Away 38 30th Aniversary and the 100th Mission June 27, 2009
38 was a high altitude balloon technology development mission. On our last three flights we had trouble with
the GPS antennas. They would lose
communication with the satellites for up to 20 minutes at a time. We’re spent the last 10 month working on the solution. Away 38’s job was to test the fixed we made.
year is the 30th anniversary of JP Aerospace, and Away 38 our 100
mission. Partly to celebrate and partly to test a new launch control system
Away 38 carried two small rockets for launch at peak altitude.
big success. We had solid position fixes from both tracking system through out the flight. The rocket fire system worked well. All four igniters (2 per rocket)
fired, however the fuel got too cold to ignite and the rockets remained in their boxes.
The vehicle landed
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