Ascender 100

One of the systems in the planning stages for next year is the Ascender 100. It looks like we can wrap up design and begin construction near the end of 2008. The Ascender’s number comes from the arm length. Ascender 100 has 100 foot long arms. It will be a test bed vehicle. We will build into her all the lessons learned from Ascender 175 plus a everything from the drawing board over the last few years. We’re looking at a first flight in late 2009.
Ascender 100
Ascender 100

Ascender 90
Ascender 90 in the hanger. Ascender 100 will be only slightly larger and will look similar. However, it will be a very different vehicle.

Ascender 90 arm
One of Ascender 90′s arms during and inflation test.

One Response to “Ascender 100”

  1. Brad Heisler says:

    I went to the Boeing Factory today to see where the 747′s are built (the things JP Aerospace could do with that building (the largest by volume in the world)). It turns out the 747 has wings that are about 102 feet long. Nice of you to keep the Ascender 100 a little shorter so as not to embarrass Boeing.

    Because the two aircraft are similar in wingspan, I thought other comparisons might be worth while.

    747 Fun Facts
    A 747 has six million parts, half of which are fasteners.
    A 747 has 171 miles (274 km) of wiring and 5 miles (8 km) of tubing.
    A 747 consists of 147,000 pounds (66,150 kg) of high-strength aluminum.
    The 747 has 16 main landing gear tires and two nose landing gear tires.
    The 747 tail height is 63 feet 8 inches (19.4 m), equivalent to a six-story building.
    The 747 wing weighs 95,000 pounds (43,090 kg), more than 30 times the weight of the first Boeing airplane, the 1916 B&W.
    The 747 wing measures 5,600 square feet (524.9 m 2 ), an area large enough to hold 45 medium-sized automobiles.
    Four World War I vintage JN4-D “Jenny” airplanes could be lined up on each of the Boeing 747 wings.
    Seventy-five thousand engineering drawings were used to produce the first 747.
    The first 747 completed more than 15,000 hours of wind-tunnel testing.

    And they say you can buy one with no seats or add-ons for a mere 250 MIllion!