Archive for April, 2013

Away 81 Balloon Burst

Friday, April 26th, 2013

We put a 120 frames per second camera on the Away 81 PongSat mission. This is looking up at the balloon while it bursts at the edge of space.

Yesterday’s PongSats

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Mission Accomplished!

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Rolling for the Desert

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

We’re rolling for the desert. Liftoff at 5:30am Monday morning.

Wish us luck and watch us live:

http://space.klm.com/

Floating PongSats

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

PongSats always get a few seconds of micro-gravity on descent.

These PongSats are aboard  Away 82 at 98,000 feet.

Mission Success!

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Five vehicles launched and five recover!¬† We flew just over 2000 PongSat student experiments, the most we’ve ever flown at once. All five launches were in winds that were steady 20 with gusts to 46 mph.

One landed on a mountain and took four days to recover, but all is well. More details soon.

Heading for the Desert

Friday, April 5th, 2013

In a few minutes we will be off to the desert. Tomorrow morning we will be flying five high altitude balloon missions.

On board will be over 2,000 PongSat student experiments, three MiniCubes, seven cameras, and piles of radio and satellite uplink systems. It looks like we’re facing a 70 to 90 mile recovery across the mud in the high Sierras.

Wish us luck!