007234 – Crossbow SST™


Advanced Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 2)

If you love the Satellite Interceptor then the Crossbow SST is just the rocket for you! Designed along the lines of the Satellite Interceptor, the Crossbow SST is a down sized version of one of Estes’ retired kits!

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Advanced Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 2)

Impressive yet powerful! Launched on an Estes C6-5 engine, the Crossbow SST can reach awesome heights of 1600 ft. Modeled after the Satellite Interceptor, this rocket is sure to be a hit!

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (white) and clear coat (optional). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad with a 1/8 inch launch rod 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


15 in. (38.1 cm)


.74 in. (19 mm)

Estimated Weight

1.1 oz. (31.2 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

4 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

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.

8 reviews for 007234 – Crossbow SST™

  1. John

    Neat little model

    Until I managed to track down a Satellite Interceptor this helped me deal with my “rocket fever”. Looks more complex than the skills it takes to build it and it flies great – perfect park flyer on A8s.

  2. David

    Pretty decent

    This was my first build by myself (a rocket pro helped me with my first one) and it came out pretty good. The wings were a little tough to get straight but no big deal. It was easy to paint too. The only issue I had was with the launch tube and the little dowel rod that you had to cut, but that was more my fault. Overall 9/10

  3. Gyes

    Definitely Skill 2

    I got one of these in the last run before it was retired and I thought it was pretty tough for a (then) skill 1 kit. Skill 2 does seem more accurate. Getting the main fins (wings?) properly aligned is somewhat difficult if only because it’s something you don’t do all that often. Once you get those properly angled, the rest is fairly simple. Finishing is rather time-consuming with all of the decals, but at least painting is a breeze. This is a light kit, so you have a lot of engine options. I’ve flown it mostly on As, which go satisfyingly high, and Bs on a calm day. I was too nervous to fly a kit I liked and couldn’t replace on a C, but now that it’s available again, maybe I will have to change that! My only complaint is the balsa nosecone. I like the plastic ones better because I don’t like the screw-in eye hook. Looks like that hasn’t changed with the new release. ESTES NOTE: This kit now comes with a PLASTIC nose cone.

  4. Dean

    Very cool.

    I built my Crossbow before it was discontinued for a time. Mine is per the instructions except that I mounted a kevlar shock cord to the thrust ring and I left off the motor hook (using the old reliable friction-fit). Mine flies terrific on A8-3s but tends to corkscrew slightly with B6-4 power. This is a great looking little rocket! The decals really set it off.

  5. Bacon

    so far so good!

    I think the assembly takes a while but the shock chord mount is easy. Just measure one inch and a half on the shock cord and mark it with a pen or sharpie.

  6. Fuzzmaster

    Fun, but a little squirlley

    Just flew this one for the first time yesterday. It’s fun and flies extremely high on a C engine, but I had a little trouble with it corkscrewing instead of flying perfectly straight. I don’t know if it’s because of the 2 ‘backward’ facing fins or maybe I just didn’t get them on straight. Still fun, I just need a lot of open space to fly it. ESTES NOTE: Fins must be precisely placed in order to obtain a straight flight.

  7. James

    Great looking and flies high

    This is a great second rocket. It is a smaller version of the Satellite Interceptor and looks fantastic when built. It is easy to paint and the decals are spectacular. It flies surprisingly fast and high on even small motors and i have been very happy just launching it on A8-3’s. It it a real head-turner at launches.

  8. Chris


    This was one of my first rockets and one of my favorites. It can easily fly over 1600 feet high. It is fun to build and a really nice rocket at a good price.

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