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JP Aerospace steps in where NASA steps out.

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:26 pm
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News release: NASA may be returning to the moon; however, they’re not taking the next generation with them. NASA has made severe cutbacks and cancellations in its educational programs.

JP Aerospace will step in where NASA has stepped out.
The goal is to provide a flight for every student and researcher cut off by NASA.

“The next generation of engineers, astronauts and scientist are not going to appear out of thin air,” says John Powell, President of JP Aerospace. “They need to be inspired and educated, and the best way to do that is to get them involved.”

JPA will get students involved through the PongSat program.

A PongSat is an experiment that fits inside of a ping pong ball. The PongSats are carried aboard high altitude balloons or launched in sounding rockets. Students as young as eight are running their own space programs. Experiments range from plant seeds to computers with sophisticated sensors, all within a ping pong ball. So far, over 2,000 experiments have flown involving over 8,000 students. Even the youngest students can be space scientists, flying real missions to a place where few “real” scientists get to go.

After landing, the PongSats are returned to the students along with a video of the mission. The students then inspect their experiments and study the results. The PongSat program is open to everyone and is free of charge. To get started, a student or researcher can go to the JP Aerospace web site, www.jpaerospace.com.

“We don’t have a Space Shuttle…however, every time we fly, student experiments will be on board. Imagine what would happen if the entire space industry did the same,” states Powell.

The next flight will be a balloon research mission flown to the edge of space. This mission is scheduled for early November. Already, over five hundred student experiments are signed up to be on board. To pick up where NASA has left off, JP Aerospace will fly several additional high altitude missions next year. JP Aerospace is already in discussion with its sponsors to meet the cost of those missions.

JPA is an independent space program flying rockets, balloons and airships.

More information and pictures contact:

John Powell
Tel: (916) 858-0185
Email: jpowell@jpaerospace.com
web: www.jpaerospace.com

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