001403 – Riptide™ Launch Set

(39 customer reviews)


Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Ready to Fly)

No assembly required means you are at the launch sight quick! Featuring a really cool chrome nose cone and fins, the Riptide is one cool rocket!


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Launch Set – Beginner Skill

(Formerly Ready to Fly)

The Estes Riptide Launch Set contains almost everything you need for hours of high flying fun! This shiny rocket is completely assembled by specially trained craftsman and is ultra aerodynamic and has totally awesome highly reflective blue chrome colored fins and nose cone.

The Riptide stands 18 inches tall. When launched on our Estes standard model rocket engines, it can reach heights over 650 feet and returns smoothly on a colorful 12 inch parachute.

Rip through the sky with your own ready to fly Riptide!

LAUNCH SYSTEM includes Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and Electron Beam Launch Controller.

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

Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

675 ft. (206 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute


18 in. (45.7 cm)


1.35 in. (34 mm)

Estimated Weight

2.7 oz. (76.5 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

15 Minutes (painting and glue drying time not included)


Chrome Components

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Includes 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.

39 reviews for 001403 – Riptide™ Launch Set

  1. Jake the Cake


    I got this for my sons birthday, he loved it!!! He even slept with it in his hands!!! Just shot it in the sky, it went high, then fell in a tree, It’s cool, but make sure you have a big field 🙂

  2. Robert

    A Beauty…

    Has become my favorite rocket. Very solid. Great looking metallic look that gets attention by people passing by. My kids like firing this one off and then retrieving it so that they can show it off to people.

  3. Ryan

    perfect rocket

    every launch has been a perfect launch.I have had zero problems what so ever

  4. Jonathan

    Great Rocket!

    This is a superb rocket! It flies beautifully and is quite stylish. My wife, who could care less about rocketry, was amazed by this rocket and now wants one of her own! Highly recommend!

  5. Sarah Maren

    Great fun! 1st rocket for my 4 year-old!

    This rocket came with a launchpad and launch controller, so easy to use, my 4 year-old daughter launched it herself! She really felt excited to countdown herself, and the key+button sequence really helped her to understand the importance of safety. She enjoyed seeing that when the key was properly pressed in, the ready-to-launch light would turn on. Thank you for a great and simple design!

  6. Rhino

    Good Rocket

    Flawless launches every time perfect for beginners

  7. Anthony

    good starter kit

    the estes riptide is a great starter rocket for the beginer rocketeer. no building requied and comes with a launch pad. “great rocket”

  8. mr. rocket


    Not the best rocket ever, but it sure gets your excitement up! The best part is it is it is easy to recover (Just dont launch it in a too large field.). Mine surived all the launces so far. It is a good kit to start rocketry with.

  9. redApple

    Family Fun

    Santa brought this for my son. Once a bit of warm weather came our way, we had it on the launch pad within minutes. The flight was true, and using B6-4 engines Riptide achieved
    impressive altitude.

    Great first-timer rocket!

  10. Qman

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This rocket is really good. It flies amazingly. Plus,it flies REALLY high.

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