002183 – Shuttle Xpress™


Beginner Skill
(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

The Estes Shuttle Xpress is a new wave of fighter glider technology that carries two gliding fighter shuttles to the skies for battle. At apogee, it releases the two fighter shuttles that glide back to earth. Using Estes standard model rocket engines this rocket can soar to 575 feet.

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Beginner Skill
(Formerly Easy to Assemble)

What a winning combination with a NASA type rocket with boost gliders.

The authentic booster rocket features a jet fighter look with plenty of scale detail and aerodynamic stability. The two shuttle fighters attach to the side of the booster and represent state of the art in stealth glider technology.

After launching on Estes standard model rocket engines, this powerful rocket can soar to over 575 feet , where the fighters are deployed and can cruise for up to 200 feet. After the fighters separate, the booster floats gently down on a bright 12 inch parachute, ready for another exciting search and destroy mission!

The Shuttle Xpress is from our beginner skill level series, which requires no painting and is easy to assemble in about an hour. Take command today of your own high altitude fighter group…get a Shuttle Xpress today!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement, hobby knife and masking 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

600 ft. (183 m)

Recovery System

12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute; Glide


17.7 in. (45 cm)


1.33 in. (34 mm)

Estimated Weight

3.2 oz. (90.7 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

1 Hour (painting and glue drying time not included)


Twin Gliders

Fin Materials


Decal Type


Launch System

Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad 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.

24 reviews for 002183 – Shuttle Xpress™

  1. Brian S

    Great with our without the gliders

    I highly recommend this for a first rocket! My son and I built this several years ago and have launched it many, many times. You may need a few extra pair of eyes to see where the gliders land.

    Our last launch a few weeks ago broke one of the posts that the gliders rest on but we have definitely gotten our money out of this kit.

    Of course, it could still launch without the gliders and is still a great rocket. The wider than normal tube makes it very easy to pack the wadding and parachute. It is a little heavy so I would not use an A8. Stick with B4 or B6 engines.

  2. RmAn99

    worth your money!

    This rocket is awesome! I would definitely recommend this rocket to people who are either just getting into the hobby, or that have been in it for a while. I would recommend flying it with a C engine, or a B6-4 at the least.

  3. case

    pretty darn cool

    I had my doubts about this one; could I get the little shuttles to fly right, would the thing hold together at launch, would I get 1 good flight out of it. I was wrong on all. flew great, shuttles worked as advertised, beautiful, slow, wow-type launch using a B engine. it flew multiple times, no issues, all good recoveries, quite a hit with onlookers

  4. Carey


    the rocket itself is fine if a little heavy. The gliders are styrofoam and pretty frail. They do fly well but I don’t know for how many launches.

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