AltusMetrum Launch system

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  1. Mar 14, 2019 #1

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    I got an email from them, and here is the link to their new launch system.
     
  2. Mar 15, 2019 #2

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    I don't think shop.gag is Altus Metrum. This post looks a bit spamy to me.
     
  3. Mar 15, 2019 #3

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    fairly certain that this is legit. or perhaps it is an extremely complex and elaborate ruse. Complete with announcements on Facebook unrelated to OP
     
  4. Mar 15, 2019 #4

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    It is. I got an email from Keith & Bdale yesterday with announcement.
    Shop.gag.com is Bdales store.
     
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    gag = garbee & garbee
     
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    Well then it looks like this is legit, although I am not sure why there isn't a official announcement on the Altus Metrum site. Doing a whois on gag.com the primary NS server is keithp.com, which seems to be a bit of a giveaway.
     
  7. Mar 15, 2019 #7

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    Legit, as its where I ordered my altimeters from earlier, but I can see why one would think it's spam or such with gag.com. Not sure why they did not post it on the vendor area or make thier own announcment here? I thought it was interesting for rocketry and just passed it on here.
     
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    Here is a link from their site on the telelaunch base and reciver data page. Hope this is better as its altusmetrum.org
     
  9. Mar 15, 2019 #9

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    They are not forum sponsors.
     
  10. Mar 15, 2019 #10

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    $600 . . . Bwahahahahahha !
     
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    Look again Dave, thats only half the system, and iirc its comparitively priced with the other major wireless system in the rocketry specific market.
     
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    $1250 . . . Even better !

    Somehow, in addition to the expense, I could never bring myself to "trust" a wireless ignition system.
     
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    You should visit more club launches.
     
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    Even if I "lived on the range", I wouldn't trust a wireless system, 100% . . .
     
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    We have used wireless systems before and yes there has been some "reliability" issues, which actually were not due to the wireless but the way the clips were soldered to the leads, but we have had just as many issues with our wired system too. Neither system is infallible but the wireless systems are much less time consuming to setup and take down as there are no wires to deal with. The wireless system we used was not ours, our system is wired. We do now have a wireless system for our away cell or our further out pads if needed, it however is based partially on the MissleWorks Wireless Controller (WRC iirc).
     
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    Are you concerned about security or reliability?
     
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    I suspect potential liability is what drives cost.
     
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    Wireless is more reliable than wired.
     
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    I'm concerned about safety at the pad, while hooking up igniters, whether caused by an electronic glitch, spurious RF, or component failure.
     
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    You can't "hack" a wired system . . .
     
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    It is near impossible to break a good wireless system and who would waste their time trying?

    More and more clubs are noving to waireless. I inititaed our clubs move to wireless and I will never go back. It shaves off hours of prep and clean up for a moderate to large size club.
     
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    Can't happen with a digital system. Our system requires communication to set up the launch. That communication is more than just "fire".
     
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    And a wired system "might" survive an EMP attack also.
     
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    True, Nice to know, but we are NOT launching nukes.
     
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    I have seen more than a few mishaps with systems cobbled together using "key fob" units . . . Gun shy !
     
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    Hmm . . . I don't think that Level 3 covers that . . . LOL !
     
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    That way you don't go with a system thrown together with two guys drinking bourbon on the back 40. You want a professional system done by a reliable group. Altus and Wilson FX have shown they understand wireless technology.
     
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    Chuck,

    What system is your club using ?

    Dave F.
     
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    WilsonFX. Fantastic system. I only have to run one 50-100 foot extension cable for 64 pads.
     
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    Details, please. There was a report at NARCON this year about using Chinese wireless fireworks controllers that use similar tech and didn't indicate any issues.
     

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