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All the Anti-tip Struts Installed

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

All eight of the anti-tip struts are installed on the submarine. The team has started to refer to them as kick-stands.

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Monday, May 11th, 2020

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May PongSat Mission Rescheduled

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

I  hope this note finds you well and persevering.

With the Pandemic hitting hard in our area we have been shut down, except for mask production, for the last two months. We have heard from teachers that were going to fly with us on the May PongSat mission. For most their schools are closed & won’t be able to participate.

This leads to two things.

One: We are rescheduling the Away 130 PongSat flight to late June.

Two: Everyone flies.

If you can’t get your PongSats to us before then for any reason we will fly your PongSats whenever you are ready. In addition to the June flight we are planning late summer and fall flights (and next spring). If you have a few ready now and need to do the rest later that’s OK too. Whatever way you need to make it work will be OK. Everybody flies.

Take care,

JP

Masks

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

We’re been printing masks 24/7 for three weeks now. They’re going to nursing homes. Many nursing home had had their supplies back-ordered as hospitals have been necessarily getting the majorities of the stocks. We’re run until the machines break down or we’re out of materials.

The Beat Goes On

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

The city is on lockdown but the work goes on. Just me at the shop. I’ve been working on anti tip struts for the sub. We’re printing the strut brackets and feet. They don’t bear much load and there will be 20 of them.

Rendezvous

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The Away 108 balloon 1/4 mile off from the Away 103 balloon. We’re developing docking for Ascender airships & Dark Sky Station using balloons for the 1st steps. Next, pointing control, low thrusting tests, finally balloon bumping at peak altitude. Best guess, an 18 test flight series.

Submarine Progress

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Today we’re pulling all the vertical thrusters off Belle. These are the four 30lb thrust trolling motors controlled with quad copter software. We are sealing the shafts then remounting them. Getting closer and closer to 1st dive.