Today we’re working on all the little odds and ends of the Ascender 26 airship. The team is getting ready for the upcoming float test.
Our high altitude work is just to top of a large pyramid of research going on at JPA. We just completed the 178th firing our our hypersonic shock tube.
The shock tube is a short duration high speed wind tunnel. We use it for developing the plasma drag reduction systems in the ATO program.
The shock tube just keeps getting longer. This is the internal burst tool segment.We will start pushing to Mach 4 this weekend.
JPA is becoming the worlds space program.
In celebration of the UAE’s 43rd national day JPA flew the UAE flag to the edge of space. It was a great mission and adventure. The first vehicle, Away 111, verified winds aloft and the second vehicle, Away 109 was our largest Away vehicle ever at just over nine feet long. It carried carried a huge 8 X 4 foot flag, signs from our sponsor, four HD cameras and the first 50 PongSats from the middle east.