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. Vicky

    Excellent 1st Rocket

    Great starter, this rocket is very cool, INCLUDES launcher! That means even better for first rocket buyers! It took relatively little time to build. However when I flew it it disappeared into the clouds. Probably because it was windy and I used a not-recommended engine, probably too high. Hmmm…

  2. you know it


    I cant find the shock cord mount Plz help! What bag is it in? ESTES NOTE: The shock cord mount is printed in the instructions, either on the front page or page 2, depending on the revision date of your kit.

  3. John

    a simple alpha

    The alpha rockets have long been a rocketeer’s mainstay, and this version makes a very simple introduction to the hobby. It’s also great for younger rocketeers with little ability to use hobby knives, glue, paint, etc. It also works for us older folk who can do those things, but would rather start launching than spend too much time building!

  4. Anthony


    this rocket I had for 3 years now and it still flies great, strong rocket

  5. Sam


    We made this rocket with my Civil Air Patrol Squadron, and it worked great! Flew very high and was fun to use 🙂

  6. yeagerfan

    Back in the Saddle

    Its been 30yrs, and now back launching rockets again. This time with my kids! This set beats a nintendo DS anytime. Great set to get eveyone involved and out of the house. Very happy with the quality and ease of assembly. Recommended for all beginners and for those like me that have been away for awhile. Now my kids and I are hooked!

  7. Anthony


    Iv’e had this rocket for 6 years and it still flies the way it did when I first flew it 6 years ago. It is very easy to build and it lasts very long.

  8. Ryan


    rocket looks great and is great but my launcher did not work

  9. joshr


    I’ve had this set for almost 20 years, and now my kids are enjoying it too. Still working great.

  10. the ignighter


    i got this a few years ago and it works great 🙂
    but i lost the ignigter 🙁

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