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Ad Astra Per Aspera : "To the stars by our own hands!"

Welcome to the Amateur and Experimental Rocketry Network. Here you will find software tools, active discussion forums, suppliers lists, technical references and links to others working in this exciting field. If you want to get to space, and don't mind doing much of the work yourself, this is a good place to start.

Our vision at aRocket

  1. We need cheap space access
  2. Parallel development and competition are the means to lower the cost of anything
  3. Amateurs, by their very nature, develop the lowest cost technologies

For inexpensive access to space ---


This website supports the 600+ members of the growing aRocket experimental rocketry community. Here you will find technical design references and software. Anyone interested in opening the Space Frontier is welcome to the resources. You are highly encouraged to join the FREE e-mail discussion forum, a global network of experimental rocketeers.

The mirror at Mid-South.net has been updated. Thanks Jim!

NASA published a whole serieds of documents called "Space Vehicle Design Criteria." Ray has compiled a list of those documents coomplete with abstracts, keyword lists and a link to the download page for each file.

Another NASA publication was a series of Tecnical Memoranda TM-X-52388 through TM-X-52408. These were known as Exploring in Aerospace Rocketry and had been presented as a series of programs for an Explorer Scout group. We are republishing these; the first part, TM-X-52388, is available as a version 0.9.

You can help support aRocket and this website by purchasing books, more books, books recommended by the aRocket list membership, and other items from our links to Amazon

ARocket List members do more than just talk about building and flying rockets. They are out there building, flying and making progress towards getting to space.

There is a new Wiki Site for the discussion of rocketry on RocketForge, The aRocketWiki. This should encourage the OpenSource approach and we thank Michael Mealling for making it happen.

The Space Frontier Foundation has a discussion forum. "Frontier Files Online is meant to be an interactive site for space enthusiasts designed to facilitate them in any way that helps to open the space frontier as soon as possible. Whether you are working hard to open the frontier or cheering on from your armchair, this site is meant to bring you into the greater community so we may bring about the future we want for humanity."


The aRocket group is planning to build and fly a co-operative rocket. Group members will design, build and fly a rocket planned on the "open source" model. Work has begun on the igniter, more information is on the project page.