Orange Bullet Rocket Kit
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Orange Bullet™

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Intermediate

The Estes model rocket revolutionized the world of space exploration when Vern Estes designed the first complete kit, the Astron Scout™, back in 1961. But before the Astron Scout took flight, Vern Estes created the never-before-seen prototype called the Orange Bullet.

The Orange Bullet rocket, which used metal weights to shift the CG, sold tens of thousands of kits over its long lifetime, inspiring countless young people to pursue technical careers. Sixty years later, Bill Stine, the current Estes Vice President and G. Harry Stine's son, decided it was time for the Orange Bullet to take flight once again.

The Orange Bullet is Estes' first rocket in the Designer Signature Series and the first complete kit ever designed by Vern Estes. Get your hands on the iconic Orange Bullet and launch yourself into the world of space exploration!

  • SKILL LEVEL: The Orange Bullet is an Intermediate level rocket which will help a budding rocketeer develop some basic model building and finishing skills.
  • RECOMMENDED ENGINES: 1/2A6-2, A8-3
  • PROJECTED ALTITUDE: 500 ft. (152 m) on a A8-3

Overview

In 1961, Vern Estes designed the first Estes model rocket packaged for sale as a complete kit: the Astron Scout™. Before launching the Astron Scout, Vern Estes created a never-before-seen prototype.

This prototype, named the Orange Bullet, used metal weights glued to the end of the fin tips to shift the center of gravity (CG) back after the engine popped out at apogee, resulting in the rocket tumbling gently instead of streamlining in nose first.

While the design functioned, Vern and fellow rocketeer G. Harry Stine decided they could achieve the same thing without ejecting the engine. In a later version that became the classic Astron Scout, they used the weight of the rocket engine itself to shift the CG backwards. Orange bullet sold tens of thousands of kits over its long lifetime and inspired countless young people to pursue technical careers.

Sixty years later, Bill Stine, G. Harry Stine's son and current Estes Vice President decided it was time for the Orange Bullet rocket to take flight. Estes' first rocket in the Designer Signature Series and the first complete kit Vern Estes ever designed, the Orange Bullet.

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

  • Recommended Engines

 1/2A6-2, A8-3
  • Launch System

  Porta-Pad II 
  • Projected Max Altitude

   500 ft. (152 m)  
  • Recovery System

    Featherweight   
  • Length

  5.9 in. (15 cm) 
  • Diameter

  0.74 in. (19 mm) 
  • Weight

  0.24 oz. (7 g) 
  • Fin Material

  Laser Cut Wood 

What You Need to Fly

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 (sold separately)

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This product recommended for children ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.