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Ascenders are Vee shaped airships. They are used for research, telecommunications 
ultimately space launch vehicles replacing rocket.

Ascender 26

The smaller Ascenders are used as X planes for research.  For our first eight Ascender the number indicated length. Ascender 26 is twenty-six feet long. We change the number scheme and now the number indicates the order. Ascender 9 is the ninth Ascender we've built.

Ascender 26 Ascender 26

Ascender 36

Ascender 36  Ascender 36
Ascender 36       
Ascender 9  

Ascender 9  Ascender 9

Ascender 9   Ascender 9

Ascender 9 floating in the hanger  Ascender 9 floating in the hanger

Ascender 9 FAA inspection

Ascender 9 in flight  Ascender 9 climbing

Ascenders climb near vertical until they reach peak altitude.

TransAtmospheric Ascender   (under development)
Transatmospheric Ascender Transatmospheric Ascender

Orbital Ascender, The Goal.
Orbital Ascender

Older vehicles

Ascender 175

Length of each arm: 175 feet

Height: 42 feet

The first air inflation.                                                                            The 100 foot keel truss weights 20 only pounds.


Inside mid left wing.

      Ascender 175

 Earlier Ascender

Ascender 20    Ascender 90
Ascender 20 in flight                                                                                                                                           Ascender 90 in the hanger.


Large Ascender Vent Placement

Vent placement drawing for Ascender 175 from 2003.

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