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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.


Review the NAR (National Association of Rocketry) Model Rocketry Safety Code




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?


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.




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

ESTES  001260 – NO. 2 ESTES SKYWRITER® ESTES  001260 – NO. 2 ESTES SKYWRITER®
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(Formerly Easy to Assemble)The No. 2 Sky Writer rocket is a one-of-a-kind design from the creative guys at the Estes rocket shop. It’s the very first model rocket to replicate the good ole’ No. 2 wooden pencil. A rocket shaped like a pencil? Yep…we’re just that good!This high performance rocket was ..
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Estes  031390 – PRO SERIES II™ 2.5″ OD BODY TUBE
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Unslotted 15.5″ body tube used in the Pro Series II 9702 Partizon and 9703 Argent model rockets. Can also be used in designing your own rocket!..
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Body tube coupler used in the 9700 Pro Series II Leviathan model rocket...
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Brand: Estes Model: EST0651
DESCRIPTION(Formerly Skill Level 1)The Der Red Max is a classic. A uniquely decorated model, this model performs as good as it looks and has a personality all its own!Standing just a tad over 16 inches tall, the Max is one of our rockets that’s a must have in your rocket arsenal. Every launch with o..
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ESTES 000652 – CITATION PATRIOT™ ESTES 000652 – CITATION PATRIOT™
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Brand: Estes Model: EST0652
DESCRIPTION(Formerly Skill Level 1)A “true” Estes Classic has returned! The Citation Patriot can still be launched on B and C engines and will still go about 600 feet! High quality waterslide decals, laser cut balsa fins, laser cut card stock centering rings and a pre-assembled 18 inch parachute onl..
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ESTES 000803 – BANDITO ESTES 000803 – BANDITO
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Brand: Estes Model: EST0803
DESCRIPTION(Formerly Easy to Assemble)Need to spice up your next trip to the launch pad with a slick looking, high performance mini rocket? The Estes Bandito from our beginner series offers the perfect blend of both. This cool looking rocket is just a little over 11 inches tall and is aerodynamicall..
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ESTES 000804 – FIREHAWK ESTES 000804 – FIREHAWK
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Model: EST0804
DESCRIPTION(Formerly Easy to Assemble)The Firehawk will set the skies ablaze! This mini engine powered dynamo is sure to fire your imagination as it blasts toward the clouds on its way to extreme launch heights of over 550 feet. The streamlined shaped Firehawk is hard to miss on the pad or in the sk..
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ESTES 000806 – FIRESTREAK™ SST ESTES 000806 – FIRESTREAK™ SST
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Model: EST0806
DESCRIPTION(Formerly Easy to Assemble)The Firestreak SST (Simple Snap Together) is the first ever snap together rocket. The Estes rocket designers developed this truly unique snap together assembly technology, making this one of the quickest model rocket kits you will ever build. At just over 10 inc..
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ESTES 000810 – 220 SWIFT™ ESTES 000810 – 220 SWIFT™
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Model: EST0810
DESCRIPTION(Formerly Skill Level 1)The Estes 220 Swift is a super high performance, mini engine powered rocket with attitude that really knows how to rip through the sky. Great things come in small packages has never been more true than with this little devil. This mini rocket is as sleek as they co..
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DESCRIPTIONAs a scaled down version of the “Mean Machine”, the easy to assemble Mini Mean Machine is almost 40” long and features high quality body tubes, laser cut balsa fins in a reduced size for small field launches. The Mini Mean Machine is just as spectacular in flight as it’s bigger brother an..
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Brand: Estes Model: EST01207
Made with clear plastic parts, and only requiring 15 minutes of time and a bit of glue to assemble, the Phantom will easily become your go-to rocket for classroom rocket experiments, demonstrations and displays. For display only. Not a flying model.ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONLength12.10 in.Diameter0.98 i..
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