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Rocketry Challenge Starter Kit

Rocketry Challenge Starter Kit

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Rocketry challenges and competitions have been growing across the nation, driven by a growing passion for aerospace. The first step to succeeding in these competitions is learning how to build, finish and launch a model rocket!

The Alpha model rocket is one of Estes’ most trusted rockets, responsible for millions of successful launches. Besides, it includes detailed visual instructions that walk you through the process of building a rocket yourself. Moreover, itis quickly ready to fly on the LifeTime Launch System. In addition, it uses the same methods of construction as the rockets you make for competitions like The American Rocketry Challenge.

Learn the basics of building, finishing and painting a model rocket, then fly with the LifeTime Launch System!

B6-4 motors work well on Alpha model rocket, but trying different Estes engines can add more variables to experiment. The LifeTime Launch System is compatible with most Estes Rockets. Additionally, it sets you up with a future filled with flights.

The main features:

  • The Alpha rocket is ready to fly quickly using the LifeTime Launch System
  • The B6-4 motors included are a great option for flights, but the Alpha can also fly on other Estes engines for more experimentation
  • The LifeTime Launch System is compatible with most Estes rockets, allowing for future flights and exploration.
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

Alpha: 1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)
Lifetime Launch System: 10 Minutes

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type


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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Live, Online Training and 1:1 Support!

Estes Education has been a leader in STEM education for over 60 years. We know that STEM is a vital interdisciplinary topic that requires hands-on and inclusive learning. Explore these supporting materials to take learning to new heights!

Should you have need, you can meet with a member of Education team for FREE, 1:1 online support to learn rocketry basics, how to apply our curriculum, and discover unique teaching strategies. Our team is eager to answer your questions!

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Learn About Model Rocket Safety!

Not sure how to safely launch a rocket with your group? Head over to our dedicated Safety instructions page for videos, support, and more!

How to Fly Safely!