MHD in Washington DC

October 15th, 2014

Here’s the handout from a presentation we did recently on Magnetohydrodynamics with the Dept. of Energy.

Delayed Again

October 15th, 2014

Mission Delayed. Winds aloft have really ramped up. No matter how we run the flight sim we land in a inaccessible 11,000 foot mountain range. They are so high it would take six hours on the freeway just to get to the base of the range. We’re looking at the weather and getting permits moved again. As soon as we know I’ll post.


September 27th, 2014

The mission delay will at least allow a few of the PongSats that are on there way to arrive.

Storm Delays Mission

September 27th, 2014

The storm in the Pacific has slowed and now it’s going to hit right during the launch. We’ve official scrubbed the launch, We now in the process of moving our permits and clearances to the alternate launch date in two weeks.


2200 PongSat Mission this Weekend

September 22nd, 2014

Away 103 through 108 ready (almost) for flight.

JPA on PBS this November

September 20th, 2014

Thursday I got to pre screen the ‘Beyond Geek’ episode that features JPA. It is awesome! It’s going to air all across the country in November. Here’s a screenshot of the animation in the episode. It’s the Ascender entering orbit.

Firing Number 150

August 23rd, 2014

Yesterday we conducted our 150th supersonic run with the shock tube. We’re getting pretty comfortable in the mach 2 to 3 range.

Data Dart Program

August 23rd, 2014

We’re slowly expanding the flight envelope of our micro hypersonic vehicle. A few days ago night we flew it to 378 mph. That’s right at half mach.

Shock Tube Upgrades

August 19th, 2014

The hypersonic shock tube just keeps getting bigger.

High Speed Research at JP Aerospace

August 19th, 2014

We’re putting together a short video on hypersonic research at JPA. Here’s a still of one of our micro hypersonic vehicles during a low speed checkout flight. By low speed we mean 326 mph.

JP Aerospace in the New York Times!

July 18th, 2014

Mission Success!

July 18th, 2014

Away 100 and Away 101 were a complete success. This mission was to carry a bonsai and a flower arrangement for the Japanese artist Azuna Makoto to the edge of space for a photo shoot. Ten on board HD cameras captured the botanicals in flight. Both vehicle were recovered and the team is back home.

Flight Number 164 and 165

July 14th, 2014

Team JPA is rolling to the desert with Away 100 and Away 101. Heading up to the black with a flowers,a Bonsai and team of artists and film folks from Japan.  Wish us luck!

Our Japanese mission partner

Shock Tube Upgrade

July 12th, 2014

Mach 4 anyone? The newest upgrades on our hypersonic wind tunnel (shock tube) are ready for round one testing.

The shock tube will be used for active drag reduction studies.

Just for Fun

July 9th, 2014