Archive for June, 2015

End of Mission

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Vent Opening

Friday, June 26th, 2015

You can see the starboard forward vent opening in this shot.

Ascender in the Sun

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Dissembling Ascender 26 at the landing site two miles downrange.

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Ascender Coming in for Landing

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Ascender Prep

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Away 117 Up Top

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Flight of the Slot Machine, The Movie!

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Our mission partners Sobono Casino put together this great retro space video with the footage from the Away 117 mission.

Flight Number 180

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Ascender 26 was JP Aerospace’s 180th flight.

Ascender 26 Flies!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Sunday June 14th our 26 foot Ascender airship took to the sky in Northern Nevada. This vehicle is smaller than some of our other vehicles, but it is extremely important. It is a test bed for an entire new internal structure and new internal helium cell interface.  It was intended to be a short hop to 1000 feet above the ground. However everything was going so well we let her run and flew to 2585 feet above the ground (6,708 feet above sea level). We had the combination inner cell fill volumes and balance off by about six ounces and we floated tail up about twenty degrees most of the way. It slowed the climb rate a bit but didn’t detract from an excellent flight.

The Ascender is a pretty complex system with four helium inner cells, servo control vents, an outer envelope pressurization system, a carbon truss internal structure, full unlink command and tracking system and independent backup gas release systems.  The real value of this test flight was learning to deploy this complex of a system in the field. We still have goose bumps on how great the flight went. This is the vehicle that paves the way for the next generation of Ascenders to come.

Ascender 26 at 6708 feet (MSL)

Away 117 Reaches 95,874 feet.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Away 117 was our 180th flight. The flight carried magnetohydrodynamic experiments for the ATO project, a PongSat from Singapore and a slot machine for Soboba Casino.

The flight was a great success.  We have a challenging recovery operation. It took four hours of off road driving and a twelve hour hike/climb up and down a mountain but we got it back.

Heading for the Desert

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Tomorrow morning we are flying the Ascender airship and a High Rack high altitude balloon.

The balloon will be carrying student experiments, two Magnetohydrodynamic experiments for the airship to orbit program and a Slot Machine!  Wish us luck!