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.

Submarine Magnetic Drop Weight Test

January 5th, 2015

Yesterday we tested the magnetic emergency drop weights on Bellavia. We had the magnets hold the 40 pound each weights for two and a half hours then hit the drop switch.

The general layout of the drop weight test harness:

First Dive in 2015

January 5th, 2015

One of the big missions coming up in 2015 is the first dive of our submarine, Bellavia.

PongSat back in the Hands of Students

November 25th, 2014

The most important part of PongSat is when they arrive back in the hand of their makers.

OK, which one is going to walk on Mars? Which one is going to the moon? All of them have been to the edge of space! Great job!!!!!!!

JPA Beyond Geek Preview

November 21st, 2014