Archive for August, 2016

Forth Assceder Airship Systems Test

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

We did the final inflation and system test before flight on Ascender 36. We had all plumbing installed and tested the helium transfer system. This lets us move the helium around the airship in flight.  First flight is getting close.

PongSats on Away 120

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Did you know that PongSat is the largest student flight program in the world. 18,000 payloads flown.

Ascender 36 Airship Progress

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Last weekend we did the third inflation test of the Ascender 36 airship. This was an assembly test. We installed the internal carbon keels, the inner helium cell and all the valves and vents. One step closer to flight.

We tucked the Ascender between the building and our second wind ramp.

Installing the helium lift cells.

Port keel ready to be installed.

Airship to Orbit Book now with Bonus content!

Friday, August 5th, 2016

What is Airship to Orbit?
It’s a research program, it’s 184 test flights, it’s an army of dedicated volunteers making it happen, and….
it’s a BOOK!!!!!!!!!

The book ‘Floating to Space, the Airship to Orbit Program’ is now being sold direct by the author (yours truly) on amazon. I’ve added two mission DVD to the existing DVD that comes with the book along with mission data sheets.

Click on the book and buy yours today. Help keep us flying!

Wind Ramp Test

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Wind Ramps

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Wind is always a problem with balloons and airships. Balloon launch bags were our first step in handling the wind. They have allowed us to launch in 45 mph blows. The next step is inflatable wind ramps. The idea is to create a standing wave over the airship keeping the wind out. We think it will take at least two 50 feet apart to setup the wave.

We’ve build two wind ramps. We used them on Ascender parking lot inflation. They work fantastic and let is inflation the airship in wind that wouth otherwise shut us down.