PongSat

Student experiments flown to the edge of space by balloons and launched in rockets.

A PongSat is an experiment that fits inside of a ping pong ball.

These ping pong ball ‘satellites’ are flown to the edge of space by balloon or launched in sounding rockets.
The PongSats are then returned to the student.

It’s an easy and inexpensive way to get students excited about science and engineering.

There are endless possibilities for experiments that can fit inside a ping pong ball. PongSat’s can be as simple or complex as
you want them to be. Experiments can be as simple as comparing how high a ball bounces before and after being exposed to vacuum.
The PongSat can carry seeds to see if exposure to cosmic rays effect their growth. Several small inexpensive computers and other
electronic can fit inside a PongSat. These can be used to create a wide range of experiments. Whether carrying a marshmallow to
see if it puffs up in the vacuum of near space or an entire sophisticated satellite in miniature, PongSat can create motivation, drive
and passion in the classroom.

PongSats are flown at no cost to the student or school. 

PongSat on Face Book!

For the latest PongSat mission see the JPA Blog.

PongSat Mission

PongSats at peak altitude during a 2011 PongSat mission

Some outsides:

PongSatsGreat Paint Jobs!

Some insides:

On the inside More insides 

March 9th,  2002 the first PongSat mission was flown!!!

May 11, 2002, 77 PongSats flew with the 'Away 9' Mission.

October 5, 2002, 62 PongSats flew with the 'Away 19' Mission.

October 18, 2002,   119 PongSats flew with the 'Away 17' Mission.

December 8, 2002,   Over 300 PongSats flew with the 'Away 21' Mission.

May 21, 2003,  36 PongSats flew with the 'Away 22' Mission.

October 25, 2003, PongSats flew on the 'Away 23' Mission to 100,935 feet.

January 17, 2004, 64 PongSats flew on the 'Away 24' Mission to 100,700 feet.

April 25, 2004, 343 PongSats flew on the 'Away 25' Mission to 96,050 feet.

May 21, 2005, 240 PongSats flew on the 'Away 26' Mission to 77,905 feet.

June 3, 2006, 640 PongSats flew on the 'Away 27' Mission to 20,000 feet mission abort.

November 4, 2006, 119 PongSats flew on the 'Away 29' Mission to 95,100 feet.

Noember 4, 2006, 660 PongSats flew on the 'Away 30' Mission to 17,600 feet.

June 2, 2007, 329 PongSats flew on the 'Away 33' Mission to 92,000 feet.

October 6, 2007 Away 34 over 100 PongSats flown to 100,900 feet.

These are balloon flights.  There is space on each flight for at least 300  PongSats.

Sophie and Martha

Sisters Sophie Paul (8) and Martha Ball (11) present their pongsat project at the 2007 Stonybrook Elementary
Science Fair in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. 


How do I start?

Contact us at JP Aerospace and we’ll send you more information.

You can also download the PongSat Users Guide.         PongSat Users Guide.PDF

PongSat a registered trademark and is sponsored and operated by:

JP Aerospace

  JP AEROSPACE America’s OTHER Space Program

2530 Mercantile Dr. Suite I, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

web site http://www. jpaerospace.com

(916) 858- 0185

Email comments to jpowell@jpaerospace.com

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