Archive for May, 2016

Ascender 36 Airship Progress

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

The new Ascender 36 Vee airship is coming to life. The last big job is joining the hull panels.

Floor panel with keel truss

The nose panel. For scale the fabric is just a two inch wide segment on the nose of the model.

More Pics from the Away 120 Mission

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Away 120′s solar panel.

Away 120 up top.

The balloon helium valve assembly.

Another Flight into the Black

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

On Sunday May 1st we send Away 120 to the edge of space. This was our 184th mission.

Away 120 carried PongSats, MiniCubes, a balloon valve experiment, a plasma rocket engine experiment and a new solar panel for the Ascender. We had high winds all during prep and launch making things a bit more exciting.  We recovered the vehicle three hours after landing. The team is all back safe and sound. We’re now diving into the data and sorting PongSats.