Archive for March, 2011

PongSats in the News

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Student Science Project Goes into Space

Great ATO Writeup

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 has posted an article and new artwork on Airship to Orbit.

Building up PongSat Carriers

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Today we’re mounting the tracking systems on the High Racks. The first step though is balancing. All the gear goes on and get shuffled until it’s level and all the cables reach and none of the radios stomp on systems and the data line don’t cross antenna lines and…..

Working on the Big One

Friday, March 25th, 2011

This is from about eight years ago.

More PongSats

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The PongSats have started arriving. Just over 400 have made it in so far.

Building Up PongSat Carriers

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The team put in a long day Saturday on fins and tracking systems.

Sewing Fin Sails                      New Fin Frame Rods

Fins in there folded position.

Anthony working on a telemetry system and Kevin mounting a balloon release system on Away 48.

The Thousand PongSat Mission

Friday, March 18th, 2011

On April 9th more student experiments than have ever been flown at one time ever are heading to the edge of space.

We are going to use three vehicles to carry them. By spreading them across three vehicles we can both give the PongSats a good high ride (over 100,000 feet) and do it with a fast climb rate. We need to climb fast for spring launches to keep the downrange short. It’s awful muddy out there this time of year.

Introducing Away 47, 48 and 49: