The Apogee Aspire is the highest flying model rocket in the world. It can soar to over 1 mile high (5,280 feet) on a single “F” size rocket engine. It is totally “legal” since it weighs under 1-pound at launch; it doesn’t need any type of government permission to fly this high. When you launch it, you’ll get an overpowering giddy feeling of reaching fantastic heights and getting people to notice what you’ve done. You’ll come home with a nice smug feeling, knowing you WOWed a lot of folks.

The Apogee Aspire sports that “classic rocket shape.” Your friends will marvel at the simple elegance of the rocket and how lightweight it is when they pick it up.

The Apogee Aspire is also an easy-to-assemble rocket. If you’re pressed for time and need to build several different rockets for the launch this coming weekend, you’ll find that it goes together quickly. You’ll probably finish it in half an evening, giving yourself plenty of time to work on other rocket projects too.

If you are a parent, and you want to give your kids a bigger rocket to work on, the Apogee Aspire is a great choice. As your child builds it, they will learn the basic guiding principles of rocketry, so that you will be able to tackle other rockets that are more complex and daring.

The rocket can also use a wide variety of motors and it does come with an adapter to use the 24mm diameter C, D and E rocket motors. So if you don’t want to launch the rocket into orbit, you can simply choose a smaller rocket engine.

Recommended 24mm diameter rocket engines: Estes C11-7, D12-7, E9-6, Apogee Components E6-6, Aerotech E15-10, E30-7. Recommended 29mm diameter rocket engines: Apogee Components F10-8, Aerotech F20-7, F23-7, F42-7, G11-10R/L.

Requires a rocket launch pad and ignition controller, plus finishing supplies like glue and paint.

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The Diamondback rocket is a stunning rocket that will get heads turning like windmills every time you bring it out. Not only does it have colorful graphics, it has a double-trapezoid fin shape with a triangular opening that is totally unique in model rocketry.

The Diamondback is also long and sleek. Combined with its diamond-shaped graphics gives this rocket the appearance of a snake. It slithers into the sky and can bite a cloud faster than you can shake a stick at it.

With an Apogee D10-7 motor in its tail, this rocket can easily climb to over 1100 feet (335m). But because it has a streamer instead of a parachute, it will be back near the lauch pad with minimum wind drift.

Because the Diamondback rocket is rather large, the model lifts off fairly slow, which is always very impressive. And you’ll get more smoke and noise out of it because it spends a longer amount of time closer to the ground.

But once it gets going, the model has a lot of momentum and can go a long way. That’s why this kit has a streamer in the kit instead of a parachute. It will come down quicker so won’t drift too far.

This rocket uses traditional construction techniques you are familiar with from building smaller model rockets. And the instructions are absolutely phenomenal; there are lots of excellent illustrations that clarify the text. If you’ve built models before, you’ll find that the Diamondback is going to be easy for you. The high-tech laser-cut fins give you nearly perfect results right from the start.

Recommended 18mm diameter rocket engine: Estes B6-2, C6-3, C6-5, Apogee Components D10-7

Requires a rocket launch pad equipped with a 1/4-inch diameter launch rod, plus finishing supplies like glue and paint.

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The E6-P is part of the Apogee Medalist line of rocket motors. It features ultra-high-energy propellant (very similar to what is used in the Space Shuttle) and is designed for a special application: lifting lightweight rockets to extreme altitudes. This motor is the same size as an Estes “D12″ engine, but has twice the power, so it will take your rocket more than twice as high! It is a LONG burn motor, with a thrust duration of over 6 seconds. This means it will go and go and go, and you’ll wonder if it will ever stop. It also makes a unique sound as it burns, sort of like a hissing snake. You and your friends will be awed by high your rockets will go with this motor.

This motor can be used in most rocket kits as a replacement for the Estes D11-P. The “P” means the motor is plugged and does not have an ejection charge. This makes it extremely useful for glider rockets that don’t have a parachute. It is NOT suitable for two-stage rockets. Includes an igniter and instructions for use. Qty per package: 1

Due to government regulations, this model rocket motor must be transported by truck (no expedited aircraft transport) and cannot be shipped outside the USA. Please allow for extra delivery time when ordering.

Always have an adult supervisor present when launching any model rocket.

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Centering Rings are used to align one body tube inside another. They are used in making engine mounts for model rockets. Tube couplers are used to join tubes of the same diameter, making a longer rocket. If you’re a rocket designer, you’ll need extra centering rings and tube couplers. These fit into and go great with the “Tubes-O-Plenty” assortment of tubes. This is a rocket designer’s wish come true!

Here is what you get:

CR 10.5-13 qty 6
CR 10.5-18 qty 6
CR 13-18 qty 6
CR 18-24 qty 6
CR 24-29 qty 4
Coupler 13mm qty 3
Coupler 18mm qty 3
Coupler 24mm qty 3
Coupler 29mm qty 2
Launch Lugs (1/4″ X 3″) qty 3
Launch Lugs (1″ long) qty 12

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The 1/70th-scale Saturn-5 replica from Apogee Components is a museum-quality rocket of the historic vehicle that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon in 1969. This particular kit is the largest version of this historic rocket that doesn’t require a special government waiver to launch. Erect it on your desk and it will nearly touch the ceiling! It stands well over 62 inches tall, 5.6 inches diameter and yet weighs under 3-lb at launch. It flies to about 420 feet high on a “G” size engine.

Several of these kits are on display in space museums around the USA. There is so much surface detail on the rocket, you can count the number corrugated strips and compare it to the real vehicle. You’ll be able to immediately tell that this was a model build for scale enthusiasts.

This kit features:

Highly detailed injection-molded Apollo Capsule, engine nozzles and escape tower.
7 Meticulously detailed vacuum form wraps
Eye-popping detailed embossed wrap for the transition of the 2nd stage to the Service Module
Special “raised ink” wrap for the Service Module portion to bring out the raised panel lines on the rocket
Six-color water-slide decals. Includes markings for all Saturn 5 missions flown by NASA, including Apollo 11
Four hours of video instruction. These not only show where to place the parts, but how-to put them together correctly. The CD is not a DVD disk. It works on both Macintosh and Windows computers. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader and Apple QuickTime player.
12 pages of superb painting instructions and drawings show the colors on the rocket
Vacuum-form baseplate that shows the excellent surface detail on the bottom of the rocket.
Two Nylon-cloth parachutes (58″ and 36″ diameter)

Recommended 29mm diameter rocket engine: Aerotech G77-4R/L

Requires a rocket launch pad equipped with a 1/4-inch diameter launch rod, plus finishing supplies like glue and paint.

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Spice up the descent portion of your flight with a eye-popping colorful parachute! Why? Because the descent portion of the flight is more than 2/3 of the total time the rocket is in the air. And it doesn’t have to be boring. You will dazzle your friends when they see these chutes blossom out the top of the rocket. The coolness of the launch will continue during the descent, all the way to touchdown.

This is a real rip-stop nylon fabric chute, so it has great strength and fantastic durability.

What makes them different from other cloth parachutes is that there is a fantastic pattern printed on the cloth before it is sewn. The colors soak into the white fabric, so the color shows through on both sides of the parachute. You can’t tell which is the inside versus the outside, since the color is so vibrant on both sides of the fabric.

Another thing that is different on these parachutes is that the suspension lines are thinner compared to other brands of nylon parachutes. The advantage of this is that they pack up into a smaller bundle; so you can use them in skinnier rockets and still be assured they are loose enough to eject without plugging up the tube.

Compared this price to a multi-panel chute, which have a starting price of $25 for a small 24 inch-diameter chute, and you’ll see what a bargain this parachute is.

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Create Fantastic Rockets That Really Work! This book has been written for modelers who have experience building kits, but want to build their own rocket designs. Here, you’ll learn some of the techniques that aeronautical engineers use to design and build real rockets and aircraft.

These basic guidelines will allow you to construct successful and safe rockets without going through an expensive trial-and-error process. Your rockets will look fantastic, fly to high altitudes, and will be safely recovered to be launched again and again.

This is the most up-to-date book ever written on the subject of model rocket design, with over 300 drawings and 60 photographs to help you understand the in-depth topics. You’ll also learn: how to design scale model rockets, payload carrying rockets, and the techniques of successful clustering and staging of rocket engines. Also, the different types of rocket recovery systems are extensively discussed, with extra emphasis on gliders – and the first and only guidelines ever written on the subject of helicopter recovery. The glossary of over 500 rocketry terms is still the most extensive ever printed!

This new second edition includes 40 extra information-packed pages that contain dozens of new illustrations, photographs, and a new chapter on “Flight Testing.” There is also a new section on rocketry inventions to give you even more ideas for making awesome looking rockets.

Whatever your rocketry design needs, this book is for you.

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The F10-4 is part of the Apogee Components “Medalist” line of rocket motors. It features ultra-high-energy propellant (very similar to what is used in the Space Shuttle) and is designed for a special application: lifting lightweight rockets to extreme altitudes. This is a 29mm diameter motor, but is not designed for heavy rockets, like those from Aerotech Consumer Aerospace. It is a LONG burn motor, with a thrust duration of over 8 seconds; which is the longest burning hobby motor. This means it will go and go and go, and you’ll wonder if it will ever stop. It also makes a unique sound as it burns, sort of like a hissing snake. You and your friends will be awed by high your rockets will go with this motor.

This motor can push a lightweight rocket kit, like the Apogee Aspire rocket kit to over 1 mile high! It is not suitable in multi-stage rockets. Includes an igniter and instructions for use. Qty per package: 1

Due to government regulations, this model rocket motor must be transported by truck (no expedited aircraft transport) and cannot be shipped outside the USA. Please allow for extra delivery time when ordering.

Always have an adult supervisor present when launching any model rocket.

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Every serious designer needs body tubes. Lots of them! That’s why you’ll love this large assortment of paper tubes. You’ll have enough tubes to build a fleet of rockets, and at a bargain price. These are brand new – premium – white tubes, and are not rejects or seconds.

These are the most common sizes used by Estes, so you can repair or reproduce your favorite models.

You’ll get six of each of the following tubes:

13mm dia. = BT-5 size tube. Can be used as motor mount tubes for “mini” size engines.

18mm dia. = BT-20 size tube. Can be used as motor mount tubes for A, B & C size engines.

24mm dia. = BT-50 size tube. Can be used as motor mount tubes for “D” size engines.

29mm dia. = Can be used as motor mount tubes for “F” and “G” size engines.

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This two-volume publication explains in simple terms how a model rocket motor works, making it easy for you to learn. Through many hands-on demonstrations, you’ll understand the basic principles of rocketry, and how model rocket motors are similar to the solid rockets used by the Space Shuttle to launch astronauts into orbit. By knowing how a rocket motor operates, you will understand why they are used by NASA to explore space.

Because it is written in a textbook format, if you are a teacher, you will find this book useful for an educational unit on rocketry or space exploration. And besides having 62 crystal-clear illustrations to explain the text, most chapters also contain example questions to test the knowledge gained by the reader.
There are 11 easy to understand chapters:
1. A Brief History of the Rocket
2. Newton’s Laws of Motion
3. Momentum and Newton’s Second Law of Motion
4. The Thrust Equation
5. The Operation of the Model Rocket Motor
6. Model Rocket Motor Classification
7. Specific Impulse – A measure of a rocket’s efficiency
8. Rocket Motor Examples
9. Basic Rocket Performance
10. Multi-Stage Rockets
11. Clustered Engine Rockets.
A second, 12 page booklet describes more than 16 different rocket demonstrations that can be performed to provide “hands-on” learning of the basic rocket principles. Also included is a full answer key to all the questions in the main text. Recommended for grades 6 and above.

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The Apogee Components Saturn 1B model rocket kit is a 1/70th scale replica of the famous rocket flown into space by NASA in the 1960’s and 70’s. More than just something that sits on your shelf as a display, this rocket can actually be launched in the air.

The reason the Saturn 1B ranks on top of everyone’s favorite is because it includes the eight fuel tanks in a big cluster, the unique transition section that conforms to the eight tank tubes, and eight fins – twice as many as any other NASA rocket. Plus it has lots of corrugations that give the rocket lots of surface texture. Finally, it has an elaborate paint pattern that makes it unique and eye appealing.

This kit features:

Highly detailed injection-molded Apollo Capsule, engine nozzles and transition section that fits over the 8 fuel tank tubes.
Meticulously detailed vacuum form wraps for the booster thrust structure, Interstage, and 2nd stage
Eye-popping detailed embossed wrap for the transition of the 2nd stage to the Service Module
Special “raised ink” wrap for the Service Module portion to bring out the raised panel lines on the rocket
Five-color water-slide decals. Includes markings for all Saturn 1B missions flown by NASA, including Skylab
Four hours of video instruction. These not only show where to place the parts, but how-to put them together correctly. The CD is not a DVD disk. It works on both Macintosh and Windows computers. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader and Apple QuickTime player.
10 pages of superb painting instructions and drawings show the colors on the rocket
Vacuum-form baseplate that shows the excellent surface detail on the bottom of the rocket.
Two Nylon-cloth parachutes

Recommended 29mm diameter rocket engines: Aerotech F20-4W, or F42-4T

Requires a rocket launch pad equipped with a 1/4-inch diameter launch rod, plus finishing supplies like glue and paint.

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Spice up the descent portion of your flight with a eye-popping colorful parachute! Why? Because the descent portion of the flight is more than 2/3 of the total time the rocket is in the air. And it doesn’t have to be boring. You will dazzle your friends when they see these chutes blossom out the top of the rocket. The coolness of the launch will continue during the descent, all the way to touchdown.

This is a real rip-stop nylon fabric chute, so it has great strength and fantastic durability.

What makes them different from other cloth parachutes is that there is a fantastic pattern printed on the cloth before it is sewn. The colors soak into the white fabric, so the color shows through on both sides of the parachute. You can’t tell which is the inside versus the outside, since the color is so vibrant on both sides of the fabric.

Another thing that is different on these parachutes is that the suspension lines are thinner compared to other brands of nylon parachutes. The advantage of this is that they pack up into a smaller bundle; so you can use them in skinnier rockets and still be assured they are loose enough to eject without plugging up the tube.

Compared this price to a multi-panel chute, which have a starting price of $25 for a small 24 inch-diameter chute, and you’ll see what a bargain this parachute is.

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