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Alpha® Bulk Pack (12 pk)


Intermediate Skill Level

The Estes Alpha is the most popular rocket for educators and has been for the last 40 years. It remains the educators first choice because it has a history of safe launches, each student can make it their own, and it is flexible enough to teach a wide variety of valuable STEM principles. All this bundled around an unforgettable experience that will certainly go down as one of the best days of the year. Millions of people remember their first launch with the Estes Alpha. 

  • A legendary rocket that’s earned its name!
  • Versatile teaching tool.
  • Millions of successful launches!

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The Alpha has captured the hearts of the world over and may be the most launched rocket of all time. It’s been used by parents, schools, summer camps and hobbyists all over the world as an introduction into the exciting world of rocketry and aerospace.

The Alpha remains one of the most popular rocket kits because it challenges people in a variety of ways. With it you’ll need to learn proper building techniques, the principles involved in flight, and how to decipher flight results and optimize for future goals.

The Alpha in the Classroom

The Estes Alpha uses a traditional rocketry structure, making it the intermediate kit to level up your rocketry activities. It’s about the experience for the students, and that’s what set the Alpha apart for generations. It’s about showing a young mind what is possible with a STEM-based education and that future is within their grasp.

Take your Alpha out to the launch field and experiment with a variety of engines and compare the altitude!

It’s not just about how the Alpha can touch a student, but also how active rocketry activities can teach in ways that few things can. It doesn’t feel like a school project, it’s not homework. It’s just doing something awesome. They just accidentally end up learning a whole bunch about the world around them. It’s why millions know the Alpha is #1.

Included with this kit

High-Strength Injection-Molded Nose Cone

This high-strength plastic is light enough for flight, but strong enough to survive flight after flight.

Laser-Cut Balsa Fins

These fins come pre-cut, making them easy to remove and they always come out perfect. They are then attached to the body tube using adhesives at the root cord.

Vibrant Decals

Colorful decals that still leave ample space for students to make it their own. The Alpha decals easily stick right onto the airframe and make this rocket pop on the launch pad.

Colorful 12” Nylon Parachute

Included is a bright nylon parachute that ensures successful recovery. It floats down gently and will land safely, preventing any damage.

Tools and Supplies

What You Need to Build (Not Included)

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Carpenter’s Glue
  • Hobby Knife
  • Masking Tape
  • Primer and Paint

What You Need to Launch (Not Included)

Engine Chart


Projected Altitude

1/2A6-2 135 ft
A8-3 356 ft
A8-5 366 ft
B4-4 682 ft
B6-4 678 ft
C6-5 1,221 ft
Projected Max Altitude

1000 ft. (305 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


12.3 in. (31.2 cm)


0.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

0.8 oz. (22.7 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size


Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.


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