Archive for March, 2013

JPA at Beyond Geek

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Beyond Geek and been joining us on our adventures and has posted a great webisode!

The 10,000th PongSat

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The 10,000th PongSat will be flying to 100,000 feet on our April mission. This is a huge milestone for JP Aerospace.

The PongSat program is growing in orbit expanding leaps. We already have PongSat number 14,000 signed up for a flight this fall. While NASA is cutting back on it’s education out reach because of budget,  JPA intends not only to take up the slack but to keep escalating people participation to completely insane new heights.

If you haven’t heard of PongSat, it is our free payload flight program. Students put their experiment in a ping pong ball. They mail it to us, we fly them to 100,000 feet or higher on our balloons, airships and platforms. After the flight we mail their PongSat back. Over 35,000 people have participated. Participants range from kindergartners to university professors to artists.

GPS PongSat

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

PongSats are getting more sophisticated all the time.  On the next flight there will be PongSats with data loggers, mini video cameras and even one with it’s own GPS.

GPS PongSat

PongSats!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Our next mission is less than two weeks away and the PongSats are rolling in. We will be flying over 2,500 student experiments on this one.

Boxes of PongSats from around the world.

JPA in Popular Science

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Check out the April of Popular Science. Last September we flew two business cards for editors.

They have a mention of the flight and a photo showing PongSats and MiniCubes (and a Lego Astronaut from England). We’re at the bottom of page 6.

MHD Test 91 Config

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Away 80

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Away 80 under construction. Away 80 will carry 420 PongSats on the April mission. She will be one of a fleet of six that will fly that day.

PongSats in the News

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

There’s a great PongSat article at Hack-a-Day.

Hack A Day PongSat Article

Unexpected Results

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

We fired MHD test 91 last night. This was intended to be a “null” test. The next thing we are working on is electrode gap width. The idea is at start with the electrodes so far apart that you don’t generate any power. The slowing move them together test after test until you find the optimum. However instead of getting all zeros we got a pretty strong spike followed by a weird wave. We’re still analyzing but I think this opens up a few possibilities.