Archive for December, 2012

PongSat Mission Video

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Here’s twelve minutes boiled down from thirty-two hours of footage. On September 29, 2012 we flew six vehicle in one day. Five of them carried just over 1200 PongSats.

Sun and Sky and JPA

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Away 75 in the sun and very above it all.

Fouth Generation Hall MHD Generator

Friday, December 21st, 2012

We’ve done two test firings of the new unit.

In addition to the new core design we’ve done a lot of small upgrades. The data system has gone from 9 to 12 volts (it’s amazing how many things this fixed). The probe connections are now all on one side of the MHD core. The rubber motor seals have gone back to the old style and there is a new data harness.

To making testing easier we’ve built the little red wagon test stand!

Away 75 On Parachute at 60,000 feet

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

NBC PongSat Story Online

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

They did a wonderful job. Check it out:

The Romance of Space

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Last September we were honored to fly wedding rings for our friend Kota Takaichi. He has made an incredible and moving video about the project. You gotta watch it!

NBC News Tonight (Hopefully!)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

I just got word we’re scheduled to be on the NBC Evening News with Brian Williams tonight. We got bumped last time. Everybody hope for a quite news day!

Lots of PongSats. Students making PongSats, JPA playing at the edge of space, kids opening PongSats to see what happened. There should be some great in flight video too.

Tell everybody you know. I think it’s going to happen this time. :)