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Autonomy (SOFIA).

NASA actually created an eight-piece, 3D-printable model of the modified 747SP aircraft, its telescope and cabin. The aircraft is used to observe and capture images of the planet from the stratosphere. It will serve in the analysis of stars, planets, comets, black holes and more.

The printable files are at a 1/200 scale, with a removable upper fuselage section to reveal interior details, including the flying mission control center in the cabin, interchangeable science instruments and both open- and closed-telescope door configurations. The model has been simplified for durability and printing where needed.

SOFIA may reach altitudes of 14 km (45,000 feet). Such a height is ideal to observe outer space. “SOFIA flies higher than commercial jetliners to get above 99 percent of the water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere, which blocks infrared light from reaching the ground, NASA officials said.

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