If this will be your first time launching model rockets, that’s awesome! You’re in for a treat, and don’t worry about being super prepared.

There are a few required items and a few highly recommended. Others are completely optional, but will make your first experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

See below on what to bring, from most to least important.

Required Items

  • Your model rockets - of course!
  • Rocket engines - recommend ‘B’ or ‘C’ engines to start, depending on your rockets
  • Recovery wadding - to prevent the parachute from burning up
  • Rocket Engine Igniters - to start your engines

If you’ve never built a model rocket before, try a almost ready-to-fly rocket starter set with included engines, wadding, and igniters all in one kit.

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or head protection
  • Sunscreen & bug spray
  • Drinks & food
  • Foldable chairs
  • Pop-up canopy (10’ by 10’ or smaller works best for shade)
  • Folding table
  • Trash bag

Where to Buy Model Rockets

What Not to Bring

You don’t need to bring any of these items, either because ASTRE provides the equipment OR because its not allowed at our launch site.

  • Your personal launchpad and electrical ignition - ASTRE is required to use launch equipment operated by a NAR member.
  • Grill - not allowed