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Motor Guide Results

Here is your handy guide to the motors that might work with your rocket. We found 25 motors that fit and appear to have enough thrust (780 motors didn't fit, 6 motors failed safety checks). 31 motor had thrust curves available and 55 flight simulations were performed. Browse the motors that did and didn't work right here or download the results as a spreadsheet.

The Rocket

Rocket Name:   Estes Super Alpha (24mm)
Owner: K Sonesen
Body Diameter: 1.64in
Dry Weight: 4.5oz
MMT Diameter: 24.0mm
MMT Length: 3.75in
CD: 0.50

Motors That Work

These motors fit your rocket and appear to have enough thrust to lift it safely. If thrust curves are available, a quick simulation has been run to give a rough idea of the performance of your rocket on this motor. We encourage you to run a more complete simulation with any motor you plan to use; see the simulators page for more info.

  Motor Weight Launch Velocity Accel Altitude Time Delay
OK Estes C11 5.7oz 49ft/s 153ft/s 12.8G 343ft 4.8s 4s
OK Estes D12 6.5oz 54ft/s 234ft/s 15.5G 763ft 7.0s 5s
OK Estes D11 6.1oz 52ft/s 256ft/s 14.6G 860ft 7.3s 5s
OK AeroTech D15 6.2oz 63ft/s 294ft/s 16.5G 946ft 7.2s 6s
OK Cesaroni E22 6.5oz 53ft/s 373ft/s 15.8G 1,172ft 7.9s 7s
OK Cesaroni E75 6.3oz 106ft/s 439ft/s 52.1G 1,181ft 7.5s 7s
OK Cesaroni E31 6.3oz 65ft/s 420ft/s 22.0G 1,272ft 8.0s 7s
OK Estes E12 6.6oz 55ft/s 345ft/s 17.2G 1,346ft 8.8s 6s
OK Estes E30 6.2oz 84ft/s 535ft/s 27.7G 1,594ft 8.4s 7s
OK AeroTech E20 6.2oz 69ft/s 482ft/s 19.1G 1,664ft 8.8s 7s
OK AeroTech E12 6.6oz 48ft/s 384ft/s 9.0G 1,669ft 9.4s 6s
OK AeroTech E28 6.5oz 81ft/s 572ft/s 27.3G 1,806ft 8.9s 8s
OK AeroTech E30 6.2oz 82ft/s 589ft/s 27.2G 1,809ft 8.8s 8s
OK AeroTech E18 6.6oz 63ft/s 484ft/s 16.0G 1,821ft 9.2s 7s
OK AeroTech F44 6.2oz 87ft/s 686ft/s 36.8G 1,853ft 8.7s 8s
OK AeroTech E15 6.2oz 64ft/s 473ft/s 16.6G 1,864ft 9.4s 7s
OK AeroTech F62 7.6oz 85ft/s 660ft/s 32.9G 1,944ft 9.1s 8s
OK AeroTech F12 6.9oz 53ft/s 480ft/s 11.2G 1,988ft 9.8s 7s
OK AeroTech F30 7.0oz 65ft/s 621ft/s 18.3G 2,027ft 9.4s 8s
OK AeroTech F63 7.4oz 94ft/s 696ft/s 34.7G 2,040ft 9.2s 8s
OK AeroTech F39 6.6oz 86ft/s 673ft/s 31.3G 2,113ft 9.3s 8s
warningsW Apogee E6 6.1oz 50ft/s 301ft/s 10.8G 2,116ft 11.9s 6s
OK AeroTech F24 6.7oz 69ft/s 563ft/s 21.1G 2,130ft 9.6s 8s
OK AeroTech F35 7.5oz 81ft/s 691ft/s 27.0G 2,321ft 9.8s 8s
OK AeroTech F32 6.8oz 85ft/s 702ft/s 30.5G 2,331ft 9.7s 8s

W Motor total weight unknown, lift-off Weight not accurate.

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Motors That Fail

These motors fit your rocket, but failed one safety check or another. They may actually work, but you should use them only with caution. We encourage you to run a more complete simulation to verify flight safety; see the simulators page for more info.

  Motor Reason
failedG AeroTech D7 speed at end of launch guide too slow (38ft/s)
failedG AeroTech D9 speed at end of launch guide too slow (40ft/s)
failedG Estes E9 speed at end of launch guide too slow (46ft/s)
failedG AeroTech E7 speed at end of launch guide too slow (39ft/s)
failedG AeroTech E11 speed at end of launch guide too slow (47ft/s)
failedG AeroTech E6 speed at end of launch guide too slow (38ft/s)

G These simulations were run with a launch guide length of 4ft (rod, rail or tower). If this is not correct, launch guide lengths can be specified for your saved rockets. (The minimum velocity required is approximately 15m/s or 50ft/s.)

Download the Results

The data is presented in a compact form in the tables above, broken down by motors that worked and those that did not. If you would like to analyze the data further, this section provides download links for files in a generic spreadsheet format (comma-separated value, or CSV) that can be opened with almost any spreadsheet program.

CSV Excel   Download full details of the simulation runs with the various motors:
that worked, that failed, or all of them.
RockSim   Download the list of motors that fit your rocket into a batch for use with SMARTSim. (See the Simulators page for more info.)

You should download these files to your machine and then open them. Normally, clicking the link will prompt you to do this. However, if your browser insists on opening the file as plain text, you can right-click (control-click on the Mac) on the link and chose Save File As (or similar).

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