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

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:34 pm
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JP Aerospace can make dreams come true!
Ever wanted to fly a selfmade experiment to the edge of space ?
JP Aerospace gives you the chance to do so.

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.

Special Offer: John Powell is going to reserve 10 PongSat slots for anyone on the SpaceRaceNews forum who wants to fly on this mission.
John Powell noted: “It’s amazing the experiments people come up with. Trinkets and personel items are OK, but please don’t fly them and resell them, (that’s our job).”

If you get your payload to us by March 5 it will make it on the flight. This is your chance to fly to the edge of space! After the mission you get your PongSat back along with a video from the flight and datasheet of the mission results. PongSats are totally free, (but it would be very cool if you bought a tee shirt).
There is a PongSat users guide PDF at www.pongsat.com , there’s also a link to it from the main website: www.jpaerospace.com

New Forum: JP Aerospace has now their own Official Forum:
http://www.xprizenews.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=25

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