Archive for March, 2012

Rolling for the Desert

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Snow, high winds, four high altitude vehicles and a thousand PongSats. The team is rolling for the desert!

Away 67 Coming to Life

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The team balanced Away 67 last night and mounted the major system. This one is being preped for commerical work after the upcoming PongSat mission.

It got tracking system, main controller, video downlink, balloon release and com antennas mounted. Today she’ll get GPS antennas and a camera boom installed.

PongSats from Japan

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Four Vehicles Nearing Completion

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

As the next mission gets closer the team is wrapping up the vehicles.  The most complex will be Away 66. It will have a video camera we can point from ground via a live feed. It also will have a ground controlled valve on the balloon. We’re also trying to get a head of the game a bit and are continuing to sew a new launch bag for this falls flights.

We’re trying to get one of our MHD units ready to fly and be firing at 90,000 feet on Away 65, but it’s going to be close. That experiment may get bumped to summer.

It’s getting down to the details: The parachutes were mounted, the balloon releases were tested and the checklist are being written.

Anthony working on Away 66.

Paul sewing stake loops on the new launch bag.

Watching People Watching Us

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

It was amazing seeing the reactions to the Samsung JPA Space Balloon Project display at the National Museum of Art in Tokyo.

Inbound PongSats

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

About 450 PongSats have arrived, we must have a mission coming up.

Giant MHD Unit

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

This powerhouse is about an inch and a half wide.