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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Building Skill Level 2 Model Rockets is a CD-ROM containing a series of instructional videos that will help you to build higher quality models rockets. It places a higher emphasis on doing things smarter, which actually turns out that it is faster too.

There is over 2-1/2 hours of videos on this CD-ROM! Here is what is included:

Part 1: What is required when building a Skill Level Two rocket kit?
Part 2: Videos
1 – Parts of a Model Rocket
2 – Introduction to “Super” Glues
3 – When To Use Odorless “Super” Glues
4 – Using a Precision Applicator Tool to Apply Super Glues
5 – How To Make A Fin Alignment Jig
6 – How To Make A Fin Spacing Guide
7 – Attaching Fins Using Alignment Jigs
8 – Make Sanding Dowels
9 – Using A Computer to Design and Build Rockets
10 – Printing Fin and Centering Ring Templates Using RockSim
11 – Printing Fin and Centering Ring Templates Using A Drawing Program
12 – Cutting Out Centering Rings
13 – Cutting out Curved Fins
14 – Sanding the Edges of Curved Fins
15 – Attaching Fins To Curved Boattail
16 – Making Lightweight Fin Fillets
17 – Making “Structural” Fillets
18 – Sanding Airfoils Into Balsa Fins
19 – The Importance of The Wood-grain Direction
20 – Making a Compound Fin Part 1
21 – Making a Compound Fin Part 2
22 – Two Color Painting
23 – Applying Decals
24 – Balancing A Parachute
25 – Flying Skills – Angle the Launch Rod
26 – Differences Between Composite and Black Powder Motors
27 – Motors Explained: Average Thrust

Imagine yourself taking a cheapy and inexpensive kits and transforming it into a high gloss, high performance, precision flying machines. That is what you’ll be able to accomplish after viewing these videos.

The CD is not a DVD disk. It is an ordinary computer CD-ROM. It works on both Macintosh and Windows computers. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader and Apple QuickTime player.

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The D10-7 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 heavier rockets to high altitudes. This motor is the same size as an Estes “C6-5″ or “C6-7″ engines, but has twice the power, so it will take your rocket more than twice as high and fast! You and your friends will be awed by the deep throaty roar and how fast your rockets will go with this motor.

This motor can be used in most rocket kits as a replacement for the Estes C6-5 and C6-7 rocket engines. 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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RockSim is a computer program that allows you to design any size model rocket, and then simulate its flight to see how high and how fast it will fly. You can also use it to find the best rocket motor combinations for your existing kits, and to teach yourself and others about the physics of rocket flight. RockSim works on both Windows and Macintosh computers.

RockSim combines both “design” and “flight simulator” into one seamless program. What that means is that you create a drawing of your rocket design, and simply click a button to see how it will perform. This makes it quick and easy to check the feasibility of your ideas. Using RockSim, you will know long before you actually start cutting parts if the rocket will work successfully. That cuts down on mistakes, and saves you a lot of money and frustration.

RockSim is a “Certified Educational Product,” which is a special recognition given by the Space Foundation to products used in educational environments that stimulate interest and knowledge about space.

Over 900 schools throughout the USA are already using RockSim as part of their rocketry curriculum. It adds a level of safety, because the students can check to make sure their rockets are stable before they build them.

RockSim is useful for model rocket hobbyists of all ability levels, from those just getting started in rocketry to those that have been involved for 20 years. Even aerospace engineers have found RockSim’s capabilities to be worthy of using themselves. The types and styles of rocket designs that can be made using the RockSim software are nearly limitless!

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The E6-8 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 D12-7. 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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The D10-3 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 heavier rockets to high altitudes. This motor is the same size as an Estes “C6-5″ engine, but has twice the power, so it will take your rocket more than twice as high and fast! You and your friends will be awed by the deep throaty roar and how fast your rockets will go with this motor.

This motor can be used in most rocket kits as a replacement for the Estes C6-5 and C6-3 rocket engines. 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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The F10-6 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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Let your computer show you the correct way to build and launch a model rocket. This saves you time, and assures you’ll have a safe and successful launch.

The topics covered are:

1 – Marking body tubes
2 – Drawing lines down the length of the tube for fin alignment.
3 – Drawing lines around the circumference of the tube
4 – Drawing lines around the circumference of the tube using a strip of paper
5 – Attaching fins to the tube
6 – Cutting fins yourself
7 – Sealing balsa fins to make them smooth
8 – Applying fillets to the fins
9 – Attaching the launch lug
10 – Joining tubes together
11 – Attaching centering rings
12 – Assembly of the motor mount
13 – Installing the motor mount
14 – Making a shock cord mount
15 – Attaching the shock cord to the nose
16 – Attaching streamers
17 – Assembly and attaching the parachute
18 – Painting the rocket.
19 – Prepping the rocket for flight
20 – A brief explaination of the different types of rocket motors
21 – Loading rocket motors into the model
22 – Installing the igniter
23 – Getting ready to launch!
24 – Launch!
25 – Cutting big body tubes

This video book is a CD-ROM for your computer that contains video that is embedded into the pages of a pdf document. It has neat features like being able to quickly flip through the pages on your computer screen, and zoom in/out, and search for keyword phrases. It can also contain links to other pages in the document or clickable links that will launch your web browser to search the internet. It is much better than watching a VHS tape, because you can quickly find the scene you are looking for in just a few seconds. And best of all, you can proceed and learn at your own pace.

By marrying video with text and illustrations, you get the best of both worlds. You can print out things, like the parts and tool list, and still be able to watch the videos.

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The Blue Streak is an extremely simple to build rocket that will give you straight, stable flights every time you launch it. This is a real rocket kit that you build yourself; it isn’t one of those totally made of plastic. As your child builds it, he will learn the basic guiding principles of rocketry, so that he will be able to tackle rockets that are more complex and daring. Some of most useful techniques that can be learned by building this rocket are how to work with basic rocket building tools, like a hobby knife, sandpaper, scissors, a ruler, and glue.

The Blue Streak can be powered by a variety of rocket engines, which leads to another important rocketry skill that you’ll need later on. That skill is how to select the proper rocket engines for the model. If you’re really daring, the Blue Streak is rugged enough to accept the powerful Apogee D10 rocket engine. It is 16 times more powerful than the “1/2A” engines, and will blast this model to over a half-mile into the air and will reach a maximum speed of Mach .95 (nearly supersonic). Spectators around the launch site will swear you broke the speed of light!

With die-cut balsa fins and rugged plastic nose nose, this model is built sturdy for a high number of flights and a maximum amount of fun! And, Oh-yea, its educational too.

Recommended 13mm diameter rocket engines: Estes 1/2A3-2T, A3-4T, or A10-3T. Recommended 18mm diameter rocket engines: Estes A8-3, B6-4, C6-7; Quest A6-4, C6-5; Apogee Components D10-7.

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

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The Heli-roc is probably one of the most unique model rocket kits available anywhere. Unlike most model rockets that use parachutes to descend after launch, this one utilizes a three rotor blades to help it spin back to the ground; it’s called helicopter recovery.

The three hinged rotor blades are held down against the side of the model by a thin thread during the ascent portion of the rocket flight. At the highest point in the flight, the built-in ejection charge in the rocket engine fires forward. This normally would push the parachute out of the rocket. But in this case, it burns through the thin cotton thread, and allows the rotor blades to swing forward to the deployed position as the rocket starts to fall to the earth. But soon, the air flowing over the blades cause the rocket to start spinning. This slows the rocket down and makes it seem like it is hanging in the air like a spinning space station. It is really exciting to see, and everyone watching will come running to you after you launch it to see how it works.

The model comes with light-weight die-cut balsawood fins and rotor blades; which makes it light weight and competitive in rocketry contests. And if you paint it like the futuristic rendering shown here, you’ll find that it looks like a neat floating space station. How’s that for something out-of-this-world; give it a whirl!

Recommended Rocket Engines: Estes 1/2A3-2T, A3-4T, or A10-3T

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

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The Apogee Components Texas Twister is a unique helicopter recovery rocket that is enjoyable to build and exciting to fly. The kit features pre-cut kraft-paper tubes, die-cut balsa fins, an injection molded high-impact polystyrene nose cone, and a water-slide decal; all which make it a sturdy design — plus a great looking rocket. It is truly worthy of joining your rocketry fleet.

The flight begins by the rocket by blasting off to incredible heights, thanks to its low-drag streamlined configuration. At apogee, when it is just a tiny speck in the sky, it flips outward its three canting fins; transforming it to a wildly whirling helicopter. It spins much faster than an Oklahoma tornado – it’s Texas sized!

If you enjoy innovative rocket designs, you’ll love this very unique configuration. The model features an innovative “slip-n-slide piston” arrangement that activates the canting fins. It is what allows it to morph from ballistic rocket to a gyrating helicopter. Plus it has a special molded polyurethane-resin hold-down ring which locks down the canting fins in launch configuration.It is probably one of the easiest rockets to prep for flight – just a few seconds. Just pop in a new motor, slide the hold-down ring over the canting fins, and blast off!

Recommended Rocket Engines: Estes 1/2A3-2T, A3-4T, or A10-3T

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

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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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