Version 2.1 Launcher is Here!

The 2.1 version of our Compressed Air Rocket launcher (CAR v2.1) is here!  There is a limited number on sale on the Maker Shed. We are currently sold out here on our website.  We do however offer only here, the Air Rocket Glider kit.  You can only order one, two or three below.  All prices include shipping in the USA.  Email us at: airrocketworks@gmail.com for information on international orders and larger quantities.

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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  • Well, we had a fun time at the National Maker Faire.  It was much smaller scale than we had anticipated, however we made many good contacts, including NASA and the Smithsonian, along with KID Museum in nearby Bethesda.

    The cameraman covering the event got this great action shot above right as my…

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  • Successful 2nd Grade Rocket Day

    There are 75 kids in the second grade at Sean's school.  We did a short presentation, and showed the soon to be…

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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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Mr. Bliss is now a member of Air Rocket Works
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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…
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"A battery operated cordless inflator is the best of both worlds. You can connect directly to the Schrader valve.

Here's an example:
http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-c3-19.2-volt-cordless-inflator/p...

Battery not included, unfortunately. The ba…"
"So great - thanks Tom! This helped our entire little league team and their (short attention span) siblings create their own rockets in no time. They had some amazing launches. They loved customizing and tweaking their rockets."
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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