The Forte' - Simple, Safe, Reliable
and Compact. A self-contained, four-pad launch controller in a
rugged, water-resistant, polypropylene case. These launch
controllers are ideal for rocket clubs, TARC teams, Junior ROTC,
Civil Air Patrol and Scout.
The control panel has a water resistant snap down cover to
protect all switched and connectors. The generous 12" x 6"
x 8" internal space allows room to store cords, accessories and
a 12 volt lead acid, riding lawn mower battery (not
included). All electrical components, including switches,
connectors and wiring, are rated at 15 amps or higher. All
4 pad positions are individually select-able. The
controller is capable of 4 simultaneous launches (drag race) or
cluster motor ignitions. The built-in continuity tester
draws a maximum of 10 milliamps and is safe for all igniters
including ematches. The continuity tester operates
whenever a pad is selected and continuity exists. Its 2700
Hertz, 75 decibel tone provides an unambiguous indication that
can be heard over a wide area to indicate that a pad is armed.
The heavy-duty launch button is removable and serves as the
safety interlock to prevent accidental launches.
Included with the Forte' launch controller are:
1. A 3 foot power 12 volt supply cord with 50 amp alligator
clips for connection to either an internal or external 12 volt
power supply (battery).
2. A hand-held, push-button launch
rated at 20 amps with a 3 foot connecting
cord. The launch switch is housed in a water resistant
3. Two pairs of pad cables
commercial-grade, solder-less banana plugs
4. 8 stainless
5. Velcro cord organizers.
The only thing you need to add is a 12 volt power supply
(battery) and common 3-wire extension cords. Both of these
items are available at Walmart and elsewhere at a cost of less
than I can get them and ship them. Parts which may
require replacement such as launch
, pad cables
and alligator clips
are also available
Note: This controller is designed for safe, reliable model
rocket (G motors or less) launches but can be used for high
power rockets (>G) provided care is taken to ensure enough
current reaches the pad to ignite the motor. Extension
cables should be high quality, 3-conductor, 12 or 14 gauge
wires. 16 gauge extension cables should only be used for
distances of 50 feet or less to ensure reliable motor ignition.
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|Launch Button $25 each
|Pad Cables - $20 per pair
for 2 individual launch pads
2 pair are required for 4 pads
Alligator Clips $3 per pair
One pair of clips is required for each launch pad
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