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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #40 on: 05/02/2017 06:56 PM »
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Inside the Ascender 36 airship. You can see the nose and keel carbon truss.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/859471574268657668

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Installing Helium cells in the Ascender 36 airship.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/859474469756190720

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This is the inflation system for the wind ramps. The wind ramps keep the airship safe while we test. #jpaerospace
https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/859477774813208576
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #41 on: 05/04/2017 07:45 AM »
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The 94 foot long Ascender 9 is 75% complete.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/859928060430241792

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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #42 on: 05/08/2017 06:22 PM »
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Hatch down for a live life support system test in the submarine.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/861645177290604544

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Hanging out with Bell for the three hour life support test. The system is good for 24 hours but were working up bit by bit.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/861644977381687297

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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #43 on: 05/09/2017 12:51 AM »
Anyone know if they recovered Ascender 36 after last year's flight? Or are these things disposable?  :o
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #44 on: 05/09/2017 08:21 AM »
Anyone know if they recovered Ascender 36 after last year's flight? Or are these things disposable?  :o

Yes they recovered it:

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Ascender 36 Preped for Flight
May 5th, 2017

The team did a full vehicle assemble and test on Ascender 36 on Sunday. We’re getting her ready for the second flight.

The vehicle numbering system has changed. The transition is a little confusing. Before all the airship got a number based on length, Ascender 36 is 36 feet long for example. This became a problem when switching to metric. Is Ascender 100 called Ascender 28 in the UK?  To simplify it all we gone to sequential system. The new 94 foot airship is Ascender 9 because it’s the ninth one we’ve built.  We are not going back to change the names of the older airship. Upon that path lays chaos. So Ascender 36 remains Ascender 36.

http://jpaerospace.com/blog/?p=6803

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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #45 on: 05/09/2017 12:11 PM »
I read that... wasn't clear to me that there was a disassemble* to go with the subsequent assemble.



* Need input!
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #46 on: 05/22/2017 09:05 PM »
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John M Powell‏ @JohnMPowell1 42m42 minutes ago

The new motors and propellers for the Ascender 9 airship ready to install.

https://twitter.com/JohnMPowell1/status/866750257924775936

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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #47 on: 05/23/2017 10:32 PM »
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TransAtmospheric Ascender

The TransAtmospheric Ascender will be our first airship to reach space. The vehicle is 2100 feet long and will have a crew of three. It will have a peak altitude of 350,000 feet and a maximum velocity of Mach 5.  Technically it is a hypersonic waverider. The TransAtmospheric Ascender is strictly a suborbital vehicle. It will fly from a Block 2 Dark Sky Station floating at 120,000 feet to space then return to the station. The airship will be driven by a single four chamber version of our symphony hybrid chemical/electric rocket engine.

The TransAtmospheric Ascender is still a few years away but as we get closer the design starts to firm up. Just thought you would like a look at where it stands.

http://jpaerospace.com/blog/?p=6869

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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #48 on: 06/12/2017 05:57 PM »
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Concept drawing of the Mesospheric Explorer 6.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/874308166313324544

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Mesospheric Explorer 1
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Mesopheric Explorer 2 being launched.
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Mesospheric Explorer 3 flies next year.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #49 on: 06/14/2017 06:38 AM »
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We just leased an addition building just big enough for the Ascender 9.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #50 on: 06/19/2017 07:38 PM »
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The team in the V of Ascender 9.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #51 on: 06/19/2017 07:50 PM »
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Ascender 9 from above.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #52 on: 07/16/2017 05:48 AM »
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Testing air beam ribs for the airship.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #53 on: 07/18/2017 06:31 PM »
Generally not a big fan of the balloon concepts but this looks like real work with a clear goal so I wish them good luck.

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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #54 on: 07/21/2017 07:53 PM »
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The team completed the truss structure for the Ascender 9 airship. Another step.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/888484952555126784

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Closeup of the Ascender 9 airship keel truss.
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https://twitter.com/johnmpowell1/status/888486133801209856
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #55 on: 07/21/2017 08:21 PM »
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John M Powell‏ @JohnMPowell1 21m21 minutes ago

This shows the truss below the Ascender 9 airship.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #56 on: 07/28/2017 07:52 PM »
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Yesterday the team got the Ascender 9 envelope mated to the truss structure.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #57 on: 08/05/2017 12:27 AM »
Nice time lapse video:

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[Inflating the Ascender 9 airship.
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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #58 on: 08/06/2017 10:34 PM »
I'm watching an interview with John Powell at TMRO (from 2016)
He is talking about a 60s project that flew high altitude balloons at mach 10 (i guess see level speed), noting that that is a baseline that they like to reproduce.
The project name was something like shot put, however i can't find no info on google about that, also makes me wonder why didn't it pop up like an idea for a balloon launch.

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Re: JP Aerospace updates
« Reply #59 on: 08/07/2017 04:45 AM »
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=33851.msg1150023#msg1150023

Edit/Lar: Thanks for the suggestion, much appreciated, I chose the update thread instead (which is where we are now)
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