Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Published: 2010-05-02
Diameter: 0.98 inches
Length: 22.25 inches
Manufacturer: Estes
Skill Level: 2
Style: Futuristic/Exotic
Estes Satellite Interceptor

Brief:
This is one of the new Estes kits from their Classic series,Crossbow SST is another kit similar in design. They call it Cool and Futuristic. I agree with both descriptions. This is a sleek multi-fined with tubes which made me go wow and some great decals to really make it kind a nasty like it will seek out and destroy. It use a 18 mm engine with parachute recovery.

Construction:
Parts list:

  • Body tube Bt-50
  • Wing tip tube Bt-10
  • Laser cut fins
  • Dowel
  • Balsa nose cone
  • Engine mount kit
  • Parachute pre made
  • Screw eye
  • Launch lug subbed out 1/8 for a 3/16
  • Gorilla glue

The instructions were very easy to follow read twice so you know where to put your fin two are angled slightly. I assembled mine engine mount let dry then marked body tube and attached fins to body tube some attach at different lengths from the end of the body tube it really helps if you have the Estes tube holder and fin alignment tools. I really like that Estes went back to the balsa nose cone nice touch. I did not use the rubber band shock cord provided I had a piece of Kevlar® and some elastic strip attached it to the motor mount with a dab of glue. Engine mount is one of the final steps



Finishing:
Estes recommended white paint but I used aluminum instead came out ok to me. I used a water glue solution to seal the fins and nose cone


Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

Flight:
I had to see it fly but the wind would not slack off so I used a A8-3 for my first flight.
Then a B6-4 for the other two plus a C6-5. I used a little dog barf and everything came back fine

Recovery:
I used the Kevlar® elastic method and cut a serious hole in my parachute. This rocket is kind a light

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:
This is a Cool rocket to build as it comes together it really looks good to the builder

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Flights

Comments:

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K.F. (July 8, 2010)
Hooray! My local hobby store finally has these in stock. Can't wait to get it built. I was disappointed by the fact that the kit does not include the display rocket nozzle like the original had, but I can overlook this detail now that I'll have my all-time favorite rocket design back in my fleet. I had many incredible flights with the original Satellite Interceptor back in the eighties and so am already familiar with this kits flight performance. My original was destroyed in rather dramatic fashion when the exhaust from the motor burned a hole through the side of the engine casing and sent the rocket cartwheeling into the ground. I had never had a problem like that before and have yet to see it again. So hopefully this rocket will be in my collection for many years to come.

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