Airborne Surveillance Missile™

(3 customer reviews)

Airborne Surveillance Missile™

(3 customer reviews)

Mini engine powered! Unique scale-like appearance.


Availability: In stock

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Mini engine powered but WOW, will this rocket go high! 375 feet! Tiny but mighty, the Airborne Surveillance Missile in making its reintroduction from years gone by. A very popular kit in back in the 80’s, we expect no less today!

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, orange, 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 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

375 ft. (114 m)

Recovery System

9 in. (22.9 cm) Parachute


11.3 in. (28.7 cm)


0.98 in. (25 mm)

Estimated Weight

0.9 oz. (25.5 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

5 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.

3 reviews for Airborne Surveillance Missile™

  1. Sine Nomine (verified owner)

    This kit is plenty of fun to build and you can fly it just about anywhere. Paint it in two parts to make your life easier. Finishing takes time but isn’t hard – there are a lot of decals, but only two easy-to-paint color sections. I like the style of this kit a lot – it’d be nice to see a two-stage variant in the future..?

  2. Jeff (verified owner)

    So many memories

    The ASM was one of my favorites as a kid and I was ecstatic to see that Estes had re-released it. The styling of the rocket inspires the imagination so much more than just a few fins on a tube. Granted, sanding and sealing 12 balsa fins and one balsa nose cone is time consuming, but it’s part of the craft. This rocket flies great too. The mini-engines make sure it doesn’t leave the county and the streamer recovery means it doesn’t drift too far either. A GREAT kit.

  3. alex

    this is a neat rocket-nice display, good flyer!

    Had one of these in my fleet for a while. Don’t remember what happened to it, but do recall that it was a good looking rocket that flew pretty consistently. Nice to see this as a re-issue. Price is pretty reasonable too!

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