Just a fun Launch Set!
- Easy to Assemble
- Flies up to 1,150 feet
- Launch system included
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I bought this rocket in order to launch Arduino projects in the large payload section. It was fun and relatively easy to assemble, although I don't think I would recommend it for a beginning builder.
As mentioned in other reviews, special care needs to be taken when assembling and inserting the engine mounts so that they are spaced properly for two-stage use.
I would also recommend using a fin alignment guide when attaching the fins to the rocket so that the fins on the booster stage line up with the fins on the main stage.
The blow molded nose cone in my kit had a HUGE imperfection in it that took quite a bit of filling and sanding to smooth it all out. I'm kind of surprised that the nose cone slipped past quality control.
I haven't had the opportunity to fly the rocket yet; I'm still working on the "avionics" package I want to put in the payload section. My plans are to package a pressure sensor (for measuring altitude) and a 3D digital accelerometer on a small circuit board along with an Arduino Pro Mini to record the flight data for later playback and analysis. It should be pretty cool.
(Posted on 6/25/2017)
We use this rocket for one of our teacher professional development workshops at the NASTAR Center -- it flies great and is a terrific way to introduce more advanced rocket building activities. Just an all round great flying rocket, well designed, sturdy and easy to build.
(Posted on 11/23/2016)
There are some rockets that have really impressive numbers - Flies 2000'! The problem with those is that it's hard to find a field big enough to recover anything that flies that high and it's even harder to see a little rocket up that high. The Loadstar, on the other hand, gives you plenty of options for height and is big enough so that you won't lose track of it. Building it is pretty average for a skill 2 rocket. Take special care when you put the engine mounts together, as things have to be done precisely for the finished stages to fit together perfectly. Even when done properly, you may need to heavily sand down the red connector on the first stage for a smooth fit. Finishing is a snap, but even though it's simple, the finished product looks fantastic. All my flights have been straight and staging hasn't been an issue. I haven't even cracked a fin on the booster yet! If there was one thing I would change, it would be to use a 3/16" lug so I can use the larger launch rod, because of the weight of the loaded two-stage configuration. The standard rod works, but I would rather have the strength of the maxi rod.
(Posted on 7/22/2015)
I usually use mine with only one stage and it gets it up a good 750ft. (just for cost). the payload bay is very stable. I usually put a camera inside when I launch it
(Posted on 7/7/2015)
This is a great kit to have if you are looking for a Payloader. It can be flown in one or two stage configurations and the payload section has enough volume to carry many kinds of experiments.
A great builders kit if it isn't your first. Some experience is recommended.
(Posted on 8/31/2014)
The Loadstar II is a pleasure to build, especially with the Estes Fin Alignment Guide. Be sure to glue fillet the fins well for strength especially on the tumble-recovery booster. (We fly at NASA Ames which is a concrete pad - it's hard on the landings!)
Flies true as an arrow, the staging is always dramatic, and kids love launching Lego Minifigures as "astronauts."
(Posted on 8/30/2014)
Built this one for the Cub Scout Pack Rocket day, we had all kinds of ideas to put in the payload section, finally settling on some play money. The first stage took the rocket to about 300-400 feet, then the second stage kicked in and really blew it straight up like a...rocket. Unfortunately the parachute did not deploy correctly, I think the nose cone assembly got stuck. Anyway, the rocket hurtled down about 75 yards away from the crowd and made a most impressive smack down on the asphalt. The nose cone assembly shattered while pushing back through the payload compartment, shredding the paper money as the clear payload plastic section vaporized into a million pieces. The tube portion of the rocket was amazingly unscathed and after fitting a new nose cone I'm sure it will fly again. Of course of the hundred launches we has today, everyone's favorite was the loadstar. I would certainly not recommend putting anything alive in the payload compartment.
(Posted on 8/2/2014)
This rocket really got my attention with the clear payload! It's lots of fun to put small toys in it and send them up. I even put a glow stick in mine and did several launches at night which was pretty awesome!
(Posted on 5/19/2014)
Built this rocket to use to fly key chain video camera payloads. Rocket flies well and is stable with the large over sized fins.
(Posted on 7/11/2013)
i had this rocket before i had my account. it flew sky high! i was surprised how high it went.
(Posted on 4/4/2013)
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Just a fun Launch Set!
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Regular Price: $39.99
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