Archive for June, 2017

Mission Success!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

On Sunday Away 123 carried it’s payloads to the edge of space and back. The recovery team picked up the vehicle five hours after landing and the entire team is home safe and sound. Away 123 was our 188th mission.

Away 123 in the air.

Away 123 looking back at the launch site just after take off.

On the way up.

Away 123 up top.

Away 123 Flies Sunday

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Away 123 is ready to flight. This will be our 188th mission.

We roll to the desert in the morning for a setup. Liftoff is Sunday Morning.

PongSat Mission Patch

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

PongSat Mission Patch! This beautiful patch helps PongSats keep flying. At Amazon:

Go for Away 123

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The weather looks good, winds aloft are low. We are go for a run to 100,000 feet this weekend. The vehicle is Away 123.

This will be our 188th mission.

Ascender 9 Inflation Test

Monday, June 19th, 2017

We completed Ascender 9 outer envelope. It was time to inflate it and see if we sewed it right. Our next step is to mount the truss structure.Then it will be on to installing inner lift cells, and all the plumbing. The motors go on at the end.

It also was our first real work in the new building.

Away 123 Mission Date

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Away 123 has been scheduled and rescheduled. The weather has been making us just a bit crazy.

Away 123 is now on for June 25th. It will carry PongSats, MiniCubes, ATO experiments, a helium release valve and six cameras.

Working the Program

Thursday, June 8th, 2017