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Adrel DeployMax Altimeter™

$119.99

Presenting the Adrel DeployMax, the smallest, lightest single event altimeter that you can buy!

Now, you can use the tried and true Adrel altimeter algorithms to not only record peak altitudes, but to trigger recovery system deployment as well. This tiny system can easily fit in a 1/2" diameter tube, depending on the igniter battery selected.

For years, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) has used Adrel altimeters for world championships. These units are examples of incredible engineering, both in hardware and software. Because I have personally planted more of these units in more countries across the world than anyone else, I jumped at the opportunity to become the exclusive worldwide distributor (and cut my losses!).

When I saw the need for a small, single event deployment altimeter, I went back to Leszek Swed, the genius behind the Adrel altimeter, to see if it was possible to design one. Within a few short days, he presented me with a design for consideration. And that's how the Adrel DeployMax came to be.

The Adrel DeployMax altimeter™ is National Association of Rocketry (NAR) certified for competition flights and record attempts. It is designed and manufactured by Adrel Electronics in Krakow, Poland.

The DeployMax deployment altitudes are user programmable from 100% (peak) to a 50m minimum altitude. Note that, the way the software works, it looks for a certain number of counts in decreasing altitude before it will fire. That way, it never triggers early. It does not fire not a “true” apogee, but darn close afterwards, ensuring that you capture the flight's highest possible altitude.

The Adrel DeployMax is for advanced modelers only. Some electrical work is needed to mate the ignition battery and the igniter to the unit.

The Adrel DeployMax runs on Windows 10 only. You will need the data port (#812A) to download the data to your laptop and set the deployment altitude (available separately). 

You will need the following for use with the Adrel DeployMax

  • PC running Windows 10
  • USB Type AB cable
  • Battery for ignition can vary, based on your igniter type. Current recommendation is a 1S 3.6 V Lithium polymer 180mah/45C. However, testing also indicates that a battery as small as a Hyperion lithium polymer battery 70mAh, 25C or equivalent (Part number HP-G550-0070S1UM) will work with low current igniters.
  • (Note: the standard Adrel Battery (#811) is NOT suitable for this application. Watch the website for a compatable battery - coming soon.)
  • Adrel Battery Charger/Data Port (#812A only)
  • Adrel DelployMax Software (Link below)
  • Wires to connect unit to igniter, and unit to battery 

In addition to measuring the maximum flight altitude to the required precision,  the Adrel MaxAlt altimeter stores altitude measurement results for the entire flight, allowing for a complete review of the flight. The altimeter’s small size (8.5mm x 20mm x 5mm/0.335” x 0.79” x 0.16”)  and weight (0.6g/ 0.021 oz.) allow for its inclusion in all types of contest rockets. It is currently the smallest, lightest altimeter system on the market.

The altimeter height measurement is based on the change of pressure as a function of altitude. The altimeter pressure sensor, calibrated at the factory, measures absolute pressure.

The Adrel data conversion program reads the pressure data from altimeter pressure sensor and converts it to altitude. The conversion is based on an NAR and FAI approved formula, which takes into account the current pressure, pressure changes, temperature, vertical temperature gradient, change of the density of the atmosphere, depending on altitude. Measurements are stored in nonvolatile memory, so they are saved when device is disconnected from power. Altitudes measurements can be sampled from 20 measurements per second to 1 measurement every 2 seconds (which can be useful for airplane applications where sampling speed is not as critical).

The altimeter height measurement is based on the change of pressure as a function of altitude. The altimeter pressure sensor, calibrated at the factory, measures absolute pressure.

The Adrel data conversion program on your laptop computer reads the pressure data from altimeter pressure sensor and converts it to altitude. The altimeter’s measurements and parameters are downloaded when a cable is connected to the USB connector on a computer.

The data chart shows the entire flight of a rocket. The graph can be expanded to better examine the data. For contests, the altimeter is able to store the competitor’s competition number. In addition, each altimeter has a recorded permanent unique serial number. For archiving the results of competitions, the measurements can be saved to disk and retrieved any time.

Tests with the 70mAh battery pack are ongoing, but both the old Q2G2 and currently available MJG Firewire ematch have been shown to work.