In 1968, the company ACR supplied for NASA a series of flashlights that would be used in the APOLLO missions, from VII to XVII. These lanterns had actually been made by FULTON (manufacturers of famous army flashlights). All the astronauts (including those who did not go into space) were part of the personal team, replacing an earlier model made of light alloy but with a lower fire behavior. This change was possibly caused by the tragedy of the Apollo and although the brass is much heavier (and this was an obsession of the engineers), it is a safe material, which produces no sparks and with almost no corrosion. No more than 2000 of them were made in two batches, being the last one of the year 72. Also they were used in several missions of the space shuttle. Many of them ended up being a memory that accompanied the astronauts once they finished their race.
The production was exclusively for NASA.
Its simplicity and purity of lines coupled with the undeniable elegance and oldness of brass alloys made this lantern a tribute to the principles of simplicity and function, not exempt from the beauty of things that without recourse to a single stroke more, Perfectly the function for which they were designed and its reliability is such that today they continue to work.
48 years in Barbolight, a spanish company dedicated to manufacture dive and nautical lights, later we decided to pay homage to those heroic times of space exploration, times that left
We have scrupulously respected the external appearance and dimensions, but instead of an incandescent bulb that was very unreliable and had high consumption we have installed a high efficiency LED, which together with a diffuse optics make up a perfect light to work in a confined environment Like a space capsule, but also a sailboat, a small plane ... We have also respected the warm color temperature characteristic of the incandescence, with an emitter that produces a photographic quality chromatic performance. In addition, as manufacturers of diving lanterns that we are, we have endowed with a -100 meter water resistance, which will guarantee the behavior of these in the most demanding environments.
We have consciously limited power to 1 Watt, because this way we can obtain from any set of AA batteries more than 8 hours of stable light, and a power more than enough for the tasks for which this lantern were created, giving priority to runtime about power, because that was required in the original design. In fact, the dim light emitted by the originals was more than sufficient to illuminate the instruments of the capsule of the Apollo XIII that was submerged in total darkness in a situation in which these lanterns played a crucial role.
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We have been making diving lights and many other demanding lighting devices for more than 14 years. Some of our products have been used on world record explorations, and you can check easily on line the reputation of them.
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Every new flashlight we make means a considerable investment, not just on the design department, but also on prototypes, testing under really harsh conditions and taking them to the limit. Once everything is approved, we need a mass production to bring down prices to make affordable products.
As dive lights manufacturers we know perfectly our customers, our market... but this time we are facing different customers and we need your input to know if the idea we had is a viable one or just a dream.
Technically the solution is perfectly defined, and we have already a few prototypes.
In this case, we have some fully functional prototypes, tried different kind of alloys, we have developed some electronics, and we have tested and adjusted every single aspect of the light to fulfill the quality standards we are used to. Now, we need your support to make it a real production item, with affordable prices and the warranties of product serially made and tested.