I used to work for a company that made aircraft lighting. Most of the technology they used is inappropriate for rockets; too expensive, too heavy, too complicated. However, we switched to LEDs a few years ago for some lights and they were really bright. During qualification testing they were life testing 9 landing lights and actually started the opposite wall on fire from the intense light. Oops. So really, I think very bright LEDs powered by a 9 volt battery is probably where you want to go.Thinking of adding a strobe to my drogue line, kinda hard to see anything over 3,000 feet, I am however able to see aircraft strobes at altitude, sooooo... any suggestions ???
These.Thinking of adding a strobe to my drogue line, kinda hard to see anything over 3,000 feet, I am however able to see aircraft strobes at altitude, sooooo... any suggestions ???
Heh. In my L3 bird, I have an Eggfinder GPS tracker with the RPSMA antenna for extra range
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An alarm warbler that goes off on drogue deployment.
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An alarm warbler that goes off when the nose cone and its pilot chute separate from the rocket on main deployment.
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A strobe on the payload bay and on the nosecone base for visual tracking.
I have pics of the GPS in here, but not of the alarms or strobes.Any pics or video of said setup?????
Well then use cool smoke grenades.....paintball-skydivers...electric fired units I have 2 friend that have great success with them. One uses pull pin version rigged to pull pin when taped to apogee shock cord and pin is attached to fincan.high power, and a tracker will only tell me so much. id like to visually see it.. some how...
Get a patch receive antenna for the EggFinder LCD if you are really going to punch that rocket in the future. Something that looks like this: https://www.l-com.com/wireless-antenna-900-mhz-8-dbi-flat-patch-antennas.I have pics of the GPS in here, but not of the alarms or strobes.
I think I have a pic of the alarms in my thread somewhere...can't recall.
The alarms are here. At $13 for two, they can't be beat:
I bought the strobes and matching polycarbonate domes from the site I linked before. I haven't flown them in a rocket yet, though.