Loadstar™ II

(1 customer review)


The Loadstar II is one AMAZING rocket that can reach heights of 1000 feet! Step back and watch it soar! A must-have two-stage rocket with a payload section for anyone’s collection.

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A great rocket with great performance, the Loadstar II will take a few hours of your time but will be well worth the effort. One of our most popular two-stage rockets, the Loadstar II is sure to be a crowd pleaser on and off the launch pad.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement, hobby knife, masking tape, clear tape, primer (white), paint (black, yellow) and clear coat (optional). (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).



Projected Max Altitude

1000 ft. (305 m)

Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute; Tumble


23.3 in. (59.2 cm)


1.64 (42 mm)

Estimated Weight

2.8 oz. (79.4 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

4 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)


Clear Payload Section

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

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.

1 review for Loadstar™ II

  1. Roy M Hilbelink

    Can anyone that has used it for carrying a camera in the payload bay recommend a camera that would fit for this purpose?

  2. Warren

    Fun rocket to build and it looks great!

    I bought this rocket in order to launch Arduino projects in the large payload section. It was fun and relatively easy to assemble, although I don’t think I would recommend it for a beginning builder.

    As mentioned in other reviews, special care needs to be taken when assembling and inserting the engine mounts so that they are spaced properly for two-stage use.

    I would also recommend using a fin alignment guide when attaching the fins to the rocket so that the fins on the booster stage line up with the fins on the main stage.

    The blow molded nose cone in my kit had a HUGE imperfection in it that took quite a bit of filling and sanding to smooth it all out. I’m kind of surprised that the nose cone slipped past quality control.

    I haven’t had the opportunity to fly the rocket yet; I’m still working on the “avionics” package I want to put in the payload section. My plans are to package a pressure sensor (for measuring altitude) and a 3D digital accelerometer on a small circuit board along with an Arduino Pro Mini to record the flight data for later playback and analysis. It should be pretty cool.

  3. Gregory

    Great Flying Rocket

    We use this rocket for one of our teacher professional development workshops at the NASTAR Center — it flies great and is a terrific way to introduce more advanced rocket building activities. Just an all round great flying rocket, well designed, sturdy and easy to build.

  4. Gyes

    Perfect Size

    There are some rockets that have really impressive numbers – Flies 2000′! The problem with those is that it’s hard to find a field big enough to recover anything that flies that high and it’s even harder to see a little rocket up that high. The Loadstar, on the other hand, gives you plenty of options for height and is big enough so that you won’t lose track of it. Building it is pretty average for a skill 2 rocket. Take special care when you put the engine mounts together, as things have to be done precisely for the finished stages to fit together perfectly. Even when done properly, you may need to heavily sand down the red connector on the first stage for a smooth fit. Finishing is a snap, but even though it’s simple, the finished product looks fantastic. All my flights have been straight and staging hasn’t been an issue. I haven’t even cracked a fin on the booster yet! If there was one thing I would change, it would be to use a 3/16″ lug so I can use the larger launch rod, because of the weight of the loaded two-stage configuration. The standard rod works, but I would rather have the strength of the maxi rod.

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