Archive for October, 2017

Ascender 36 Gets Upgrades

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Ascender 9 is dissembled and back at the shop. We have the hanger for a few more days so we got some work in on Ascender 36.

Even through the new airship is a lot bigger, the smaller Ascender 36 still has a lot to tell us.

Ascender 9 Float Pics

Friday, October 13th, 2017

These are from the first float test of the Ascender 9 airship on Saturday October 7th, 2017.

She Flies!

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Ascender 9 during float test.

Airship Float Test Saturday

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Tomorrow is the big day for the Ascender 9 airship. First float test! The team has been pushing hard and I think we’re ready.

Three Airships

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Ascender 26 (left), Ascender 9 (middle), and Ascender 36 (right) all together. Ascender 26 looks so small next to Ascender 9.

Note: we changed how we name them, before it was by length, now it’s number of ones we’ve built.

Drones eye view of Ascender 9

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

A drones view of Ascender 9. We had 3 drones observing the up top valves, vents and pumps during the test. They have become an important tool in building vehicles this big.

System Intergration Test Completed for Ascender 9

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

We completed the full system integration test yesterday on the Ascender 9 airship. It took 12 hours but the team pulled it off. All the pumps, valves, vents, motors, props and telemetry and on board network got put through there paces. We even put a 200 cubic feet of helium in the aft internal cell and pumped it back and forth between cells. This actually is a fairly complex vehicle.

Ascender 8from behind.

Anthony setting up the systems test before we inflated the airship.

Kevin and Eric getting a motor installed.

Paul inspecting the outer envelope during inflation.