Estes Doorknob Model Rocket Kit
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Estes 9720 Doorknob Rocket Parts

Pro Series II™ Doorknob

SKU: 009720
MSRP/MAP: $43.99
$43.99
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The Pro Series II™ Doorknob rocket is the perfect addition to any rocket enthusiast's collection. It is a 1:5.3 scale model of the single and two-stage Doorknob rockets used by scientists in the 1950s to measure the effects of radioactivity from nuclear testing. The rocket is designed to be both fun and simple to build and fly, making it suitable for rocket enthusiasts of all skill levels.

The Doorknob rocket played an essential role in collecting data on the effects of nuclear testing on the ozone layer and possible long-range radioactive fallout. The rocket's ability to capture radioactive data at altitudes of approximately 50 miles made it a crucial tool for scientists during this time.

The Pro Series II™ Doorknob rocket comes with two sets of decals, allowing for customization to turn it into a sports model. It is the perfect way to honor the scientific advancements of the 1950s while enjoying the thrill of launching a rocket into the sky.

  • SKILL LEVEL: Advanced
  • RECOMMENDED ENGINES: F15-4, F15-6, E16-4 w/Engine Adapter (sold separately)- D12-3
  • PROJECTED ALTITUDE: 1100 ft. (335 m)

Overview

The Ban on Nuclear Testing and the Hardtack Series

Before we start, we need to cover the prehistory of Doorknob Model Rocket. During the mid-1950’s, the US and Russian nuclear testing caused public concerns over nuclear fallout to reach a fevered pitch. In response, President Eisenhower announced a ban on further nuclear testing on or before October 31, 1958.

US scientists disregarded the ban and conducted the Hardtack Series of tests to collect data on radioactivity effects from both underwater and above-ground detonations. The program consisted of 35 detonations in the Pacific Proving Grounds from April to August 1958.

Measuring the Effects of Radioactivity

Scientists were chiefly concerned about damage to the ozone layer and possible effects of long-range radioactive fallout. To measure the earth's upper atmosphere, they developed single and two-stage Doorknob rockets. They could capture radioactive data for analysis at altitudes of approximately 50 miles.

Early results indicated minimal or no damage to the ozone layer from the nuclear testing. Additionally, it's possible that water detonations generated enough ozone to compensate for any loss caused by above-ground testing.

The Estes 1:5.3 Scale Model Doorknob

The Estes 1:5.3 scale Doorknob model rocket is a big and impressive kit that is both simple to build and fun to fly. It will be a hit in both the sport and scale rocket categories. There are two sets of decals available for those who want to turn this scale model into a sports model

Key points:

  • President Eisenhower announced a ban on further nuclear testing on or before October 31, 1958, due to public concerns over nuclear fallout
  • Despite the ban, US scientists carried out the Hardtack Series of tests from April to August 1958
  • Scientists were concerned about damage to the ozone layer and possible effects of long-range radioactive fallout
  • Single and two-stage Doorknob rockets were developed to capture radioactive data at altitudes of approximately 50 miles
  • The Estes 1:5.3 scale model Doorknob is a fun and simple kit to build and fly. Moreover, it has two sets of decals available for customization.
Estes Pro Series II™ Doorknob Model Rocket

What You Need to Fly

Porta-Pad E Launch Pad and Pro Series II Launch Controller, 1/4 inch Two-Piece Launch Rod. Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding.
Six C 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries (sold separately)

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

  • Recommended Engines

F15-4, F15-6, E16-4
w/Engine Adapter : D12-3
  • Launch System

Porta-Pad E
  • Projected Max Altitude

1100 ft. (335 m)
  • Recovery System

18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute
  • Length

26.9 in. (68.3 cm)
  • Diameter

3 in. (76 mm)
  • Weight

10 oz. (283.5 g)
  • Fin Material

Laser Cut Balsa Wood
Estes Pro Series II™ Doorknob Model Rocket Kit Parts

Needed to Build (sold separately)

Scissors, pencil, ruler, fine sandpaper, epoxy, carpenter's glue, sanding block, hobby knife, masking tape, primer (white), paint (black, day glow orange, white) and clear coat (optional).
Estes Pro Series II rocket kits are recommended for adults ages 18+ with adult supervision for those under 18, and rocketeers of all ages.

Customer Reviews

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Darius H
Great Rocket (Poor Handling)

I want to keep this short and sweet. I love Estes, been buying since the early 80s. This kit is a 5 Star kit so if your reading this, it is defiantly worth the money. My reason for the 3 Star review is because of the lack of care when packaging and shipping delicate items to the consumer. Lets do better Estes!!!

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Rocket Guru
Would be great for downsizing, but up powering to 6

Would be great for downsizing, but up powering to 6 grain 24mm motors, add an ejection baffle and, or a single deployment recovery system.

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DONALD L VINCENT
Beautiful rocket. The only way to make it better would

Beautiful rocket. The only way to make it better would be hard wood fins. Still an awesome rocket.