The Big Picture

August 21st, 2018

Ascender Receives Airworthness Certificate

August 20th, 2018

Success! For the last week JPA, the FAA and the Ascender have been out in the desert. We were issued the Certificate of Airworthiness for the airship. It’s the accumulation of 2 years of work.

The Ascender is the 1st UAV airship in the world to be so licensed.

Status of Bellavia

June 26th, 2018

I haven’t posted any current pics of Belle (Bellavia, our submarine) in a while. It’s just really hard to get good pics with all the clutter of the shop in the background. Here’s Belle as of yesterday, clutter and all.

Artists Conception of the TransAtmospheric Ascender

June 26th, 2018

The TransAtmospheric Ascender approaching the Dark Sky Station while the Orbital Ascender departs for the International Space Station. Make big plans, then do them.

Submarine Progress

June 26th, 2018

We got the new hatch hinges mounted on Belle. The hatch has changed from a two person wrestling match to an easy one hand lift. Still a bit of trimming and adjusting to go.

Facility Upgrades

May 16th, 2018

Our launch site, infamous Area 42, now has internet and a phone!

Another Run to the Edge of Space

May 16th, 2018

Yesterday we flew Away 128 to 111,194 feet. The vehicle carried PongSats, three cameras, an upgraded balloon release system, a six degree of freedom tracking system for the Ascender airship and the regular host of vehicle flight systems.