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Collection: Model Rockets

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What is a Flying Model Rocket?

 

Estes flying model rockets are activity kits designed of lightweight materials such as paper tubing, balsa wood and plastic. Fins attached to the body tube help provide guidance and stability. An engine mount assembly holds the engine in place during rocket flight in most models.

 

Is Model Rocketry Safe?
Yes, Estes rockets have an amazing safety record, with over 60 years and 500 million successful launches! We rigorously test each and every product to comply with state and national standards. Model rocketry is recommended for those ages 10 and above with parental supervision suggested for kids under age 12.
 

 
How Do I Get Started?
 
The easiest entry point into the fun and exciting world of Estes model rocketry is to purchase an Estes Launch Set. Each launch set contains a rocket (or two) and a complete, high tech Estes launch system. In addition to the fun of building, launching and recovery of your own model rocket, Estes flying model rockets have significant STEM educational value. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and model rocketry can foster an early interest in STEM related subjects, which can lead to exciting careers in engineering.
 

What is included in a Launch Set?
One or two Estes model rockets (either in kit form or almost ready to fly), one each Estes Electron Beam Launch Controller and Estes Porta Pad II Launch Pad and instructions for assembly and use.

What is not included?
Recommended model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding, tools, construction and finishing supplies for rockets and 4 new AA 1.5V alkaline batteries for the launch controller – sold separately.

 
How Does a Model Rocket Work?
 
 

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The Estes model rocket is propelled into the air by an electrically ignited model rocket engine. After its acceleration, the rocket continues upward emitting tracking smoke as it coasts. At the rocket’s peak altitude (also known as apogee), a recovery device, such as a parachute or streamer, is deployed to return the rocket gently to earth. The rocket can then be prepared for another flight.

Model Rocketry is recommended for ages 10 to adult. Adult supervision is suggested for those under 12 years of age.
Flight Sequence
 

 
What is a Model Rocket Engine?
 
Components of an Engine

Estes model rocket engines are used to thrust a model rocket into the air. They are factory-assembled and comply with the code requirements of the National Association of Rocketry. They are single use and range in power from A to F sizes. The engine is started using an electrical launch system that is powered by alkaline batteries.

Engine Prep
 
How Engines Work
 
Different Engine Phases
 

 

Engines in Hand

 


Rocket engines come in different sizes and are used to propel different sized model rockets. See the Model Rocket Performance Engine Chart for more information.

 

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Where to Launch Model Rockets
 
The chart below tells you what size field to use for each size engine. For launch information look at the “NAR Model Rocket Safety Code”.
You should always check with your local city government for any special regulations that may apply to your area. Generally speaking, you can fly most Estes model rockets in a clear area the size of a football or soccer field. Launch in little or no wind, and make sure there is no dry grass close to the launch pad or in the flying field. Each engine size is designated by a letter and is up to twice as powerful as the letter before it.

Launch Site Dimensions
 

Recommended Launch Area
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  • 1/2A3-4T Engines (24 pk) (12 ea. per pack) EST1788
    1/2A3-4T Engines (24 pk) (12 ea. per pack) EST1788
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  • Alpha 3 Rocket Launch Set by Estes EST1427
    Alpha 3 Rocket Launch Set by Estes EST1427
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  • Estes Rocket Engines A8-3 (3 pk) EST1598
    Estes Rocket Engines  A8-3 (3 pk)  EST1598
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  • Estes Rocket Engines A10-OT (4 pk) EST1510
    Estes Rocket Engines A10-OT (4 pk)  EST1510
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  • Estes Rocket Engines A8-3 (3 pk) EST1602
    Estes Rocket Engines A8-3 (3 pk)  EST1602
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  • Estes Rocket Engines B4-4 (3 pk) EST1602
    Estes Rocket Engines B4-4 (3 pk)  EST1602
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  • Estes Rocket Engines B6-4 (3 pk) EST1606
    Estes Rocket Engines B6-4 (3 pk)  EST1606
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  • Estes Rocket Engines B6-4 Pack (24 pk) EST1783
    Estes Rocket Engines B6-4 Pack (24 pk) EST1783
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  • Estes Rocket Engines Blast-Off Flight Pack (24 pk) EST1672
    Estes Rocket Engines Blast-Off Flight Pack (24 pk) EST1672
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  • Estes Rocket Engines C6-5 (3 pk) EST1614
    Estes Rocket Engines C6-5 (3 pk)  EST1614
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  • Estes Rocket EnginesB6-0/B6-6 Engines (12 ea. per pack) EST1784 2 Stage Rocket Engines
    Estes Rocket EnginesB6-0/B6-6 Engines (12 ea. per pack) EST1784 2 Stage Rocket Engines
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  • Estes Rockets Athena Flying Model Rocket Beginner Starter Kit EST5304
    Estes Rockets Athena Flying Model Rocket Beginner Starter Kit EST5304
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  • Estes Rockets AVG (12 pk) (English Only) - Beginner/Intermediate Rocket Launch Set EST1753
    Estes Rockets AVG (12 pk) (English Only) - Beginner/Intermediate Rocket Launch Set  EST1753
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  • Estes Rockets C6-5 Engines (24 pk) EST1789
    Estes Rockets C6-5 Engines (24 pk) EST1789
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  • Estes Rockets Cadet 2021 Flying Model Rocket Kit for Beginners, Soars up to 1100 ft 335 m Beginner Starter Kit EST2021
    Estes Rockets Cadet 2021 Flying Model Rocket Kit for Beginners, Soars up to 1100 ft 335 m Beginner Starter Kit EST2021
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  • Estes Rockets Destination Mars Leaper - Flying Model Rocket Beginner Starter Kit EST7297
    Estes Rockets Destination Mars Leaper -  Flying Model Rocket Beginner Starter Kit EST7297
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  • Estes Rockets Recovery Wadding (75 Squares) EST2274
    Estes Rockets Recovery Wadding (75 Squares) EST2274
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  • Science Starter Kit - Rocket Launch Set by Estes EST5302
    Science Starter Kit -  Rocket Launch Set by Estes EST5302
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