Facilities

June 6th, 2024

NASA neutral buoyancy laboratory and the JP Aerospace neutral buoyancy laboratory. Basically the same thing. I know it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.

Submarine Ballast Tank Work

June 6th, 2024

We pulled all the ballast tanks off our submarine and took them to the pool for testing. The seals were great but the valve unions need replacing.

Balloon Chase Vehicle Update

June 6th, 2024

Argo upgrades. We had to replace the rear bearing on the Argo. While we were at it, we replaced the axles with heavy duty jeep axles. Wherever our balloon lands, we will get there.

Bella Update

June 6th, 2024

Bella without her tanks. We pull all the side ballast tanks to replace seals and all the high pressure tanks for refilling. The ballast tanks will get dive tested and reinstalled then Bella will be ready for the next round of in the water tests.

Dark Sky Station

June 6th, 2024
Dark Sky Station. Outpost at the edge of space. The big V is the “Ascender H1″, station to orbit vehicle. The smaller V are the “Load” Airship, ground to station.

Tandem Airship Pushing Through Turbulence

June 6th, 2024

More wild things in the sky. This time one of our own. Full Video: https://youtu.be/SlHQM4E3nyw Tandem airship powering through the turbulence at 70,000 feet.

Float Test Results

June 6th, 2024

We ended up with a page of todos after the first float test, although I expected more. The port ballast tank seals need replacing and the emergency ballast blow valve needs higher pressure. I can’t wait for Bella next time out!