Alpha III®

(70 customer reviews)

Alpha III®

(70 customer reviews)

A true classic, the Alpha III was the first rocket in the beginner series. Designed with pre-colored parts and self-stick decals, you’ll be ready for liftoff in an hour. Whether you’re a first timer or a long time flyer, the Alpha III should be in everyones’ collection.


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Join the hundreds of thousands of people who got their start in model rockets with this classic! The first rocket in the Beginner level series, the high-flying Alpha III was designed with beginners in mind.

Renown for its classic good looks, simple assembly, and excellent performance, the Alpha III is one of the model rocketry’s best-known and most-loved designs. The black body tube, fluorescent orange nose cone and one piece fin unit makes this rocket easy-to-assemble and fun to fly! With nothing needed more then everyday household supplies and some glue, you’ll be ready for liftoff in an hour. Using Estes standard model rocket engines (sold separately), watch as the Alpha III soars to 1150 feet high. Once the rocket reaches its peak altitude, it will gently return to earth on its brightly colored, matching orange 12 inch parachute. Whether you’re a first time rocketeer or a long time flyer, the Alpha III is a true classic that should be in everyones’ collection.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue and hobby knife. (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Four 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).

Projected Max Altitude

1150 ft. (351 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


12.1 in. (30.7 cm)


0.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.2 oz. (34 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Porta-Pad II and Electron Beam Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size


Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

70 reviews for Alpha III®

  1. mooseman58


    we launched it with a b6-5and it was gone.But overall it is a good beginner rocket

  2. baseball22

    alpha 3

    ya we launched with the b6-4 and we never saw it again it went so high and drifted away but overall a good rocket

  3. mg13

    fantastic starter

    Easy to assemble and completely durable. This is my “go-to” rocket when you want no-fuss launches. However, it does fly every bit as high as they advertise, so be ready to chase her (half the fun!).

  4. Dave

    Great Beginning Kit!

    I had the bug to get back into rocketry after 25 years, and this e2x came as part of a starter set. It brought back memories as I put it together in about an hour and loved flying it.

    Like others have said, don’t fly on a windy day. I lost mine today flying on a B4-4 but I’m sure i’ll find it in the fall 🙂 I’d buy again.

  5. evan


    This rocket is perfect for kids

  6. dc69154


    I had this rocket about ten years ago, the most depenable in my collection, until one day i had a hiccup on the luanch pad which sent the rocket at like a 20 degree angle down the “recovery” hill…to make a long and thirlling story short . I had to dig the rocket out of the ground…Only the tip of one fin was visible, the impact shoved the nose cone into the body. Awesome rocket…I’m buying it agian!!!

  7. rocket

    simple easy fast high fun

    It took 30min to build and was an amazing flight


    At School

    We launched this rocket at school. Let me tell ya, it goes like high in the air.

  9. WaidmannsHeil7

    Good Starter

    When I bought this rocket 4 years ago, I was amazed at how high it can go on a small C-6.
    It was my very first experience with rockets also and I recommend this for all other beginners. Paved the way to my launching of Aerotech high power engines.
    Excellent rocket.

  10. 7893l


    goes high and far don’t launch on a windy day

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