Views from up Top

May 15th, 2015

Here are some scene from our high altitude missions last weekend.

Away 102

Away 102 and Away 116

May 13th, 2015

Last weekend JPA took to the field for two flights to the edge of space. The two vehicles, Away 102 and Away 116 carried over 500 PongSats and Several Airship to Orbit project experiments.  Our peak altitude for the weekend was 102,296 feet.

Singapore PongSat Scientist

May 13th, 2015

Did I mention PongSats are the best part of my job? These are some great pictures from a proud Dad of a young PongSat scientist from Singapore. She will be flying her experiment to the edge of space on the September mission. She will no doubt be walking on Mars before too long.

New Paint Job on Submarine

April 29th, 2015

Bell’s got a new paint job and we put in place the high pressure tanks for the ballast system. She look’in like she want to hit the water!

Edge of Space Mission on Deck

April 29th, 2015

On May 10th PongSats and ATO engine experiments will be flown to 100,000 on two balloon vehicles.

This will be Away 102 and Away 116.  Away 116 will be our 178th flight.

MHD Test 115, the movie

April 18th, 2015

MHD Test 115 Record Output

April 16th, 2015

Last night we achieved our highest voltage yet from our MHD generator. This test used a larger motor and incorporated what we learned for magnetic focusing experiments we’ve been conducting. Our previous peak was 6.11 volts. This one ran at 8.94 volts. It sure beats the 0.2 volts we got when we started this research five years ago.

Sam, No texting while submaring!

April 16th, 2015

Half Tesla Magnet

April 15th, 2015

Half Tesla! This is our generation eight electromagnet. We just achieved 0.511 Tesla field strength with it. This lets us move on to the building the full Tesla magnet. The new magnet will be at the core of a large scale magnetohydrodynamic (MHD)test this summer in the desert.  MHD is key process of our hybrid chemical/electric rocket engine for the Ascender airship.

Today’s Build session

April 11th, 2015

It’s a little bit of everything today. We have magnet upgrades for the magnetohydrodynamics system, telemetry install on the high racks for the upcoming mission, Ascender 26 envelope modifications, battery mounts for the submarine and truss construction for the new Tandem airship.

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.