Estes Alpha III® Launch Set
Recommended Ages: 10+ (with adult supervision for those under 12)
Join the hundreds of thousands of people who got their start in model rockets with this classic! The Estes Alpha III was the very first rocket in the E2X series. E2X (Easy to Assemble) is a rocket series designed with beginners in mind. With all pre-colored rocket parts and easily applied self-stick decals, you're ready for liftoff in minutes. With nothing more needed than glue for this launch set, you can be on the flying field in no time at all! Using standard Estes engines (sold separately) the Alpha III soars to heights of 1100 feet. Whether you're a first time rocketeer or a long time flyer, the Alpha III is a true classic that should be in everyones' collection. What more could you ask for than a high performance, high flying, classic rocket!
LAUNCH SYSTEM includes Electron Beam Launch Controller and Porta-Pad II Launch Pad.
Additional Information & Technical Specifications:
- E2X - Easy to Assemble
- Length: 12.3 in. (31.2 cm)
- Diameter: .98 in. (25 mm)
- Estimated Weight: 1.2 oz. (34 g)
- Plastic Fins, Self-stick Decals, 12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute Recovery
- Recommended Engines: 1/2A6-2, A8-3 (First Flight), B4-4, B6-4, B6-6, C6-5, C6-7
- Projected Max Altitude: 1100 ft. (335 m)
- ATTENTION: Additional restrictions may apply, see full product page for details.
- ATTENTION: Residents of California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and North Dakota please review the state specific regulations.
- ATTENTION: Estes products may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly. Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, igniters and recovery wadding are required - sold separately-unless otherwise specified.
Resources & Worksheets:
Power Point Presentations:
MPG CBS News - On the Road: Reaching for the Stars With Rocket Science (New) (01:41)
Ignite the Imagination Videos:
Elementary Mathematics of Model Rocket Flight: Information on how to make and use your own altitude tracker and how to calculate speeds and accelerations reached by model rockets.
Engine Time/Thrust Curves: These time/thrust curves show the relation between thrust produced by a model rocket engine and time. This page contains time/thrust curves for Estes model rocket engines from 1/4's to E9's.
Estes Engine Chart: Engine info that includes total impulse, maximum lift weight, maximum thrust, thrust duration, initial weight and propellant weight for each Estes engine.
Estes Model Rocket Engines: Do you need information on Estes rocket engines? This poster includes how model rocket engines work and how they are classified.
Guide for Teachers and Youth Group Leaders: Introduces you to Estes' rocket technology, safety and launch day operation techniques. Plus, background on Estes Industries and the complete services offered in our educational program.
Igniters and Their Use: Exactly what is an igniter? This article explains what it is, how it works and the correct way to install one to successfully launch a model rocket.
Model Rocket Contest Guide: Use to plan model rocket contests for school classes or clubs. Contains details on types of competitive events and suggestions on all facets of contests from organization of the planning committee to championship awards. Includes sample score sheets.
Model Rocketry Study Guide: This book presents a logical program for anyone who wants the most from model rocketry. There is a planned sequence of activities through three skill levels that guides a student on his/her path to becoming an expert model rocketeer. A glossary and self-review are provided for each section.
Model Rocketry Technical Manual: Handy guide for construction and flight of model rockets. Good tips on "scratch building", launch systems, tracking, staging, boost-gliders and more.
Projects in Model Rocketry: Suggestions on how to plan, prepare and present research projects. Ideas for about one hundred projects. Projects range from simple exhibits to true research work. An excellent reference for Science Fair projects. Great ideas for clubs.
Rocket Designer's Plan Sheet: Blank plan sheet includes a parts list and notes section.
Rocketry 101: Provides the basics for model rocketry. Includes model rocket flight profile, launch site layout, engine information and preflight preparation.
Reproduction Masters for Model Rocketry: Set of reproducible masters that may be used to make overhead transparencies and handout sheets. Set includes: Model Rocket Flight Profile, P