Archive for May, 2012

Lego Star Wars in Space

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

On our last PongSat/MiniCube mission an epic space battle was spotted at the edge of space.

Lego X-wing in space

Lego Star Wars in Space

97,704 feet.

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Video of the fight coming soon.

Lego Star Wars in Space

The combatants were on a servo and chased each other around the sky.

Away66 Launch

Next Mission, Fly with Us

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The team is gearing up to head to the edge of space. On September 22 we will be flying four balloon platforms to 100,000 feet. These flights will be loaded:

20 MiniCubes

1000 PongSat Student Experiments

High Altitude Magnetohydrodynamic Generator Firing

Second Balloon Valve Experiment

Telemetry Upgrade

Space Ad Camera Array

If you want to get on board with MiniCubes or PongSats or Space Ads, now is the time!

JPA and Gemini in the News

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Hobbyspace Space News

MSNBC Alan Boyd’s Cosmic Log

Gemini Flies Again

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Last month Gemini flew again. At least a two inch model did. This beautiful creation by John at flew to 97,704 aboard Away 66.

Gemini Gemini

Gemini Gemini and the moon

Away 67 Recovery

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Here’s from last months Away 67 recovery. It landed waaaay up that mountain.

Away 67 Recovery

MHD Test Firing 72 and 73

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

This pair of tests were used to measure the Faraday current of the individual electrodes on the Hall magnetohydrodynamic generator.

MHD Test firing number 72 Plasma entering the hall unit

Introducing MiniCubes!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

JPA stomping down the cost of space.  $320 your mission, your experiment, commercial project or competition entry or anything to the edge of space.


The MiniCube is small plastic box five cm on a side. On the base is a standard camera tripod mount. You put your project inside the cube and mail it to JP Aerospace. We carry it to the edge of space then send it back to you. MiniCubes can be used for research, commercial applications, art, inspiration or anything you can imagine. Run your own space program!

When you purchase a MiniCube you will get a MiniCube and a flight. After the flight your MiniCube will be returned to you along with a data sheet about the mission and a CD with images and video from the flight. MiniCube and flight comb is only $320.

MiniCube are the next step up from PongSats. PongSats are still going strong and are always free, but if you need more space, MiniCubes are the answer.

Next MiniCube flight is to 100,000 feet on high altitude balloon on September 22, 2012. There are twenty spaces available.

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