Gearing up for the release of our 2.1 Version Launcher!

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.  (Launcher kits DO NOT include the bicycle pump or air compressor).

Domestic and International Kickstarter orders have shipped! The only product that will be delayed is the Air Rocket Glider.  The ARG will be ready to ship in the next few weeks.

We've taken sales information off our website because we are close to releasing our 2.1 Version Launcher.  It will be for sale here in a couple of weeks and in the Maker Shed at:  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for the next launcher, email us at:

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)


  • 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:

    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.



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  • 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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These instructions are for the just released Compressed Air Rocket Launcher (C.A.R.) v2.1.  
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  • 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.

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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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