Ascender 26 Float Test

March 10th, 2015

We conducted a float test of our baby airship the Ascender 26 Saturday. It was a great shake out. The new internal configuration worked great. The inner cell held the helium but the outer envelope just won’t hold air. The outer envelope is about 11 years old, we’re recycling it from another program. The outer silicone coating it just about gone. The result was a very floppy vehicle. On the first float we usually just go a few inches off the ground and see how sound the structure is. However even with a floppy envelope we pushed a little and got her a few feet into the sky.

Just a few inches off the ground.

Charles and Steve working the valves.

Even with zero pressure in the outer envelope the inner cell system and the carbon keel performed well.

Preview of the Margarita Commercial

March 9th, 2015

JPA in Adweek

March 9th, 2015

Flying Margarita!

March 9th, 2015

JPA were tasked once again to show that space is for everybody!   On National Margarita Day we send blenders, cameras and a particular famous mix to the edge of space.

The team travel to Arizona for this flight. Balloons were flown, margarita were mixed and frozen by the atmosphere itself and amazing video was created.

This brings our flight total to 176.

MHD Test 113

January 31st, 2015

The testing just keeps rolling on.

Ascender 26 Prep

January 31st, 2015

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.

MHD 112

January 28th, 2015

Shock Tube

January 19th, 2015

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.

MHD Test 110, The Movie

January 16th, 2015

Bellavia So Far

January 13th, 2015

MHD Test 110

January 13th, 2015

We conducted our 110th MHD firing Saturday.  We got a great electrical power output. The motor had an odd start up.In the first fraction of a second you can see the motor throwing fuel fragments. By the time we get a 1/4 second into the firing the motor settled down into it’s normal pattern.

New Shock Tube Component

January 7th, 2015

The shock tube just keeps getting longer. This is the internal burst tool segment.We will start pushing to Mach 4 this weekend.

Video from the UAE Mission

January 5th, 2015

JPA is becoming the worlds space program.

Our project on display at Al Hilal Bank in Abu Dhabi.

January 5th, 2015

JPA Conducts Two Flights in the United Arab Emerates!

January 5th, 2015

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.