Klima modestly asserts that their Air Launch is probably the world's most brilliant launch pad in this price range! We say that it is almost as good as our HELFIRE launcher that costs THREE times as much ;-)
Perfect for schools, scouts and youth groups - much better at absorbing abuse than the Estes products!
The Air Launch has a footprint diameter of 90 cm that creates a stable platform for model rockets (A-D total impulse) right up to Mid-Power (E-G total impuse) and maybe a bit beyond! The pad can be tipped to accommodate terrain and wind direction for the standard and 6mm rods. The heavy stainless steel blast plate is secured with fasteners that are also stainless steel.
The Air Launcher's stable connection system allows the launch pad to be folded for transport and re-assembled for use at the launch site without tools. The Velcro retention strap also serves simultaneously as eye protection on the rod end.
The standard version of the launch pad comes with three plastic legs and a standard-sized 3.2 mm stainless steel rod 88 cm in length. The rod comes in two threaded sections and can be stowed within the folded pad base.
As accessories, there are a 6mm stainless steel rod with threaded ends for easy connection and, for larger models a 20 mm rail system with models sporting rail buttons. Please note, the Estes MaxiRod is only 5.5mm and is a loose fit in the Air Launcher unless you pack it out with tape.
There is no doubt that this Klima pad/rod/rail combo is superior to the Estes Astron II Pad, their E pad and indeed, the Estes PSII Launch Base in terms of flexibility, ruggedness and portability.
Our HELFIRE pad, made of aluminum extrusions is yet more robust (while being a bit heavier), is upgrade-able to multiple rods and can take rails with 6 or 8mm slots for HPR up to J impulse. However, another notable difference is that we haven't be arsed to make up a dozen of those for years... got the components but it's a CBA issue. Hmmm maybe should be a special order product?
Because of it's size, this item has to be sent via courier.