NASA Kennedy Space Center Templates

Click on this PDF (Here) designed by our friends at NASA Kennedy Space Center.  These four templates represent the Delta II, Delta IV and Atlas IV from United Launch Alliance, and also the Falcon 9 from Space X. Special thanks to NASA, ULA and SpaceX who were all gracious enough to allow us to use their imagery for this purpose. Also, a huge thanks to David Sollberger, NASA Launch Services Program Deputy Chief Engineer, for working with us on this project.

These templates perform best when printed on a heavier paper.  #80 card stock is suggested for the third page.

Notes on construction:

Step 1.) Cut out the body tube.  Use scissors or a paper cutter:

Cut only along the inside edge – leave the blank un-printed strip along the side.

Step 2.) Form the body tube.  Apply 11″ long length of clear packing tape, 1/2 way along the edge you just cut:

Align the end of the tape with the base of the rocket.  Excess at the tip is OK.  You can stick it right to the table or plastic surface, and peel it up as shown above.

Flip the template over (printed side down – sticky side of tape up), align the mandrel (1/2″ piece of PVC pipe or launch tube provided with your kit):

Note the sticky-side up tape along the top edge. Roll the rectangular body tube around the mandrel, like using a rolling pin:

Cut a second length of packing tape at 13-15″ long.  Add this piece of packing tape over the exposed paper, leaving the extra material extended over the nose of the rocket.  The tape should be even with the bottom edge of the rocket. (don’t tape it to the pipe).

Fold this extra tape over the open nose of the rocket to seal it.  Neatly fold in the extra flaps of tape like hospital corners.

Roll the tube on a hard flat surface to smooth out the tape.  It is best to work from the center of the tape outward.

Cut an additional 5-7″ long piece of tape and cover the nose in the opposite direction as the last piece of tape.  Neatly fold the edges of this piece and roll to smooth out the tape.

Step 3.) Cut out and attach the fins.  Cut out 4 fins with scissors or paper cutter.  Cut a 3/4″ wide piece of packing tape with scissors, and cover 1/2 one side of one fin:

You can tape it to the table again, and peel up the two parts together.  Align the long edge of the fin with the blue dashed lines at the rear of the rocket, and stick down.


Fold fin to the opposite side and apply a second piece of tape to the other side of the same fin.

Trim excess tape from the leading edge of the fins if necessary:

Repeat for the other three fins.

Step 4.) Slide out the mandrel pipe and Check it out!  It’s ready to fly:

These templates also look more realistic and fly much higher when used with a foam nose available in the store