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USB Missile Launcher – 1.4.8 Release 27 August 2007

Posted by David Wilson in USB Missile.

This release has been waiting to launch onto your desktops for some time now. Enjoy the new features.

  • Altered default preference settings. Resolves issue of laser not working properly on Striker II and stops duplicate commands being sent to Striker II and Original launcher. Existing users can install updated application and manually “zero” settings for launcher types that are defined twice (vendor ID = 4400, and product ID = 514) or reset defaults.
  • Distribution now includes a script providing integration with “Sofa Control 2.0” – you can use your Apple Remote to control the launcher! – http://caseapps.com/sofacontrol.html (thanks to rawketcato for providing this). To use the script you will need to go to the Installed Scripts menu in Sofa Control and import the script that is included with this distribution.
  • Fixed a problem controlling the Original launcher (Striker I).


1. Conrad - 5 September 2007

can You make a special version of the software that is suited for 10.3.9 Macs? Because I have 10.3.9. Also, does this program support the new laser guided USB Missile launcher?

2. Conrad - 5 September 2007

Also can U make an internet script that lets U control it on your website, because VNC is sometimes hard to set up with firewalls (I know how to, but my friends don’t)

3. David Wilson - 9 September 2007

Hello Conrad…

Version 1.3.3 of the Missile launcher software works with Mac OS 10.3.9 (and possibly 10.2.8). It is available from the download links area.

Version 1.4.8 (which runs under 10.4) has Applescript support. With some development effort, you may be able to interface a web page to the launcher. The web page could send AppleScript commands to the launcher to achieve the control you need.

Gook Luck.

4. Shawn Powers - 11 October 2007

Any chance there’s a mirror site for 1.4.8? The NZ site appears to be down, and I’m so giddy to try out my new missile launcher. πŸ˜‰

THANK YOU for helping me avoid using parallels for this. You’re my hero of the day. πŸ™‚

5. Shawn Powers - 11 October 2007

Nevermind — it was my ISP, the site is up just fine. πŸ™‚

(I tried from home via VPN)

6. Jared Lambert - 12 October 2007


I am having some of your previously reported issues with MacBook Pro’s not being able to connect to a Dream Cheeky Launcher.

If you are still developing this application, I would like to help you in anyway possible to get this working. I understand mac programing, but am a little new to the driver scene.

From the error log,
USBMissileControl: FindInterfaces: kIOReturnExclusiveAccess (some other task has the device opened already) – Unable to open interface (e00002c5)

Any help would be deeply appreciated, and let me know what I can do to help you.


7. David Wilson - 12 October 2007

Hi there Jared

So the software was unable to get control of the device.. I’ll assume for the moment that you are running the latest version (v 1.4.8) – that just puts us on the same playing field.

Now are you also running Parallels or VMWare? with Windows XP?

I did have an issue with Parallels and XP getting control of the device and once this happened the Mac software never got a look in. Parallels introduced a new preferences option (or Image option) about handing over control of USB devices to Windows.. you may need to turn this off.

If it’s not those products then it’s something else and we’d need to find out what it is.

You could also confirm through System profiler or IOProber (c/- Developer tools) the Vendor and Product ID’s of the device (just to see that they haven’t changed).

– David

8. nick killin - 24 October 2007


I just bought a Dream Cheeky Launcher recently and would love to use your program but I cannot seem to get it to work. I looked up the rockets vender and product id and they were different from the default “dreamrocket” vender and product id so I changed those, restarted and it still did not work. So I booted XP (via Parallels) and installed the windows software and it worked fine on windows. I can live with this if I have to but would much rather run it off of your software. Am I doing something wrong in setting up the launcher? Any help would be great. Thanks.

9. David Wilson - 24 October 2007

Hi there Nick.

I’ve been working with someone else regarding this, it appears as though DreamCheeky have released a launcher with new internals.

Can you advise please what Vendor ID and Product ID you have with that launcher.
Also what OS version are you running?

Would you be prepared to do some testing for me if I can issue you with a pre-release?

– David

10. nick killin - 25 October 2007


The Vendor ID is 0x0a81
The product ID is 0x0701

I’m running 10.4.10

I would be more than happy to do some testing for you. Thanks for all of your help.


11. chrissli - 29 October 2007

hello I have got the (i think) original usb missile launcher (it looks exactly like the ones on your pictures). I can move it, but it does not shoot. What am I doing wrong?

12. ben - 18 December 2007

hi there, i am also having the same problem as 11. chrissli

do you have any suggestions?

many thanks,

13. David Wilson - 18 December 2007

Reference comments #11 and #12… these sound like the devices are actually faulty from manufacturing…. If you’re not sure, then try it with the supplied Windows software as shipped in the box.

Of course the other thing to look out for is that the manufacturer is shipping a launcher with new “internals” and the USB vendor ID and Product ID are not recognised by the software. If these codes are new, it may also mean that the control codes to make the launcher operate have also changed. Reference discussion here about the “Rocket Baby” launcher from DreamCheeky.

14. Michael Mitchell - 27 July 2011

Im having the same problem as 6. Jared Lambert if you ever figured out what that was.

David Wilson - 27 July 2011

Hi Michael…

Need to know specifically which launcher you have? (if Dream Cheeky – which one?) And What Mac and What operating system?

– David

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