Tandem 3 Under Construction

August 18th, 2015

The third Tandem airship is under construction at JPA. Tandem 2 is the highest flying airship it the world flying at 95,000 feet in 2011. Tandem 3 will fly at even higher altitudes and also have longer duration. We are expecting first flight in early 2016.

Kevin holding up the completed keel truss of the Tandem 3 airship.

Away 117 Flight Team

August 18th, 2015

Ascender Infograph

August 18th, 2015

Space Here We Come

August 18th, 2015

Ascender 26 in flight.

Measuring Surface Winds

August 18th, 2015

JP measuring surface winds just after Ascender launch,

Ascender on Board View

August 3rd, 2015

Looking back at the launch site.

Ascender in Flight

August 3rd, 2015

Ascender Prep.

August 3rd, 2015

Ascender 26 Flies Again!

August 3rd, 2015

Sunday August 2nd JP Aerospace conducted the second flight of Ascender 26.  There was a series of goal for this flight including a faster climb rate, steeper pitch angle and buoyancy controlled maneuvering.  The flight was a compete success. We even flew a little bit higher, 6,850 feet (2,850 above our 4000 foot launch site).

The vehicle landed undamaged four miles down range.

Ascender 26 Airship Second Flight

August 1st, 2015

We’re rolling to the desert for the second flight of the Ascender 26.

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