Clip from Up Top on Away 119

December 1st, 2015

MiniCubes on Rockets

November 27th, 2015

MiniCubes on Rockets! The compact size of a MiniCube allows it to be launched on model rockets. The idea is to get students flying MiniCubes on their own rockets and when they are ready for the next step up, they can send their cube to us for a flight on balloon to the edge of space.

To test it we bought a Estes Maxi Alpha III rocket from the hobby store and put a MiniCube on it. After the Away 118 and 119 flights we sent the rocket and MiniCube skyward. It flew great.


November 27th, 2015

Away 119 touching down. The first pic is about 30 feet up, the second about 3 feet off the ground. On touch down the camera popped off the servo and kept recording while laying on the ground. Check out the shadow of the vehicle under parachute in the lower left.

JPA Article in Sactown Magazine

November 27th, 2015

We’re in this months issue of Sactown Magazine! It’s a great article and they put in some of our best pics! As they say, on news stands now.

Check it out. Here’s a link to the teaser.…/Inside-Issue-55/

Mission Partners from 104,305 feet

November 27th, 2015

Launch of Away 118

November 27th, 2015

Servo Camera

November 25th, 2015

One of the cameras on Away 119 was mounted on a servo. It circled around giving us a series of great pictures.

Away 118 in the Air

November 24th, 2015

PongSats, Cubesats and Valves

November 24th, 2015

Away 118 and Away 119 carries three university payloads, 700 PongSat  student experiments, our own balloon valve experiments, a new servo driven camera system and a ceremonial basket from the Sobono Indian Tribe.

Mission Success!

November 24th, 2015

Away 118 and Away 119 flew on Sunday to the edge of space. Both vehicle have been recovered from their mountain landing site and team is home safe and sound. Away 118 reached 104,305 feet. Away 119 was our 183rd flight.

Away 118 and Away 119 are Go!

November 19th, 2015

After weeks of weather delays the Away 118 and Away 119 high altitude balloon missions are go for flight this Sunday.

We will be carrying over 700 PongSats and three CubeSats from UOP (University of the Pacific), UPAEP (University in Mexico) and the Reach for the Stars Foundation. We will also be testing helium venting systems in preparation for the new Tandem airship.

Pic from the Past

October 6th, 2015

This is from a 2012 mission. Just a bit of a roll before heading back to Earth.

PongSats for Away 119

October 6th, 2015

These sure are a happy bunch of PongSats. I love the blend of art with science you get with PongSats.

Noli Indian School Head to the Edge of Space with PongSats

October 6th, 2015

Here’s a great article on future astronauts getting ready to fly on our next mission.

University of the Pacific: Ready for liftoff

October 6th, 2015

UOP is flying a CubeSat on our Away 118 Balloon flight next week.  Here’s a great article with video of the students building their CubeSat.