Comet Compact Distress Signal Launcher

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A smaller version of the Personal Distress Signal Launcher containing 3 red cartridges. 


The lightweight, Comet Compact Signal Launcher contains 3 red aerial flare cartridges and a penjector firing mechanism, all enclosed in a tough, water-resistant case. The penjector is fitted with a stainless-steel spring and striker pin. It features a slot for easy loading and unloading of the flare cartridges. These are stored inside the casing on an elastic lanyard to avoid them being lost when the base cap is unscrewed.


Compact Signal Launchers are designed primarily for use on yachts, dinghies, Personal Water Craft, canoes and sailboards, but have many applications as a general-purpose distress signal for aviation, hill-walking, climbing, skiing and other outdoor pursuits. Each cartridge projects its payload to a height of 50 metres, burns for over 5 seconds at a minimum of 10,000 candela and is visible for at least 5 miles in daylight increasing to 10 miles at night, depending on weather conditions. Operating instructions are on the case.


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  • Application: For use in day and night distress signal situations

  • Dimensions: 145mm x 40mm x 25mm (5.7 x 1.6 x 1.0 in)

  • Net Explosive Content: Approx 16g per pack (0.56 oz) 5.25g per cartridge (0.19 oz)

  • Burning time: over 5 seconds

  • Height: 50 metres (164’)

  • Light intensity: 10,000 candela

  • Weight: 125g (4.41oz) in display box 80g (2.82) just the signal pen filled with three cartridges



For day or night-use only when rescue services are sighted

1. Unscrew base cap.

2. Place trigger in safety catch position.

3. Load the flare cartridge attached to lanyard by sliding into slot on penjector.

4. To fire, hold the penjector firmly at arms length above and away from face and body, pull back penjector trigger and release – fire vertically and be prepared for slight recoil and loud report


Packing & Transport Information based on 50 Units

  • 50 kits per fibreboard carton

  • Gross weight: 6.9 kg (15.21 lb.)

  • Net weight: 6.3 kg (13.89 lb.)

  • Hazard Class: 1.4G

  • Net Explosive Content per carton: 0.8 kg (1.76 lb.)

  • Measurements of carton: 37 x 27 x 27 cm (15 x 11 x 11 in)

  • UN 0312

  • Proper Shipping Name: Cartridges, Signal

  • Other Information: Cargo Aircraft only



When not carried, the signal should be stored in a robust, specially designed Polybottle, or in a dry location at ambient temperature.