The Air Rocket Launcher v2.0 Now Shipping Next Day!

THANK YOU to all our 236 Kickstarter Backers!!! $31,502!!!

The Air Rocket Launcher is now shipping Next Day for domestic orders!  Please email us for international shipping rates, bulk orders or any combination of items not listed on the drop down order form.  

Domestic Kickstarter orders have shipped! The only product that will be delayed is the Air Rocket Glider.  The ARG will hopefully be ready to ship early 2015.

Totals below include shipping.   Thanks everyone for your business!

What's Available

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.  

The Compressed Air Rocket V2.0 is here! - First introduced on the pages of MAKE Magazine #15 in 2008, the Compressed Air Rocket has been wildly popular.  Thousands of kits have been sold and millions have followed the DIY build on Kip Kay's Youtube Weekend Projects.  With rockets materials costing as little as 25 cents each and blasting 200-300' over and over again, these rockets are perfect for individuals and groups.  Pressure can be dialed down for smaller launch locations.

We now bring to you the exclusive Compressed Air Rocket V2.0.  Improvements include:

  • Simplified Build (builds in 1/2 hour with only an adjustable wrench)
  • No messy glue or batteries needed
  • As good, if not better performance than the first version
  • All industrial air pressure rated parts
  • Folds down small for easy transport and storage

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)


  • Just a quick update that Kickstarter kits will mostly be sent out by the end of the week and then we'll begin catching up on our Pay Pal customers.  Thanks a ton for your patience.  It's nice that things are finally moving.

    Keith updated the instructions with fresh pictures and detailed explainations.

    Thanks to Jason Martin for the great contributions on streamer recovery with a 3D printed rocket.  Very cool!  I'm adding some parachute recovery ideas to the Forums.  We would…

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  • LIVE From New York!

    Hi All-

    It was great to meet some of you in person today.  We had a really busy day controlling the crowds in our "booth".  It really wasn't a booth at all, but two 22' x 22' tents side by side it is HUGE!  It's larger than many of the big companies that are exhibiting.  We had 60+ rockets being made at a time.  There were about 800 rockets built and launched today over the 9 hours that the Faire was open today, and that includes shutting down twice during the Coke & Mentos show -…

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  • New Paper & Tape Rocket Template Added

    Hello Rocketeers...

    We have developed a new Paper & Tape Rocket template that uses standard letter size paper (8.5" x 11").

    Check it out here:

    Keith & Rick

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  • Come check out the New York Maker Faire

    Hi All-

    As Rick and I and our families did last year, we will again be exhibiting at the Maker Faire in New York on Sept. 20th and 21st.  

    If anyone is attending, and you are interested in volunteering, it would be a huge help!  

    We'll be located in the same place as last year, in the "Fly Zone" Zone #4.  It's right next to the Coke & Mentos stage, and not far from the new "Game of Drones" area.

    Here's the…

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"So just a quick update. I thought changing the bike pump fixed the problem, but it did not. Subsequent launch attempts proved to be just as frustrating. I estimate the valve would not close 60-70% of the time with the new bike pump.
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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.

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  • 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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  • Schraeder valve fix

    After assembly, one of the rocket launchers seemed blocked.  When we tried pumping with the bike pump, pressure would build up very quickly, but we couldn't get any air to come out of the launch tube.  If we pumped like crazy, eventually we'd hear a high-pitched squeak coming from somewhere near the slide valve. We eventually identified the problem as the Schraeder valve insert, which is part of the slide valve assembly.  The valve insert (see image below) was screwed in too far.  The nob…

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  • Troubleshooting the Air Rocket Launcher

    While not too many issues have surfaced, this is where we're going to start listing solutions to commonly reported problems: QEV Sticks On occasion, the flap inside the QEV valve may not reset itself after the rocket is launched.  This rarely happens if the launcher is connected to a compressor.  We did over 2000 launches with the Compressed Air Rocket Launcher 2.0 at Maker Faire in New York with it directly connected to a compressor and I don't think had a single malfunction.  Depending on…

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    Started by Rick Schertle in General 7 Replies · Reply by Jason P Nov 19