Archive for January, 2015

MHD Test 113

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

The testing just keeps rolling on.

Ascender 26 Prep

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Today we’re working on all the little odds and ends of the Ascender 26 airship. The team is getting ready for the upcoming float test.

MHD 112

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Shock Tube

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Our high altitude work is just to top of a large pyramid of research going on at JPA. We just completed the 178th firing our our hypersonic shock tube.

The shock tube is a short duration high speed wind tunnel. We use it for developing the plasma drag reduction systems in the ATO program.

MHD Test 110, The Movie

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Bellavia So Far

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

MHD Test 110

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

We conducted our 110th MHD firing Saturday.  We got a great electrical power output. The motor had an odd start up.In the first fraction of a second you can see the motor throwing fuel fragments. By the time we get a 1/4 second into the firing the motor settled down into it’s normal pattern.