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007253 – Explorer Aquarius™

(3 customer reviews)

$38.99

Master Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 4)

The Explorer Aquarius is a master level kit that features a custom jig for perfect alignment assembly. Launched with an Estes D12-5 engine (sold separately), the Explorer Aquarius can fly higher than 700 feet! You’ll want to proudly display this show piece when it’s not on the launch pad, so we’ve included a removable plastic display engine nozzle for the complete effect.

ATTENTION: Requires Estes Porta-Pad E and E Launch Controller or Pro Series II Launch Controller, when launching E Engines – sold separately.

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Description

Master Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 4)

Whether you are a faithful follower of the goings on at NASA, such as tracking the progress of the InSight Mars Lander — or a diehard Roddenberry fan, boldly going wherever you go, you’re sure to love this rocket. The Explorer Aquarius is a master level kit that features a custom jig for perfect alignment assembly. Launched with an Estes D12-5 engine (sold separately), the Explorer Aquarius can fly higher than 700 feet! You’ll want to proudly display this show piece when it’s not on the launch pad, so we’ve included a removable plastic display engine nozzle for the complete effect. Challenge your modeling dexterity with this uniquely designed craft.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, carpenter’s glue, plastic cement, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (flat black, gloss white, silver) 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 E 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).

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Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

750 ft. (229 m)

Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute

Length

21.8 in. (55.4 cm)

Diameter

2.75 in. (70 mm)

Estimated Weight

4.2 oz. (119.1 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

8 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Laser cut wood

Decal Type

Waterslide

Launch System

Porta-Pad II or Porta-Pad E and E Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size

3/16" Maxi Rod (sold separately)

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.

3 reviews for 007253 – Explorer Aquarius™

  1. Rocket Guru

    Great rocket for the advanced builder, could use some mods, launch is slow like larger rockets, so you can track easier. I would use epoxy only and add blunt nose cones to tops of the top pods for lower drag, install an internal ejection baffle, more reliable nylon parachute, with Pro2 shock cord and Estes threaded plastic 24mm engine retainer and leave out the engine block. Laminate fins with printer paper and C/A adhesive for lightweight no fluttered launch. Personally I mod most of my model rockets for higher impulse, slower burn time and for quicker refurbishment. Hope this helps everyone and have fun 🙂

  2. Greg Kennedy

    A challenging build but it’s straightforward and a lot of fun. The decals are particularly challenging but if you take your time it will yield a nice looking rocket that generates a lot of comments on the flying field. Flies nicely on a D.

  3. Joe C

    The Aquarius was an excellent build. The included jig worked great. Decals were disappointing as there weren’t enough solar panels to complete the fins, the flag is printed backwards and no replacements to be had (I called Estes).

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