Estes Command Control launcher

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Keya » Thu, 20 Jun 2002 13:19:51



Anyone else have one of these?  Mine is loaded with dual 7.2 volt battery
packs..I've never had a misfire with it, launches estes and Aerotech rockets
at least with virtually no delay.

Anyway, I'm new to this NG, and I am not into the huge rockets like many of
you here, aerotech kits are about as far as I can afford to go (college
student budget).

I've been doing rocket stuff since I was 10 basically tho, even built them
competitvly in 4-h for 4 or 5 years, got superior ranks in state twice..now
I am going to be the judge at the county fair in july, should be intresting.

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Kevin Trojanowsk » Thu, 20 Jun 2002 13:56:24


Quote:

> Anyone else have one of these?  Mine is loaded with dual 7.2 volt battery
> packs..I've never had a misfire with it, launches estes and Aerotech rockets
> at least with virtually no delay.

Yup, I own two of them and think they're GREAT.  I have to charge my
battaries once a year is all, and they get fairly good use over the
course of the season.

Quote:
> Anyway, I'm new to this NG, and I am not into the huge rockets like many of
> you here, aerotech kits are about as far as I can afford to go (college
> student budget).

If it's a rocket or a motor, we like it.

-Kevin

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Jeff Cowle » Thu, 20 Jun 2002 14:12:16


Unfortunately I only get to fly at club launches, so I can get away without
any launch equipment. Taking the good with the bad. ;-)

You should try some LOC kits... They are "usually" cheaper than the Aerotech
kits, and seem to be just about indestructable. I'm on my 3rd year with my
LOC Graduator, and my LOC IV has crashed 3 times, and is still flying (after
minor repairs). A friend's son at our club launches his Lil' Nuke every
launch, and it almost always seperates at ejection, but the thing almost
never gets hurt. I think he's got close to 100 flights on it mostly Gs.

--

Jeff

Homepage: www.geocities.com/jgs321/

"Sa Da Tay"


Quote:
> Anyone else have one of these?  Mine is loaded with dual 7.2 volt battery
> packs..I've never had a misfire with it, launches estes and Aerotech
rockets
> at least with virtually no delay.

> Anyway, I'm new to this NG, and I am not into the huge rockets like many
of
> you here, aerotech kits are about as far as I can afford to go (college
> student budget).

> I've been doing rocket stuff since I was 10 basically tho, even built them
> competitvly in 4-h for 4 or 5 years, got superior ranks in state
twice..now
> I am going to be the judge at the county fair in july, should be
intresting.

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Eric Perr » Thu, 20 Jun 2002 21:58:52


Anyway, back to Anthony Shawn Johnson's original thread:

Estes Command Control Launch Controller is a great unit.
Unfortunately, the use of 7.2V RC batteries is the expensive part.

and a charger/discharger for nearly $50.00.

So, after the cost of the controller, the batteries and the charger, I
had over $100.00 wrapped up in a controller. That is lots of money to
you and me.

Now, with all that said, I love the Command Control. It can provide
more power than a 12V system (14.4V), it is more flexible than the
Aerotech Interlock, it is more convenient because the batteries are on
board, and it can pretty much fly a butt-load of rockets in a day
without even the least bit of wear as long as you have freshly charged
batteries.

So, even though it can be more expensive than some other controllers
due to the support equipment you need to buy for it, it is an
excellent controller. Especially for those of us who don't want to
take the time to build our own.

BTW, when you purchase a charger, it is a good idea to get one that
will discharge your batteries also. Since the cheaper 7.2V batteries
are NiCD, they tend to develop a memory unless you discharge them
properly first.

Eric

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Fred Shecte » Thu, 20 Jun 2002 21:51:34


You are correct. It is a VERY good product. The only problem you can have is if you leave
the battery pack(s) at home.

-Fred Shecter NAR 20117

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Quote:

> Anyone else have one of these?  Mine is loaded with dual 7.2 volt battery
> packs..I've never had a misfire with it, launches estes and Aerotech rockets
> at least with virtually no delay.

> Anyway, I'm new to this NG, and I am not into the huge rockets like many of
> you here, aerotech kits are about as far as I can afford to go (college
> student budget).

> I've been doing rocket stuff since I was 10 basically tho, even built them
> competitvly in 4-h for 4 or 5 years, got superior ranks in state twice..now
> I am going to be the judge at the county fair in july, should be intresting.

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Joel Corwit » Thu, 20 Jun 2002 23:49:45


I have 2 or 3.

Joel. phx


Quote:
> Anyone else have one of these?  Mine is loaded with dual 7.2 volt battery
> packs..I've never had a misfire with it, launches estes and Aerotech
rockets
> at least with virtually no delay.

> Anyway, I'm new to this NG, and I am not into the huge rockets like many
of
> you here, aerotech kits are about as far as I can afford to go (college
> student budget).

> I've been doing rocket stuff since I was 10 basically tho, even built them
> competitvly in 4-h for 4 or 5 years, got superior ranks in state
twice..now
> I am going to be the judge at the county fair in july, should be
intresting.

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Kevin Trojanowsk » Fri, 21 Jun 2002 07:21:38


Quote:

> You are correct. It is a VERY good product. The only problem you can have is if you leave
> the battery pack(s) at home.

Easy solution.  I store mine in a nylon carrying bag that also holds the
batteries.  That bag gets hung on the same nail as my launch pad carrier.

-Kevin

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Greg Cisk » Fri, 21 Jun 2002 15:19:13


Well which is it?

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Quote:
> I have 2 or 3.

> Joel. phx



> > Anyone else have one of these?  Mine is loaded with dual 7.2 volt
battery
> > packs..I've never had a misfire with it, launches estes and Aerotech
> rockets
> > at least with virtually no delay.

> > Anyway, I'm new to this NG, and I am not into the huge rockets like many
> of
> > you here, aerotech kits are about as far as I can afford to go (college
> > student budget).

> > I've been doing rocket stuff since I was 10 basically tho, even built
them
> > competitvly in 4-h for 4 or 5 years, got superior ranks in state
> twice..now
> > I am going to be the judge at the county fair in july, should be
> intresting.

 
 
 

Estes Command Control launcher

Post by Joel Corwit » Sat, 22 Jun 2002 10:08:20



Quote:
> Well which is it?

I physically have 2.  I think I have a third somewhere.

Joel. phx

Plus about 5 estes controller/pads.  The old pad/controller on a 6v latern
battery.  That one hand joystick type.  2 of the Estes EX pads,...

Quote:

> --




> > I have 2 or 3.

> > Joel. phx



> > > Anyone else have one of these?  Mine is loaded with dual 7.2 volt
> battery
> > > packs..I've never had a misfire with it, launches estes and Aerotech
> > rockets
> > > at least with virtually no delay.

> > > Anyway, I'm new to this NG, and I am not into the huge rockets like
many
> > of
> > > you here, aerotech kits are about as far as I can afford to go
(college
> > > student budget).

> > > I've been doing rocket stuff since I was 10 basically tho, even built
> them
> > > competitvly in 4-h for 4 or 5 years, got superior ranks in state
> > twice..now
> > > I am going to be the judge at the county fair in july, should be
> > intresting.