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JP Aerospace Press Release

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:24 am
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Ping Pong Balls to the Edge of Space.

On April 9th, JP Aerospace will carry 140 student projects from around the world to the edge of space on a high altitude balloon.

These experiments are part of JP Aerospace’s PongSat® program.

A PongSat is an experiment that fits inside of a ping pong ball. Students as young as eight are running their own space programs. Experiments range from plant seeds to computers with sophisticated sensors. For several months, students from Belgium, California, and Texas have been mailing their PongSats to JP Aerospace. In a couple of weeks these ping pong ball “satellites” will be flown to the edge of space on a research balloon platform. During the flight, the PongSats will experience cold down to -90 degrees Fahrenheit, vacuum, cosmic rays, and zero gravity during the descent.

After landing, the PongSats are returned to the students along with a video of the mission. The student will then inspect their experiment and study the results.

This high altitude balloon mission, “Away 26,” is being flown to test telemetry systems for high altitude airships. Whenever JP Aerospace flies to the upper atmosphere, space is set aside for PongSats. The students get to go along for the ride.

Even the youngest students can be space scientists, flying real missions to a place where few “real” scientists get to go. JP Aerospace has flown 1600 PongSats involving over 6000 students.

Away 26 is the eighty-sixth mission flown by JP Aerospace. JP Aerospace is a volunteer-based space program dedicated to building and flying low-cost space systems.

The PongSat program is open to everyone and is free of charge to schools and individuals.

Mission Details:
• Mission Name: Away 26
• Mission Type: Unmanned High Altitude Balloon
• Maximum altitude: 110,000 feet
• Vehicle weight 25 pounds
• Total Flight Time: Four hours
• Number of PongSats: 140
• Flight systems include: Full command control telemetry system, Dual GPS tracking, Live video
downlink, digital still camera and environment measuring sensors.

For more info, visit: http://www.jpaerospace.com/

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