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JP Aerospace News Update

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:41 pm
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JP Aerospace News Update:
30 January 2005- We had a great build session this week. Work on Away 26 continued. The stabilizer fins were made as well as their frame mounts. The fins are necessary to keep the platform from rotating during flight. The Away 26 platform has a new look now that side triangular booms have been attached. These booms are camera mounts. They will hold both the digital still camera and one of the live video camera heads. An awful lot of soldering on controllers, GPS interfaces, regulators and sensors kept us all busy.

Here’s Saturdays crew:

Blast from the Past!
Team member Mike Strong came across some pictures he took five years ago of the Advanced Platform test flight. Flown on January 29, 2000, five years ago to the day, this vehicle was one of the forerunners to the Dark Sky Station.
Picture1 | Picture2
The nine balloons all needed the exact amount of Helium.

Picture3 | Picture4
The vehicle landed in the middle of a shallow frozen lake. It was five inches of snow covering ice, covering six inches of water covering mud the went all the way to the center of the Earth!

28 January 2005

xprizenews.com has started a section on their site to keep their community updated on our progress. They are keeping good tabs on a lot of groups trying to find better ways to get to space.

We have literally hundreds of hours of video from our over eighty missions. We’ve started digitizing it all. Most of it is pretty boring stuff, hours and hours of checklist and system prep. However, it usually leads to an exciting moment or two. We film everything so when something goes wrong we can go back and review what we did. We are going to make a video page and put up a new video clip every week or so. On a personal note; looking back at some of the video it’s amazing how old we’re all gotten in the past couple of decades…..

25 January 2005
Cool Stuff Alert!
We’ve added new items to the JPA Rocket Store. Get your mission on, pull out the credit card and help keep us flying!

24 January 2005
Excellent progress was made this week on a number of fronts. The spread spectrum telemetry system is talking to the our new generation of command controller. Our newest members was zipped, squeezed and sealed up for pressure suit training and orientation. Everyone at JPA gets pressure suit orientation as part of our training program.

The mission control van underwent an end to end inspection. ‘Old number 14′ is still running strong, but, needs a lot of little things done to prepare for the next round of missions.

Now all we need to do is sell a few more tee shirts for Helium and Away 26 will be off!

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