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Status of Bellavia

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

I haven’t posted any current pics of Belle (Bellavia, our submarine) in a while. It’s just really hard to get good pics with all the clutter of the shop in the background. Here’s Belle as of yesterday, clutter and all.

Artists Conception of the TransAtmospheric Ascender

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

The TransAtmospheric Ascender approaching the Dark Sky Station while the Orbital Ascender departs for the International Space Station. Make big plans, then do them.

Submarine Progress

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

We got the new hatch hinges mounted on Belle. The hatch has changed from a two person wrestling match to an easy one hand lift. Still a bit of trimming and adjusting to go.

Facility Upgrades

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Our launch site, infamous Area 42, now has internet and a phone!

Another Run to the Edge of Space

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Yesterday we flew Away 128 to 111,194 feet. The vehicle carried PongSats, three cameras, an upgraded balloon release system, a six degree of freedom tracking system for the Ascender airship and the regular host of vehicle flight systems.

Airship Float Pics

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Anthony checking one of the pressurization pumps on the Ascender 9 airship.

Kevin taking a break while 340 pounds of airship floats overhead.

Starboard helium fill team starting fill on cell five of the Ascender airship.

Travis and Kevin holding their rather large party balloon. They held the safety lines while we did little back and forth flights across the building.

Ascender 9 Float Test

Friday, April 27th, 2018

The float test was an intense day, about 16 hours from first power up to locking the door. The team performed spectacularly.

Here we’re walking the airship back to give us some room to run the engines.