Archive for January, 2012

Caging the Wild High Rack

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Packing Up a High Rack

(actually it’s being prepped for shipping)

Third Generation Hall Effect Firing

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The team conducted our 57th MHD generator firing test Saturday. This was our third generation Hall Effect core. This was also our first time using two plasma sources (rocket motors).

View from the exhaust side The front side

Down the throat Dual Firing Harness


Motor Start Ejection charges

Motor start and finish. The motors we use to create the plasma are made for small rockets. They have a reverse charge at the end intended to deploy a parachute.

The good news is that everything worked, the bad news is that the performance was poor. We have four more firing test planned for this unit. On each of the next tests a difference single parameter is adjusted. This should start pushing the performance up.

MHD Progress

Friday, January 27th, 2012

We just completed our third generation of Hall effect MHD generator core. Now it’s on to building a new mounting rig for the motors and magnets. We are hoping to do the first firing tomorrow.

Ascender on Approach to Dark Sky Station

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Ascender 6000

News from the Band

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The Dark Sky Station house band, Space Vacuum has released a new version of the JPA song!

DSS 3 Work

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The team working away on Dark Sky Station Three parts.

Working on DSS3

They’re are valve and lifting cell interface decks.

Farside Rockoon

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

This is the Air Force’s Project Farside balloon launched rocket flying through it’s balloon.

High Power Rocketry Blog has a great article on it.

Congratulations High Power Rocketry Blog on your thousandth Post!