Alpha III®

(69 customer reviews)

Alpha III®

(69 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.

69 reviews for Alpha III®

  1. Joshua

    One of the best

    I have had this for years. Just make sure to use a lot of wadding.

  2. cam and griff

    great beginner set

    We have a school next door with large soccer fields and they have worked perfect. We have 6 launches so far and 6 successfull recoveries. Dad recommends staying with the a8-3 engines for his 8 and 4 year old. Goes plenty high for them. They cant wait till we get more engines. Invited two of our uncles over to experience it too. They were in model rocket club when they were younger. They loved it

  3. blablabla4

    very good rocket

    i got this rocket at astro camp at stennis space center and the way to not loose yours in the wind id to cut a hole in your parachute i know it sounds crazy but it works

  4. Apalm

    Superb Rocket!

    This rocket is great. It flys high and stable. It’s also really easy to build. The design is elegant in its simplicity and looks great. Overall, this rocket is one of my favorites and is well worth the cost!

  5. neil


    it flys very high and will get lost in the slightest of wind, but overall it is a great rocket!

  6. FlyByWire

    My Favorite Rocket

    This was my first rocket which i recieved for my 11 birthday signed by Ret. Col. Chris Hadfield soon to be commander of the International Space Station.

  7. champ

    great rocket

    this is my first rocket. i loved it. mine lost its lug during flight. otherwise great rocket.

  8. Marty

    My first rocket, and I might add the best by far!

    I was really impresssed by this rocket when I bought it, assembled it, and flew it! A very perfect launch indeed, especially for a beginner. . . Especially if you use a C motor! But word of wise; You will lose it on a windy day! I almost lost mine when the wind picked up to a good gust!

  9. Mr. Prius

    Absolutely amazing and reliable

    I bought this rocket with a launch set, and have launched it 6 times within a month. I love it. It hasn’t had any problems except for once where the parachute got a tiny burn, but there’s nothing masking tape can’t do. Make sure your field is big on a C6-3. I had to walk 1/4 mile to get it!!!

  10. Jon

    Strait flyer’s

    Very impressed with this rocket. Fly es grate with good balance. The bright Orange body makes it easy to spot & find. If you don’t have time to build one and just want to fly this is it.

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