Any other questions?
e-mail us
5.  Are these things really safe ?
ESTES boasts over 45 years (300. million launches) of safe model rocketry when following the guidelines set by the National Association of Rocketry .  My greatest concern is the launch rod itself.  We’ve all heard the, “You’ll poke your eye out!” warning.  Don’t forget to keep the safety cap on the rod until launch.

7.  What do I do with unused engines and igniters / starters?
If you want to discard them, soak in water first.  To keep them for later launches it is important to keep them dry (a zip-lock bag works fine).  Store them in a nonflammable cabinet.

8.  Do I have to use the press release and video?
No, they are there to make it easier for you.  You are welcome to write your own.  Remember, it is important that your sponsor gets the recognition they deserve, especially if you want them to fund your program next year.

6.  What about Homeland Security issues?  
It is always best to notify campus security or the police responsible for the launch area.  If they have any questions remind them of the following regulations.
ˇ  Hobby rockets are allowed under the
National Fire Protection Association code #1122 as long as the NAR Safety Code is followed.  Local fire danger conditions should always be considered.
ˇ  Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR 101) exempts rockets of this size from regulation.  "Rockets weighing less than one pound and flying on less than 4 ounces of propellant do not require notification of the FAA ."
HOME Competition FAQ Rocketry FAQ
#1 - 4
Back Next