Archive for November, 2012

The Lenovo Piece is Out!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012


The Fall from the Light Bulbs Point of View

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The Drop

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Here a clip from “Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature” that shows our canister falling from the edge of space, from the camera’s point of view.


Note: The clips have been pulled from youtube but the entire episode is now up.

The Moment of Truth

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The opening of the light bulb container.


We got game.

JPA with Top Gear’s Richard Hammond

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Last April we dropped at light bulb from the edge of space for a BBC documentary with Richard Hammond (the ‘Top Gear’ show guy). It was top secret so we haven’t posted anything about the mission. However, I just got a bunch of e-mails about the show. It played Tuesday night on the BBC in England. I haven’t seen it yet, but they’ve posted a clip on you tube.


Common Element Structures

Monday, November 5th, 2012

We’ve begun testing the upper deck balloon interface. This system will be used by Ascenders and Dark Sky Stations.It does two things: It allows multiple easy interfaces to the inner lifting cells (this was a huge problem on Ascender 175) and it allows us to use inexpensive flat plastic film instead of outrageously expensive thin film shaped balloons. The test cell/balloon was half scale for both the next Ascender and the next DSS. Yesterday the team began building a full scale cell to test.