Used by NASA, Universities, STEM Programs, Museums, Science Classes, Scouts and at Maker Faires!

Our online STORE is now up and running!  You can now order all our available products in one place.  For bulk orders, educational discounts and international orders, email us at:

With our version 2.2 we've really hit the sweet spot!  v2.2 is now better than ever with flights up to 8.5 seconds and 300'. We also published our brand new updated Rocket Template on the instructions page. Also our  newest CARB (Compressed Air Rocket Bounce) this past weekend, flew nearly out of sight and landed with a 10' bounce.  With a foam nose, lightweight body and plastic fins it's durable and sleek.  We're super happy with this new rocket and you will be too!  We're working on our website store but in the meantime you can order launchers below and for special order, shoot us an email.

Also new!  

We've got very light weight ABS plastic tubes custom made to fit our standard 1/2" launch tubes.  We've been wanting to make these for a while and now they are a reality.  They are 10" long, extremely strong and perfect for prototyping different types of rockets.  

Secondly, we've had custom squishy foam nosecones made that fit every type of 1/2"rocket.  These nosecones are only found here and work with the paper and tape rocket, plastic body tube above and the NASA card stock rocket.  These nosecones add a high center of gravity for spectacular flights.  Additionally, you get a nice 5'-10' bounce when they land.  Email us at the address below for more info on these custom rocket body tubes and foam nosecones.  

Grab a bicycle pump and this kit and send homemade paper rockets soaring hundreds of feet in the air! This is the newest version of the Compressed Air Rocket Launcher.

Blast reusable rockets hundreds of feet in the air with the Compressed Air Rocket Launcher v2.2! This launcher was first introduced to the world in Make: Magazine vol. 15 in 2008. Since then, individuals, groups, and Maker Faires all over the world have had a blast introducing rocketry to kids and adults with this launcher. 

The Compressed Air Rocket Launcher v2.2 has been refined again, it is still made entirely out of industrial compressed air rated metal parts and a precision cut wooden base, it is now even easier to assemble, offers labeled the connections, and is more corrosion resistant.  This launcher is designed for heavy use and many years of high flying fun. In fact, this launcher has been used at Maker Faires in both the Bay Area and New York City to launch thousands of rockets over the course of the weekends.  Every v2.2 launcher kit includes our brand new CARB (Compressed Air Rocket - Bounce).

  • Assembles in about half an hour using these easy to follow illustrated instructions
  • Sturdy design to withstand many years of use
  • Launch tube can be easily tilted to account for wind conditions by loosening a single wing nut
  • Includes storage for launch tubes

What You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench / Pliers
  • Masking tape & Scissors to build rockets
  • Bicycle pump (we recommend Lezyne) or air compressor
  • Works with the Air Rocket Glider Kit, sold separately here or from Maker Shed

Important: The Compressed Air Rocket launcher operates at pressures up to 130 PSI. ADULT SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED. There are inherent risks in working with compressed air - this is a "put your phone away" project where you need to be present for launching. Never aim this device at people or animals. LLC and Maker Media Inc takes no responsibility for damages or injuries associated with the improper use of this device. 

About, the Air Rocket Launcher and Air Rocket Glider!

The One-of-a-Kind Air Rocket Glider (on the right) - 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.

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.  

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



"Good idea. I have to try this. I use CR232 with LED inside the plastic rockets. This works pretty well but the paper rockets it does not work well."
Keith Violette published an article
Nick Corston and friends have started STEAM Co., a fantastic traveling Science Tech Engineering ARTS and Math show.  They have done tons of shows and events all over the UK.  The launcher that Nick uses is one of our original Kickstarter era v2.0 la…
"Printing one now. It will be interesting to see the different results. "
"This is awesome!"
We'll be lauunching all weekend at the World Maker Faire in New York this coming weekend.  Come join us from 10-6 on both Saturday and Sunday.  Keith and Rick will both be there with their families in our once a year Air Rocket Works reunion.  Detai…
Keith Violette’s blog post was featured
UPDATE 9/23/16:
Our friends at NASA used the launcher system again, this time it was used at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  They set up right in front of the rocket garden, which made for a perfect backdrop.  Video at the link below.
Keith Violette published an article
I wanted to add some excellent links to those of you who have access to 3D printers.  Here are some some fin, nosecone and even complete rockets that can be 3D printed:
Customize, download & print a compressed air rocket from our friends at RIPPL3D:…
A couple years ago I borrowed a friends GoPro Hero 3 Black and we had some fun figuring out the launch velocities of paper rockets & the Air Rocket Glider at 120 frames per second.  Here is the picture that sums it all up:
We did it "Mythbusters sty…
Keith Violette published an article
CARB Parts:
Here are the three parts that assemble to make the CARB Compressed Air Rocket Bounce recovery.  You will need to add the superglue.

Installation of the nosecone is a bit tricky.  You may want to practice pushing and twisting in the nos…
Joe Rajacic is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Virginia A. Vargas is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Our brand new v2.2 launcher got a workout at the Second Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park in San Jose, CA.  We built and launched over 700 rockets in just 7 hours!  I think that might be a record.  Pictured above is the San Jose Hisor…
Jackie R Schoonover jr is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Christian Hansen is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Jason P posted a discussion
I saw on the front page that with the new 2.2 air rocket kit there was also a new rocket template that was going to be posted. Has it been posted somewhere yet? I couldn't find it.Thanks!Jason
David Keating is now a member of Air Rocket Works


  • Updated rocket template?

    I saw on the front page that with the new 2.2 air rocket kit there was also a new rocket template that was going to be posted. Has it been posted somewhere yet? I couldn't find it. Thanks! Jason

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    Started by Jason P in Paper and Tape Rockets 0 Replies
  • Big Red Button (BRB)

    Missing hitting the Big Red Button to launch your rocket?  Here is one that you can print on a 3D printer and then adapt to use with the slide valve in our current kit.    1. Download and print the BRB .STL File. 2. You're going to need the following parts: Medium-Pressure Brass Threaded Pipe Fitting1/8 Pipe Size, Male x Female 90 Degree Elbow Push-to-Connect Tube Fitting for AirStraight Adapter for 1/4" Tube OD x 1/8 NPT Male (this part is needed if connecting directly to an air compressor…

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    Started by Rick Schertle in General 1 Reply · Reply by Kevin Boland Nov 20
  • 3D Printed Fin Guide

    Download the following file and 3D print this handy fin guide designed by Keith.  Use one side for straight fins and the other side for slightly angled fins for a rifle effect. 3D Print File for Fin Guide (.STL)

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    Started by Rick Schertle in Paper and Tape Rockets 1 Reply · Reply by Kevin Boland Nov 21
  • securing the ARG tail fins

    I'm wondering if anyone else is having this problem... The tail fins on my ARG keep detaching upon landing. 2 of the 3 times when I've lost a fin, it was due to crash landings during early test flights. But now that I've got a good glide and flight time, I still had a fin detach on landing gently in grass. I attached them with Gorilla brand super glue. I'm thinking of drilling a hole in each one, close to the body, and wrapping a zip tie around the body, through each hole, kind of clamping them…

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    Started by Matt Dittrich in Air Rocket Glider (ARG) 0 Replies