Archive for June, 2012

JPA and Samsung

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Here’s one of our little intrepid phone carrying astronaut heading for the black.

Current Progress

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Propeller assembly is pretty tricky. It takes three folks about an hour then everybody needs a break afterwards. The team has gotten three blade assembled. One more and we have a set of two for Tandem.

We also conducted a instrument calibration test for the quad engine’s load sensor, did maintenance and re tuned the ground tracking antenna and even managing to figure out what was wrong with the equipment generator in the mission control van.

Sand Brick on facebook

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Our partner company Sand Brick Technologies, LLC is now on facebook!

Stop by and “like us”!

JPA with the Patriots

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The team was down in Byron Ca. on Sunday for the open house of the Patriots foundation. The Patriots are on jet aerobatic team. We were there showing off PongSats and MiniCubes for their new education foundation. Our own Ed is not only one of the pilots but is also the director of the Patriots Foundation’s aerospace academy.

Patriots Foundation

Patriots Jet Team

First of the New Propellers

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Now begins the work of filling flaws, filling the millions of microscopic pin holes and finishing.

Trust me, helliptical, hollow molded parts are tricky!

Horror of the Heights

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

You can’t have Star Wars without monsters. Our epic space battle from the Away 66 mission provided one.

Our hero thought he was getting the upper hand but didn’t realize the threat was from above.

The creatures tendrils reached out for the starship.

Even locking the s-foils down didn’t break the X-Wing free from the monster’s malevolent latex clutches.

Carbon and Copper

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

It was all day with two elements Saturday. We’ve started on our forth generation Hall MHD unit. All these units are one off’s for they ended up being hand made.  Paul and Kevin spent yesterday cutting out the twenty copper parts for the electrodes. We also joined the halves of the first new propeller. It looks so cool in its raw carbon form I almost want to just leave it that way.