Archive for November, 2012

The Lenovo Piece is Out!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.