Airship to Orbit Animation

May 23rd, 2021
New video! This is an animation of the Airship to Orbit launch system with yours truly talking you through. This was originally for an episode about the program on the ‘Beyond Geek’ show. Give it a view:

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May 13th, 2021

We got some great footage of the Block 7 test. We put a short video together with the footage and explanations.

Flying Fox

April 9th, 2021
YouTube has start a program called #Shorts. It’s for videos under 60 seconds in a phone format. Here’s our first one. (ed note:Music played by JP on a tinny piano in the old west in 1873 during a unfortunate time travel accident. Please forgive him.)

Next Steps in Engine Development

April 9th, 2021

Stack 4 of our core segments, side fed the O2, slide into our accelerator & mount MHD #115 on the end & you end up with a tiny test chemical/electric engine.

This isn’t going to push anything very fast but will generate a lot of data.

JPA on YouTube

April 3rd, 2021

Balloons, airships, submarines, rocket engines and other craziness. Checkout our YouTube channel!

New Balloon Burst Video

April 2nd, 2021

New Video! This is a 60 foot balloon bursting at 100,000 feet. This was filmed from the deck of the Away 92 mission. Remember to subscribe!

Plasma Engine Development

April 1st, 2021

Test 7 side view

We have been developing a small acrylic/paraffin fuel block for use in our MHD (magnetohydrodynamic) research. The are made from stacked and chem welded acrylic plates instead of rods. This brings the costs way down. also the acrylic structure lets us see what’s going on inside. The first test was to see if it even held together. It worked great.

We’ve conducted seven firings. We’re now adding components and increasing internal pressure.Some of the new blocks were making are going in to plasma edit experiments and some are being stacking into a mini hybrid chemical/electric engine.

We run each for three minutes.

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Test 5 paraffin plates

Test 5 paraffin plates

Test 5 with electrodes

Test 5 with electodes

Test 5 firing

Test 7

Test 7 was the first with potassium inclusions in the paraffin for increased ionization.