Version 2.1 Launcher is Here!

The 2.1 version of our Compressed Air Rocket launcher (CAR v2.1) is here!  They are on sale in the Maker Shed, but we also sell them through our website below. We also offer the Air Rocket Glider kit.  You can choose from The CAR v2.1 or both below.  (Bicycle pump is not included).  All prices include Two Day shipping in the USA.  Email us at: airrocketworks@gmail.com for information on international orders.

What's Available

The v2.1 is still made out all industrial high pressure steel parts for years of launching fun.  It's not a cheap plastic product, but one that will stand up to heavy duty use by individuals, groups and Maker Faires.  The v2.1 includes a check valve for reliable resetting of the Quick Exhaust Valve, launch tube that tilts with the adjustment of one screw and even fewer parts for a simpler build.  Wood stand has storage for the 3/8" and 1/2" launch tubes for compact storage.  All launchers come with the 3/8" launch tube for the Air Rocket Glider and other launch able items we have in development.  Build instructions are available here on AirRocketWorks.com

The One-of-a-Kind Air Rocket Glider - The Air Rocket Glider makes its world debut right here.  It's the brainchild of Keith Violette that combines a variation of the clever folding-wing design of Jim Walker from 1939 and the classic air rockets.  With wings folded back, it is launched from the compressed air rocket launcher blasting it skyward.  At apogee the wings pop open for a long and graceful glide down. (photo Jeffrey Braverman/Maker Media)

For a video of the ARG in action, click the link here.

For some cool info on how we helped launch and recover a real satellite, take a look here.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwrfggavlxV9eUVYOEt5SGJrbms/view?usp=sharing

Check out our article in MAKE: Magazine issue 39 on the Air Rocket Glider and Air Launcher 2.0

With over 2000 rockets built and launched, Maker Faire Bay Area was a huge success.  See blog entry for details. Rick's talk on the MAKE: Live stage is here on YouTube.

Exciting things happening here at Air Rocket Works and we're glad to have you a part of the community!

Welcome!  AirRocketWorks is a newly formed online community dedicated to compressed air rockets for hobby and education.  While solid propellant rockets and water rockets have a significant following online, air rockets are not as well know - so join us and help spread the word.  We welcome you to the community!  Please sign in (upper right corner),set up a profile to post ideas, and stay connected.  

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  • Although Rick and I won't be attending the Bay Area Maker Faire today and tomorrow, the team over at "Curiosity Hacked" have stepped up and are running the rocket tent and launcher this year.  You can find them in the South Lot, Zone 1.

    While they won't have launchers available for sale at the tent, they are being sold in the Maker Shed.  

    Have a fun weekend and enjoy the…

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  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

    Hi All-

    I just wanted to share that my son, Sean Violette, will be presenting one of his inventions on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" tonight.  Video available here.……

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  • My son Sean and I were looking through old pictures and updating his website showing the inventions he has thought up and that we have built together, and we added a page showing how we created the first ARG.  It wound up being a brief history of how we invented the Air Rocket Glider with some funny pictures and videos.

    Take a look:…

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  • Video From New York Maker Faire

    Hi All-

    I was looking through the video recently posted from the NY Maker Faire, and I found a quick video from the "LIVE!" video feed from Sunday at the event:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ0YoXuUGxY#t=15572

    Jump to 4:19:30 and you can see Rick and I give a demonstration of one of the launchers and the prototype ARG's we brought to the Faire.

    Regards,

    Keith

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Ed Daley is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Although Rick and I won't be attending the Bay Area Maker Faire today and tomorrow, the team over at "Curiosity Hacked" have stepped up and are running the rocket tent and launcher this year.  You can find them in the South Lot, Zone 1.
While they w…
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We wanted to get started on a "Science Content" page on our website to get into some of the really cool hands-on physics that you can witness and easily experiment with when using compressed air rockets.  In this first discussion, I wanted t…
Devon Kurtz is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Kenneth Chee updated their profile
Kenneth Chee is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Hi All-
I just wanted to share that my son, Sean Violette, will be presenting one of his inventions on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" tonight.  Video available here.





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Tom Goodman is now a member of Air Rocket Works
"Similar issues with my 12v electric sprinkler valve, 2 parallel 9v battery system. I managed an in-the-field work around by pulling the launch switch and 10 ft lead out of the circuit. I have yet to try a full 12v battery to see if it works better. "
Ron Tillis is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Nhan Ho is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Hi,I am still using the V1 and a 24V electric sprinkler valve. I use an air compressor and two 9v batteries for the energizing. It's been working for about a year now. but about half way though last year I have had trouble with the value releasing a…
Adam J is now a member of Air Rocket Works
aaron s is now a member of Air Rocket Works
My son Sean and I were looking through old pictures and updating his website showing the inventions he has thought up and that we have built together, and we added a page showing how we created the first ARG.  It wound up being a brief history of ho…
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  • 24V electric sprinkler valve - trouble shooting

    Hi, I am still using the V1 and a 24V electric sprinkler valve. I use an air compressor and two 9v batteries for the energizing. It's been working for about a year now. but about half way though last year I have had trouble with the value releasing at any pressures higher than like 40PSI, it seems the solenoid can not click and only when we reduce the pressure can we get it to active. Does anyone know if any maintenance I should be doing on the valve, or other issues that I can fix that will…

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    Started by Mark G Peeters in Pressurizing Your System 1 Reply · Reply by Carl Plossl Apr 19
  • Rocket Building Stands

    When you're making rockets for big groups like we do every year, rocket building stands are a cheap and handy thing to use. We use our stands for Maker Faire weekends and festivals where hundreds, sometimes thousands of rockets are built.  Pull out these stands to help your rocketeers with their building and to make sure your PVC building forms don't walk away! Cut a 2"x6"x8' piece of wood into 5-1/2" lengths, yielding about 17 square-ish pieces out of 8 feet of board. Mark the center of…

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  • Quick Build rockets with 5th graders

    Hi, we got some great coverage from our local media folks. This video is great. kzootv.com/permalink/comstockrocketlaunch.html

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    Started by Mark G Peeters in Paper and Tape Rockets 1 Reply · Reply by Keith Violette Dec 14, 2014
  • Air Rockets after sunset

    Cheap Chinese LED helicopters are a great source of multicolor blinking LEDs for air rockets.  They're about $0.50 each on Amazon.  This set comes with a red-blue blinking LED, a little case for three hearing aid batteries, and a switch to turn the LED on and off. We remove the plastic helicopter wings and trim the helicopter stem above the LED.  You can then tape the LED, battery housing and switch to your paper rocket.  It makes it much easier to track and find the rockets after dark!…

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