Archive for November, 2010

Rolling on the Edge

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This roll is from about two years ago. It at 106,000 feet. When the center of gravity of the high rack is bit high it tend to do one roll before the fins grab a bit of air. Fetch Newton!
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Saturday Build Session

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

We fired rocket engines in the rain and mounted monitors and keyboards in the crew module mock up.

The team really moved forward on our MHD generator research. We did four test firings today. Two with the new porcelain unit and two with unit number two reconfigured as a multi channel system. The first two firing were is the pouring down rain under an awning. Neither rain nor sleet, nor gloom of night….

All produced results that are moving us forward, (the multi channel unit’s data was just weird though).

Ed and Paul were at it with the hot glue and Velcro outfitting the crew module mock up.  We’re really starting to get a feel for what it will be like to operate in the vehicle.

The current MDH set.          Drew Preping the new unit.

Test 20 and Test 23

JP, Ed and Paul inside the crew module.

The Millionth PongSat

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

In the not so distance future…

Unpublished Chair Pics

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Here’s some odds and ends images from the Toshiba Chair Commercial flights:

Morning Chairs.                       Last one, hauling out vehicle four.

Shooting it’s own Shadow

Dazzle and distortion.             On the way down.

Pup on Blocks

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Our sad chase plane up on blocks waiting for it’s new landing gear and propeller.

Fine Porcelain Magnetohydrodymanics

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The porcelain body of the new generator is done. It should be able to handle the higher temperatures of the larger motors.  In a hundred years I wonder how much it will go for on the Antiques Road Show?

We’ve stripped down the smaller generator and are rebuilding it as a multi channel unit. It will have four electrodes initially.  It should be ready to test this weekend.

Pics from the Past

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

A morning in June 2006. Away 27 about to launch with 600 PongSats.