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El Paso Space Festival Memories - Be part of this year's memories!!

El Paso Radio Controllers Patriot Field

6121 Stan Roberts Sr Avenue, El Paso, TX 79924

Launch YOUR rockets at the final event of the annual El Paso Space Festival.  8:00A - 1:00P

Come back later for the our Stargazing Party to close out the 2023 El Paso Festival!  7:00P - 10:00P

Reservations still open

Join us Saturday, September 30th to close out the 2023 El Paso Space Festival with a massive rocket launch. This event will also offer have hands-on rocketry activities, prizes , food, local rocket clubs displaying their BIG rockets. This event is co-sponsored by El Paso Radio Controllers.

Many thanks to the Horizon City Rocketry (NAR Chapter #798 ),

El Paso Radio Controllers and the Sun City Astronomers for hosting the annual Rocket Launch and this year's Stargazing Party!

We appreciate their continued support and hosting of Space Education programs for the El Paso community!

Evolution of Space Exploration - Rocket Science

Jules Verne was one of the earliest authors to write about rockets taking men to the moon in is famous "From the Earth to the Moon"1865, which in turn inspire H. G. Wells to write"First Men in the Moon", first published in 1901.

The writing of both Jules Verne and H.G. Wells inspired many budding scientists, most notably Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Russian physicist and aviation engineer), Robert Goddard (American Rocketry Pioneer), Hermann Oberth (German physicist and mathematician) - all three sharing the title of "Father of Rocketry" - as well as and Edwin Hubble, Astronomer, Stellar Pioneer

On this day we celebrate the contribution of these Pioneers while supporting emerging rocket scientists, astronomers, and space geeks of all kinds

El Paso Space Festival welcomes our newest Community Partner and space neighbor!

Spaceport America will be onsite to share information about the spaceport and next year's Spaceport America Cup, the world's largest intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Ccnference and Competition

Rocket Launch Information

The $10.00 ticket (on sale now) includes a rocket, engine and a launch window. STEM clubs, hobby groups, and other rocketeers are welcome to bring their own rockets with prior authorization.


  1. Purchase a ticket for your launch window

  2.  We HIGHLY RECOMMEND picking up your rocket at least 2 days prior to the event to have enough time for assembly. Your rocket can be picked up at:

    1. BEST OPTION - Scout Shop at Yucca Council, BSA (7601 Lockheed Dr. El Paso, TX 79925) - Rockets can be picked up Monday-Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm starting 8/28/2023. Sunday & Friday CLOSED

    2. Festiversay! Space Extravaganza (Friday, September 22nd, 6:00pm-9:00PM) at the El Paso Airport Rockets will be available for pickup and purchase in the Rocket Zone of this event. Rocket decoration supplies and volunteers will also be present to help you assemble your rockets.

  3. Rocket MUST BE ASSEMBLED PRIOR TO LAUNCH DAY. For safety, the rocket engine will be installed/provided at the launch site. For assistance

    1. There will be a table at the "Festiversary!" Space Extravaganza!" event to both pick up your rocket and assemble.

    2. Create your even Rocket assembly event with your own club, family or friends!

    3. Check out the following videos:

      1. -  Estes Alpha Rocket:

      2. -  Estes Viking Rocket:

      3. -  Estes Generic E2X:

  4. Arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes before your launch window.

  5. Have fun!

Individuals or groups bring their own rockets:

PLEASE contact to register.

Stargazing Party

Insights, the Sun City Astronomers, and El Paso Radio Controller are hosting an evening of a fun night of stargazing, astronomy talks, and more! Feel free to bring your own camp chairs, telescopes, and curiosity for a beautiful evening under the stars.

$2 per person, funds help support Insights Science Discovery's ability to keep space exploration community events such at low- to no-cost to the public.

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