Domestic Kickstarter orders have shipped! In the next week, we'll be catching up on Pay Pal orders and then kits will be available for next-day shipping! The only product that will be delayed is the Air Rocket Glider.
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Our Kickstarter campaign has Completed! - Rocket Launcher Kits, Air Rocket Gliders and Folding-Wing Gliders will SOON be available for immediate shipping here on this website!
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:
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…
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 -…
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
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.
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…Read more…
Air Rocketeers, Here are a couple of ideas I've been playing around with. At some point, we're hoping to have an air rocket design challenge out there. These are some prototypes and ideas for both parachute and heli recovery. Helicopter Recovery This website has been a source of interest and an attempted prototype as well: https://sites.google.com/site/theskydartteam/projects/air-rocketry/helicopter-recovery I've also been messing about a bit with an air rocket version of this Rotaroc-A…Read more…
It's super simple to connect your Air Rocket Launcher directly to an air compressor. Instead of attaching the Schrader valve to the "Launch" side of the slide valve, screw in a 1/4" NPT Male Quick Connect Compressor Fitting. Set your compressor output pressure to about 100 psi. Slide valve back to launch and then forward to recharge. Launcher will be ready immediately for the next launch.Read more…
I know that some rocketeers, and probably all of those new to rockets, might not know about using streamers instead of parachutes for the recovery device of a rocket. Streamers are a very viable solution for or version of rocketry as most, I say most and will explain shortly, of the rockets launched will be greatly under 30 grams. Why did I chose 30 grams? While looking around for how to best deploy a parachute for an air rocket, I stumbled upon this Apogee Rockets Newsletter. It confirmed…Read more…