System Intergration Test Completed for Ascender 9

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.

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