Submarine Network Installed

July 27th, 2015

This is one of the secondary computers in Bellavia. The subs computer system is all distributed architecture. This one is an Arduino Mega. It takes all the commands coming from the PC and passes them to all the external computer (6) via an I2C network. It also handles some internal system like lights and life support.

Three High Racks, Three Airships and One Submarine under Construction

July 27th, 2015

We worked on a lot of vehicles on Saturday. We mounted decks on Away 118, build frames for Away 119 and Away 120, build truss segments for Ascender 36, assembled the aft helium vents and preped cameras for Ascender 26, worked on molds for valves for Tandem 3 and mounted secondary computers on Bellavia. Lots happening.

Ascender 36 Construction Begins

July 21st, 2015

Last Saturday we began construction of our new airship the Ascender 36. This vehicle is ten feet longer than the Ascender 26 and it’s a bit greater in diameter. It will carry a helium inter-cell pumping system and after vent valves. Look for first flight in 2016.

Ascender 26 to Fly Again

July 21st, 2015

On August 2nd the Ascender 26 airship will take to the sky for it’s second free flight. On this fight we’re rebalancing the vehicle and will climb a little faster and go a little higher. Max altitude will be approx. 7,000 feet.

Ascender Flight Path

July 21st, 2015

MiniCube Book

July 20th, 2015

The new MiniCube book by Gregory Cecil now on Amazon!

It’s a great guide to building experiments for flights at the edge of space. It’s really packed with info. It’s really great for PongSat too!

Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Classroom-Laboratory-Edge-Space-Introducing/dp/1512274542/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437421588&sr=1-8&keywords=minicube

Ascender Climbing

July 20th, 2015

Ascender 26 Launch

July 20th, 2015

Ascender Mission Control

July 20th, 2015

Anthony flies the Ascender while Steve looks on,

Ascender Coming at You.

July 20th, 2015

Ascender 26 in flight.

End of Mission

June 26th, 2015

Vent Opening

June 26th, 2015

You can see the starboard forward vent opening in this shot.

Ascender in the Sun

June 26th, 2015

Dissembling Ascender 26 at the landing site two miles downrange.

June 26th, 2015

Ascender Coming in for Landing

June 26th, 2015