Archive for March, 2010

Ad Customer Flying High

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Documentary producer Foolish Earthling Productions is using their high altitude ad as a very cool background on their web site.

This image was taken on the Away 38 mission. One more ad space is available on the up coming April 24th mission.

Paper spaceships anyone?

Friday, March 12th, 2010

We’ve started experimenting with a new material, paper honeycomb panels. It’s light, very stiff, strong and cheap. We plan on using it as an alternative to foam for a core material in carbon structures. We also going to try it out for balloon interface panels for the next Dark Sky Station and Ascender.

As a first test it’s being used a the instrument deck on Away 46. That will give us a chance to see how it handles extreme cold and vacuum. The deck ended up the same weight as our existing carbon and foam deck. However it took only a fraction of the time to make and a quarter of the cost.

away46structure away46deck



Thursday, March 11th, 2010

I’m giving a talk Wednesday March 24th at the Sacramento chapter of the AIAA’s monthly meeting.  It will be all about shooting commercials and documentaries at 100,000 feet. Here’s a flyer from AIAA with the info:

If you’re anywhere close, come on down!

More Chair on the Edge

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The folks at Grey London (the producers of the Toshiba Space Chair Commercial) just sent word they posted another video of JPA on YouTube. It’s more behind scenes of the chair launch and recovery. Did I really look that tired?


Glue Flying and Sewing Machines Rumbling

Monday, March 1st, 2010

We’ve had a some intense build sessions the last couple of weeks. Big crowds of team member building like mad. We’re attempting five flights and two motor firings on our next trek to the desert. It’s a huge pile of work, and the team has risen to the occasion. Remember, no work, no Kirk.

paulandtearpanel evil_intern

Paul is about to sew on the last panel of the new balloon launch bag. Ethan is doing his evil intern impression.

making_conectors feetinspace

Each vehicle uses about 20 customs cables and harness, (with 5 vehicle that’s a lot),  here’s Bob cranking out a pile of them.  Those look suspiciously like JP’s feet hiding in the crew module mock up.