Archive for August, 2013

Away 71 Video!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Away 86

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

We live on a particularly pretty planet.
View from Away 86.


Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The drawing was made two years before the flight,

The Book about it All

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The Book “Floating to Space” is available at our on line store. The airship to orbit program, the balloons, the rockets, the adventure, it’s all in there.

Controlled Buoyancy Flight

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

We tested our new valve system on Away 71.

This valve system has three ports: fill, flight termination vent and a valve we can open and close during flight. The valve uses two computers, one is autonomous the second has a wireless connection to the vehicle’s main controller. We sent commands of open and close patterns from the mission control van. The valve lets us control the climb rate, hold at peak altitude and then descend into favorable winds for an easier recovery.

MET II in the Field

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The MET II recovery cart got a great field test on this last mission. We pushed through high brush, rolled over boulders, and hiked straight through washes like they weren’t even there.

Flight Number 151

Monday, August 12th, 2013

This is a view at the moment of balloon burst of Away 71. This was our 151st mission.

Last Friday and Saturday we conducted three flight. Two for a customers and one research/PongSat mission.