Archive for March, 2014

JP Aerospace in Air and Space Magazine

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

There is a great six page article about JPA in the May issue of Air and Space Magazine.

Here’s the link to the on line version:

New Kickstarter Fund Raising Effort

Friday, March 28th, 2014

JPA is crowd sourcing through Kickstarter to fund the September 2014 PongSat mission. We will be flying 2000 PongSat student experiments. We need your help to make it happen. Clink the link and check it out!

Building Away

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Last night we continued sewing frame sleeves on the Ascender 26. The team also repackaged our main flight controller into the Ascender 26 configuration. We did two shock tube firings, both at mach 2.2 and lastly we flipped over the submarine in order to mount the magnetic drop weight system.

Mach 3

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We’ve reached over Mach 3 in our shock tube. We were shooting for conducting our tests at the mach 3 level, however it’s going so well we’re going to try for mach 4.

Ascender 26

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Ascender 26 airship is moving forward in leaps. We’ve built a external stiffener frame out of carbon tubing. We did an inflation last weekend to verify it’s position.

Shock Tube at Mach 2.4

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The hypersonic shock tube is progressing in leaps and bounds (or should I say waves?). We redesigned the sensors and are now getting much cleaner output. Last Saturday we reached mach 2.4. As soon as we’re over mach 3 we will start the active drag reduction tests.

Airship to Orbit PDF

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We’ve updated the Airship to Orbit pdf. On our website we have an brief overview of Airship to Orbit. It covers the basic idea, some diagrams of the orbital airship and pictures of project milestones. It was getting a little out of date so we gave it an overhaul. Check it out!