Alpha III® Launch Set

(52 customer reviews)

Alpha III® Launch Set

(52 customer reviews)

The Alpha III was the first rocket in the Beginner level series. With easy-to-assemble parts, you’ll be ready for liftoff in an hour.



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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.

The black body tube, fluorescent orange nose cone and one piece fin unit is easy-to-assemble and fun to fly! With nothing needed more than 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.

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

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 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

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.

52 reviews for Alpha III® Launch Set

  1. adam.t.steitz

    good first rocket!

  2. boldcustomer

    Great starter set, however, rocket has some problems in the details…

    This launch set is superior to many others, in my opinion. I like that it came with the Electron Beam controller instead of the Astron. Many other sets come with the Astron controller. The Astron controller runs on a nine volt battery rather than AA batteries. I prefer AAs because they are more common and more reliable, in my experience. ESTES NOTE: The Astron 9V controller has been discontinued because it requires a very high quality alkaline battery for proper operation.

    As regards the rocket, the classic Alpha III (the best rocket I had as a child). It is very simple to build. It also has proven very durable. It free fell approximately 275 feet on my first launch on an A8-3 engine and survived (it did not deploy properly because I did not pack the parachute perfectly the first time). However, don’t expect a “perfect” rocket out of this set. The fin unit had one bent fin that causes the rocket to spin on accent. This is not unique to my specific Alpha III. I looked at some Alpha III kits later and they had the same problem. ESTES NOTE: The fins should not be bent with a new kit. If this is the case, contact our Customer Service Dept. please. The nose cone is hollow without a cap. Without care, the parachute can get stuck in there and not deploy. The two stick on decals that wrap around the rocket are too long for the body tube. This causes them to overlap by about an eighth or three-sixteenth of an inch. The instructions say to apply the decals after attaching the launch lug. This causes problems later when the bottom decal looks like it is supposed to be under it. ESTES NOTE: The decal does not go under the launch lug. The decal may need to be trimmed.

    All in all, don’t misunderstand. This is a superior set. I said it at the beginning for a reason. There are just some small details that keep it from being the perfect set.

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