Model Rockets

During the “space race” era of the 1950s and 60s, interest in rockets grew rapidly. Young amateur scientists eagerly built their own homemade rockets, using metallic airframes and a dangerous mix of propellants. Accidents and injuries were inevitable. Model rocketry answered the call for a safe, fun, and educational alternative to such risky experimentation.

Today, you can purchase model rocket kits and supplies from brands like Estes rockets right here from Tower Hobbies. The variety is astounding. Simple starter model rocket kits — highly recommended for newcomers to the hobby — often can be ready to launch as quickly as 30 minutes after you buy them. Model rocketry has also developed into a sport which allows hobbyists to compete with each other in spot landing contests and design events. And the safety of model rocketry is carefully guarded by the National Association of Rocketry. This independent organization of hobbyists sets the safety standards for the hobby — standards which rocketry manufacturers voluntarily support.

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The Basics of Model Rockets

The Basics of Model Rockets