Archive for March, 2008

Our 15 minutes of Fame

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Team JPA will be appearing on the National Geographic Channel. Our moment of fame will be Tuesday 1st April 2008 at 8pm est.

We are in an episode of “Naked Earth” called “Our Atmosphere”. The show isn’t about us but does have scenes of us working balloons and an interview about the atmosphere.

Everyone put your VCR’s in record mode!

The Team Says “HI”

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

A big hello goes out to all our friends attending the Space Conference!!


Live from the Build

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

The gang is all here. Solder is melting and foam board is flying.

Any questions out there for the team?

Today’s List

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Here’s what’s on the todo list for today:

-Tape GPS Track boxes (3)
-Finish GPS Track data cables (3)
-Make GPS Track power cables (3)
-Determine controller box size
-Make three controller boxes
-Inventory 900 Mhz equipment
-Inspect 3000g balloon bag
-Test first new controller


Saturday, March 29th, 2008

The fins look great! These are the anti-roll descent fins for the high racks. Previous fins were foam and only good for one flight. On Away 34 we switched to nylon fins with a carbon leading edge. These worked, but were time consuming to rig in the field. The new fins are also nylon, but have a full carbon frame. They quickly bolt on the vehicle and are reusable.
It took the rest of the week, but the new flight camera are all modified and tested.

Cameras, Controllers and Fins

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I’m getting ready for tonights work session. We’ll be cutting into digital cameras. A little Frankenstein surgery is required to get them to talk to the computer. I tried to do them yesterday, however the eye doctor put drops in my eyes and I couldn’t see the little surface mount components. Those things are REALLY small.

The high rack fins are also on the menu for tonight. We had them all completed then discover they were all an inch wide and wouldn’t fit on their mounts. Four have been corrected, five to go.

Time to melt solder. We will be starting on replicating flight controllers. These take about 18 hours each. We’ve get a start on them at least tonight.

Decks and Boxes

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Paul and the tomato

Where else would you find a rocket motor ejector and a sewing tomato being used to construct a low temperture instrument housing?

This weeks focus has been on structural parts. We been cranking out foam and carbon decks and insulated instrument housing for the Away missions.