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

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 v2.1! 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 v2.1 has been completely redesigned and is now made entirely out of industrial compressed air rated metal parts and a precision cut wooden base. 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.

Key Features

  • 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
  • Includes a 3/8" launch tube to fire off the Air Rocket Glider from Make: issue #39.  

What You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench 
  • Pliers
  • Masking tape
  • 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 150 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. AirRocketWorks.com LLC and Maker Media Inc takes no responsibility for damages or injuries associated with the improper use of this device. 

We are currently SOLD OUT of all our Air Rocket Launcher Kits.  We're gearing up for the release of our version 2.2 launcher in August.  There may be a few kits still left at the Maker Shed at: http://www.makershed.com/products/compressed-air-rocket-launcher-v2-1

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for our version 2.2, please send us an email at: airrocketworks@gmail.com.  In the meantime, thank so much for your wonderful support!

About AirRocketWorks.com, 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.

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.  

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

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John Knight is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Paul Marlett is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Anjali Maus and Frederick R. Logan joined Air Rocket Works
Above are the five high end launchers that we designed and built for NASA Launch Services Program in Cape Canaveral Florida.  The project got started when David Sollberger, NASA Launch Services Program Deputy Chief Engineer, contacted us at the end…
I wanted to show off the incredible thank you notes that I received after loaning a couple rocket launchers, rocket making materials and some other science experiments to Atkinson Academy for their Enrichment Day on 5/28/16.  I'm very impressed with…
Jared Krueger is now a member of Air Rocket Works
We were fortunate to be contacted by the SEE Science Center in Manchester, NH and asked to incorporate two of our Compressed Air Rocket launchers into a brand new exhibit.  It will be a fun an interactive way to show how energy is transferred, start…
J Davis is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Howard Kiyuna is now a member of Air Rocket Works
With over a thousand rockets built and many thousands launched, AirRocketWorks.com continues to be a hit at Maker Faire.  This is our eighth year with the rockets and enthusiasm is only growing!  We used a single v2.1 Compressed Air Rocket Launcher…
calvin heng is now a member of Air Rocket Works
We'll be launching air rockets all weekend (May 20-22) ot Maker Faire Bay Area 2016.  Come build, launch and take home a 

compressed air rocket.  We'll be in the Zone 1 near The Crucible.  
See: http://makerfaire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Make…
jan farmer is now a member of Air Rocket Works
Paul Fitz-Gerald and Daron Johnson joined Air Rocket Works
Our friends at NASA Kennedy Space Center have allowed us to post their paper rocket templates here on our website.  From left to right above: ATLAS V, DELTA IV, FALCON 9 and DELTA II launch vehicles.
Click here to go to the template and detailed ins…
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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