This balloon carried 400 PongSat student experiments to the edge of space.
Everyone who flies a PongSat takes a journey. It is the ‘Way of the PongSat’. OK, it sounds silly but if you can have ‘Tao of Pooh’ and the ‘Te of Piglet’ you can have the ‘Way of the PongSat’
The background is the google Earth track of a PongSat misson. In the upper right is a high rack vehicle carrying 400 PongSats and in the left is some early PongSats. The little smudges on the PongSats aren’t really smudges. They are the initial of all the student who worked on that PongSat.
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One thousand, sixteen students have signed up for September 27th PongSat mission.
We are getting an amazing group of space explorers together. There are girl scout troops, university aerospace classes, lots of homeschool kids, special needs along with advanced placement classes. Six countries are represented and I don’t know how many US states. This is just the beginning. I fully expect to have 2000 PongSats signed up by mid May.
It will take six of our High Rack balloon vehicles to carry the 2000 PongSat student experiments to 100,000 feet. We will be launching them in pairs so they can video each other in flight at the edge of space.
We finished glassing down and sanding the electromagnet mount on the bottom of the sub. This pics shows one being tested. The 40 pound weight is being held in place by the electromagnet. I wanted a sphere for the drop weight so it would roll off the hull if the sub was upside down. Kettlebell weights are prefect for the job. They are spherical, come in all sizes, are iron that the magnet really likes and they even have a handy handle!
It was a busy day yesterday Just about all aspects of JPA got worked on. From camera prep for the next mission to building a new wiring harness for the MHD the team was cranking.
Paul working on the max current config for the MHD generator and our intern Julian learning how to solder.
Richard measured the velocity of wave in the first one inch of the supersonic shocktube. We first glued then glassed the magnet mounts to bottom of the hull of the submarine.