Away 121 Flies!

November 16th, 2016

Mission Success! Away 121 soared to 95,432 feet and was recovered 41 miles down range.

Away 121 was a high altitude balloon flight. It carried 480 PongSat student experiments, six MiniCube student experiments, five HD camera, a flight data logger and both ground and satellite uplink telemetry.

Away 121 was our 186th flight. The flight took place Sunday November 13 from JPA’s new facility in Northern Nevada.

Once Again into the Black

November 11th, 2016

We have a weather window so we are go for launch of Away 121 on Sunday!

Away 121 will carry 480 PongSat student experiments, six MiniCube student experiments, five cameras a datal ogger and pur normal flight equipment set. Away 121 will be our 186th flight.

Halloween PongSats

October 31st, 2016

Halloween PongSats await the flight of Away 121.

Away 121 PongSats Mission Rain Delay

October 13th, 2016

Rain Delay for Away 121. Our PongSat/MiniCube mission is scrubbed again. The forecast is showing rain and twenty-five mph surface winds. The landing site was not looking good either, 285 km away into a pretty inaccessible mountain range. We are looking at next week for the reschedule.

Floating to Space Now on Amazon

September 27th, 2016

Floating to Space: The Airship to Orbit Program is now on Amazon directly from the author. The book now includes bonus content. Two mission DVD’s and data sheets.

The seller is ‘Sand Brick Technologies’ the author’s company.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1894959736?m=AEUM1KJFXQIKI&ref_=v_sp_widget_detail_page

Ascender 36 Climbing Out

September 27th, 2016

Launching Ascender 36

September 14th, 2016

JPA now has its own launch facility

September 14th, 2016

The JPA Advanced Research Facility, Area 42. It’s pretty sparse now, but watch it grow.

JPA at Dent:Space

September 14th, 2016

JPA will be at Dent:Space next week. Stop by and say Hi!

https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/kickstarting-exploration-at-dent-space

Ascender 36 Flies!

September 12th, 2016

Last Sunday the Ascender 36 airship took off from our new launch facility in Northern Nevada.

The first flight of Ascender 36 was a real shake down. It took two hours more than planned to get her into the air. Instead of the forecasted calm morning, we had windy condition with the wind howling from the opposite direction. However when we got her into the air she put her nose up and screamed in to the sky. Our minimum goal was to fly to 7,000 feet. If all went well we would push bit by bit to 10,000 feet. Our goal climb rate was 400 feet per minute. In the end we climbed an average 582 feet per minute and flew all the way to 13,512 feet. We landed her 11 miles down range.

JPA Bonsai mission on the front page of CNN.COM

September 1st, 2016

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/30/arts/makoto-azuma-flower-art/index.html

Forth Assceder Airship Systems Test

August 31st, 2016

We did the final inflation and system test before flight on Ascender 36. We had all plumbing installed and tested the helium transfer system. This lets us move the helium around the airship in flight.  First flight is getting close.

PongSats on Away 120

August 31st, 2016

Did you know that PongSat is the largest student flight program in the world. 18,000 payloads flown.

Ascender 36 Airship Progress

August 5th, 2016

Last weekend we did the third inflation test of the Ascender 36 airship. This was an assembly test. We installed the internal carbon keels, the inner helium cell and all the valves and vents. One step closer to flight.

We tucked the Ascender between the building and our second wind ramp.

Installing the helium lift cells.

Port keel ready to be installed.

Airship to Orbit Book now with Bonus content!

August 5th, 2016

What is Airship to Orbit?
It’s a research program, it’s 184 test flights, it’s an army of dedicated volunteers making it happen, and….
it’s a BOOK!!!!!!!!!

The book ‘Floating to Space, the Airship to Orbit Program’ is now being sold direct by the author (yours truly) on amazon. I’ve added two mission DVD to the existing DVD that comes with the book along with mission data sheets.

Click on the book and buy yours today. Help keep us flying!