For a very limited time, you can still pre-purchase the following items via PayPal or with a credit card. Again, this is a pre-order and kits may not ship for up to 8 weeks (likely late October) as Keith and Rick will be super busy fulfilling our successful Kickstarter rewards. Our Kickstarter orders will be first priority. Totals below include shipping. Folding-Wing Gliders however, are in stock and available for immediate shipping. Email us for bulk order prices and international shipping rates. Thanks everyone for your business!
Our Kickstarter campaign has Completed! - Rocket Launcher Kits, Air Rocket Gliders and Folding-Wing Gliders will be available for sale here on this website, once we fulfill all 236 Kickstarter Backers! For now, you can pre-order them at the link above.
Rick, Keith and our families will be at the NY Maker Faire, in the Fly Zone, so come check it out and make some rockets with us!
Also just released is our article in MAKE: Magazine issue 39 on the Air Rocket Glider and Air Launcher 2.0
With over 2000 rockets built and launched this past weekend, 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)
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.
My daughter Lauren was running our 3D printer, with a hands-on activity…
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…
I couldn't wait for the kits to be ready so I ordered the CAR v2.0-DIY Scratch Build parts from McMaster. I got everything assembled but I was disappointed with the results. The problem appears to be with the QEV (McMaster 6646K25). When I open the sleeve on the Sliding-Sleeve Brass Valve (McMaster 4622K33) the chamber appears to fill. But when I close the sleeve valve little if anything happens from the exhaust port of the QEV. I have zero experience with the quick exhaust valves and what…Read more…
I've had the opportunity to lead paper rocket make and launch projects at several large events. In the past I've used a template that is made from one entire sheet of 8.5x11 card stock. I decided to design the attached half sheet template to save money and time. The attached template flies well with this important addition ==> You must add a slight twist to the end of each tail fin. Although the kids always press the "launch button" I always have an adult there managing the two launchers. It's…Read more…
If I use an electric compressor for the CAR V2.0 how high should I set the pressure? I am guessing that too high might make the mechanical valve hard to trigger. Thanks! Aaron NewcombRead more…