002092 – Mongoose™


Intermediate Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 1)

Snakes won’t get close to this one! The Mongoose is a two stage rocket that builds into one over the top, high performance rocket! Soars to astonishing heights of over 1,600 feet using the Estes standard model rocket engines.

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Intermediate Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 1)

The Estes Mongoose is the perfect first time building and flying experience for a newbie who wants to try their hand at flying a two stage rocket.

A two stage rocket has two sections of the rocket with the engines stacked or staged one on top of the other. The lower or first stage contains a booster engine that kicks the rocket off the launch pad, and the upper or second stage has a standard engine inserted into it for extreme flight altitude.

Recovery is usually by parachute or streamer. The action is always hot when flying a staged rocket! The Mongoose can be flown as a single stage rocket or add a booster engine and watch this beast soar to astonishing heights of over 1,800 feet.

Standing over 26 inches tall, this high-flying rocket will descend back to earth on a colorful 12 inch parachute.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement, hobby knife, masking tape and clear tape. (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).

Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

1600 ft. (488 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute; Tumble


27 in. (68.6 cm)


.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

1 oz. (28.3 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.

40 reviews for 002092 – Mongoose™

  1. Caleb

    Cool Rocket

    you are going to love it this should be your first pick because it goes really high and because your son will like it.

  2. Apalm

    Wonderful Rocket!

    This rocket is amazing. It flies really well and extremely high. If you happen to loose rockets a lot, like I do, then it is great because it is cheap and easy to build. Even if you only get to fly it once before loosing it, it is well worth it for the show it puts on.

  3. arr

    high flier

    flies very high on even one stage never tried it with two yet but im sure it would be awesome.

  4. Sebastian

    Practically an E2X

    I love this rocket! It was my first two stage, and it flies amazingly well. The fins are plastic, and it is built practically the same way as most of the E2X rockets are. Definitely a must-have if you want to start staging rockets, but aren’t ready for the skill in the upper levels yet.

  5. KP


    This rocket is a great build for beginners! This rocket also fly’s great as a 2 or 1 stage! I give 5 Stars

  6. Aaron


    My 8 yd old boy had a easy time building it but i should have bought a 2 stage motor. Mongoose will be missed.

  7. Fernando

    Love it

    The rocket is so easy to buil just like in a hour. And is so fun to blast it off so high in the sky.

  8. Jcc

    Great and easy build!

    I got this as a gift, I finally got a chance to build it. It was a great and easy and fun build. It is my first two-stage rocket I can’t wait to see what it does in the sky. If your looking for a first two-stage rocket to build go with this one!!!!

  9. David

    Fun Straight Flier, but…

    I got this kit as a gift about a month and a half ago and finally got around to putting it together. The build was very easy but I do but I have one recommendation when it comes to the build (well two, but the second is based on the flight… see below). In places where you are mating plastic to cardboard (such as the fin can to a body tube) I recommend using epoxy instead of plastic cement. I went to remove the friction-fit upper stage engine after its first flight and the body tube separated from the fin can. Other than that the build process is very straightforward and if you’ve built anything form Estes before you will have no problems. The flight was absolutely phenomenal. I used a B6-0/B6-6 combination to get a feel for the flight. No issues with stage separation and it happened at an altitude where the booster stage was easy to track to the ground. The only snarl in what would have been one of the best two stage flights I’ve ever had from an Estes kit was the booster descent. The booster is stable and therefore doesn’t tumble. Had it been summer with soft ground and nice long grass or hay it would have been a non-issue, but with frozen ground the body tube got crumpled a little (I give it a 50/50 chance of being repaired). Booster stage reinforcement would be recommended.

    Do I recommend the kit overall? Yes. Just avoid parking lots or hard ground and kit should give you flight after flight of great enjoyment.

  10. Robert

    Great color combo

    This is going to be my next purchase as I look for my kids to have a relatively easy experience on assembling a two stage rocket. Great color scheme!

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