Orbital Airship Engine Concept Drawings

November 11th, 2019

Configuration concept drawings of the electric/chemical hybrid engine arrays for the Ascender orbital airship. We’re projecting eight arrays of four.

Orbital Ascender Airship Concept Art

November 8th, 2019

Ascender Ellipse

October 16th, 2019

Next on Deck: Ascender Ellipse. This is the first Ascender airship with an elliptical cross section & an all air beam internal structure. It’s just a little one, 26 ft long. It’s for low altitude structural tests. The Ellipse is 70% complete. We hope to fly before years end.

Bellavia Getting Close to Launch

October 15th, 2019

We’re starting to replace the hand made boards on Bellavia (our sub) with PCB’s This one just came in today. It’s the sensor breakout board. It connects an Arduino computer to a whole set of sensors. Kudos to Chris for a great job on board design.

Away 129 Flight Team!

October 12th, 2019

Launch of Away 129

October 12th, 2019

Away 129 Prep for Launch

October 12th, 2019

Working the checklist. Away 129 had 75 tasks on the checklist. It was one of our more complex high racks with 4 separate telemetry systems, 5 cameras, data logger, full array of sensors, beacon, in house and student experiments and our standard flight system set.

Final prep before launch. Now we’re down to things like foreign object removal, rigging inspection, balloon sep system power up. Then it’s the final ‘GOs’ from mission control, videographer, traffic, and balloon team.