Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Here’s two drawings looking into the future of ATO development.

This is a Block 4 Mach Glider with a quad engine. This is a 30 foot test bed vehicle. The second drawing shows the Mach Glider being launched from the Tandem HL.

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Chair Mission Picture Page

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Here’s a picture page of the Away 39-40-41-42 missions.

Toshiba Space Chair Commercial

Monday, November 16th, 2009

This project was both very technically complicated and a blast! We even snuck PongSats on board.

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The Making of Video

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Here a “Making of” video that Toshiba put together.
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Patent Award!

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

It took about 5 years of work, but we finally did it! We were just awarded the patent for Airship To Orbit.

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Toshiba Commercial

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

On Monday the commercial we shot for Toshiba will air across Europe and Japan.  Monday I’ll post a link here so folks in other places can watch it.   Here’s a screen shot to hold you over.

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Talking at NCAR

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

A few weeks ago I had a chance to speak at a balloon workshop at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder Colorado.

http://www.boulder.swri.edu/LCANS09/Home.html

It was small workshop, only about 30 folks. All the big players with the multimillion dollar balloon projects were there. I was pretty floored by the whole thing. With few exception innovation in dead in big balloon research. Sure, the balloons are a little bigger, the telescopes are a little more sophisticated, but there’s nothing going on that someone working balloon 50 years ago wouldn’t need more than an hour to be up to speed on. The workshop was called “Bridging the Gap to Space”. Sadly it was good and brilliant people locked in the the us vs. them with the space folks trying to figure out the best way to beg for more funding.

I don’t think they knew what to make of me….

It’s was a beautiful facility. Day one was sunny, day three a big stow storm shut it all down.

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