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Miss Clay launched her U.S. Rockets Banshee on an Estes D12-5.


Left: U.S. Rockets Banshee on a U.S. Rockets reloadable 29mm 2 grain Fast propellant
G120-8 motor. Right: Andrew with a U.S. Rockets 29mm 2 grain reloadable motor and a
U.S. Rockets Star rocket of similar size to the Banshee in the liftoff photo.



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NFPA 1125 has increased the maximum propellant
weight for a Model Rocket Motor from 62.5 grams
to 125 grams, and they can only be sold to adults
18 years of age or over. The National Association
of Rocketry will soon change the Model Rocket
Sporting Code to conform with this change they
spearheaded, at our request over several years.
125 grams is also FAA exempt. Join www.nar.org


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"ATFE’s own burn rate threshold for deflagration
is 1000 millimeters (or one meter) per second."
Tripoli Rocketry Ass’n, 437 F.3d at 81-82

"ORDERED that the defendant's [BATFE] decision to
classify APCP as an explosive under
18 U.S.C. § 841(d) is VACATED."

FINAL FEDERAL COURT ORDER 16 March 2009



U.S. Rockets Kit family photo courtesy of Lance Alligood!
El Lubbo, Weightlofter, Stiletto, Miniroc 1.2, Banshee
All U.S. Rockets favorites! Thank you Lance.

"So I have come to the following conclusion: U.S. Rockets
kits (well, OK, EXCEPT for El Lubbo) are at their best when
the largest motors designed for each kits is used :)"
- Lance Alligood


INTRODUCTION U.S. Rockets was founded in 1980 by advanced model rocketeers to serve an expanding definition of consumer rocketeers. U.S. Rockets products poineered the concept and definition of Large Model Rockets (LMR) which are now defined as under 125g (0.28 pounds) propellant and under 1500g (3.3 pounds) liftoff weight. This is the current definition of a "model rocket" in the NAR safety code.

In 1984 U.S. Rockets succeeded in convincing NAR to consider studying High Power Rockets (HPR) for inclusion into the safety code regime. NAR formed a commission to study rockets which exceeded the then safety code limits of propellant and liftoff weight. The result of a NAR multiyear study during which several other associations formed to serve HPR consumers, was that NAR decided to adopt HPR as a valid consumer sport and define a safety code almost identical to the USR version (except excessive offset distances): the NAR HPR safety code. Following that NAR codified these codes and other rules, with the defects and excesses in place, into NFPA-1122 and NFPA-1127 in cooperation with other industry groups and interested parties including all major manufacturers, but with some specific objections from small manufacturers related to recreational BP handling, club tethering, and offset distance issues, which in hindsight has virtually eliminated "lone ranger" users, about 90% of the market for HPR size rockets and motors. Needs Fixin'. Safety Codes Link.

ROCKET KITS U.S. Rockets rocket kits are reuseable airframes which accept a wide variety of motor powers, thrusts, diameters and propellant types. Exploring the variety offered by these choices is the fun of the sport of consumer rocketry. Enjoy!

LAUNCHING Rocket motors are pyrotechnic devices and thus need to be activated or ignited from a safe distance which varies with motor power or size. USR motors are intended for electrical ignition from a distance of 15 feet or more. The launch site you use should be as free from dry combustable materials as possible and be completely void of such materials for at least a radius of 10 feet (3 meters) around the launch pad. The size of the launch site must have its shortest side at least 1/4 the expected altitude of the rocket you are flying. As usual the long side is positioned in consideration of the wind path.

PUBLICATIONS Learning how to do a sport, hobby or activity can be a big part of the fun. We try to assist you in learning about the experiences of past mistakes and successes of other people so your "space program" is fun and successful first time and (almost) every time. Part of learning and trying new things includes the occasional crash. Consumer rockets are designed to absorb the forces of impacts so while they might be damaged the chance of being injured by a rocket is very remote. In fact in the over 50 year history of model rocketry nobody has ever been killed or seriously injured by a model rocket while folowing the safety code. So these publications help you to learn the rules, the techniques and some interesting missions you can perform yourself before you move on to your own inventions and experiments. Have fun!

STARTERS Getting started is easy at U.S. Rockets! Our starter outfits include almost everything you need to get started. By almost we mean some construction materials such as motors, igniters, battery, glue, sandpaper, pencil, and paint are not included. But what you need is clearly marked on the box. What they do include is a complete rocket kit, launch pad, electric launch controller.

ORDERING Ordering is easy. Just select the products you want, go to the ordering page, and list them in an email message, or a mailed letter. When ordering by email a variety of payment methods may be used including credit card or prepayment by check, or Paypal. Existing customers can use your open account and pay upon receipt by any of the same methods. We will send you your bill with the shipment.

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