She Flies!

April 22nd, 2018

Yesterday we conducted the second float and system integration test of the Ascender 9 airship.

Ascender 9 in the New Hanger

April 17th, 2018

Over the last few days we’re been assembling the Ascender 9 airship in her new digs. first was the truss assemble, then an envelope only (no guts) test inflation.

Over the next few days we’ll be installing systems.

Orbital Ascender

April 9th, 2018

Pics of our X vehicle above and below with an artists conception of our goal in the middle.

Just trying to keep focused on a Monday.

Next Stop the Edge of Space

March 5th, 2018

The next step on the air beam is to haul it up to 100,000 feet and test it. Saturday we test fit the beam on a High Rack balloon platform. This spring we’ll send it up.

Air Beam Rib

March 5th, 2018

This shows one of our early air beams being used as a rib in one of our Ascender airships.

Student Day

March 5th, 2018

It was a student day at JPA Saturday. They jumped in on installing submarine parts and testing the new air beam.

Air Beam Development

March 5th, 2018

The team put the new air beam through it’s paces last weekend. Air beams will eventually replace the carbon trusses we use in our airships and Dark Sky Stations. We loaded the new beam with 48 pound of weights with only 1.2 psi internal pressure.