PongSat back in the Hands of Students

November 25th, 2014

The most important part of PongSat is when they arrive back in the hand of their makers.

OK, which one is going to walk on Mars? Which one is going to the moon? All of them have been to the edge of space! Great job!!!!!!!

JPA Beyond Geek Preview

November 21st, 2014

JP Aerospace on TV Nationwide

November 21st, 2014

This Saturday the JP Aerospace Beyond Geek Episode airs! In Sacramento it will be on KVIE2 at 6 pm. It features the Airship to Orbit Project and lots of PongSats! Please share this and get the word out!

When is it playing in your area?

Ascender 26

November 10th, 2014

This weekend we conducted another test inflation of Ascender 26. In this test we fitting in the keel, inner helium cells and starboard helium transfer tube.

Internal keel

More Flying in Pairs

November 7th, 2014

The view from Away 104 from Away 103 at 85,000 feet. In the blowup insert on the right you can just make out the vehicle under the balloon.

Away 103 Balloon Burst.

November 7th, 2014

Away 103′s balloon bursting at 100,052 feet.

More Formation Flying at 100,000 feet

November 5th, 2014

This is from Away 104 looking at Away 105 at the edge of space.

PongSats!

November 2nd, 2014

We flew 1708 PongSat student experiments on this mission.

Last Launch of the Day

November 2nd, 2014

Away 108 was the last of six vehicle we flew on this mission.

MiniCubes and PongSats in Flight

November 2nd, 2014

On the left is a PongSat with GPS and data logging, in the center is a double MiniCube with three cameras, GPS and and array of sensors, on the right is a MiniCube having fun.

In flight formation at the edge of space.

November 2nd, 2014

The burst of Away 104′s balloon was caugh in the camera of Away 105.

http://youtu.be/EgiA_aRHGnY

Mission Success, Six Flights to the Edge of Space

October 30th, 2014

Sunday Oct 26th we flew six high altitude balloon to the top of the stratosphere. We carried over 1700 PongSat student experiments, two MiniCubes, twelve HD cameras and a host of in house experiments. We also flew the reward signs for our Kickstarter effort that raised the funds for the flights. The last flight of the day was our 171st mission.

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.

PongSats!

September 27th, 2014

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