Archive for July, 2010

Away 43

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Here’s Away 43 just after liftoff.

Away 43

Comments Down

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The comment system has been down for two days now. I’m still chasing why.

This is what I’ve tried so far:

Reloading a new version of comments.php

resetting permalinks to default setting

Swapped themes

Upgraded wordpress

Verified <? php comments template();?> in single.php

Turning off all the pluggins

Disabled comments page breaks

Disabled threaded comments

Verified that the wordpress address (URL) is correct

Resetting the plugins folder

Up loaded new wp-admin and wp-include folders from a fresh download of wordpress

Increased available memory

I think I’ve stumped the wordpress forum.

Any ideas out there?

Cloud Chamber Test

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

We conducted the first tests of a cloud chamber we’re flying next year. We got lots of good results however the chamber wall ended up fracturing pretty bad. Next, cloud chambers with thermal strain relief walls.

cloudchamber1 cloudchamber2

I realize that cloud chambers are rather old school. Most of this type of work is done with solid state systems. However, cloud chambers can be used to differentiate particle types while keep the weight and cost low. All three are important to get the data we need.

Airplane Fitting

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

We put the Sky Pup up on the trailer for fitting.

trailer1 trailer2

trailer3 trailer4

Everything fit as it should. Now it needs the over the wing webbing mounts and the tail dolly tie down points.

Saturdays work

Sunday, July 25th, 2010


Drew working on quad instrumentation.


Ed mounting an antenna on Away 48.

Rockoon Video

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I’ve been moving old JPA video from tape to DVD. Here a clip from a balloon launched rocket test in 1995.


The Next Tandem

Monday, July 19th, 2010

We’re getting ready for the flight of the Tandem airship this fall, but we’ve already started design work on the next Tandem.  Here’s a peek at what we’re thinking.

supertandem1 supertandem2

We intend to use Tandems for Dark Sky Station Assembly, Mach Glider launching and for launching large rockets.