A Year in Pictures
What an incredible year! Nineteen
missions, nearly a thousand PongSats flown, our airship flies to the
edge of space and 360,000 people watching us live as
we send thousands
of good will messages from Japan over the Galaxy II phone at 100,000
feet; add to that
twenty-seven magnetohydrodymanic tests for our airship's
quad engine and
you have a very satisfying 365 days.
Three flights carrying 860 PongSats
The team sent three vehicles up in one day. One vehicle Away 49 took
picture of another vehicle, Away 49 while they both were at 102,000
The real work of PongSats happens after landing, sorting,
printing pictures and shipping them all back.
missions and dress rehearsals
We spent a LOT of time at the edge of space in 2011..
lucky, what goes up does come down. We had a bit higher adventure to
recovery ratio than we normal like, but it makes for good "There I
This year JPA started it's presents on Facebook.
I had my
balloon ride and followed up with training and solo. We need balloon
licenses for DSS flights. The original Tandem model is now hang in
International Balloon Museum in New Mexico. Ascenders and
Dark Sky Stations make it into the comic this year! The Sky Pup
chase plane got it's whole
plane recovery parachute.
Space Balloon Project Live
mission really expanded our telemetry abilities.
our biggest operations so far.
High winds, rain , lightening, seven vehicles at 100,000 feet
coordinated with a concert and a live audience on the other side of the
planet. We were challenged to beyond what
we though was possible and
built lasting friendships along the way. We archive our highest
wind launch every. Successful lift off with winds at 35 mph gusting to
This was the big one we had been working toward.
Tandem flew prefect and flew to 95,085 feet, four miles higher than any
The landing of Mesospheric Explored Two was watched by a hunter while
ME Too was watching him, Great Video! ME Too carried even more
Bob the Hunter at the landing site.
ME Too just waiting to go home.
Development, Patent and continuing on
made it to the next stage with our Hall effect magnetohydrodynamics. We
recieved, after several year of work and just after the flight, the
patent for the Tandem airship.
We wrapped up the year by beginning construction of the new Dark Sky
Paul readying another balloon for a
trip into the black.
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